Following weeks of news reports about fraudulence, sexual misconduct and high living, Phra Wirapol Sukphol, aka Luangpu Nen Kham Chattiko, has finally been defrocked. The rogue monk's money and sex scandal, however, is just the tip of the iceberg. A much bigger problem is the organisational breakdown of the clergy, which urgently calls for Sangha reform.
Let's face it. The former monk Nen Kham is just one of the many men in the clergy who are abusing their status and public faith to accumulate personal wealth and power. He is not the first and, most certainly, will not be the last.
We can blame it on these men's immorality. We can also blame it on the public's gullibility and penchant for black magic, which is actually against Buddhist teachings. But the clergy must share the biggest part of the blame.
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