The cardinals and bishops of the Catholic Church have been naughty for centuries. Why can't they practice what they preach? At Christmastime 2014 Pope Francis scolded them for their vanity, hypocrisy, back-biting, gossiping, boasting, lusting for power and control, and acting like Lords of the Manor. This book is an expansion on Pope Francis's admonition to his inner governing circle, the Vatican Curia, tracing this naughtiness from the time of Emperor Constantine who converted to Christianity in the early 4th century and gave the Church palaces, basilicas, riches, and a noble lifestyle. It is a short journey throughout the lascivious and corruption-filled history of these church leaders-their torture of non-believers, selling of indulgences and church offices, concubinage, partnering with evil kings and rulers-ending with the 20th century Vatican Bank frauds, the money-laundering for Mafia and Mason crimes, the betrayal of the Church, and the sexual abuse of children scandal. These popes, cardinals, and bishops of the Catholic Church are and have been the Real Hindrance to Reform with their peculiar Vatican mindset of clericalism, arrogance, and exaggerated self-estimation of their superiority over everyone and everything. It has been evolving for 1700 years. This short book is not a denunciation of the Catholic Church, but a ray of hope that the Vatican will make the deep changes that are necessary for survival of Catholicism. Only a priesthood that includes married, celibate, male and female priests with a non-clerical mindset will bring about the needed reform of the Catholic Church-not the Pope alone, nor the regressive Vatican mindset of clericalism ingrained in present-day church leaders. n
How the Catholic Church Became Naughty...and Where the Real Hindrance to Reform Lies by Jack Doherty was published by Outskirts Press in October 2015. The ISBN for How the Catholic Church Became Naughty...and Where the Real Hindrance to Reform Lies is 9781478765387.