The Eight Commandment“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”The eighth commandment forbids misinterpreting the truth in our relations with others. This moral prescription flows from the vocation of the holy people to bear witness to their God who is the truth and wills the truth.
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 
It was said to the men of old,” You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.”
The eighth commandment forbids misinterpreting the truth in our relations with others. This moral prescription flows from the vocation of the holy people to bear witness to their God who is the truth and wills the truth. Offenses against the truth express by word or deed a refusal to commit oneself to moral uprightness: they are fundamental infidelities to God and, in this sense, they undermine the foundations of the covenant ...
The duty of Christians to take part in the life of the Church impels them to act as witnesses of the Gospel and of the obligations that flow from it.”
(252. Ex 20:16; cf. Deut 5:20; 253. Mt 5:33.)
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Catechism of the Catholic Church
USSC Inc, 1994, p. 591-3.)
What Christ taught concerning the 10 Commandments in the New Testament?
Christ consistently upheld the 10 Commandments as given in the Old Testament. In His Sermon on the Mount, He very pointedly stated: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill" (Matthew 5:17).
Although some mistakenly think that"fulfill“In this passage means to complete and therefore abolish, what Jesus said afterwards shows this could not be the case. Continuing, Jesus said: “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven" (verses 18-19).
Realizing that Jesus consistently upheld all of the commandments, including observing the seventh-day Sabbath (Matthew 19:17-19; Luke 4:16), some wrongly suggest that it was the apostle Paul, with Jesus' personal approval, who introduced grace and the abolishment of the law.
The truth is that Jesus did not change His mind about the importance of keeping all of the 10 Commandments. As Hebrews 13:8 states: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Toward the end of the first century—some 60 years after His death and resurrection—Jesus revealed end-time instructions through John in the book of Revelation. In this book He identifies faithful members of His Church as those“Who keep the commandments of God” (Revelation 12:17). Some of the final words of the Bible and this revelation of Jesus Christ likewise state: “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city" (Revelation 22:14).
The 10 Commandments given by God in the Old Testament continue to be God's expectations of Christians today.”
Web (January 3, 2014
And he went out from thence, and came into his own country;
And his disciples follow him.
And when the sabbath day was come, He began to teach in the synagogue:
And many hearing him were astonished, saying,
From whence hath this man these things?
And what wisdom is this which is given unto him,
That even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses,
And of Juda, and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
“The role of James, the brother of Jesus, has always been seen as a threat by the Roman Catholic Church, and from its earliest times the Church has controlled history by removing information about this highly important figure. As recently as 1996 Pope John Paul II issued a statement declaring that Jesus was Mary's only child and that therefore James was not his brother after all. The Pontiff made this strange and completely unsubstantiated statement despite biblical evidence and much scholarly opinion to the contrary.”
The Times (London), 30 August, 1996
Pope Stephen II personally interrogated his predecessor, Pope Formosus (891-6) by dressing him in full pontifical and placing him on the throne in the Lateran. Some say he was completely mad. Perhaps they were right, taking into consideration that Pope Formosus had died nine months ago, and his cadaver was on trial.
Justinian called the Fifth General Council, which concluded that his Holiness was a heretic and excommunicated. The gravity of this controversy does not lie in what was debated centuries ago. It lies in the fact that a Council believed itself to be above the pope, able to excommunicate and depose him for heresy. During the Middle Ages, these famous case histories proved to all theologians that a Council was superior to a pope. It was not until much later that forgeries altered this settled conviction.
Pope Adrian VI pronounced Pope Celestine a heretic.
Salvation Through The Church
Roman Catholicism teaches that salvation is available only through the Catholic church:
“The Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism explains: 'For it is through Christ's Catholic Church alone, which is the universal help toward salvation, that the fullness of the means of salvation can be obtained.'"Pg. 215, #816
Here, the 1994 catechism reaffirms the existing teaching of Vatican II, that salvation can be obtained only through the Roman Catholic church. The catechism leaves no doubt that the Catholic church is necessary for salvation:
.”..all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body: Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation...”Pg. 224, #846
Past popes have taught this doctrine, as have previous catechisms and church fathers. Here is but one example...
On May 7, 2001, Pope John Paul II told 2,000 youth gathered at the Greek-Melkite Cathedral of Damascus that"you cannot be a Christian if you reject the Church founded on Jesus Christ.”1
Catholic friend, you personally may not believe this, but your pope does. And it is an official doctrine of your religion.
If you check God's Word on this subject, you will not find a single verse requiring one to go through a church to be saved. In fact, the opposite is taught:
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”Romans 10:13
When Jesus died on the cross, He paid the full price for the sins of all mankind. According to God's Word, anyone can go directly to Him for salvation. Jesus Himself announced that:
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”John 3:36
“He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life...”John 5:24
“He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”John 6:47
Jesus repeats this message in John 3:16, 3:18, and 6:40. If the Catholic church really is necessary for salvation, then Jesus Christ is a liar.
The Apostle Paul gives step by step instructions on how to be saved:
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”Romans 10:9-10
Notice, no church is required. So if Catholicism is right, then the Apostle Paul is also a liar. And since he wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit is a liar as well.
"But as many as received (trusted in) him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”John 1:12
John says you become God's child by believing in Jesus Christ. If this Catholic doctrine is true, then John's name must be added to the list of liars.
But John is not a liar. Jesus never requires a church for salvation:
"To him (Jesus) give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”Acts 10:43
The key is belief in Christ, not a church:
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth...”Romans 1:16
According to Paul, Timothy needed faith in Christ to be saved, not a church:
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”2 Timothy 3:15
When the Philippian prison guard asked Paul,” What must I do to be saved?,” did Paul answer,” You must become a member of the Roman Catholic church?”No, he responded:
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved...”Acts 16:31
Remember when Jesus was hanging on the cross? The thief on the cross next to Him cried out:
.”..Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”Luke 23:42
When that dying sinner uttered those words of faith, Jesus responded by saying:
"To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”Luke 23:43
Salvation is in Christ... not in a church.
The catechism claims salvation comes.”..through Christ's Catholic Church alone...”But God's Word says it is obtained through Jesus Christ:
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”Romans 6:23
.”.. God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”1 John 4:9
Only Christ can offer us salvation because He alone shed His blood for us:
"Much more then, being now justi-fied by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”Romans 5:9
No church can offer salvation. Only Jesus can:
"Neither is there salvation in any other (except Jesus): for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”Acts 4:10, 12
Since the Bible and Catholicism clearly disagree, here are some questions you must answer:
● If the Catholic church is necessary to escape hell and reach heaven, would not God have clearly stated it in His Word... at least once?
● Why would Jesus repeatedly lie by saying that salvation is available through faith in Him?
●Are you willing to call Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Paul and the Apostle John all liars? For your religion to be right, you must.
● For centuries, Bible believing Christians have contended that this unbiblical doctrine was created to keep members in bondage. Was it?
● Lastly, you must again answer the question,” Which will I obey and serve, the traditions of men, or the Word of God?”You cannot say"both"because each says the other is wrong.
Someday you will stand face to face with Jesus Christ. You will look Him right in the eyes. You might want to start thinking about how you are going to tell the Lord that you rejected His teachings and obeyed the traditions of sinful men because you assumed He was lying.
"For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men...”Mark 7:8
Salvation through the Church
Understanding Catholicism by Rick Jones
1 From article"Pope Meets with Youth of Various Christian Confessions,” Vatican City, 5/7/01 (VIS) reported by the Catholic Information Network, 5/9/01, N. 86
“Christians disagreed about the very nature of truth. To the orthodox, who believed that truth could come only through the successors of the Apostles, truth was static and never-changing. It had been revealed only once at the resurrection. Consequently, they thought that one should learn of God only through the Church, not from personal inquiry and not from one's own experience. Blind faith was considered more important than personal understanding. Bishop Irenaeus cautioned not to seek answers"such as every one discovers for himself,” but rather to accept in faith that which the Church teaches and which"can be clearly, unambiguously and harmoniously understood by all.”34 He wrote,” If... we cannot discover explanations of all those things in Scripture... we should leave things of that nature to God who created us, being most properly assured that the Scriptures are indeed perfect.”35 Tertullian declared:
We want no curious disputation after possessing Christ Jesus, no inquisition after enjoying the gospel! With our faith, we desire no further belief.36
One should unquestioningly accept and submit to whatever the Church teaches.
Indeed, orthodox Christians deemed rigorous personal pursuit of truth and understanding an indication of heresy. As Tertullian wrote:
This rule... was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics.37
But on what ground are heretics strangers and enemies to the apostles, if it be not from the difference of their teaching, which each individual of his own mere will has either advanced or received?38
Since the orthodox believed truth to be known only to the successors of the Apostles, one could learn of it only by accepting the Church's teachings in blind faith.
Others, however, believing that Christ's spirit and presence could be experienced by anyone at any time, considered truth to be dynamic and ever-increasing. Some Gnostics believed that truth and Gnosis or"knowledge“Was found, not by looking to the Church, but by looking within oneself. Self-knowledge would lead to knowing God. A Gnostic teacher named Monoimus wrote:
Look for (God) by taking yourself as the starting point... Learn the sources of sorrow, joy, love, hate... If you carefully investigate these matters you will find him in yourself.39
“The first century Simon Magus taught that within each human being dwells“The Boundless power, which... is the root of the universe.”40 The path to enlightenment involved not simply accepting the words of the Church on faith, but an active personal search for understanding. A Gnostic text reads.”..the rational soul who wearied herself in seeking—she learned about God.”41
These Christians believed self-exploration to be imperative to one's spiritual path.
In the Gnostic Gospel According to Thomas, Jesus says:
If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.42
They believed that searching could dispel the ignorance that produced a nightmarish existence in which one is caught in"many illusions“And experiences"terror and confusion and instability and doubt and division.”43 The Gospel of Truth reads:
ignorance... brought about anguish and terror. And the anguish grew solid like a fog, so that no one was able to see.44
Searching within oneself could bring the knowledge and enlightenment to dispel such ignorance. They believed that Jesus had encouraged self-exploration. Jesus said,” Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you“And“The Kingdom of God is within you.”45
Just as the orthodox wanted to control truth, so they wanted strict control over who could dispense that truth. Early Christians differed sharply about the role of the Church. Gnostic Christians who valued personal exploration believed that the structure of the Church should remain flexible, while orthodox Christians insisted upon strict adherence to a singular Church.46 Bishop Irenaeus insisted there could be only one church, and outside that church“There is no salvation.”47 He said of the Church,” she is the entrance to life, all others are thieves and robbers.”48 Ignatius, the Bishop of Antioch, wrote,” Let no man deceive himself: if any one be not within the altar, he is deprived of the bread of God.”49 And Clement, the Bishop of Rome from 90-100 C.E., argued that God alone rules all things, that He lays down the law, punishing rebels and rewarding the obedient, and that His authority is delegated to Church leaders. Clement went as far as to say that whoever disobeys these divinely ordained authorities has disobeyed God Himself and should receive the death penalty.50
Long before the Church's attempt to control spirituality would take its devastating toll, the seeds of its tyranny were evident in the ideology of early orthodox Christians. Their belief in singular supremacy limited the way one could understand God and it eliminated any representation of shared supremacy. It encouraged a fear-based authoritarian structure that segregates people into positions of superiority or inferiority, restricts personal empowerment, and demands unquestioning obedience. Although orthodox Christians represented only one of many early branches, within a few centuries they had effectively suppressed the diversity of early beliefs and ideas. Orthodox Christian beliefs became synonymous with Christianity itself.”
Helen Ellerbe, The Dark Side of Christian History
Morningstar Books (July 1, 1995) ONE: SEEDS OF TYRANNY Aura HD
34. Irenaeus Against Heresies, 2.27.1-2.
35. Ibid., 2.27.2.
36. Tertullian,” On Prescription Against Heretics“Chapter VII, 246.
37. Ibid., Chapter XIII, 249.
38. Ibid., Chapter XXXVII, 261.
39. Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels, xix-xx.
40. Hippolytus Philosophumena 6.9, Volume II, Translated by F. Legge (London: Society For Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1921) 5.
41.”Authoritative Teaching"VI, 3 34.32-35.2 from The Nag Hammadi Library, 283.
42. Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels, 126.
43.”The Gospel of Truth"29.2-6 from The Nag Hammadi Library, 43.
44.”The Gospel of Truth"17.10-15 from The Nag Hammadi Library, 40.
45. Matthew 7:7 and Luke 17:21.
46. Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels, 25.
47. Ibid., xxiii.
48. Irenaeus Against Heresies, 3.4.1.
49. Ignatius, Ephesians V
50. Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels, 34.
A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories History's Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors
Michael Farquhar, Penguin Books; (10) edition (May 1, 2001)
Part VIII "Papal Vice"
“The Borgia clan of the fifteenth century could very well qualify as the prototypical Mafia family. Like any good Gambino or Genovese, they looked out for their own, used ill-gained wealth to get whatever they wanted, and killed without blinking. Of course there was also the religious hypocrisy. Few mobsters ever missed a Mass. Rodrigo Borgia became the pope. As Alexander VI, he ruled as the ultimate godfather, and his reign—marked by murder, greed, and unbridled sex—was one of the most infamous in papal history. But it was his rise to power that provided the most lurid chapter of Alexander's checkered career.
Rodrigo Borgia indicated early on that he had the makings of a great Renaissance pontiff. He was only twelve when he reportedly committed his first murder, stabbing to death another boy his age. His uncle, Pope Callistus III, assured Rodrigo's place in the Church by making him a cardinal when he was twenty-five and vice-chancellor of the Holy See a year later. Thanks to the offices provided by Uncle Cal, Rodrigo soon became a very rich man.
“He is enormously wealthy,” a contemporary wrote,” and through his connections with kings and princes, commands great influence. He has built a beautiful and comfortable place for himself between the bridge of Sant' Angelo and the Campo di Fiori. His revenues from his papal offices, his abbeys in Italy and Spain, his three bishoprics of Valencia, Portus, and Cartagena, are vast... . His plate, his stuffs embroidered with silk and gold, his books are all of such quality as would befit a king or pope. I hardly need mention the sumptuous bed-hangings, trappings for his horses and similar things of gold, silver, and silk, nor the vast quantity of gold coin which he possesses.”
Rodrigo Borgia's money would later come in handy when he set out to buy himself the papacy. In the meantime, he settled into his luxurious lifestyle as a prince of the Church with his mistress, Vannozza de' Catanei. In addition to the children he had from previous affairs, Vannozza bore him four more illegitimate children over the next twenty years. Two of them, Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia, would become as infamous as their dad.
Much as he loved Vannozza, however, Rodrigo eschewed monogamy as vigorously as he had celibacy. His extravagant sex life was greeted with a wink by his uncle Pope Callistus, but after Callistus died in 1458, his successor Pius II took a less favorable view. No slouch in the sack himself, having sired two children of his own, Pius was nevertheless shocked by Cardinal Borgia's behavior.
"Beloved Son,” the pope wrote Rodrigo after hearing of a particularly lusty evening.”We have heard that, four days ago, several ladies of Sienna—women entirely given over to worldly frivolities—were assembled in the gardens of Giovanni di Bichis and that you, quite forgetful of the high office with which you are invested, were with them from the seventeenth to the twenty-second hour. With you was one of your colleagues whose age alone, if not the dignity of his office, ought to have recalled him to his duty. We have heard that the most licentious dances were indulged in, none of the allurements of love were lacking and you conducted yourself in a wholly worldly manner. Shame forbids mention of all that took place—not only the acts themselves but their very names are unworthy of your position. In order that your lusts might be given free rein the husbands, fathers, brothers and kinsmen of the young women were not admitted... . All Sienna is talking about this orgy... . Our displeasure is beyond words... . A cardinal should be beyond reproach.”
Between the orgies, Cardinal Borgia continued to accumulate vast wealth. He made lots of money selling pardons for all manner of crimes, even the most heinous. After hearing protests over his paid reprieve of a father who murdered his daughter, he retorted,” It is not God's wish that a sinner should die, but that he should live—and pay!"
Borgia had more than enough money to take a stab at the papacy. Although popes were no longer elevated to the office by powerful Roman families or Christian emperors, the palms of the cardinals who elected them took plenty of greasing. In the conclave of 1484, after the death of Sixtus IV, Borgia lost the coveted crown to Innocent VIII, the great witch hunter. After Innocent died in 1492, however, Borgia was determined that he would not be cheated of the world's ultimate throne again. He nearly bankrupted himself in the process.
It was a tight race, but Borgia had plenty of money. He even boasted that he had sacks of gold enough to fill the Sistine Chapel. And though he was a hated foreigner (both Borgia and his uncle Callistus III were Spanish), the price was right for many of the obdurate Roman cardinals.
One persistent rival stood in his way, however. Cardinal Ascario Sforza was also enormously wealthy and came from the ruling dynasty of the Duchy of Milan, which would give him much support. Taking Sforza aside, Borgia bluntly asked him what it would take to withdraw. Sforza settled for the lucrative office of vice chancellor and a huge cash payment. The next day, four mule-loads of bullion were on their way to Sforza's palace. Now Borgia needed only one more vote, which was purchased from the cardinal of Venice. Though the amount was a pittance compared to what Borgia had spent on the others, it was certainly more than the ninety-six-year-old cardinal could ever hope to spend in the time he had left.
The election was held and, as expected, Rodrigo Borgia won. The new Alexander VI could barely contain his glee.”I am pope, I am pope,” he exclaimed as he donned his sumptuous new papal vestments.”We are now in the clutches of perhaps the most savage wolf the world has ever seen,” remarked Giovanni di Medici, the future Pope Leo X.”Either we flee or he will, without a doubt, devour us.”
After an extravagant, debauched coronation ceremony that bordered on the pagan, Alexander VI settled right into his new position. He traded his long-term mistress Vannozza for the much younger and fresher Giulia Farnese, who was about sixteen at the time; the pope was pushing sixty. Giulia was immediately dubbed“The Pope's Whore“And“The Bride of Christ"by the snickering Roman populace, but her position garnered power and she was able to get her brother, the future Pope Paul III, a plush position as a cardinal.
Usually the office was very expensive to acquire, and Alexander VI fed his coffers by constantly making new cardinals. After they paid for the position, the pope was known to have them poisoned to make room for more. (One exception was Alexander's teenage son, Cesare, who got his post for free.) Ironically, Pope Alexander himself fell victim to a deadly potion, most probably intended for someone else. His grotesque demise in 1503, at age seventy-three, was vividly recorded by his aide John Burchard.
As the pope lingered on his bed, unable to swallow, his face turned the color of mulberry and his skin started to peel off. The fat of his belly liquified, while his bowels bled. Alexander finally died after hours of agony, but the indignity he faced was only just beginning. As the pope's blackened corpse started to putrefy, the tongue swelled and forced open the mouth, which, according to Burchard, was foaming like a kettle over a fire. The bloated body, growing as wide as it was long, finally burst, emitting sulphurous fumes from every orifice. It was, the Venetian ambassador wrote,” the ugliest, most monstrous and horrible dead body that was ever seen, without any form or likeness of humanity.”The same could be said of the Church that was by now ripe for Reformation.”
From Publishers Weekly
In another royal exposé, Farquhar, a writer at the Washington Post, duplicates some of the ground covered in Karl Shaw's Royal Babylon, such as Peter the Great's delight in administering torture (he had his son lashed to death) and the way Britain's Queen Mary cajoled her subjects into giving her their household treasures (“I am caressing it with my eyes,” she would coyly coo). Written in a provocative tabloid style (with headings like“We Are Not Abused. We Are Abusive,” “A Son Should Love His Mother, But...”and“All the Holiness Money Can Buy"), Farquhar publicly washes the dirty laundry of not only European royalty, but also of Roman emperors and popes. Murderers and torturers who slept with their siblings (and other relatives), the emperors of Rome excelled at corruption. The maniacal pedophile Tiberius Caesar (A.D. 14-37) left the corpses of his many victims to rot on the Gemonian Steps, which descended from the Capitol to the Forum, or alternatively enjoyed watching them being thrown from a cliff (“A contingent of soldiers was stationed below to whack them with oars and boat hooks just in case the fall failed to do the trick"). Many popes were no better. Not content with just rooting out Christian heretics by launching a bloody crusade against the Cathars in southern France, Innocent III (1160-1216) declared himself ruler of the world. He sacked Constantinople and massacred every Muslim he could find. Like Royal Babylon, this gossipy string of anecdotes is a popularized rather than an authoritative history and perfect for travel reading.
Vatican apology criticized
“Washington — Jewish groups will issue a formal statement next week expressing their disappointment with what they call the Catholic church's effort to whitewash its role in the Holocaust...
“Hitler, Himmler and other Nazi leaders were all baptized Christians who were never excommunicated,” reads the document to be issued by the International Committee on Inter-religious Consultations, the coalition of all major Jewish groups.”The same is true of the vast apparatus of killers, a product of Christian Europe.”
Washington Post, August 29, 1998
“In the history of the Western world, however, this Bible has also left a trail of pain, horror, blood and death that is undeniable. Yet this fact is not often allowed to rise to consciousness. Biblical words have been used not only to kill, but even to justify that killing. This book has been relentlessly employed by those who say they believe it to be God's Word, to oppress others who have been, according to these believers, defined in the"hallowed"pages of this text as somehow subhuman. Quotations from the Bible have been cited to bless the bloodiest of wars. People committed to the Bible have not refrained from using the cruelest forms of torture on those whom they believe to have been revealed as the enemies of God in these"sacred"scriptures. A museum display that premiered in Florence in 1983, and later traveled to the San Diego Museum of Man in 2003, featured the instruments used on heretics by Christians during the Inquisition. They included stretching machines designed literally to pull a person apart, iron collars with spikes to penetrate the throat, and instruments that were used to impale the victims. The Bible has been quoted throughout Western history to justify the violence done to racial minorities, women, Jews and homosexuals. It might be difficult for some Christians to understand, but it is not difficult to document the terror enacted by believers in the name of the Bible.
How is it possible, we must ultimately wonder, that this book, which is almost universally revered in Western religious circles, could also be the source of so much evil? Can that use of the Bible be turned around and brought to an end? Can the Bible once again be viewed as a source—even an ultimate source—of life? Or is it too late and the Bible too stained? Those are the themes I will seek to address in this volume.
My qualifications for telling this story are twofold: first, I have had a lifetime love affair with this Bible; and second, I am a church insider, who yearns to see the church become what it was meant to be. I will not give up on the Bible or the church easily, but I will insist that the Bible be looked at honestly in the light of the best scholarship available and that the church consciously own its historical destructiveness.”
The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love
Bishop John Shelby Spong, HarperOne (April 12, 2005) pp. 4-5
'Sex abuse' priest dug up
“A body supposed to be that of a French Catholic priest has been exhumed after a judge in Bordeaux accepted that there were doubts over the corpse's identity....
The priest, Father Pierre Silviet-Garricart, was investigated in 1998 in connection with the alleged rape of a 10-year-old boy.
The boy had been a pupil at a religious institute he ran - a second pupil at the school then also complained he had been abused by the priest.
In January 1999, Fr Silviet-Garricart vanished from Rome, telling friends he planned to commit suicide....
The Catholic Church in France, which has been accused in the past of tolerating paedophile priests, has issued a statement saying that it would not harbour child abusers, but that it was often hard to pin down the offenders.”
BBC, Friday, 10 November, 2000
Vatican 'snubbed Ireland church abuse inquiry'
27 November 2009
The inquiry into sex abuse by Catholic priests in Ireland has disclosed that the Vatican ignored formal requests for information.
The inquiry asked for details of reports on abuse sent to the Vatican by the Dublin archdiocese in 2006.
The Vatican did not reply but told the Irish Foreign Affairs department the request"had not gone through appropriate diplomatic channels.”
The inquiry condemned church leaders for covering-up abuse for decades.
The Report of the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, which was published on Thursday, covered a period from 1975 to 2004.
BBC, 27 November 2009
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