Of Power And Piety: An Inquisition Into The Roman Catholic Church

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Religion is thought to provide comfort to the innermost part of a human: the soul. However, what happens when religion seeks to overstep its rightful boundaries and attempts to control humans from the outside, rather than uplift them from within. Such is the fault of the largest religious organization on Earth: The Roman Catholic Church. Throughout history, the Catholic Church has been among the most infamous of faith-groups due to its apparent conquest for absolute dominance over the minds, bodies, and souls of humanity. The Roman Catholic Church has and continues to play a negative role in the world with respect to the fields of science, politics, and culture, undermining the quality of life for adherents and infidels alike. The Church has and continues to impede humanity’s quest for knowledge and prosperity through its repression of science. As well, it has been involved in among the most infamous events throughout history. Finally, the Church has made its blatant that it seeks to turn back the hands of time worth respect to progressive social change through tis preaching of its archaic attitudes on contemporary social issues.
The Roman Catholic Church has throughout history, impeded scientific discovery, which thereby impaired humanity’s progress towards better understanding of and prospering in the world. Being the most “catholic” of the world’s faiths, the church has wielded an uncanny grip over the hearts and minds of a large portion of the human race; this was its source of power. To ensure that this power would never be lost, the church had to appeal to all faculties of the human condition, including those of wondering and reason. To this end, the church only tolerated explanations of the workings of the universe that were either theories by clergymen, such as Mendel and Linnaeus, only if they were in accord with what the church wanted the laity to believe, or utter pseudoscience masqueraded as being biblical(Taylor, History Reference Center).
These explanations varied in their scientific legitimacy, as some were derived from experimentation and analysis, such as in the cases of Mendel’s findings on genetics, and Linnaeus’s postulations on evolution, while others were as ridiculous as explaining planetary motion by literally angelic propulsion (Taylor, History Reference Center). With respect to the clerics that did conduct scientific research, they were stifled from unveiling the truth, due to the researchers’ allegiance to the church (Hawkes, Charles, and Watt, 39) - as in the case of Nicolaus Copernicus- which served the church’s best interests.
The exposé of the Catholic Church’s contempt toward intellectual enlightenment was none other than the famous case of Galileo. Nicolaus Copernicus, a cleric, had already come to the conclusion that the earth revolved around the sun, but delayed his own publications until death out of fear of the controversy it would result in. The church’s being antagonistic against free thought was...

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