Catholic Abuse: More Questions Than Answers*

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2 Responses to “Catholic Abuse: More Questions Than Answers*”

  1. Etienne Caruana Says:

    Well, I for one, can never bring myself to call the Pope “Holy Father”. I think it’s a title that borders on the blasphemous. I mean, it’s a title I would use with respect to God the Father, but not to another human being. And what are we to make of the word in Matthew (23:9): “And do not call anyone on earth ‘father’, for you have one Father, and he is in heaven”? Even if one were to allow for a wide interpretation of this word, I cannot see this word as justifying the use of the title “Holy Father” with respect to the Pope. Here too lies the double standard, i.e. in the interpretation of scripture texts. One standard is used with respect to gays (the so-called clobber texts), and another standard is used with respect to the Church hierarchy to arrogate to itself a form of prestige that is becoming more and more of a counter-witness.

    • Terence@queerchurch Says:

      Thanks, Etienne for reminding me of the words in Matthew. Words can be dangerous, and should be used with care. Another one I have become wary of is the “faithful” – which implies faithful to the Church, but should mean faithful to the Gospels.

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