"I think the nation is traumatised, I think Catholics are traumatised. I have long lost faith in the institution of the Catholic Church. And I mourn the loss of my faith community. But I made a decision a few years ago that I could not, as a lay person, continue to prop up a failing and decaying institution with my voluntary labour and my money.”
Labor senator Kristina Keneally, as quoted By Neil McMahon March 5, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald
In the light of the criminal conviction of Australia’s most senior Catholic I suspect a lot of people feel like Kristina Keneally.
For me I haven’t changed my view. I’m still totally against religion.
I am supportive though of people who wish to have a faith. I think the institutions and organisations associated with them are the problem.
Religion is the man made (literally men and usually old men) dogma and doctrines.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Book of Hebrews chapter 11 verse 1 New King James Version of the Bible
In the case of the Catholic Church they have had 21 major meetings of their hierarchy over the past 1900 years. You could fill a major library with the written decisions of these meetings. These are in stark contrast to the approximately 2000 words of Jesus Christ recorded in the bible.
I am against religion because of the associated violence over hundreds of years and sexual and emotional abuse as well as the cover up of it.
I am against religion because of the influence their men are allowed to have on our politicians many of whom support the institutions.
I believe it is time to end the church as an institution and return the unbelievable wealth and properties to people of faith.
Let the church be self-governed by laity and get rid of all the hierarchy and people who make up the dogma and doctrine to suit themselves.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
Book of James chapter 2 verse 26 New King James Version of the Bible
The church has fallen on its own sword. Time to end it.
“Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us, only sky
Imagine all the people living for today.
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace”