I did read your point.
Originally Posted by Night
I don't because that's simply not true. I know plenty of intelligent people who hold views different from mine, and many of them I get along quite well personally.
Asinine? Why not simply call everyone who delivers an opinion different from yours, stupid
Im sorry, but many of the arguments presented here are just plain asinine.
At best 1-2% of all priests are pedophiles, so trying to paint the entire character of the Church on this issue is just dishonest. Can one criticise the manner in which the Church handled the situation? Yes you can, and many(Catholics and non-Catholics) have done so - including me.
It's another story to try use this as an excuse to throw rocks at an entire spiritual tradition. I don't think highly of Islam, but my entire argument doesn't revolve around suicide bombers or women wearing veils. Nor does my overall view prevent me from admiring certain aspects of the Islamic faith, like their mystical tradition of Sufism for example.
Same principle applies to my attitudes towards anyother spiritual tradition.
Thomas Merton said it best:
"If I affirm myself as a Catholic merely by denying all that is Muslim, Jewish, Protestant, Hindu, Buddhist, etc., in the end I will find that there is not much left for me to affirm as a Catholic: and certainly no breath of the Spirit with which to affirm it."