I wasn't aware that Rome was building nuclear weapons, wanted to wipe the US off the map, nor was I aware they were publicly executing homosexuals there. The Church will let their opinion be known about certain matters, but does not encourage violence against anyone for any reason; Nor does the Church personally carry out acts of violence against anyone. Agree or disagree with their stance, it doesn't mean you still can't be a good person and love God. Not all Catholics follow every single teaching. We are humans and will sin, that is why the Church offers us the opportunity to repent, but never forces it on anyone. In my opinion, as long as you follow the Ten Commandments and do your very best to avoid committing the Seven Deadly Sins, you're a better person than most.The difference is, the Vatican is Christian, the Iranian situation, of course is Muslim.
I am not trying to trivialize the situation at all. In fact I agree with the article. The Catholic church does in fact funnel huge sums of money from all over the United States directly to Rome. Then the church takes hostile political stances against the United States, which in my interpretation does harm to some of our citizens ( in particular gay citizens).
But as a society we turn a blind eye towards their activities, as we tell ourselves that we were founded on Judeo-Christian values.
As a gay man in the United States, and a former Catholic, I feel the church has directly harmed me,and it is a valid discussion that they should be treated no differently than the Alavi Foundation
I haven't heard of Islam feeding the poor, aiding people in third world countries or any other programs that have contributed good to this world. Yet, everyone attacks Christianity the most. I guess it's easier to attack a religion when you won't be beheaded, called Adolf Hitler nor taken to court for hate crime charges.