To Tell Truth

Written By: luke4079 - Mar• 23•13

Why is it so difficult for the Catholic Church to tell the truth? Given the scandals that the Roman Catholic Church is currently facing, it is a viable question. Its answer, a noble mission.

So, I begin at the beginning, at the foundation of my Catholic faith, the New Testament. It seems that in 367 CE (Common Era), Bishop Athanasius of Alexandria selected 27 books to be accepted as Scripture from among hundreds. Athanasius was a prodigy at a very young age, and was considered a leading proto-orthodox spokesman of his day. He was credited as selecting the four Gospels that became the Pauline epistles: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. However, there were many equally as important and well respected Gospels that hit the cutting room floor that year. How many of us have heard the Gospel of the Nazarenes, or the Gospel of Mary, or the Gospel of Truth, or the Gospel of Peter being quoted from the pulpit? Athanasius condemned the use of these books. This left peers, such as the Gnostics, branded as heretics; and subject to some very unpleasant punishments. No wonder they began to write in code and bury their documents … until 1945, when they were discovered covered in the sands of Egypt. And there they are! The other Gospels. Did Athanasius get it right?

In 1609, Galileo created his telescope and gazed up at the heavens. He discovered that the Earth was not the center of the universe, and that, actually, it revolved around the Sun. He presented his telescope to the Senate in Venice, and was awarded tenure at the University of Padua. In 1614, a Dominican friar in Florence denounced Galileo as a heretic, as well as anyone who followed his Copernican point of view. In 1616, Pope Paul V ordered Cardinal Bellarmine (a.k.a, Hammer of the Heretics) to punish Galileo for his transgressions. By 1632, Pope Urban VIII referred Galileo’s case to the Inquisition, and Galileo was summoned to Rome. Deep in the bowels of a dungeon, the Inquisition gets Galileo to retract much of his works. In June the same year, the pope places Galileo under permanent house arrest. What just happened to the truth there?

In early 2002, The Boston Globe Spotlight Team revealed that the Catholic Church had been harboring pedophile priests, and knowingly sending them from parish to parish where they continued to rape children. At the time, the Catholic Church came down hard on the Boston Globe, calling their work a witch hunt — it was a story blown out of proportion by the U.S. media. Hundreds and thousands of legal documents later, and $2 billion in fines, yet pedophile priests are still being found, and some of those bishops responsible for covering-up crimes are now electing the new pope.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could round up the “Gnostics,” get Galileo, and gather all victims of Catholic Church sexual abuse in the Sistine Chapel for an audience with the Pope Francis. What would happen? Would truth then come to light? I don’t know. But I do know that the Roman Catholic Church likes to think they are the arbiters of truth, even if history tends to prove them wrong, or at the very least to be cruel in the pursuit of it.

 

WRITTEN by Michael Emerton

EDITED by Patrick Emerton

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