In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot*, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
– Jefferson Cyclopedia, Thomas Jefferson Letter to Horatio G. Spafford (17 March 1814).
*despot – a ruler or other person who holds absolute power, typically one who exercises it in a cruel or oppressive way.
To understand today’s topic properly some back history is necessary. So let’s start with –
What is the Code of Canon Law?
In my library article titled: Why Psychiatry Is More Religion Than Science I go into a fair amount of detail concerning Catholic Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli and something called the Code of Canon Law which he was instrumental in creating.
Here are a few excerpts:
Pacelli, when he and his mentor drew up the enforcement document – Code…
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