Church Denial & Abuses


Churches spiritual Abuse:

*(Say what you will about my harsh judgment but note that enough pressure by these kinds of educational sites have caused the church to self evaluate and reflect on this nature and in turn helped bring about some changes, and at least open admission addressing these issues and problems, so that we can no longer say they are in total denial even though for the most part they were in serious denial. The recent repentance is a start, but I'm afraid the same teachings and hierarchy is still in place which caused this in the first place. Which is liken to an adulterer repenting for cheating on his wife while still keeping his mistress. Things will never change this way, therefore just in case, we will keep this record of dark history for all to learn from. Also don't ever forget the sacrifice and suffering endured by those who revealed this unpopular truth only to be seen in the end as doing what was needed in truth and straightening the path of those that stray.)*

Spiritual abuse is the misuse of a position of power, leadership, or influence to further the selfish interests of someone other than the individual who needs help. Sometimes abuse arises out of a doctrinal position. At other times it occurs because of legitimate personal needs of a leader that are being met by illegitimate means. Spiritually abusive religious systems are sometimes described as legalistic, mind controlling, religiously addictive, and authoritarian. Abusive religions must distinguish themselves from all other religions so they can claim to be distinctive and therefore special to God. This is usually done by majoring on minor issues such as prophecy, carrying biblical law to extremes, or using strange methods of biblical interpretation. This is why the religion seperated from the origianl Judaic teachings and added texts to the bible while taking away and changing important spiritual laws and creating twists to everything. The same people who did this to the origional faith, have the nerve to claim other faiths do this to their Gospels. Besides being Hypocritical of this fact, they confuse correcting mistakes as being additions to their works when it's just bringing the strays back where they belong.

Cover up or denial
The abusive religious system is scrupulous to maintain an image of righteousness. The organization's history is often misrepresented in the effort to demonstrate the organization's special relationship to God. The mistaken judgements and character flaws of its leaders are denied or covered up in order to validate their authority.

Here's an Example of Coverup and Denial
The Roman Catholic Church Addresses it's sexual abuse by revictimizing and also blaming the parents, and refuse to solve the problems or institute some solution. A Court Jury accused the Diocese of Concealment, Malice and cover up. It is documented fact that 10% of the number in Roman catholic Church have the abuse problem. Over 10,000 have sought help from Abuse by the Roman Catholic Church alone and that's only the ones knowing of this help and coming forward, (#'s are from one social service only) so the total Numbers would be staggering. 90% of all abuses informed of are from Catholic Churches. (hint:the celibacy?) "76-83" over 300 Priests have checked in to a special program for treatment for abusers. This Program is yet to be reactivated. An Archbishop and a Cardinal have been part of cover ups and have solved the problem by reassigning the abusers.

Example Sample of Some Serious Religious Abuse
Three Los Angeles area women were convicted of murder and assult in last years paddling death of a five year old girl. The trio reportedly was trying to "strike the Devil" out of the girl for turning cartwheels indoors. Deborah Elizabeth Reynolds reportedly whipped her daughters bare buttocks with a board until she bled while Julia Ann Olivas and Esther Rebecca Griggs held her down. Prosecuters say the women who often met for religious study and took methamphetamine drugs and paddled their children.
MORE /cut from a chat:
Puzzled One : . . . . msg#6166 Wed, Jun 18, 4:08PM PST (-0700 GMT) As a recovering Catholic I have enjoyed visiting sites like this. I grew up in an extremely religiously addicted family. We went without proper food and clothing so that our family could consistently be the #1 contributors in money to our parish, and we were every year. Most Sundays we had to go to two masses. We had to pray unceasingly and we had to pray the family rosary every night. Almost every day someone in our house got a beating, usually my mother, and I got the most beatings of the kids. We were constantly told we were going to hell because we didn't measure up to what God wanted and we certainly was inherently depraved. And in this same household I saw my baby sister die from abuse and neglect. When I was 10 years old I became a mass server to better please God and the priest sodomized me about twice a week for the next 3 years. For forty years I never breathed a word to anyone what I saw and experienced. All these years since I have tried to remain a good Catholic until 5 years ago when I went and told the Catholic hierarchy my story. I guess I was terribly naive; I thought if everything else in the world went to hell my church would be there for me when the chips were down. Well, they were not. In fact I was quickly labeled a malcontent and a church bashing trouble maker. Today the thing I grieve most is the fact that I believe that severe abuse by a trusted individual is "soul murder". For some reason today I have a problem even going near a church. Today when someone tells me they are a christian I want to get the hell away from them before they do something bad to me. I need to talk to others, especially those where religion is part of the scenario of their abuse. Thanks for listening. (result of this plee and cry were more cold and vicious attacks by people claiming he's lying and causing trouble, all for spilling his heart out. Do they ever learn?)

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