Anything that has got potency will fall into the hands of evil or stupid people who will misuse it for their own purposes.  I don’t stop believing in science because the Nazis were Social Darwinists or because scientists developed the atom bomb. I don’t stop believing in democracy because we went to war in Iraq.  But can we say this about the Catholic Church?  Burning people alive and imprisoning and torturing countless thousands in the dungeons  of the Inquisition in the name of the gentle lamb of God, and so many other enormities in both ancient and recent times,  surely takes misuse of good to new hights.   Yet I find Catholicism so wonderful despite the enormous wickedness of those who were supposed to keep it safe I still want to be a Catholic. 


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