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Tag Archive: The Catholic church

Nov 15 2012

It’s not just Ireland

I’ve been re-reading the National Women’s Law Center report on religious restrictions at hospitals that put women’s lives at risk, from January 2011. It’s about what happened to Savita Halappanavar last month and what happens to a significant (but unknown) number of women because of religious bullshit surrounding the termination of pregnancy. It’s about hospitals …

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Nov 13 2012

The bishops prattle of humility

The US Catholic bishops are chastened by their failure to impose their religious views on the electorate last week, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan lectured them yesterday on what to do about it. To think harder and realize that they should pay more attention to human well-being as opposed to pretended goddy mandates? Don’t be silly.

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Aug 31 2012

Priests ensnared by little boys

A priest in Australia has been charged with hiding child sexual assaults by another priest. He didn’t just hide them, either, he caned two boys who reported being assaulted. Father Brennan, 74, was arrested and charged yesterday with two counts of  misprision of a felony – failing to disclose a serious crime – relating to alleged child sex offences …

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Aug 29 2012

Both parties have respect

Fabulous. The Republicans are having New York’s archbishop Timothy Dolan saying a goodbye prayer at their convention, so now the Democrats are having him too, so that everyone will know that both parties suck up to the Catholic church because hey, votes. The fact that Dolan will be speaking at both conventions, Mayor Michael Bloomberg …

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Aug 19 2012

The cardinal snubs the government

BBC headline: Cardinal Keith O’Brien snubs gay marriage talks with Scottish government. Snubs? The cardinal snubs? Talks on same-sex marriage with the government? Is Scotland a theocracy? Why was the Scottish government inviting the cardinal to discuss legislation in the first place? Scotland’s Roman Catholic leader – Cardinal Keith O’Brien – has suspended direct communication …

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Aug 18 2012

Bishop Paglia blamed the pursuit of individual rights

Surprise surprise – the Vatican says French bishops are totally right to hate Teh Gayz. The French Catholic Church is right to defend traditional family values, a top bishop told Vatican Radio yesterday, a day after rights groups criticised a prayer focused on families and children as homophobic.

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Jul 19 2012

The sacred and the profane

The Catholic church in the UK is finding itself having to answer to the law. What an indignity! What presumption! Mere secular humans with secular training in secular law daring to meddle with sanctified Standers-in For Jesus. The church is god’s telephone line! Don’t these presumptuous mundane unholy law-botherers realize that? How dare they haul …

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Jul 15 2012

Bishops marked tardy

A dog ate the bishops’ homework. Most of the bishops’ conferences around the world have missed a Vatican deadline on drawing up anti-abuse guidelines, it emerged yesterday. But Mgr Charles Scicluna, the Vatican’s top investigator of clerical sex abuse, said that without counting Africa “more than half of the conferences responded” to the May deadline. …

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Jul 04 2012

A custody fight

NPR’s god-besotted religious affairs reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty shyly points out that bears shit in the woods and the Catholic church is not the most liberal institution in the world. She’s very careful about it but even she can’t hide the scary. Perceiving its core beliefs to be under threat from popular culture, the White …

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Jun 08 2012

Radical cooties

Lisa Miller in the Washington Post takes a look at the Vatican’s way of using the epithet “radical feminist.” Members of the Vatican hierarchy are using the word “feminist” and even “radical feminist” the way third-graders use the word “cooties.” In April, the Vatican accused the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents 57,000 nuns …

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