GODLESSNESS and secularism led to Nazism, Stalinism, mass murder and abortion, according to Anthony Fisher, the new bishop of Parramatta, who has used his inaugural Easter message to launch a scathing attack on atheism, while ignoring the sex abuse scandals besieging the Catholic Church worldwide.
Good Friday is the anniversary of Christ's death on the cross, and the Easter festival shows that he lives despite efforts to kill him off, according to the archbishop, who is tipped by many to become the next head of the church in Australia and leads the largest Catholic diocese in the country. Which is a great idea, as any replacement for Cardinal 'foot in mouth' - Pell would be welcolme, even by staunch R C kneelers.
''Last century we tried godlessness on a grand scale and the effects were devastating,'' he said.
''Nazism, Stalinism, Pol-Pottery, mass murder and broken relationships: all promoted by state-imposed atheism or culture-insinuated secularism.''
It was an illusion to think we could live a better life without God, he said, although he acknowledged that the ''violence, abuse and un-lovingness'' of many believers through the ages had driven some people away from the church.
Cardinal George Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, made oblique mention of the recent scandals enveloping the Catholic Church.
He used his Easter message to tell the faithful that despite Christianity's faults, it underpins our entire way of life.
''We often hear about Christian failures to live up to Christian standards - and there have been too many scandals and too many victims,'' Cardinal Pell wrote.
''But the great majority of Christians continue to follow the commandments of love through regular service, tolerance, forgiveness and community building.''
Cardinal Pell also attacked atheism, by giving thanks for church-based community organisations, and noting that ''we find no community services sponsored by the atheists''.
''We thank God for our Christian traditions and the works they inspire,'' he said. ''They have helped make Australia what it is.''
Neither Bishop Fisher or Cardinal Pell made any direct reference to the latest Catholic sex abuse scandals in which Pope Benedict XVI has been implicated.
Before World Youth Day in Sydney in 2008, Bishop Fisher was castigated for remarks he made about the case of a priest who raped two girls. He told a news conference he wished people would focus on the positivity of World Youth Day ''rather than dwelling crankily, as a few people are prepared to do.
Vest Say's, " HOLY TEAPOT."
During my school days I was compelled to fear God and honour the King, Severe canings were the reward for anyone attempting to jeopardise the future emploment of the brutal and godly reverend by daring to oppose his teachings. Forced into the RN at 15.5 years of age,compulsary church services etc if deliberately missed was a punishable offence, even up to the 1960s.
This is great news for atheists. We are on the radar. A Faith Industry leader The Catholic Church obviously now perceives us as a threat to their enormous, ancient and powerful institution. So we must be doing something right. Atheists are no longer a marginalised and largely ignored little group.
Archbishops commenting on atheism presents somewhat of a conflict of interest because without a god there'd be no job. Let's look to the inate goodness in people rather than having to find a religious reason to be that way. After all, as a species we would not have survived without getting along with each other. Religion was created by humans for humans to formalise the rules of engagement. It has sadly lost its way and has allowed oragnisations like the Catholic church to prosper. Significantly to the detriment of those good people who follow its doctrine. For those people, you can be good and you don't need a church or a religion to tell you!. The following is an excerpt from my memoirs , click blue pic at top of page,
I was about fourteen years old when I was confirmed into the Church
of England and learned the catechism and Christian principles.
I also learned not to ask adverse questions about the teachings of the Bible.
Our holy man had a heavy hand. He told us that blind faith in the Lord would guide us through our lives, and that the lack of faith in Christianity was an unpardonable sin. When I asked Reverend “Holy”
Harling if his faith would save him if he jumped off a cliff after praying for safety, he chased me round the schoolroom waving his cane.
The malevolent use of the ‘unpardonable sin’ doctrine years ago by Christian churches justified their mass murdering, torturing, and burning of people at the stake.
Holy Harling was the reincarnation of Dracon 659- 601 BC.
My nose had detected that the Bishop who conducted the confirmation ceremony had been at the sacramental wine. Only once did I attend Holy Communion. I just could not swallow the dogma. The
thought of drinking the blood of Christ and eating his body were inhuman and repulsive to me. VEST.