RE: “To the Catholic Church: Is divorce more important than genocide?” (The New Times, April 9).
With time all things, including institutions decay, diverging from their original mission and losing their original purity of purpose and dynamism and becoming a mere shell of what they were at their founding by a charismatic individual. This is an immutable law of nature that the Church could not and has not been able to avoid.
With time and the accumulation of earthly power, power-seekers and the hand-maidens of power replace the morally upright and the spiritual at the helm and most levels of decision-making, with such power plays merely clocked in religious mumbo-jumbo to keep the adherents fired up and loyal.
But at least the Church’s management can brag they have had a great run while it lasted; two thousand years and counting, even though their institution is now a mere shadow of the world-dominating power it once was.
It doesn’t do apologies, unless it calculates it risks more by not doing so than pretending a contrition it does not feel, cannot feel, given the papal and therefore the institution’s infallibility doctrine it seeks to push on its adherents. How can you apologize since, being infallible, you couldn’t possibly do wrong!
Where can I learn more about the role that the Catholic Church played during colonial times, and now I wonder about the possible assistance in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi?
I know little about this aspect other than Catholic priests and nuns participated and are now transferred to other countries. I would like to more fully understand this, especially based on a restorative justice premise.
This is a very good editorial which made me think deeper. Thank you for that.