The Roman Catholic Church owes allegiance to the Pope in Rome. Roman Catholics believe that the pope is the successor of Saint Peter and has unchallenged authority from Jesus. The Eastern Orthodox Church split off. Later at a time of serious papal corruption Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation.
Ordinary Catholics increasingly disagree with the Church hierarchy, the hierarchy blame the world rather than themselves. The Roman Catholic Church hierarchy believes it has a direct line to God. The Church is not out of touch with the modern world, rather the world is out of touch with God.
Roman Catholic or CatholicEdit
Christians who believe in Roman Catholicism call themselves Catholics and dislike the term Roman Catholic. Roman Catholics believe that those who owe allegiance to the Pope in Rome are the one universal Church of Christ, catholic means universal. In Roman Catholic opinion other Christians who reject the authority of the Pope are heretics and don’t belong to the true Church of Christ. Non-Catholic Christians of course don’t believe that they are outside the community of true believers. The Anglican creed traditionally included, “I believe in (…) the Holy Catholic Church.” There Catholic means universal and doesn’t imply allegiance to the Pope. Anglo Catholics are a branch of the Anglican Church. They are, “High Church” and share some Roman Catholic rituals but owe no allegiance to the Pope.
The author of this article is not a Christian and does not believe that there is any true Church of Christ. The author prefers the term, “Roman Catholic” for Christians who accept the authority of the Pope. That avoids confusion with other Christians who also call themselves Catholic.
Celibacy of priests, monks and nunsEdit
- Inevitably some supposedly celibate men and women seek sexual outlets in whatever is their preferred sexual orientation.
- Inevitably the requirement of celibacy reduced the numbers of men interested in heterosexual marriage who become priests and monks, also the numbers of women interested in heterosexual marriage who become nuns. Therefore the priesthood monasteries and convents include disproportionately many people with different orientations.
Anyone who understands the sex drive knows not every human adult is strong enough to maintain celibacy over a lifetime so continual sex scandals should not surprise us. It can be confidently predicted that more dirt will be uncovered in the future. 
Obedience of priests, monks and nunsEdit
|“||But at the end of the day, the bishop is heir to the apostles, and unless he is teaching a false doctrine — namely a heresy, or asking a priest to do something immoral or evil or acting contrary to Church teaching — obedience is still required.||”|
Those subject to the vow of obedience are all at risk of being given harsh or onerous and unreasonable orders. Officially a subordinate should refuse to obey any order to do anything specifically sinful but the power of superiors is so extreme even refusing sinful requests can be difficult.
|“|| "You have to understand," explains the ex-priest [who accuses Cardinal Keith O'Brien of serious sexual abuse], "the relationship between a bishop and a priest. At your ordination, you take a vow to be obedient to him.
"He's more than your boss, more than the CEO of your company. He has immense power over you. He can move you, freeze you out, bring you into the fold … he controls every aspect of your life. You can't just kick him in the balls."
Discipline of priests, monks and nunsEdit
Those suspected of wrongdoing are notably at risk.
Administration of justice can potentially be arbitrary and unfair, either lenient or harsh.
- On the one hand those guilty of serious abuse to children or others have too frequently escaped with little more than a call to repentance.
- On the other hand priests can be ordered to retire to a monastery which amounts to an indefinite prison sentence. Most Reverend Vangheluwe was ordered to a monastery after admitting serial child abuse for example, though he disobeyed.  The normal rules of Natural justice and other safeguards which would apply in law courts of liberal countries when a defendant faces a possible prison sentence may not exist. Cardinal Keith O'Brien for example, complains that he has not been told the charges against him. 
How the O'Brien case will end not quite clear but by March O'Brien rumours emerged he had been ordered to "lead the life of a hermit and a shamed recluse."  Well what did all that mean? I researched what is expected of hermits in the Roman Catholic Church and it turns out some were totally isolated socially while others had companions and contact with local communities. Again as of March 2013 the punishment may have been disproportionately lenient or disproportionately harsh, we didn't know. And remember we don't know either exactly what he's being punished for.  The public unfortunately didn't know till May 2013 when it appeared The Church let O'Brien off lightly. Despite his shame the sinful Cardinal tried to creep back into a cottage in a pleasant Rural areas where he planned to spend his retirement before the scandal broke. The Vatican ordered O'Brien out of the UK and his friends complained. 
A serious weakness in the Roman Catholic justice system has been exposed. Worryingly obedient priests, monks and nuns are at greater risk of abuse than those like Vangheluwe who was willing to disobey.
Since 1950, when Pope Pius XII issued the Encyclical Humani Generis, the official position of the Roman Catholic Church has been to accept that the theory of evolution is consistent with Roman Catholic faith.  John Paul II went further saying scientific evidence points to evolution being real.  The Roman Catholic Church accepts some type of theistic evolution, and teaches evolution in its schools though Roman Catholics are not required to believe it. 
Roman Catholics are however required to believe in a literal Adam and Eve who were the universal parents of all mankind and Roman Catholics must believe in Original sin. PZ Myers considers this unscientific and unreasonable. Myers claims introducing God into evolution violates parsimony. Further universal descent from Adam and Eve would lead to a recent genetic bottleneck which would be observable in the genome and has not been found.  However some Roman Catholics have been rejecting the "Adam and Eve" myth, unfortunately as they don't really understand what "Monogenism" and "Polygenism" is, their statements can be confusing.   
- ↑ A New Pope Won't Save the Sinking Ship
- ↑ The Promises That Free Priests to Serve Christ
- ↑ UK's top cardinal accused of 'inappropriate acts' by priests
- ↑ Child abuse bishop disappears from French monastery;Pedophile Bishop goes into hiding
- ↑ Cardinal Keith O'Brien 'very upset' about his resignationCardinal O'Brien's departure leaves a rudderless Church
- ↑ Disgraced cardinal Keith O'Brien facing possible police investigation as it emerges church officials have 'told him to live as a hermit'Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien facing possible police investigation
- ↑ Note: a hermit and shamed recluse may be forbidden to contact even close friends at a time when he is in crisis and badly needs support. Even prison inmates are normally allowed outside visits from friends so again this punishment could be arbitrary and extreme.
- There is a problem that the accusations against O'Brien aren't specific.
- There is a second problem that what the public knew about the punishment wasn't specific.
- Had O'Brien got a comfortable retreat where he was forbidden to enjoy a public life but is otherwise not severely restricted?
- Had O'Brien been forced into extreme social exclusion and been denied even what inmates in prison are allowed?
- The exact nature of the punishment depended on the subjective judgement, perhaps whim of one or more superiors. There is no consistent system of justice in the Roman Catholic Church. In May 2013 we found out O'Brien was let off lightly.