Pope Francis’ two-day visit to Ireland on August 25-26th comes at a time when people need hope. The Irish Church has been devastated by the abuse scandals, which have never been properly dealt with. The victims and survivors of church abuse have told their stories and knocked on church doors trying to get a hearing. Only in the last few years has the Catholic hierarchy recognized that clerical abuse has taken place.
The force$ arrayed in $upport of “Ju$t War” theology are numerou$ and powerful. Only great numbers of people united in opposition can overcome them. Francis might be the one to bring it about; his predecessor was never going to attempt it.
And while we’re on the subject of discredited dogma, can we finally, once and for all, repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery?
And while they’re at it, they can abolish the “Homosexuals are defective” theory, the “Women aren’t good enough to be priests” theory, the “Birth control is a sin” theory, the “If you don’t agree with us you are going to hell” theory, and the “Bishops are accountable to no one” actual practice.
Anywhere Organised Religion has gone it has created Disunity which is the opposite of God.
In war humans are killing themeslves or if you will killing god.
Can you believe this ? Yes , the greater the blasphemy the higher the truth.
The problem with these old books like the bible ,they claim that no new human has access to the divine. God stopped talking to human beings two thousand years ago. How arrogant is that ! What fallacies they conjure.
Everyone please read the book What God Wants …their are people and institutions long in place long in power who do want you to read this book .They know that their game would be up .
Forget Relgion return to Spirituality .
We are All One .
I sometimes see a weekly bulletin from a U.S. Roman Catholic parish. Always their is a block encouraging prayers for our killers, but I have never seen a call for prayers for the victims of our killers. The Church assigns priests as chaplains to provide spiritual support for our killers, but I am fairly certain they do not preach thou shalt not kill. One Unitarian chaplain did this a few years ago and was separated by the military for it; reports treated this as a unique event.
And in addition to all of those, abolish the doctrine that nonhuman animals are “things” and “property” that exist merely for the exploitation of humans, and they should be recognized as the kind of beings who can possess rights. You can’t ignore the science. See “Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness” and “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors,” Ballantine Books, NY 1992, by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan:
In the annals of primate ethics, there are some accounts that have the ring of parable. Consider, for example, the macaques [rhesus monkeys]… In a laboratory setting, macaques were fed if they were willing to pull a chain and electrically shock an unrelated macaque whose agony was in plain view through a one-way mirror. Otherwise, they starved. After learning the ropes, the monkeys frequently refused to pull the chain; in one experiment only 13% would do so – 87% preferred to go hungry. One macaque went without food for nearly two weeks rather than hurt its fellow. Macaques who had themselves been shocked in previous experiments were even less willing to pull the chain. The relative social status or gender of the macaques had little bearing on their reluctance to hurt others.
…[These] experiments permit us to glimpse in non-humans a saintly willingness to make sacrifices in order to save others – even those who are not close kin. By conventional human standards, **these macaques – who have never gone to Sunday school, never heard of the Ten Commandments, never squirmed through a single junior high school civics lesson seem exemplary in their moral grounding and their courageous resistance to evil. Among the macaques, at least in this case, heroism is the norm. If the circumstances were reversed, and captive humans were offered the same deal by macaque scientists, would we do as well? In human history there are a precious few whose memory we revere because they knowingly sacrificed themselves for others. For each of them, there are multitudes who did nothing.
War is not the cause of the troubles of society. War is a symptom. The only way to fight against war is to fight against the causes of war. Since the causes of war are part of the nature of capitalism, it follows that the only way to fight against war is to fight against capitalism. It therefore follows that the only possible viable struggle against war is the struggle for the socialist revolution. No one can uphold capitalism and fight against war, because capitalism means war. The elimination of war forever from the world, can be accomplished only by the overthrow of capitalism. The true enemy is at home: the class enemy and its political representative, the state. This is the enemy to be defeated, in every country.
It’s good to hear from Mairead here. It’s been a while. It’s nice to see that someone has the faith in God or humanity to not take for granted the church’s blessing of wars.
The worlds oldest corporation (and criminal organization) is beyond reform as its founding premise of power through deception is inherently destructive, and at odds with the natural world.
“*A war against the Catholic Church for RICO violations of systematic child sexual abuse, including the perpetrators of this rape and molestation, and of those who have covered up and perpetuated these horrifying crimes is called for by law and common decency. The supposedly holy fathers belong in jail - in solitary confinement, as even hardened criminals are utterly disgusted and horrified that they are considered to be the peers of child molesters, and will kill them given a chance to perform prison justice.:”
When the Mongols swept across the plains and killed everyone in cities which resisted their conquest, was that capitalism? Were the mounds of skulls the means of production owned by capitalist barons? Throw the scales from your eyes! Greed, arrogance, indifference to the suffering of others, and cruelty are the source of evils, not a particular socio-economic system. The foundation of the just society is empathy and integrity, as the Dali Lama teaches.
I once heard someone say that the love of money is the root of all evil.
Capitalism evolved out of feudalism, and, unless prevented by law or violence, is likely to revert to it. Capitalism holds acquisitiveness and the will to dominate as positive values, rather than the deeply destructive character flaw they are. Democratic socialism, with cooperation as its default mechanism, will correct that.
Greed, arrogance and indifference to the suffering of others are all integral to the nature of capitalism, which i believe was the OP’s point.
World peace will of course not magically break out with the overthrow of capitalism, but it remains an impossibility as long as capitalism is tolerated.
Perhaps i should have qualified my comment with capitalism is the case of modern war. But throughout history, before capitalism, many wars were economic wars for resources or trade routes.
And just how is empathy and integrity to be acquired when the prevailing ethos is one of competition rather than cooperation. Marx said:
“The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it. The ruling ideas are nothing more than the ideal expression of the dominant material relationships, the dominant material relationships grasped as ideas.”