The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church in the World.
This list covers 15 amazing secrets the Catholic Church wish you didn’t know. Some secrets didn’t make the list for a number of reasons.
1. Sending White Children Around The World To Ensure A White Majority.
Starting in the 19th century, “Home Children”, approximately 150,000 of them, got shipped off to other countries (Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand to name a few). The children were referred to as “good white stock.” I mean, even then this had to sound wrong, right? It was a religious group known as the Catholic Christian Brothers who wanted whites to remain popular. The worst part (yes, it gets worse) is that they didn’t even treat these children well, instead putting them to work in hard labor jobs during the day and having to submit beatings at night. That’s no way to treat “good white stock!”
2. Business and Profit Oriented.
There are many finance related secretes surrounding the Catholic Church , like when Pope Benedict changed the Vatican’s newspaper to include more photos and worldly news stories to increase sales. (just to mention but a few)
3. The No Jewish Children Return Policy.
During World War II, the Catholic Church in France actually did a noble thing and baptized many Jewish children and hid them away inside orphanages or schools. Good people, right? Of course, after the war ended the Church refused to return the children to their parents, claiming now that they had been baptized they should be brought up Christians and could not be given back to their original parents. Some gave the children back, but many did not and to this day it’s hard to know how many Jewish children were just kept by the Catholic Church after the war.
4. Forceful use of Latin.
“Did you know” that ATM users in Vatican City can select Latin as a language. Catholic church makes use of Latin in all parts of the World even when the Congregation does not understand or respond to what the clergy is saying.
Catholic Pope’s are uses lots of security guards. They use customised plates numbers ,armoured cars and goes with entourage. Yes everybody needs protection but the Catholic Church does not want you to know this.
6. Vatican City Care About Your Wallet.
Vatican City has the highest crime rate in the world. It’s true, but the good news; it’s not violent crimes, but mostly made up of pickpockets and small time criminals. The problem is that the Vatican has no jails and just one judge. Seriously watch your wallet because even if a criminal is caught he will probably only be escorted out of the city boundaries (back into Rome) and then reappear the next day (and take your new wallet).
7. Unsolved Papal mystery.
One of the biggest unsolved mysteries of the Catholic Church is how John Paul I died. He was found dead after only 33 days in office and there was never an autopsy done. I mean, a Pope was allegedly whacked!
8. The Magdalene Asylums.
In Ireland, the Catholic Church took it upon themselves to house women suspected of prostitution or cheating in prisons known as Magdalene asylums. Yes, that’s right, just suspicion. These women would be forced to undergo tests and receive treatments for their sins. The women were beaten horrifically and put to work in laundry mats where they barely got paid while the Catholic Church reaped in profits.
9. The Croatian Holocaust.
Ante Pavelic was Croatia’s version of Adolph Hitler. He headed up a group called the Utashe, a group that used the Catholic religion and unhealthy dose of racism to define their mission. It was the Catholic archbishop, Aloysius Stepinac, that held a dinner for Pavelic and saying he was performing God’s work. Pavelic was also in with Pope Pius XII. In fact, it was just days after the Utashe burned hundreds of Serbians inside an Orthodox church to the ground. Was the Pope notified? Yes he was, and he still met with Pavelic. Soon after concentration camps were set up and at least 800,000 were murdered. Catholic clergy served as guards and in some cases, executioners at the concentration camps. The actual killings are as brutal as you will find (slit throats, pregnant women having their stomachs opened up, etc…) and through all of this, Pavelic corresponded with the Pope.
10. Priest Pedophiles.
Despite the many great sins committed by the Catholic Church, none are worse than what has unfolded over the past 30 years. Of course, it’s still ongoing and no one knows how long it has been going on for. The Church was not only aware; they covered it up and even protected the pedophiles who preached the sermons each week. What started in Boston continued to each state and then other countries ending with thousands of molestation cases and counting… The uncovering wasn’t the just the horror of the crimes, but how the church handled these cases, choosing to relocate the priests to other churches where they would start their kid touching all over again. Today pedophiles still exist inside the Catholic Church with Pope Francis estimating that 2 percent of clergymen fit his categorization of pedophile. That is sickening.
Catholic Church has more than 1.27 billion members worldwide. This is 17.8% of the world population. Catholics represent about half of all Christians.
12. Geographic distribution.
Geographic distribution of Catholics worldwide continues to shift, with 17% in Africa, 48% in the Americas, 11% Asia, 23% in Europe, and 1% in Oceania.
13. Number of Clergy.
As of the end of 2015, there were 465,595 ordained clergy, including 5,237 bishops, 415,792 presbyters (diocesan and religious), and 44,566 deacons (permanent). Non-ordained ministers included 3,157,568 catechists, 367,679 lay missionaries, and 39,951 lay ecclesial ministers.
Catholics Sacraments of Christian initiation include Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist. As viewed by the Catholic Church, Baptism is the first of three sacraments of initiation as a Christian. It washes away all sins, both original sin and personal actual sins. It makes a person a member of the Church.
The Catholic Church sees the sacrament of confirmation as required to complete the grace given in baptism.
For Catholics, the Eucharist is the sacrament which completes Christian initiation. It is described as “the source and summit of the Christian life”. The ceremony in which a Catholic first receives the Eucharist is known as First Communion.
15. Priests flirting.
It is no longer news that most Catholic Priests flirt with woman. Some secretly keep girlfriends, secret wives and concubines. The surprise is how the Catholic Church handle this cases. They transfer the guilty to another parish without proper punishment as Catholic Doctrine dictates.
NB : This article is based on interviews from former Catholic Priests.