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Which requires a bigger ego, believing that you personally have been singled out and chosen by God for some special purpose, or believing that your entire ethnic group (race, family, whatever) has been singled out by God for some special purpose? Believing you're chosen by God may be personally fulfilling, but believing you belong to an entire group that's chosen by God means you're part of a larger, divinely-ordained movement and group. Either way, you are raised up out of the masses.
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It is feared that many Catholic diocese around the country have records and evidence of how they have covered up the large numbers of criminal priests who have sexually abused children. In many cases, bishops moved predator priests around to unsuspecting parishes, allowing them to continue molesting at will. Catholic leaders want to keep these damning records hidden, but should they be allowed to? Does church/state separation protect churches who are protecting criminals?
This question is complicated by the fact that in most, and maybe all, cases the statute of limitations have run out -- so no matter what we learn, no one can be prosecuted. Perhaps this is one reason why the Catholic Church has fought so hard to prevent state legislatures from extending the statute of limitations on the molestation and sexual abuse of children -- better to let predators go free to continue raping kids than risk what might happen to current priests and bishops?
This would also explain why some of the predators have been sent abroad, hidden in monasteries and other church locations. Apparently the church is doing nothing to bring priests back to nations where they face arrest or imprisonment. Instead of being disciplined, they have found sanctuary and are even continuing with work in the church with communities that have no idea what these priests' backgrounds are like.
An important component of existentialist philosophy is the portrayal of existence as being fundamentally irrational in nature. Whereas most philosophers have attempted to create philosophical systems that produce a rational account of reality, existentialist philosophers have focused upon the subjective, irrational character of human existence.
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Charismatic authority is perhaps the most unusual of the bunch - it is relatively rare compared to the others, but it is especially common to religious groups. Indeed, many if not most religions have been founded on the basis of charismatic authority. This sort of authority derives from the possession of 'charisma,' a characteristic which sets a person apart from others.
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