reply to post by FredT
I think the church has been rocked by scandals all over the world, but you definitely have a point about them trying to appeal to a different
I think, though, that what they should be doing is looking at what's wrong with their organisation, and trying to rectify it, instead of launching PR
gimmick stunts to try and win back "customers" - but they come across as too arrogant (and always have) to believe that it could actually be
something wrong with them rather than modern society.
As educational levels grew, and we entered the information age, the RCC lost its grip, because people were no longer ignorant about what went on
behind the scenes, and started to think for themselves about their own spirituality, instead of the churches version of what they should and
shouldn't do - which has always been a classic case of do as I say, not as I do.
In my fathers parish in Ireland (where I lived at the time) a local priest managed to impregnate 3 (yes, 3!) women - 2 of them married.
His punishment? He was moved to a parish in England and the scandal was covered up.
He'd already broken his vows, so why not use contraception? - because that would be wrong
Two marriages were destroyed and 3 women are now pariah's in the community.
This is the kind of hypocrisy that is leading people to seek other forms of spiritual solace.
But the RCC is just one of many christian groups with falling congregations - the difference is, the others don't keep trying gimmicks to win people
back (at least not in the UK).
Take it to the extreme, and pretty soon, the pope will appear on his balcony and start pulling rabbits out of his hat.
Organised religion (christian) is gradually dying out, except for the pockets of extremists which STILL try to enforce their view on the rest of us -
and that's not really any different from muslim extremists.