Religious Governance: What the Pope Knew and When He Knew It

   Priests are not gods on earth. Preachers are not gods anywhere. Pedophiles and woman abusers are the same everywhere, regardless of their collar or the size of their King James Version.

   The deep danger of the corporate church is this; the corporation must be protected at all costs, even at the cost of real religion. Mega-churches (denominations unto themselves), dying denominations, poisoned sees, all of them take on a life of their own, melded with an aura of success. The only thing missing is God.

   Religion, Inc., is a family-owned and run religious-financial empire, extending from generation to generation. Young people who believe they will avoid these pitfalls by forming "churches" around Facebook accounts will succeed only in destroying congregationalism with a tolerance that no longer borders even on passivity.

Opinions expressed here are my own, not that of the church I serve, any other body or person.

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  1. One hundred years ago next year, Robert Michels wrote “Political Parties: A Sociological Study of the Oligarchical Tendencies of Modern Democracy” and introduced the concept of the iron law of oligarchy.
    To steal from the nice folk at Wikipedia, “It states that all forms of organization, regardless of how democratic or autocratic they may be at the start, will eventually and inevitably develop into oligarchies. The reasons for this are the technical indispensability of leadership, the tendency of the leaders to organize themselves and to consolidate their interests; the gratitude of the led towards the leaders, and the general immobility and passivity of the masses.”

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