Originally Posted by Cuchulain
Again, I love that clarification on that point is the first thing he sought after learning of his election. He is such an evil and twisted little fucker. He even has a strange fondness for cats, which makes him as much a Bond villain as a Star Wars villain.
Screw that, mother-fuckers a witch!
Seriously tho, if a catholic has no voice to protest this to the powers-that-be within the church, and being catholic is inextricably linked to the church heirachy that is their leadership, what exactly is a catholic that takes issue with this to do? I'm asking both catholics and non-catholics here.
In fact what I'm really asking I guess is; can you still be a catholic per se while trying to distance yourself so much from the body that is 'the catholic church' - and at what point of distancing and disagreeing with the heirarchy do you essentially cease to be a catholic and simply become a broader christian?
Some catholics here are saying that people are confusing the faith with the heirarchy - but the heirarchy controls
the faith, take away one and you cannot have the other. They wrote the laws on how a catholic should think of their belief, on god, heaven and hell, the trinity, the divine mother the whole kit and caboodle. If the Pope comes out with a new doctrine, it becomes an article of the faith - doesn't it? (eta: because this was meant as a question)
I'm coming from the position of a well and truly lapsed catholic myself as the moment I was able to really question essential power structures I realised catholicism simply didn't connect with me on any level, but I just don't really get how someone who self identifes as a devout catholic, yet has major issues with a heirarchy that shelters and protects the sort of man that would rape many many children over a period of decades can reconcile it all in their head and heart.