Many people seem to have the impression that the sexual molestation by Catholic priests is a recent problem of the 21st century. Not so.
Ex-priest Bernard Fresenborg, in his book, "Thirty Years of Hell (1903)," documents the very same sexual molestation by priests in the 19th century. The bishops in the 19th century also merely moved the molesting priest to another parish. This disgusted Fresenborg to the extent that he quit the priesthood and the Catholic church.
Thus, this billion dollar problem of the Catholic church has been around for a long time, but only recently been held accountable for this diabolical activity.
The Catholic church, as do most other churches, bases its dogma on selected biblical verses and ignore other verses. The result is a multitude of Christian denominations, all claiming their interpretation to be the word of God.
What puzzles Fresenborg and me is the issue of celibacy for Catholic priests when I Corinthians 7.2 states, "Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife and let every woman have her own husband." So, why does the Catholic church ignore this biblical verse which makes it very plain that every priest and nun should marry?
The 1948 Lutheran Press pamphlet, "The Split Between Roman Catholicism and Christ," notes that in 1075, Pope Gregory VII decreed all clerical marriages invalid.
The reason being behind all this as that up to that time the priests' assets were inherited by his family and the pope wanted these assets to come to the church.
This sexual molestation by priests is currently worldwide. It is so prevalent in Austria to the extent that Catholics are leaving the church by the thousands.
Those Christians feeling that only Catholic religious leaders are involved in molestation and other crimes should think again.
"Freethought Today" publishes monthly black-collar crimes of religious leaders in the nation. The December issue contained 97 citations - 45 of which were against Protestants, such as the Ripon pastor who recently embezzled thousands of dollars from his church.