Date Archives August 18, 2018

Priests and Human Appetites

Earlier this week an over 800-page report was released in the United States detailing cases of child abuse bordering on pedophilia and sodomy among priests of the Catholic church. These cases were reported to number over 1000 spanning decades. The worrying part is that there are claims that the institution itself did whatever it had to to cover up these cases up to and including giving offending priests an opportunity to work somewhere else such as clerical roles in other locations or, in a certain case, in Disneyland.

Whatever we call ourselves: priests, presidents, parents, public servants and so forth, we find that our greed, perversion, hate and other features of our human condition still show up and show up so strongly and in such a pervasive manner that leaders within the institutions which are supposed to uphold the highest moral and ethical standards simply allow the humanity to prevail. It is the shameful reality of the human condition.

One reason for governance at any level is to contain the horrific tendencies of individual humans. We feel that if we could somehow curtail one another with rules and councils, we can create a better human race. Alas, it is the very same humans that make the laws, break them, modify them, ignore them, just to somehow keep satisfying the cravings of this fallen human nature. One case in point is a number of TedEx videos I saw recently advocating pedophilia as an acceptable sexual orientation. Some have accepted homosexuality and bestiality, why not pedophilia? Freedom of speech at it’s worst! We cannot escape our own selves.

You see, I believe that when there is no absolute reference point as to what is right and wrong, we can only go deeper and deeper into the quagmire of the depravity of the human condition. Without God as the absolute reference point, the possibilities of evil in our nature are endless and we will keep being less and less surprised at the unveiling of evil as the years go by. 

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” John 3:16-21