I think you're letting your prejudice blight your view of history.Yeah, you did. This idea that the waiter who is handing out the bread is "in the person of Christ" is the arrogant usurpation which transformed the Church into a totalitarian regime of astonishing brutality and rapacity.
I think you're letting your prejudice blight your view of history.
Similar to what was asked of Ben Franklin when he walked out of the hall in Philedelphia...I would say the same of you. Medieval Christendom was a horrible regime, whose overthrow has been a long and bloody process, not entirely complete even to this day. This was surely not what Jesus had in mind, and the question arises of how it could possibly have turned out that way.
Therefore, we can assert that:The history of Christianity certainly does add credence to one of the premises of Christianity, that human nature has some deeply-rooted tendencies toward evil built in.
It has confessed and apologised, that's a matter of public record.Thomas, how does the Catholic church regard it's own reported flaws of the past?
Well here I would make three delineations:For example, it's hard not to see in even recent issues such as child abuse allegations, that the Roman Catholic Church's first priority is to look after itself, and hide problems, to the detriment of others, even Catholic believers.
I cannot agree with the first part of that statement (at least), and would seek clarification on the latter ... too much is assumed, based on popular conceptions, those things that everybody knows, but have no foundation in actuality (the Office of the Inquisition is a classic example) ... but the point remains that the doctrine does not support nor condone the evil done, and that's my point.You mention that Christianity offers a solution to evil - so how does an organisation which has so obviously been used for "evil" purposes in the past, and institutionally protects "evil" even within itself, therefore address the conundrum?
Who said you were "obliged" to agree? Am I "obliged" to agree with you?So what I am saying is that I, and many others, not necessarily Catholic, nor even Christian, are not obliged to agree with you.
Which revolt was that?Look, the cause of the great revolt against the Catholic church was the incredible disjunction between the poverty and humility of Christ's disciples and the wealth and arrogance of the priestly class, something which could be concealed as long as copies of the old texts were rare and literacy even rarer.