Blog: Protecting the Power Structure - 2010-04-06
Boston Globe columnist James Carroll had an interesting column yesterday about the current crisis in the Catholic Church. It could have just as well been written about the current crisis in the Church of Scientology.
In his column, entitled "Rescue Catholicism from Vatican," Carroll makes the point that the current crisis is not about the collapse of Catholicism, but the collapse of Catholic fundamentalism, which he describes as "the raising of religious barricades against tides of change." Where Protestant fundamentalists fall back on the authority of the Bible, Catholic fundamentalists fall back on the authority of the Pope.
"Today's Vatican," he continues, "presides as center of a command society with global reach, attempting to exert absolute control over all aspects of Catholic life."