Tuesday, August 28, 2007

a difficult question.

it is well known in psychology that a traumatic event creates a state of heightened suggestiblity and so i have had a creeping suspicion that the catholic church uses the molesting of young boys to terrorise them into a state whereby they recieve "the word of god".

in the bible it is written that the mind must be forged in fire like the steel of a sword so that one may know the glory of god.

the priests got a little heavy-handed on this one in my estimation.

but it has made the pope a very wealthy man.


greg said...

nah - they just use it as an excuse to itch their "celibate scratch"

I'd suggest perhaps the change made way back to insist on priestly celibacy might itself be a ploy to frustrate and pervert the authentic transmission of the word of god. One more step removed.

dr.alistair said...

priestly celibacy on the individual level....but i think there is a meta-purpose to thier behaviour.

all "schools" of preparation create a traumatic environment, a crucible for the mind, that compresses the psyche.

i think the catholic process merely forgot the higher teaching and the whole thing has collapsed into dogma.

the monks beat the children in the monestaries in tibet and make them do menial tasks all day and train in martial arts until they collapse from fatigue.

the spartans took boys from thier mothers at six or seven and beat the crap out of them until they were psychotic with killing rage.

the catholics use jesuit language patterns and buggery.

post traumatic shock is the clinical term for what used to be called battle fatigue or shell shock.

our own universities encourage similar behaviours and rituals......excessive drinking, psychological torture to get through piles of raw information to be regurgitated in exams, and sleep deprivation due to a combination of all of the above.

and of course the military does it to the youth of our society in six weeks of boot camp.

X. Dell said...

I'm wondering just how prevalent this is. If it is extremely prevalent, I can see your point. Otherwise, it seems like an awful lot of work to indoctrinate one boy at a time, let alone the girls.

Perhaps your own experiences of the church could put that into a better context?

dr.alistair said...

x, prevalent? how can one guage the extent of such behaviour in a closed society such as the catholic church.

we are left to surmise that what we see in the media in terms of adult claims of such abuses reflect a tiny percentage of the actual figures.

indoctrinating one boy at a time?

that`s how it`s done in any other cultural environment.

boy scouts, school, clubs, sports teams, musical instruction....

why would the church be any different?

and the fact remains that the church is on the hook for millions of dollars in civil judgements for precisely that behaviour.

regarding my personal experience, i will post an experience tht i had in an up-coming blog, and while it was minor and trivial, is indicative of the odd behaviour of "teaching" environments......and certainly creeped out a boy of six or seven.