coolpapacole, on 18 April 2017 - 12:37 PM, said:
The covering up and enabling of pedophilia is hardly the only black mark on Catholicism. For instance their vocal opposition to using contraceptives in aids riddled countries is a reprehensible position and supports my belief that they care more about their mantras (the sanctity of life) than they do about actual people. You see this also when they do things like excommunicate doctors for performing an abortion on a young girl pregnant from incest. Again and again Catholicism has been on the wrong side of issues throughout history. Because of all the nonsense they have created over the years they are often stuck with supporting hideous positions because they can't admit to being wrong since they claim infallibility. They set themselves up as the ultimate moral authority and then have often used that position for evil, whether intentional or not. Even a surface review of the history of Catholicism makes it clear that the primary impetus to the things they do is a desire to remain relevant and retain the power and wealth they have accumulated over the centuries. It is about control and not about the things they mouth but don't actually enact. To be clear, what I am saying applies to the organized hierarchy of Catholicism and not necessarily to individual Catholics. I find many of them to be basically good people who have to try to navigate the nonsense of the religion they happened to be born into.
This is an odd one to have put in there. I would think the one thing religions could do is set a consequence for violating a rule, and rather a moral law of the church (sanctity of life*), particularly when that consequence is only relevant as a member of the church.
*brief note that here I'm assuming the view that a pre-abortive contraception does not violate this principle being a moral law as opposed to a religious rule. I believe recent remarks by the current Pope are vague but suggest that possibility of the use of contraception as being acceptable in circumstances (here, the Zika virus). It doesn't go nearly far enough, but it is movement.