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Latest Pedophelia Scandal Rocks the Vatican - by Stephen Lendman
Lest anyone think members of organized religions are above reproach, take note.
In his new book "God and His Demons," Michael Parenti confronts both Old and New Testaments saying:
"The god of the Holy Bible - so much adored in the United States and elsewhere - is ferociously vindictive, neurotically jealous, intolerant, vainglorious, punitive, wrathful, sexist, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, sadistic and homicidal. As they say, it's all in the Bible. Beware of those who act in the name of such a god. Were we to encounter these vicious traits in an ordinary man, we would judge him to be in need of lifelong incarceration at a maximum-security facility. At the very least, we would not prattle on about how he works his wonders in mysterious ways."
In fact, 'biblical Jesus qualifies quite well as founder and forerunner of an intolerant Christianity."
Leaving child molestation implied but unaddressed, the Bible deals with sexuality in broader terms, including incest, adultery, homosexuality, and rape - children vulnerable to all except adultery.
Jesus also preached love your enemies and return good for evil, a message saying child molesters deserve forgiveness, not punishment, that's an open invitation for pedophiles, an epidemic now raging in the Catholic church but one with longstanding roots.
In his Pastoral Psychology Volume 45, No. 4, 1997 article titled, "Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: An Historical and Contemporary Review," Paul Isely said:
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