arguments with the faithful

From: Wade Smith (
Date: Wed 04 Dec 2002 - 16:53:27 GMT

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    On Wednesday, December 4, 2002, at 11:13 , Grant Callaghan wrote:

    > I think these are all serious issues that have the potential to affect
    > the lives of everyone in the world today. There is this fiction that
    > it requires a religious leader to cause this affect. It doesn't.

    This morning I was having a conversation with a co-worker about the newly released documents from the local archdiocese about abuses allowed and fostered under that regime. I pointed out that such coddling and apologies come just as often from any institution- CEO's who fondle secretaries, policemen who receive bribes, choose your own example. These are the ravaging perks of power. It is the allowance of such power that is the dishearteningly seemingly unstoppable crime- these same leaders get elected again and again, given promotions by boards of directors, and medals by their peers.

    But, of course, they also get discovered, and, something trips up, and they are prosecuted, or exiled, or otherwise disgraced and ostracized. This process takes a long time, sometimes, especially when hierarchies are encouraged and imagined to be a working organizational model.

    It might not require a religious leader, but, in many ways, it does. It requires someone touching that part, whatever it is. A faith-based leader, at the very least, a con-man, in many ways.

    We still need a firmer bedrock of critical observation, and, IMHO, it is a very good thing here in Boston that the clergy is finally being seen as the guild of liars that it's always been.

    - Wade

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