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Letter: Reader disillusioned with the Catholic church

Religions are about power, money and control, says Denise Belanger
Pope Francis to release pop-rock album using speeches called 'Wake Up!' on Nov. 27

I feel compelled to write after what I heard on the radio the morning of Nov. 17. 

The announcer was quoting Pope Francis for blaming the rich people for the poor people of this world. How dare he? 

A few years ago, in a National Geographic magazine, I saw photos of the restoration of the Vatican. How much do you think that cost? If the Catholic church really wanted to help the poor, all it would have to do is sell all those gold objects and divide part of the Vatican into bedrooms for the poor and feed them.

All religions are man-made, certainly not woman-made, as women are still excluded from becoming priests.

I recommend a book for those interested in learning more about religion and about gospels left out of the Bible and how we, for generations, have been brainwashed into believing lies.

God, as portrayed in the Old Testament, is a punishing God. But that's not who God is, as I've learned through the years.

God is loving and forgiving, as he wants us to be in this world. 

I wrote before: Jesus came into this world to show us how to love and help each other. What happened?

I've heard priests say they have a special grace from God. If they do, why is there so much bullying and verbal abuse in the Catholic church? 

I speak from experiences of what happened to me until I had to quit going to church after more than 50 years of dedication, singing and volunteering.

Christianity is all about religion and not Christ. Religions are about power, money and control. The book I recommend is “The Interview” by Roger Spielmann, professor at Laurentian University, in Sudbury.

Denise Belanger