With the recent news about the Catholic archdiocese in Los Angeles, California, covering up child-abuse crimes by its priestly authorities, it is time to highlight this brave book, which was edited by a very resolute and bold friend of mine, Tim Leedom. Editor also of the infamous best-seller The Book Your Church Doesn’t Want You to Read, Tim has included an article of mine in this latest work, The Book No Pope Would Want You To Read. My article is titled, “Christ: A Composite Character,” with some of my notorious lists of characteristics possessed by various gods in common with Jesus, e.g., Mithra and Krishna, included as part of the exposé of the Church’s fraudulent foundation nearly 2,000 years ago.
The Book No Pope Would Want You to Read is full of articles about crimes committed by the Catholic Church and by prominent Catholic authorities, including references to many news items of the past several decades. Some of these articles are written by credentialed experts such as doctors and lawyers, while others are by independent historians and mythologists.
We begin to hear of violence and other criminality within the Church almost from its inception, with a history of attacks on non-Christians such as Pagans and Jews, along with Catholic armies rampaging in various countries and engaging in crusades and inquisitions. These wars did not end in the Dark Ages but continued with Pope Pius XII’s collusion with the Nazis during World War II.
The Book includes a discussion of Vatican finances and money laundering of ill-gotten wealth.
Also exposed is the near-genocide of native peoples, as their cultures were almost destroyed, including language and religion/mythology that dates back many thousands of years.
Included too is a discussion of “Women and the Church,” and we can be assured that the picture isn’t pretty.
Next we read about how the Church has stifled scientific thought and advances. We are treated likewise to an analysis of the Church’s war on words, with numerous examples of how censorship has been applied to disallow speech and thought in opposition to Catholic doctrine. This censorship has extended, of course, to keeping a lid on the wanton pedophilia committed by countless priests against thousands of children globally over the past many centuries. In this regard, names are named and prominent churchmen outed, as editor Tim Leedom pulls no punches but comes out with guns blazing.
Child sex scandals
An activist for children’s rights, Leedom has made a dog for himself in this fight, having spent many years trying to get to the bottom of Catholic child/sex abuse in his local area of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, California. In this regard, Tim is to be lauded for what appears to be success in his enduring battle – I’ve known him for 20 years, and he’s been doing this work since before then – as the local cardinal, Roger Mahony, has finally been proved to have covered up a legion of crimes committed in the jurisdiction of his archdiocese:
Church personnel files have revealed that retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials kept parishioners in the dark, maneuvering behind the scenes to shield molester priests.
The confidential records filed in a lawsuit against the archdiocese disclose how the church handled abuse allegations for decades.
The files also reveal dissent from a top Mahony aide who criticized his superiors for covering up allegations of abuse rather than protecting children.
The exposé in Leedom’s book does not begin or end with California, however, as the notorious cases in Boston and elsewhere likewise are included.
The Book No Pope Would Want You to Read represents a horrendous litany of atrocities and abuses by people wielding seemingly unlimited power based on the false claim that they speak for, and operate on the orders of, the Almighty God of the universe.
From the “Preface”:
The Vatican, the Church, the Holy See, and the Pope… a day doesn’t go by that the Roman Catholic Church is not heard about in one form or another. For close to 2,000 years, the “Mother Church” has been a major factor in shaping the world’s history. As we know, history is not always joyous and inspiring. Quite to the contrary, history has been dark with wars, greed, poverty, suppression and inequity. No one force or element can be blamed for all the evils, nor be credited with progress, light and humanity.
However, one institution, the Roman Catholic Church, more than any other historical influence has lead to more crime, corruption and pain throughout modern history. As Steve Allen, the consummate Renaissance man of the arts, comedy and literature, said in an interview with me in 1994, “the Catholic Church is organized crime…a proverbial crime wave throughout history.”
“The Catholic Church is organized crime…a proverbial crime wave throughout history.”
–Steve Allen, American TV personality and freethinker
The following is a summary from the book’s website:
This book is an all in one expose of the Catholic Church and their leaders who have lied, cheated their parishioners and the world for 2000 years… This expose names names and takes no prisoners…gets past the infallibility claims and public relation campaigns that still go on…for Catholics, ex-Catholics and the world. The mafia, the drugs, weapons, molestations are not the work of the holy…but the work of criminals.
They killed innocent men, women and children. They burned women alive. They condemned science and sent scientists to jail or to death. They used torture to get false confessions. They collaborated with Mussolini, Franco and Hitler. They assisted in the escape of Nazi war criminals. They embezzled gold from Jewish holocaust victims. They abducted, tortured and killed 50,000 children. They spent over $1 billion in payouts to cover up their unending child molestations.
(Hey Tim, this book needs to be in Kindle/Nook and searchable inside both on Amazon and on Google Books. ☺)