“Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Matthew 7:16-20.
The resignation of the Roman Catholic Bishop for Dromore, John McAreavey (pictured), due to his association with the paedophile priest, ‘Father’ Malachy Finnegan, is yet further evidence of the corruption of Rome.
Bishop McAreavey celebrated the funeral mass of ‘Father’ Finnegan in 2002 despite it previously being known within the diocese of the allegations against Finnegan.
Only after much pressure did McAreavey tender his resignation, and already a Romanist priest in Newry, a ‘Father’ Damien Nejad, has said the pressure exerted on McAreavey was “excessive” and stated he did not want McAreavey to resign.
This whole sordid saga is unfortunately far from an isolated incident in the Roman Catholic Church, as thousands of Romanist priests throughout the world have been the subject of various investigations in recent years, and the sickening extent of their vile acts is only beginning to be uncovered.
At this point it is important to say such scandals have also afflicted other organisations, but it can surely be said none other has been found to have harboured so many paedophiles, whose abuse has been compounded in many instances by orchestrated cover-ups by those in the upper echelons of the Roman Catholic Church.
It also should be said that the attitude that all priests are under this particular cloud of suspicion, as some would foolishly allege, is entirely wrong.
However, the sheer extent of the abuse scandals throughout Ireland, north and south, as well as notable incidents in America, Australia and many other places, indicates the sheer depravity of the Roman Catholic system.
And yet so many so-called Protestant leaders still wish to cosy up with this anti-Christian system.
A visit to the website of the Catholic Herald, a leading Roman Catholic Church focused newspaper, and a scan of its headlines make for distressing reading.
Within the past week, the following headlines are among those which appear on the website:
“Male escort’s allegations about 40 gay priests sent to Vatican”
“Pope and cardinals consider regional tribunals for abuse cases” (there are so many instances, the claims need to be broken down by area!)
“Vatican investigator meets survivors of Marist abuse in Chile”
Contained within the story below the first of those three headlines, we also read of a Vatican judge pleading guilty to having unspeakable images on his computer. The discovery was only made after this same priest allegedly tried to “fondle an 18-year-old man”.
There have also been sordid allegations about the conduct of trainee priests at Maynooth, a training college in the Republic of Ireland.
This is much more than a few bad apples spoiling the bunch, this is a widespread, endemic problem.
Many have asked the question, ‘how can a servant of God commit such despicable acts?’
The question, of course, is defective, Roman Catholic priests are not servants of God, they are servants of the devil. Rome teaches a salvation that can be earned by works, but the Bible teaches salvation is a gift from God that we can never earn and in Galatians 1:9 we are told that God’s curse is on the emissaries of Rome. It says: “If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
Many priests may well be in the priesthood for genuine, heartfelt reasons, but those are duped, benighted souls and they are in turn duping their followers. Matthew 15:14 says “they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
While many Roman Catholics have turned their backs on the church, they have unfortunately by and large thrown themselves headlong into secularism and irreligion.
As true Christians, let it be our prayer that God will open the eyes of Catholics, practicing or not, to the glorious light of the gospel.
Let us pray they will realise salvation is not through Mary or the Pope or Rome’s corrupt gospel of works, but rather that salvation comes by faith alone, through grace alone, in Christ alone.
Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”