Ideally the title for this post would have been “Fuck the Catholic Church!” but for the sake of being more general and in fact more accurate I would like to berate the entire concept of dogma rather than any one system that makes use of it.
How did this rant get sparked off? Well, I watched “Philamena” on Sunday. It’s a lovely biographical film about an old Irish lady (played by Dame Judi Dench) who goes on a search to find her child who was taken from her by nuns when she was a teenager.
She was sent to this covent after falling pregnant where she was then forced to work out her sins and her child was sold to an American family without her consent. It is a bitterly traumatic story of how a mother’s bond with her child is violently severed, an event that neither child or parent ever really recover from.
The part that pisses me off, however, is the fact that this entire bloody mess was created by a group of so called “holy” women who sacrifice their vitality in the name of God only to commit the most heinous and unjust acts in His name.
So who is to blame? Is it God that is wrong? Is it man? No, it’s Dogma!
God, at least from a Christian perspective, is supposed to be a bloody nice guy. If he made his son, Jesus Christ, in his image then it is pretty obvious (from what I hear) that he is a forgiving, loving, accepting, all embracing kind of guy. So then why would these so called Christians behave so appallingly cruel, one might even say “evil”?
Now let’s not kid ourselves. These nuns in this convent in this small Irish town are NOT the only perpetrators of violent acts against persons or groups in the name of Dogma. The same might be said of any militant faction of Judaism, Islam or Christianity whereby right-wing politics are worshipped and fought for over and above any logical concept of God. Of course there are also perfectly lovely, well meaning religious people. This is not an attack on any religious group but merely the ones that act in this way in the name of Dogma.
It is Dogma that drives these men and women insane, drunk on the words they’ve been forced to swallow over years of indoctrination.
Dogma is defined by the dictionary as:
It is a weapon as dangerous as any bomb. It is used by the ignorant and the desperate, the power-hungry and the tyrannical.
So yes, yesterday I wrote about spirituality and its utility in our human lives. But today I admonish the use of religious or other (nationalism, sexism, racism etc all function this way too) dogma that is used as a control mechanism to further one group’s interests over another via violent and inhumane acts.
I don’t care if you believe in God or not. We all need our belief systems and I can in no way lay claim to privileged information that gives me the power to say whether any one truth is the ultimate truth. But I can tell you one thing, I do not ascribe and do not condone the use of Dogma to hurt, punish, or deny any human being their rights.
This means that I do not believe that any one person or group has the right to decide how another person should live, who they should love, where they can worship, and whether they are “sinners” that should receive punishment for acts that are only understood to be wrong according to one or another Dogma.
To end, here is a quote from “The Final Testament of the Holy Bible” by James Frey.
“Love is life. Life isn’t worth living without love. And the Catholic Church, filled with celibate men who have no experience with it, has no right telling other people how to love or who to love or what kind of love is right or wrong”