New Scandal: Catholic Church Owns Pornography Publisher

View in Vatican City (photo by Joyce Thiel)


The Vatican has a new scandal to deal with:

Germany’s biggest Catholic-owned publishing house has been rocked by disclosures that it has been selling thousands of pornographic novels…with the full assent of the country’s leading bishops.

The revelations made in the publishing-industry newsletter Buchreport concern Weltbild, a company with an annual NZ$3bn turnover and 6,400 employees. It is Germany’s largest bookseller after Amazon and wholly owned by the Catholic Church.

Buchreport revealed that Weltbild’s massive assortment of titles available to customers online includes some 2,500 “erotic” books…

Mr Mller said that in 2008, a group of concerned Catholics had sent bishops a 70-page document containing irrefutable evidence that Weltbild published books that promoted pornography, Satanism and magic. They demanded that the publisher withdraw the titles.

But their protests appear to have been completely ignored…

It emerged yesterday that in an attempt to clear itself of potential embarrassment over the sale of porn, the Catholic Church tried to sell Weltbild in 2009. But the bishops apparently abandoned the idea after they failed to get the price they were asking.

I edited out the titles of the pornographic books from the above as I felt that they were sufficiently offensive that their names did not need to be repeated here.  Harlots do things of a sexual nature for money and sadly this is what it looks like happened in Germany by officials of the Catholic Church (cf. Revelation 17:4-5).

Note: Lest anyone accuse me of Catholic-bashing for posting about this scandal, I learned of this from the following headline link which was at one of the most popular pro-Catholic sites (NewAdvent) on the internet:

“They’ve know about this for years”: German bishops rocked by porn scandal…

Interestingly, this and other sexual scandals may tie in with a Catholic prophecy about the timing of the coming compromised “Catholic” Great Monarch (who seems to be the same person as the biblical King of the North/Beast):

Ven. Holzhauser (17th century): The Great Monarch will come when the Latin Church is desolated, humiliated, and afflicted with many heresies (Dupont, p. 114).

The recent pedophilia scandals, other sex scandals, and now this pornography/satanism scandal are humiliating the Church of Rome (“the Latin Church”), hence if the above prediction is correct, then we may be very near the time that the “Beast” leader will rise up.

While I do not believe that it is the Vatican’s current intention to support the fulfilling of the prophecies in Revelation 17, the fact of this publishing scandal indicates that some of its current leaders have supported steps in that direction.

Now, the subject of pornography is an important one as various forms of this offense seem to be growing.  And of course, pornography, including what could be considered “soft porn” which is so common in modern media and advertising, is wrong.  Here are a few comments from LCG about it:

Are you a man? Are you plagued with battling vivacious visages of semi-clad women so common in modern-day marketing and entertainment? If so, lend me your undivided attention! If you are struggling with the secret seduction of viewing pornography and want help to conquer this societal scourge…

If God is bringing you to understanding that viewing pornography is sin and if He is revealing to your mind, through the powerful messages you find on Tomorrow’s World, that there is a better way of life – a way that leads to real happiness – then continue to read and study and seek God with all your heart. Read the article, “Pornography: Pleasurable Pastime or Toxic Threat?”

Pornography is wrong.  Publishing books promoting pornography, the occult, and Satanism is wrong.  The German bishops should have known better and should not have to be embarrassed into taking action on this.  They should not have kept the publishing house operating because of money.  The German bishops should have stopped the production of pornography, etc. and not tried to sell it off to someone else.

There are biblical standards that they should know about.

Some articles of possibly related interest may include:

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Job and the Ten Commandments Was Job written prior to Mount Sinai? Did Job know about the ten commandments? This article provides biblical answers to those questions.
What Did Jesus Teach About the Ten Commandments? This article quotes what Jesus actually said about them (His words are in red).
Were the Ten Commandments Nailed to the Cross? Some have said so. This article provides some biblical quotes to answer this important question.
What Did Paul Actually Teach About the Ten Commandments? Many say Paul taught against the ten commandments. Is this true? This article quotes Paul with his words in green.
Are the Ten Commandment Still in Effect? This article quotes the ten commandments and combines some of the previous articles into one article about the ten commandments. The commandments are shown at Mount Sinai, before Mount Sinai, in the teachings of Jesus, after the crucifixion, and in the teachings of Paul. It addresses the most common “traditions of men” regarding them as well.
Were the Pharisees Condemned for Keeping the Law or Reasoning Around it? Many believe that the Pharisees were condemned for keeping the law, but what does your Bible say? If they were not condemned for that, what were they condemned for?
The Ten Commandments Reflect Love, Breaking them is Evil Some feel that the ten commandments are a burden. Is that what Jesus, Paul, Peter, James, and John taught?
Was the Commandment to Love the Only Command? Some have stated that John’s writings teach this, but is that what the Bible really says?
The Ten Commandments and the Early Church Did Jesus and the Early Church keep the ten commandments? What order were they in? Here are quotes from the Bible and early writings.
Which Is Faithful: The Roman Catholic Church or the Living Church of God? Do you know that both groups shared a lot of the earliest teachings? Do you know which church changed? Do you know which group is most faithful to the teachings of the apostolic church? Which group best represents true Christianity? This documented article answers those questions. Português: Qual é fiel: A igreja católica romana ou a igreja viva do deus? Tambien Español: Cuál es fiel: ¿La iglesia católica romana o La Iglesia del Dios Viviente? Auch: Deutsch: Welches zuverlässig ist: Die Römisch-katholische Kirche oder die lebende Kirche von Gott?

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