One interesting primary victim shown was Father Ronald Paquin, who admitted to being raped himself, but also confessed to molesting several boys as his time as a priest at St. John the Baptist. Paquin did not seem fazed by his confession because he “never got any pleasure” from molesting his parishioners (Spotlight, 1:15:40). The families of those who were victimized were also interviewed by the spotlight team, one woman said that her family was pressured into settling the lawsuit, which required them to sign a nondisclosure agreement. The families are secondary victims because although they weren’t the ones victimized directly, the fact that a loved one was hurt affected them as well. The other parishioners even those who were not abused, are tertiary victims, because they feel betrayed that their priests abused so many of their other fellow church members, and the archdiocese did nothing about it.
In the story, both the characters on the pilgrimage and the characters within the stories themselves display elements of church corruption. Out of all the characters on the journey, the Pardoner is the most obvious case of a corrupt member of the church. The prologue of the Pardoner illustrates his obsession with material wealth and the hypocrisy of his job. During this drunken state, he rants to the company that “Covetousness is both the root and stuff of all I preach” (p. 243) this oxymoronic phrase illustrates his corruption. Covetousness refers to one of the ten commandments; You shall not covet your neighbors
The Priest himself, however, vehemently denies his status as a potential martyr: ‘There are good priests and bad priests. It is just that I am a bad priest’. As T S Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral emphasizes, one must do the right thing for the right reason. To lay down one’s life with the deliberate purpose of attaining sainthood or martyrdom would tantamount to expression of pride. The more the Priest rebuffs himself for his foibles, the more he shows the quality of humility.
In the year of 1517, a German priest by the name of Martin Luther began to recognize corruption within the Catholic Church. Figures who people would look up to as “holy” would take advantage of their positions and their power. The Church began to conduct religious abuses such as selling church positions, selling indulgences, and supporting the luxurious lifestyle of the popes. Even corruption and immortality began to spur within the clergy. Churches charged their dedicated Catholic followers for the sins they committed in order to appease their own selfish
Being made sin for us, he underwent the sentence sin had exposed us to. Carnal hearts see nothing in the Lord Jesus to desire an interest in him. Unfortunately, by how many is he still despised in his people, and rejected as to his doctrine and authority. We can see this in The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) share about the crucifixion and rejection of Jesus Christ, but Isaiah 53 and Psalms 22 describe in graphic detail what took place as well as the spiritually significant purpose for the death of our Savior. So let’s explore Isaiah 53 and see if we can discover its true meaning and therefore its accurate application to our lives today.
The concept of of excessive selfishness has been recognized throughout history. C.S. Lewis writes in his book Mere Christianity that pride is the "anti-God" state, the position in which the ego and the self are directly opposed to God: "Unchastely, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind. In the book the writer tries to defend christianity but from a logical point of view, he argues that a basic “moral code or law” exists in almost all religions at least at a fundamental level and he believes that this moral law isn’t some arbitrary human invention. Later on in the book Lewis argues that pride is the most dangerous of all sins, since it encourages humans to place themselves “above God.” He suggests that many people who consider themselves to be good Christians actually worship a “false God,” and secretly
Evil must be your only happiness.” That is to say evil dwells in everyone’s mind. Like Goodman Brown, people usually think the depravity of human must be caused by evil other than themselves. Here, the story allegorizes that it is our human nature that results in the fatal mistake. R.H. Fogle writes, “Goodman Brown, a simple and pious nature, is wrecked as a result of disappearance of the fixed poles of his belief. His orderly cosmos dissolves into chaos as church and state, the twin pillars of the society, are hinted to be rotten, with their foundations undermined.”(Hurley) When Goodman Brown suddenly realizes that all his fellow men, including his mentor of youth, the priest in the church…, have become converts of Devil, he is in an extremely desperate state, not knowing who to believe ever after.
Despite enforcing the laws of the church, the summoners themselves were thought to be immoral sinners. Chaucer constructs a representative picture of the condition of the Church by depicting characters like the Friar, the Summoner and the Pardoner. The Church had then become a hotbed of immorality, corruption, and rank materialism (Aslam, 2017). The Summoner fully signify the hypocrisy and moral decay that had crept into the Church. As Chaucer described in the prologue that the Summoner had used his position for his own profits, and he would gladly accept a bribe "for in his purs he sholde ypunysshed be."
He traded pigs’ bones as saints’ bones, loaded a brass cross with stones to equate its weight to that of gold, and basically failed to carry out an honest day’s work a single day of his life, if the portrait painted of him is anything to go by. He is slyly corrupt, which earns him the most criticism on Chaucer’s part. Where most all corrupt members of the Church on the pilgrimage have either justified or denied their corruption, The Pardoner relishes in his. He recognizes the hypocrisy of preaching against the very sins he practices, yet does not
Numerous Christians are willing to say that homosexuality is the worst sin, far greater than any other. Although most Christians will not use these specific words, they display it with their actions; overlooking their own private sins. They instead pick one that they do not struggle with and do not understand. I fully believe that homosexuals are born the way they are. They are born into sin, just as the rest of us are born liars, cheats, and thieves.