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  • Greg1

    As a Catholic, I feel qualified to respond: Yes, there have always been abuses by certain bishops, priests, and deacons throughout the last 2000 years. But those have never portrayed the majority of faithful, self giving clergy members who have been faithful to Christ, with many even having gone to their deaths for Him. For example, a disciple of John the Apostle, who was installed Bishop of Antioch by the Apostles Peter & Paul, and who remained their bishop for 40 years until his martyrdom in 106 AD by Trajan, had the following to say on his journey to the lion’s den in Rome, where he was to be ripped to pieces: “Let no one do anything that pertains to the Church, apart from the bishop … Where the bishop appears, there let the people be, just as where Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church … You must all follow the lead of the bishop, as Jesus Christ followed that of the Father” (To the Symyrnians 7&8 106AD). So let us honor 2000 yrs of good Catholics, and not the…

  • Bernardo

    “2000 years of good Catholics” ? What about the 200,000 years of good non-Catholics? Speaking as an ex-Catholic, Catholics are no better or worse than the rest of the world. And your Jesus?

    There was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    Said Jesus’ story was embellished and “mythicized” by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
    and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity.

  • bqrq

    “…..Said Jesus’ story was embellished and “mythicized” by
    many semi-fiction writers…..”

    Same old story – one must say no to God in order to say “yes” to sodomy.

  • Bernard H. Meyer

    “Through the 20th century, the gradual liberalization of American sexual morals led to the elimination of sodomy laws in most states. During this time, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of sodomy laws in Bowers v. Hardwick in 1986. However, in 2003 the Supreme Court reversed the decision with Lawrence v. Texas, invalidating sodomy laws in the remaining 14 states (Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri (statewide), North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia).”

  • Great article.

    Next we’ll be sure to notice how offended the Catholic Church will be.

    Of course, they will have to look at each painting very, very, very carefully just to make sure they can be as totally offended as possible. 🙂

  • Loren Haas

    As enablers of abusers tend to do, you change the subject.
    The point is not that some priests sexually abused children. That would be expected statistically. The horror is that everyone up to the top looked the other way, sent them to other parishes and lied about what had happened. They sent them on knowing it was very likely to happen again. And it did. Again and again. The leadership made the intentional choice to sacrifice innocent children to cover up their own crimes.
    BOOM!
    What do you say to that?

  • Greg1

    You mean the Supreme Court actually admits to getting it wrong once in a while??? Hopefully when this activist court comes to an end, they will reverse this marriage ruling (if our Lord doesn’t come first).

  • Dominic

    Another art show degrading Catholicism? What people will do for money. Now, an art show depicting the more overwhelming greatness of the Church with its history of Saints, Charity, and Moral teaching just wouldn’t sell tickets, would it.
    This Japanese man has some kind of message to convey? That sinners and sin exist within the Church body? Wow, that’s breaking news.
    I’d like to see an art show depicting Emperor worship, the rape and murder at Nanking, the POW camps of the Japanese, and interpret that as the mindset of all Japanese people. Ya’ think I could get some grants for that an open the show in Washington DC, let’s say for Dec. 7, 2015?

  • Larry

    They will get to it right after they reverse Brown v. Board of Ed and Bible thumping bigots can come up with plausible rational and secular reasons for gay marriage bans.

    In other words, when hell freezes over. You are better off just waiting for Armageddon in a nice little bunker.

  • Larry

    Be thankful its just in artistic form. Reality is degrading Catholicism all by itself. Art depicting sexual abuse by priests pales in comparison to the actual well documented acts and the cover up by church authorities.