Editorial: Catholic Church is Corrupt and Harmful

Talon Smith, Reporter

The pagans had it right is often a stance you don’t see taken in today’s world; though, it might be one to take in the modern age of the church. The Catholic Church, that is. The Church which has proven time and time again how corrupt it is. The Roman Catholic Church is a corrupt and oftentimes harmful organization.

The first point that comes to mind is that of sexual assault in the Roman Catholic Church. An article in The Broadcaster describes several disturbing cases of abuse committed by priests revealed through a Pennsylvania grand jury report. The report is over 800 pages and includes over 300 priests involved in sexual assault cases.

The article also goes on to show the past, negative actions of the Catholic Church. It said, “[…] the Diocese would dissuade victims from reporting to the police and conducted their own ‘biased investigation.’” No organization should be able to interfere with the judicial system and get away with it.

New York Times reporter Rod Dreher said in an article how they had struggled to remain faithful in the church and eventually left it after having covered parts of the sexual abuse scandal.

Dreher said, “It genuinely grieves me to see how much my Catholic brothers and sisters are suffering. I’ve been there. I know that pain. And yet, for me, [leaving] was a severe mercy.”

The Catholic Church, according to Time, has wealth between $10 billion and $15 billion dollars. The exact amount is unable to be determined because of the church’s many investments and assets.

In fact, the Vatican left $1.2 billion off of its balance sheet. In 2014, the amount seemed to appear from nowhere on that year’s balance sheet. This brings severals questions up as to why they would do such a thing, none of them innocent.

With their obscene amounts of wealth, it almost makes the church appear hypocritical for preaching greed as a deadly sin.

In addition, the Catholic Church requires money in order for a saint to be canonized, according to CNN. The article said, “The Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica in Lackawanna, New York, has raised over $250,000 in an effort to canonize its former priest, Father Nelson Baker.”

The corruption of the Catholic Church is nothing new. It is what initiated Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, thus creating a new religious movement. Other widely known examples of this corruption are the crusades, the inquisitions, and the witch hunts.

What anyone can do in order to combat the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church and other such organizations? Simply stop donating, work to improve/change the organization, and strive to become aware of future corruption rather than letting it go by unnoticed.