Corruption and scandalousness seems to be endemic in all churches. Here on Malta, we have 80+ priests who have been charged with that big bad thing priests are known for. The crazy thing is, most people refuse to believe even the most evidence-based accusations.
Incidentally, a friend who is coming to dinner tomorrow lives in a house which is part of the Cathedral citadel on my island. His parents took out a 100-year lease on it which has 50-years left. However, my friends girlfriend died a few years ago and he had a breakdown. As soon as he did, the church swooped in to try and claim his house back. They have even caused severe structural damage by renovating the buildings to either side, in order to try and force him out. (Last year he didn’t have a roof.)
Personally, I am a Christian. However, there is a huge gulf between most church doctrines of Christianity and what the New Testament at least espouses as the best way to live your life.
Of course, I am not a religious bigot.
As for corrupt priests…
Nuns especially terrify me. There was a convent in my old village, which looked like an abandoned building. It wasn’t abandoned though. For two weeks in summer, the nuns would come and sit outside gossiping and being needlessly nasty.
Once I and my ex lost my dog after he ran away because of some fireworks while we were having a BBQ. He had run in the direction of the convent. In this case, I asked one of the nuns if she had seen a small dog run past. She said yes, but pointed me in the opposite direction to which he had run. Then she grabbed me by the wrist like an emaciated vulture of misery and said, "but don’t worry, you can get a new one."
I kind of like the idea of the Orthodox Church as it seems less scandal-ridden and genuine. (Or at least it did until I read your reply.) Maybe, though, I should just set up my own…