Why The Catholic Church Covers It Up

During my lifetime quest for the truth re the source and genesis of racism, I discovered an element and component of the source of the vast wealth of the Catholic church.

It's really quite simple yet is immensely profound in it's application and impact on the ways and means in which the Catholic Church accrued and accumulated it's wealth and holdings:

The principle of primogeniture:

"Primogeniture (English: /prməˈɛnɪər/) is the right, by law or custom, of the paternally acknowledged, firstborn son to inherit his parent's entire or main estate, in preference to daughters, elder illegitimate sons, younger sons and collateral relatives..."  ------Wikipedia

The clerical vows of chastity and poverty when combined with the requirements of celibacy ensured that the Catholic Church would inherit the estates of deceased clergymen who, as first born males,  would inherit the estates of their parents.

During the Middle Age, or Dark Age, feudalism was the common economic and financial paradigm...The rule of primogeniture was a controlling factor in the acquisition and distribution of wealth..

The Catholic Church engaged in the practice of selling indulgences to feudal lords which oftentimes included the exchange of a prominent position in the Church's clergy to the firstborn son for the promise of salvation and entrance into heaven ...

The kid got to become literate and a priest or a bishop or cardinal and the Church got richer from the kid's inheritance of the estate of his parents. Due to his vow of poverty, everything he would inherit went to the Church...

A few hundred years of that can cause the Church to want to hide all manner of debauchery, depravity, and perversion...

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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on August 20, 2018 at 2:12pm

Follow the money...  you'll find a corrupt, rat bastard politician, a criminal, a church leader or all three in the same person.

Comment by alsoknownas on August 20, 2018 at 2:22pm

SBA has written the perfect precursor to an old joke standard :

A rat bastard politician, a criminal and a church leader walk into a bar.

The bartender says " Drinking alone again?"

Comment by Maui Surfer on August 20, 2018 at 5:15pm

Martin Luther was no Saint himself, but, one thing he couldn't stand was indulgences ...

Comment by koshersalaami on August 20, 2018 at 8:33pm

Yup. Follow the money. (Which is what I said when this was initially presented as a comment.)

No, Martin Luther wasn’t a saint, and he recognized that the Church at that point had gotten ridiculously corrupt, so he decided to cut out the source of their corruption. Entrance to Heaven was based o a mixture of Faith and Works. Works at that point had shifted to primarily mean donations to the Church rather than good deeds. Luther said: Works don’t count, it’s all about Faith. But in eliminating one problem, he created another, because Faith being enough has its own behavioral costs. Luther needed a sign on his desk that read

Faith without compassion is heresy

But he didn’t. And I’m not sure he even believed it. But it is. 

Comment by Maui Surfer on August 21, 2018 at 8:57pm

Kosh, he needed a Truman, "Buck Stops Here" on his desk.


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