Posted by: Jim | February 2, 2009

Janus: the One, True, Two-Faced God

janusThe Catholic Church in Los Angeles has admitted to mistakes regarding child abuse cases. Rather than removing them from ministry, Cardinal Mahoney simply transferred these monsters from one diocese to another. Now prosecutors are making actual criminal allegations against Mahoney and a few other high-ranking church officials.

 

Seen from a quasi-biological viewpoint, this makes perfect sense. The Catholic Church is an elaborate lie that evolved (just like an organism evolves) over many centuries into what it is today: a self-perpetuating, money-making system of beliefs that provides people with false hope. Its doctrines are sophistry—just convoluted enough to confuse and fool people into thinking that what it says is true. It’s no wonder that the church fathers are intent to perpetuate themselves, make (and save) the church money, and provide false hope.

 

Do I think Cardinal Mahoney is an evil person? I think that in spite of what he actually believes of himself, he is unwittingly evil. He perpetuates false hope at the expense of the hopeful. He actually inserted known monsters into churches. If Cardinal Mahoney had thought for two seconds about it he would have known that they would inflict their sickness upon those parishioners as they had in the past. And they did. What kind of man would make such egregious errors? A man whose intent is only to perpetuate the perception of false hope without any real concern for the people he is supposed to be helping.

 

There has been talk recently on this blog about how Christians are just flawed people like everyone else. Believe me, you don’t have to convince me of that—but a flawed church father does point to the distinct possibility of a flawed ideology. If you look at churches as large, complex systems of information that promote and demote various people and ideas based on their compatibility with the need to survive (just as biological organisms evolved), then the presence of someone who makes such grossly incongruous decisions is evidence that the church’s stated agenda is grossly incongruous with its actual agenda. The presence of poison in a system would lead the scientist to wonder if poison is merely endemic to the area, or if the poison is produced by the system itself.

 

If you ask me, the system promotes the poison: people who are good at being two-faced. One face looks at the congregation with a big smile. The other face looks inward at the system and also has a big smile.

 

I hope the criminal charges stick, but I doubt they will.

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  1. This is one of the crazier things in life that I completely don’t understand! WHY? Why would anyone be able to get away with such horrendous atrocities and to have the apparently swept under the rug and somehow masked in Christianity???

    Dude, the priests that have sexually molested children are criminals, no matter what there profession or religion (or lack thereof). God does NOT teach to sexually molest anyone, and has written time and time again to have sexual purity.

    There is a lot of talk about the church perpetuating false hope. I beg to differ that it is not a false hope, but no I cannot prove it (of course!). In fact, I was reading about– from an evolutionists standpoint that if evolution creates things and animals and people with the things necessary for their survival, that human spirituality has been a trait that has perpetuated and sustained the human race since the beginning of time. It is interesting that some of us humans want to blot it out and create a less desirable condition (evolutionarily speaking).

    You said… but a flawed church father does point to the distinct possibility of a flawed ideology. I would argue that no matter the ideology, a flawed human being, president, world leader, scientist… has nothing to do with the ideology being flawed or not.

  2. Sorry for the grammar and spelling errors!

  3. We’re in agreement on half of this one. 🙂 Throw them in jail and let them rot, I say.

    However, I’m not sure you’re getting my point on this one–although it’s evidence is admittedly flimsy.

    My point is this: the traits that allow a church to survive a millennium are completely different from the traits that would truly make a good pastor. Some of these traits conflict, and that conflict is evident in Mahoney’s behavior.

  4. Also: you make a good point Ted: Even IF there were a perfect doctrinal dispensation from God, it would be screwed up in the hands of humans. That’s perfectly logical.

    But carry that forward: if there were a perfect doctrinal dispensation from God, wouldn’t it show at least a slightly better results than all the other imperfect doctrinal dispensations that are NOT from God?

  5. Jim,

    In response to: “But carry that forward: if there were a perfect doctrinal dispensation from God, wouldn’t it show at least a slightly better results than all the other imperfect doctrinal dispensations that are NOT from God?”

    I would say that we are all from God, and even though there are different religions and doctrines, that a lot of them overlap in some points of behavior etc.

    ( If you remember from your Christian years in the church, it was said that the Devil can turn a truth just slightly enough that it becomes a lie to mislead others enough that they might not even know that they are doing something wrong.) — can be another discussion if you want to talk about that (I don’t want to hijack. 🙂 )

    So depending on what each religion actually “does” with what it is given is how we will see them having “results” (as you put it).

    You could argue that if God is behind it, it should outshine all other things, but I think that is also the beauty of it, that it necessarily doesn’t. I mean wouldn’t everyone (most likely) believe, if God stuck his head in the heavens and spoke to each of us and said words to the affect of who he is and why he created us? What if he did miracles in front of us and showed us the universe at a glance, or brought back dinosaurs like a magician, etc.?

    Without those types of proofs, faith is stronger and truer.

  6. In regards to this: “My point is this: the traits that allow a church to survive a millennium are completely different from the traits that would truly make a good pastor. Some of these traits conflict, and that conflict is evident in Mahoney’s behavior.”

    I’m sorry that I can’t follow this exactly. What traits were good then, but bad now?

    I’m with you on Throw them in jail and let them rot! Horrible, horrible crime to another human being. So sad for the victims and their families and friends. It really makes me angry! WHY? Why would someone do this?


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