Modern medicine and backsliding popes

Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. And if a man smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, that it perish; he shall let him go free for his eye’s sake. And if he smite out his manservant’s tooth, or his maidservant’s tooth; he shall let him go free for his tooth’s sake.

Exodus 21:24–27

Too much incompetent medicine is in practice in the United States, and too much of it is affiliated, rightly or wrongly, with the Roman Catholic Church. The real harm is in the evil works or bad operations of wicked doctors, which are unnecessary, but nonetheless done or perfomed as a matter of routine.

Amniocentesis, ultrasound, and other intrusive exams are unnecessary for a normal pregnancy as experienced by the mother. So are routine circumcisions, FGM, vaccinations, removal of wisdom teeth and/or tonsils, routine hysterectomies, radical mastectomies, hormone replacement therapy, and antibiotics for non-life-threatening infections that would resolve better without such medication.

The overwhelming motivations, lusts, and desires of doctors for the carnage of human flesh need to be brought under control. The false debts to medical schools, the exorbitant salaries of doctors, and the unnecessary hospital privileges all need to be brought under control against their overwhelming covetousness for that pound of human flesh.

If the popes and cardinals are “backsliding” in church, what does that mean in the context of men who refuse to be married to women? “Barebacking?” Is it really in its place for a single man “of the cloth” to rebuke a married man faithful to his own wife for “backsliding” as we hear from time to time out of that church? Or what sort of lifestyle does a male priest lead when he will not consent to be married to a woman himself?

There are any number of Bible verses that could be quoted in this respect, but we are not sure that any particular assumption of faith is valid here in such matters of practicing versus preaching.

EDIT: The Guardian: Toronto policeman jailed for beating black man who lost an eye

‘I was worthy of suspicion because of the colour of my skin,’ says victim Dafonte Miller

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