The Catholic Church does not have more paedophiles than any other institution with an inordinate power over it’s wards.
There are probably as many paedophile teachers as there are priests.
However, the problem with the Church is how it dealt with paedophiles. In order to maintain the illusion of a moral high ground, the Catholic Church attempted to cover up, hide and outright deny the existence of paedophiles. This was done under the guise of “forgiveness” but in reality it was an attempt to keep the Church’s facade of integrity safe. [Read more...]
It’s no secret that Atheism and Skepticism are rising movements. What was once a lose confederation of a lack of belief is more organised and more connected thanks to things like the Internet.
Love him or hate him, the Pope is the world’s most influential religious leader. Due to his rank as the head of the Roman Catholic Church, he does wield an inordinate amount of power. And so despite all our exhortations that the Pope should be irrelevant, here we are. Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the new pope and how he deals with the Church and indeed “us” is yet to be seen. Lest we forget? The Church is a wounded beast. It’s been hammered to bits in the third world over it’s stance on contraception and women’s access to healthcare. It’s been hammered in the west over it’s protection of child abusers. It’s been hammered across the social liberal demographic as a force for the oppression of the GLBT. Hell, the Previous Pope went so far as to make highly inflammatory comments about Atheists and Secularism in the UK. [Read more...]
[important]I wrote this a fairly long while ago. I sent this in response to some comments made to Keith O’Brien to the Archdioscean office. I feel that we need to see a repost of it to realise how much of a lie Cardinal O’Brien was living. Until the details come out in the open, Keith O’Brien is either Gay (phew… good!) or a rapist/molestor (not good)[/important]
A Copy of the following Letter has been sent to Archdioscean office and Cardinal’s Residence as a voice of complaint against the letter written and published in the Sunday Telegraph by Cardinal O’Brien. If you wish to voice your complaints as well, please take the time to do so and I urge that there are no active threats. Let us not sink to the depths of the homophobes but hold ourselves to a better standard. The addresses are email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org [Read more...]
Apparently one of the “least publicized and seemingly most easily correctable drivers of the massive elephant slaughter now taking place across Africa” is religion. A lot of religion seems to use ivory in the production of holy goods.
Now this includes both legal and illegal ivory, a lot of cultures use it in particular the Vatican, it is believed that a stance against Ivory both legal or otherwise would drop the demand for ivory and save a few elephants. Check out Bryan Christy’s “Ivory Worship” article if you want to read more about it.
I agree with a lot of things in the original article, if we do cut out the demand for even legal ivory we could help alleviate the demand and stop the fetish of the teeth of elephants.
A lot of the usage of Ivory is symbolic and it is honestly elephant teeth, I am sure we can use cow or camel which are infinitely more common and whose bones are a by product of our meat consumption for the same purpose. I am sure unless you are some sort of elephant biologist, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
I am a firm believer of utilising all of an animal when you kill it and honestly? We can do better than kill elephants just for two massive teeth. We have cows whose bones are often wasted or broken down for calcium. If the ivory market is that massive we can use that as a substitute.
Many cultures already use camel and cow bone as a substitute for ivory, so why not the Church?
There is a petition on the National Geographic link at the top. Go show your love for the big grey beasties.