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Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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4 Comments on “Saintly heights and wretched depths: Catholicism’s triumph and despair”

  1. Dr. Mark McKim Says:

    We who are Protestant Christians should grieve with our Roman brothers and sisters for what they are experiencing. And a blot on any branch of the church is a blot for all of us. One of the (many) sad aspects of this current scandal is how, as usual, media reporting is interested only in the salacious sins of the church. That, as they say, “sells papers.” But what about the vast majority – tens of thousands of clergy, monks and nuns – who have never harmed a child and never would? Why no mention of the millions of hours given every year by Christians (RC and otherwise) to ease the world’s misery, the orphanages, hospitals, homeless shelters, senior homes, clinics, schools, and colleges run by churches? Why no mention of the billions of dollars which churches funnel into work the poor, the vulnerable and the destitute? Because, of course, that doesn’t “sell papers.” Only when we Christians mess up in spectacular fashion does it seem that the media is interested. A couple of years back, in the week or two before Christmas the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) ran a “good news story”
    every night on the National 10.00 p.m;. Television news. Is it really too much to expect that this should happen EVERY night? There are lots of good news stories out there – and it would be much more balanced reporting if they were talked about too!


  2. Charles Redfern Says:

    We try to write both the good and the bad of the Catholic Church at this spot.


  3. Dr. McClay Says:

    “Interfaith dialogue is a must today, and the first step in establishing it is forgetting the past, ignoring polemical arguments, and giving precedence to common points, which far outnumber polemical ones.” (Fethullah Gulen)
    Fethullah Gulen
    Fethullah Gulen News


  4. Claretta Prezioso Says:

    We believe the Bible, comprised of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). In faith we hold the Bible to be inerrant in the original writings, God-breathed, and the complete and final authority for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17). While still using the individual writing styles of the human authors, the Holy Spirit perfectly guided them to ensure they wrote precisely what He wanted written, without error or omission (2 Peter 1:21)..

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