The Ryan Report, which examined the psychological and physical abuse of young children within Irish industrial schools over a period of decades, found evidence of horrible suffering inflicted by cold-hearted priests, brothers, and nuns. Many children suffered severe sexual abuse, including rape. Countless numbers endured relentless hardship, terror, and emotional deprivation - and this went on day after day for years. This is (yet another) disgusting episode in the history of the Catholic Church, demonstrating yet again how little effect its teachings have in producing compassion for real, suffering people. In this case, it was young children who were able to feel enduring pain and misery, leading very often to life-long mental scars.
Clearly, the Church just doesn't get it. This is just the kind of monstrous thing for which we justifiably reach for the extreme word "evil".
But they never learn. Now we have the news story of a senior Vatican official, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, claiming that all this inhuman treatment of real children is nothing compared to abortions. He is quoted as saying "What happened in some schools cannot be compared with the millions of lives that have been destroyed by abortion. It (abortion) has legally destroyed 40 million human lives."
Yes, this is why we call it the Cult of Misery. This is why the Catholic Church is an evil institution, which is not to say that all the individual religious and lay members of the Church are evil, which would be nonsense. But they just don't get it at the very highest levels of the Church. They seriously believe that it is worse to destroy a fetus in a quick operation - either at a sufficiently early stage of pregnancy that there is no pain involved for the fetus, or in any event long before there can be misery, terror, or the slightest understanding of what is happening, or any feelings of confusion if it comes to that - than to inflicting terrible physical and mental harm upon real children ... on young, confused, defenceless people who are old enough to suffer exquisitely, day after day, for years that must feel, at that age, as if they will never end. No words of condemnation are strong enough for this, but Cardinal Canizares evidently doesn't see it that way. This is a kind of moral stupidity or sickness.
Don't believe the Church's propaganda. Its so-called morality is not about avoiding and relieving suffering; it is about absurd moral rules that are applied in a mindless fashion, irrespective of their consequences for human happiness.
The Catholic Church holds itself out as having moral authority, as being able to give us moral leadership, as being a respectable source of guidance to individuals and even governments. It is nothing like that. It's the opposite of all that. Yes, it has some good people amongst its membership. But as an institution, it is not only intellectually bankrupt; it is morally contemptible. The sooner it is totally marginalised in all societies, the better.