unholy scandal of global proportions is cracking the very foundation
of the Roman Catholic Church. Reports of sexual perversion, child
abuse, rapes, lies and cover-ups have reached epidemic proportions.
The years of clerical abuse, which have surfaced in the past few
months, may only be the tip of the iceberg. Each week more and more
reports of moral corruption within the "Holy" Catholic
Church are coming to the surface. The authority, public trust and
financial resources of the church are diminishing. Pope John Paul II
said this "grave scandal" is casting "a dark shadow of
suspicion" on all priests. Needless to say, many Catholics
throughout the world are now questioning their faith. For those whose
trust has been mistakenly placed in the priesthood, their confidence
is now shattered. But there is some good that is coming out of this
tragedy! As Catholics look for some light in the midst of this dark
depravity, they are finding it in the One who will never forsake them,
the Lord Jesus Christ. He came "as light into the world, that
everyone who believes in [Him] shall not remain in darkness"
Roman Catholic Bishops and Cardinals have made these
horrible crimes even worse by covering up the sins and crimes of
pedophile priests. In what has to be a shameless lack of concern for
other potential victims, the Roman hierarchy has been reassigning its
predator priests to other parishes to prey on other young boys. In
some cases they paid the abused victims to keep quiet.
The gross immorality and deception within the clergy
strikes at the very heart of the Catholic faith. Consider what the
Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say about their priests. They
"are called by God... chosen and consecrated by the sacrament of
Holy Orders...an Ďiconí of Christ" (1142). "The
priest...is truly made like the high Priest and possesses the
authority to act in the power and place of the person of Christ
himselfí" (1548). They "are signed with a special
character" and are configured "to Christ by a special grace
of the Holy Spirit...[to] serve as Christís instrument for his
Church" (1563, 1581). "The priest continues the work of
redemption on earth. If we really understood the priest on earth, we
would die not of fright but of love" (1589).
It may be a difficult task for victims and their
families to overcome the fear and fright of priests. It may be easier
to convince them that their priests are ungodly, unbiblical and
unworthy of the power, authority and trust given to them. The only
earthy priesthood we see in the New Testament is the royal priesthood,
made up of all who believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:9).
Catholics would be wise to search the Scriptures in these times of
great turmoil and deception. They will find that many traditions and
teachings of their church do not come from Godís word and many, in
fact, stand opposed to the Word of God.
One such Roman Catholic tradition is called a
doctrine of demonsóthe forbidding of people to marry (1 Tim. 4:1-3).
Many have declared that this doctrine is the primary cause for the
sexual sins of the priesthood. Since Catholic priests are said to be
successors of the apostles, they should have the right to marry (1
Cor. 9:5). Rome should disencumber their priests who cannot control
their sexual appetite by obeying Paulís exhortation: "let
them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn" (1 Cor.
7:9). Rome should also look to Godís word for the qualifications of
overseers. Explicitly, they should be married, heterosexual, family
men with good reputations. "An overseer must be above
reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable,
hospitable, able to teach. He must be one who manages his own
household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity.
And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so
that he may not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil" (1
Tim. 3:2-7). Paul explains why these character qualifications are
important: "For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers
and deceivers... who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole
families" (Titus 1:10-11). As long as the Roman Catholic
Church rejects the authority of Godís word and remains an authority
unto itself, it will continue to bring shame to the name of Christ and
tribulation to its people.
Ironically, it is Peter (the first pope, according
to the Vatican) who warns us of these rebellious church leaders. He
said they will "despise authority" and "introduce
destructive heresies." Peter identifies them as false
prophets "who indulge in the flesh and its corrupt desires,"
who "never cease from sin and who entice unstable souls."
What the world finds utterly amazing is the fulfillment of Peterís
prophecy. He foretold that "many will follow them" even
though they continue to revel in their deception and malign the way of
truth (2 Pet. 2:1-2; 10-14). Jesus said both the blind guides and the
blind men they lead will both fall into the pit (Mat. 15:14).
Among those in whom the sin of homosexuality is
manifested are religious people who did not honor God and exchanged
the glory of the incorruptible God for an image. Paul writes: "God
gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their
bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of
God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the
Creator...For this reason God gave them over to degrading
passions...the men abandoned the natural function...and burned in
their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts
and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And
just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave
them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not
proper" (Rom. 1:21-28). In light of these Scriptures, it is
no wonder the Roman Catholic Church has tolerated, condoned,
encouraged and covered-up homosexuality within its priesthood. "Cursed
be the one who does the Lordís work negligently" (Jer.
The only way to gain control over homosexual sin is
through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit which comes from
believing the Gospel (Rom 1:16). Jesus Christ came to set sinners free
from the power of sin. The Roman Catholic gospel, which is no gospel
at all, has no power over sin.
The Cause and Effect
Anyone who wonders how the Roman church could plunge
to the depths of such an immoral subculture can read two books on the
subject. Goodbye! Good Men is a frightening account of the
corruption of Roman Catholic seminaries by Michael S. Rose He exposes
the abuses that have driven honorable men out of the seminaries and
given preferential treatment to homosexuals. Rose reports seminarians
are now taught that the Bible is not to be taken seriously, that one
religion is as good as the next, that the pope is not infallible, that
the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is just an old
pre-Vatican II myth, that Christ wasnít divine, that God is a woman,
that Mass is nothing more than a meal, that women should be ordained
priests, that homosexuality is normal and that contraception is
In his book, The Changing Face of the Priesthood,
the rector of St. Maryís Seminary in Cleveland, Father Donald B.
Cozzens, warned that the priesthood is becoming a gay profession, in
part due to the disproportionate number of homosexually-oriented
persons on seminary faculties. He said this has resulted in, "an
intense and often threatening atmosphere" such that "certain
seminaries have earned nicknames such as Notre Flame (for Notre Dame
Seminary in New Orleans) and Theological Closet (for Theological
College at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.)."
Heterosexual students are being persecuted by the gay subculture.
Anyone who reports homosexual behavior by classmates or resists
homosexual advances could get expelled. (Adapted from articles by Phil
The victims of predators within the clergy need to
be treated with compassion, sympathy and encouragement from the word
of God. It makes no difference whether the abuse came from Catholic or
Protestant clergy. The dreadfully painful experience can only be
healed and purged by the Savior, but they must first trust Him and be
converted (John 12:40). Too often victims will blame God for allowing
the abuse to be perpetrated upon them. Consequentially, their faith is
shattered and they run from any form of religion. All to often,
however, their faith was not in God but in man and his religion.
The Bible warns us never to put our trust "in
mortal men in whom there is no salvation" (Psalm 146:3). The
Lord says: "Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind...and
whose heart turns away from the Lord" (Jer. 17:5). Victims of
abuse should not run from God, but "take refuge in the
Lord" (Psalm 118:8). The Lord redeems the soul of his
servants; and none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned