Catholic Church, Douglas Murray, Eric Weinstein discussed on Waking Up with Sam Harris
Welcome to the waking podcast. This is Sam Harris. Okay. Back from Sydney, that was a very long short trip, two days on the ground, two days on a plane. A managed to navigate the jet lag better than most such occasions. Anyway, had a great time with Eric Weinstein and Brett Weinstein much. Now, ause and Douglas Murray makes me really look forward to the conference. We're going to New York in November, November seventeenth. All those guys will be back but will be joined by my on her CLE and Glenn Lowry and Claire Berlin ski and many other people. So if you're interested in that check my website for few more events on the calendar, they're still tickets for my conversation with Brian Greene and Toronto in September. My conversation with, you've all know Harare in San Francisco is sold out, but I should be bringing you that audio and what else is happening here. I remember things in the news. There was the Pennsylvania clergy, sex abuse bomb that went off this week, a grand jury report detailing the abuse of more than a thousand children by more than three hundred priests over the years, and they're probably vastly more sort of thing is under reported as we all know and also sedulously covered up by the church. In fact, it's not much of an exaggeration to say that the Catholic church is a machine. One of whose primary functions has been to ensure that children get raped and that the world doesn't find out about it. This really is not an exaggeration that reminded me of a article. I wrote about ten years ago when a similar scandal. Happened in Ireland. I wrote an article titled bringing the Vatican to Justice. They actually may have read this on a much earlier podcast, but I'll just read the first two paragraphs here because it's really all I have to say in the present case. And it makes a point that I think is all too rarely made. So here's what I wrote, I think in two thousand nine or so. I've paid too little attention to the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic church, frankly, has always felt unsportsmanlike to shoot so large langourous a fish and so tiny barrel, and the seemed to be no need to deride faith that is most vulnerable and self abased. Even in retrospect, it is easy to understand. The impulse to avert ones is just imagine a pie as mother and father sending their beloved child to the church of thousand hands for spiritual instruction only to have him raped and terrified into silence by threats of hell. Then imagine this occurring to tens of thousands of children in our own time and two children beyond reckoning for over a thousand years, the spectacle of faith. So utterly misplaced and so full betrayed is simply too depressing to think about. But there was always more to this phenomenon should of compelled my attention. Consider the ludicrous ideology that made it possible. The Catholic church has spent two millennia demonizing human sexuality to a degree. Unmatched by any other institution declaring the most basic healthy, mature and consensual behavior is taboo. Indeed, this organization still opposes the use of contraception preferring instead that the poorest people on earth be blessed with the largest families and the shortest lives. As a consequence of this, hallowed incorrigible stupidity. The church has condemned generations of decent people to shame and hypocrisy or two Neolithic fecundity poverty and death by aids, and to this inhumanity the artifice of cloistered celibacy, and you now have an institution. One of the wealthiest on earth, the preferentially attracts pederasts pedophile and sexual sadists into its ranks, promotes them to position of authority and grants them privileged access to children. Finally, considered vast numbers of children will be born out of wedlock, and their unwed mothers vilified wherever church teaching hold sway leading boys and girls by the thousands to be abandoned church run. Orphanages only to be raped and terrorized by the clergy here in this ghoulish machinery, set whirling through the ages by the opposing winds of shame and sadism we mortals can finally glimpsed how strangely perfect are the ways of the Lord. Okay. So that's how I opened that article, but let's be clear about what's happening here. This isn't just the law of large numbers. Were you sample hundreds of thousands or.