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Tag Archive: The Catholic church

May 29 2012

Go, and report child rape no more

Good to see the Catholic church learning (however slowly) from its mistakes. The Italian Bishop’s Conference (CIE) has issued guidelines on child  protection that inform its bishops that they are ‘not obliged to report illicit  facts’ of child abuse to the police. … In their new five page document which advised Italian Bishops on how …

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May 27 2012

Publishing the norms

For a comic interlude (with uncomic implications and underpinnings, but never mind that for now) – the Vatican goes public with its formerly sekrit and super-technical Roolz for authenticating authentic sightings (or apparitions, as it helpfully calls them) of “the Virgin” Mary. The “Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of Presumed Apparitions …

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May 02 2012

You need to have leaders who have learned the hard way

Cardinal Brady is still at the same old stand – saying he won’t resign despite new disclosures of his failure to pass on names and addresses of children being abused by Brendan Smyth. The Catholic primate of all-Ireland has said that he will not resign as Church leader despite revelations in the BBC’s This World programme. …

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Apr 22 2012

It’s always priorities, isn’t it

Ah the Catholic church in Ireland - always shameless, always brazen, always ignoring the harm it does to other people while demanding infinite respect for itself. This time it has its mitres in a knot because a broadcaster said it had fucked things up in Ireland. Yes, and? The Communications Office of the Irish bishops has …

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Mar 21 2012

We have ways of making you silent

It gets worse – the castration story. The Toronto Star reports The Deetman Commision, set up by two Catholic bodies, the Conference of Bishops and the Dutch Religious Conference, concluded last year that tens of thousands of children had been abused by Catholic clergy in the Netherlands since 1945. The commission was set up by …

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Mar 21 2012

We’re here to help you

More from that bottomless file, The Evil Deeds of the Catholic Church. This time it’s in the Netherlands. Government inspectors were aware that minors were being castrated while being looked after in Catholic-run psychiatric institutions, local paper the Limburger reported on Monday. The NRC reported on Saturday at least one boy under the age of …

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Mar 20 2012

Hands off

The Vatican has issued a report on priestly child rape in Ireland. The Vatican is happy to see “the deep faith of many men and women” despite all this brouhaha about child rape. The Vatican knows what to do moving forward: it is to have “deeper formation in the content of the faith for young …

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Mar 19 2012

Vote with your feet

I was on a plane or in an airport much of March 9, and busy the rest of the day, so I missed the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s full-page ad in the New York Times. The ad is a good thing.

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Mar 17 2012

And now a word for the laydeez

Another treasure from @UCCB – a patronizing ode to wimmin, from a boss of an organization that excludes women from all power and thinks its “God” is a man. You know what it says without reading it. Women are special, women are lovely, women raise the children, bless their little hearts and their soft heads. …

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Mar 17 2012

The marketers advise them

Deep breaths taken. Onward. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, formerly archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, tells us what keen supporters of women’s rights he and his friends in the church are. He also explains how unfair it all is, and how hard done by they all are, and how mean everyone else is, and what whoppers …

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