Mother Church's Nurturing Embrace

The reports kept coming in. Missionaries of Charity nuns in Calcutta charged with torturing a seven-year-old child left in their care. Allegations of abuse and torture by Poor Sisters of Nazareth in Scottish child care facilities. Frightening tales of terrible torments endured by orphans and foundlings in the care of Catholic orders in Quebec and other Canadian provinces. Then, of course, there are the multitude of cases of priestly predation that pop up in diocese all across America.

The priests and vestal virgins of the Roman Catholic Church do not always stop with sexually abusing or torturing children and susceptible adults subject to their authority. When secular authorities unleash the dogs of Catholism on civil populations, we often are given extreme examples of how Mother Church deals with those who dare oppose her. Despite the continuing efforts of Romish spin doctors, non-Catholic history records the Catholic pogroms against the Waldenses, the Albigenses, Jews, Huguenots, Serbian Orthodox, Gypsies, and others.

Some may argue that these things all happened a long time ago and that the priesthood of Mother Church no longer behave mercilessly against those who have not bent the knee to the Catholic potentate. They speak of ecumenicalism and separated brethren and baptisms of desire. But have things really changed?

A few years ago, a Catholic online news service carried a report that two Catholic priests had been sentenced to death in Rwanda. The priests had been charged with participating in the murder of 2000 people during the Rwandan genocides of the middle 1990's.

Father Jean Francois Kayiranga and Edouard Nkurikiye were convicted last Thursday of luring ethnic Tutsis into their church, only to have militant Hutus bulldoze the building with the people inside. Other priests, nuns, and church workers have been accused of collaborating with the Hutu-led government in carrying out the massacres. The killings stopped when Tutsi rebels ousted the government -- -- Rwanda Priests Sentenced To Death In Genocide Trial, Catholic Online, April 20, 1998, copyright 2007 Trinity Communications

The Roman Catholic Church, of course, accepts no responsibility for the actions of her wayward priests. Almost as though he were practicing for his semi-apology in March of 2000, the Pope JP2 washed his hands of the Rwandan affair apparently without even excommunicating the offending priests.

Pope John Paul II has said that all Catholics who participated in the genocide should face the consequences of their actions, but added that the Church Herself should not be held responsible for those who violated the Church's teachings. -- Ibid.)

It is, of course, quite true that only a tiny percentage of the tens of thousands of priests and other religious of the Roman Catholic Church have been charged with crimes of a a barbarous or inhuman nature. However, it should be born in mind that the terrible ferocity the Roman Catholic Church has proved herself capable of not only permitting but actually encouraging is only held in power by unsympathetic secular authority. God help the non-Catholic population of any nation where the RCC gains political power.

Think about it. Jesus said,

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. -- Matthew 11:28-30

Rome says, in effect, "Come to me or I'll gouge your eyes out, take your goods, kill you slowly and rape your children."

Come quickly, Lord.

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