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The "Moral Relativism"|
of the Roman Catholic Church
For many years prior to the election of the current Pope Francis, Roman Catholics were leaving their church in droves. In about the year 2000, the church in the United States embarked on a massively expensive public relations campaign called "Catholicscomehome.org". One of the first items on that site was a recording from which I excerpted the following pattently false claim :
Here's a transcription of that recording, without the music:
". . . We are transformed by sacred scripture and sacred tradition and, which have consistently guided us for 2000 years. For over 2000 years we've had an unbroken line of shepherds guiding the Catholic Church with love and truth in a confused and hurting world. And in this world filled with chaos, hardship and pain, it's comforting to know that some things remain consistent, true and strong, our Catholic faith."
The person who made that recording may have actually believed every word of it. But should history –which is what that recording is all about – be a matter of faith? Does any serious historian of George Washington take the fable of his unwillingness to lie about his cutting down the cherry tree as fact? No doubt, it makes Catholics feel great to believe this glowing narrative about their church's 2000 year history, but shouldn't any honest person want to know if the historical facts actually support that narrative or not? Using the talents I developed in the 24 years of excellent education I received in Catholic schools and seminaries, the many years I have studied the church's actual history have led me to the conclusion that the truth is very much the opposite of what that narrative claims.
The pope and bishops of the Roman Catholic church are fond of accusing others of "moral relativism", by which they mean that instead of being governed by an "absolute truth" that is the same everywhere and for all time, i.e. the morality that the Roman Catholic supposedly possesses and tries to persuade everybody else to embrace, people go by their own rules, which relate more to their own times and places than to universal immutable standards. But what credibility does an institution have when it preaches against the very kind moral relativism that it has been engaged in for centuries all over the world?
"How can you say to your brother, |
'Let me take the out of your eye,'
when there is a beam in your own eye?
first take the out of
your own eye, and then you will see clearly
to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
This webpage is like a map directing readers to any number of times and places throughout the ages and throughout the world where the popes and bishops of the Roman Catholic Church have repeatedly demonstrated that when it comes to "moral relativism", they are world-class champions.
What do all of the following examples from history prove about the moral superiority that the Roman Catholic church claims to possess over all of the other organizations in our world?
In 2018, a translation of the important scholarship of Karlheinz Deschner was finally made available to the English readership: From a cursory reading of the book, I get the impression that the ground that he covers is very much the same as that which I covered in items 8 through 12 above.