hojo, I dropped out of the RCC years ago but it had nothing to do with the scandals (I didn't even know about them then). Every religion has its faults, well I should say "sinners" but that doesn't mean the religion is to blame. But to believe there's ONE TRUE RELIGION for the entire universe is ludicrous. If there's life elsewhere, did Jesus take on their form and sacrifice Himself as He supposedly did here? If Jesus were indeed the Son of God it would have to be a universal happening, or did He come to this one little planet because we're that unique and important? With God, it would have to be all or nothing.<quoted text>
I am just pointing out to "you" and all Protestants, atheists and agnostics how "all of you" (hatefilled anti-catholics) use "any dirt you can dig up" to further your vengeance, hostility and rage
by purposely and conveniently "overlooking" the all of the "same immoral degredation (killing, sexual abuse and any and all sinful actions) of "your own failed religious and non-religious organizations and denominational beliefs". Jesus established, formed and initiated His Church---"to save sinners"! Just because some of its followers stray and commit sin, doesn't mean that Our Lords One True Church was not founded by Jesus Christ HIMSELF, to teach His infallible TRUTH..... Since the Reformation (Anti-Catholic bashing) has been the (desperate ploy) that the majority of "antagonistic" non-catholics use, in order to (unsuccessfully support) their own (half-truth)(half-heresy) "failed beliefs".
The other 1.168 Billion (faith-filled) Catholics around the world, "know the Truth" and that is why the Catholic Church continues to grow (each and every year) "up 1.5% in 2012 while ALL OTHER Protestant groups continue to decline in numbers (the majority of those converting to the TRUE FAITH and Salvation in Jesus Christ and His One (and only one) TRUE Apostolic Catholic Church---historically and biblically PROVEN for over 2000 years!!
Do you honestly believe ONLY the RCC has the entire "truth"? The only ones making that claim are the pope and his devotees. Through much study, I find many Catholic claims just aren't true. Most Catholic dogma isn't bible-based, if the bible is important to you. "Hate-filled people"? Are they hate-filled because very little, and in some cases, NOTHING is being done about the guilty priests who actually did abuse children. If that were you or me, we'd have been in prison a long time ago. There's evidence Ratzinger ordered SILENCE when the abuses became public - yet he still was voted in as pope. Maybe that was even one reason why. I know you're an intelligent person, and that may even be part of why you refuse to question or doubt your faith. If ever you found concrete fault (and there is evidence of a LOT of that) your faith could no longer stand and your entire belief system, probably of a lifetime, would disintegrate and you'd be left with NOTHING. I know that's a scary thought but I faced it and so can anyone else. I found that what I'd been taught for so many years was often no more than "pious legends" and that there were many itinerant preachers eerily similar to Christ, who taught the same, were even rumored to have died and returned...study enough of ALL "savior" claims and you can almost see how everything eventually "morphed" into what today's bibles claim. I was so disappointed and even angry to a degree. I think the resurrection, if there was any at all, would have been a spiritual, and not a physical "return". When Jesus said "the Kingdom of God is within you", did He mean that if you cut a body open you'll find a little "city" or equiv. in there? Of course not; He was speaking of a spiritual, not a literal, Kingdom. I think that's probably on the same level as the "physical" Resurrection. It's certainly possible, and well worth considering.