Posts Tagged ‘Catholicism’
Posted by Mr DoctorE on November 26, 2013
Like, have this rosary and magic book.. and pray to the magic man in the sky..
Cranford, NJ—American Atheists launched six billboards on Monday in central New Jersey attacking the non-helpful responses by some religions to recent natural disasters. These responses have included praying for the victims and sending bibles and rosaries instead of requested relief supplies that can save lives.
While at least $300 million has been pledged by nations around the world to help survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan, the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines, a billion-dollar non-government organization, has responded to the disaster by sending 1,000 bibles and 12,000 rosaries to survivors, according to CBS News. Additionally, the Pope tweeted for Catholics to pray for the typhoon victims. His message was retweeted 30,000 times.
“Imagine if the Pope had asked for people to send money to victims or to send needed supplies. How much more useful would that have been to the people of the Philippines? This is insulting,” said American Atheists President David Silverman. “Over 5,500 people have died, so Pope Francis leads people in prayer, and they send bibles and rosaries. This is repugnant; natural disasters should not be viewed as opportunities for proselytization.” Silverman continued, “Religion is not charity. It’s business masquerading as charity, and it needs to be recognized as such.”
The billboards encourage people to visit atheists.org/relief where they are directed to three secular organizations that have campaigns to assist victims of the typhoon and the recent Midwest tornados. “These organizations provide actual services to people who need them,” said Dave Muscato, Public Relations Director, “and they are our best way to help those affected. Prayer is cheap, quick, and easy, but it accomplishes nothing. Real people are really suffering; they need real help.”
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on October 28, 2013
Are Hispanics losing their religion? A new study indicates Hispanic-Americans are becoming increasingly atheist, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Indeed, the number of Latinos who say they do not follow a particular religion is growing to rival the number of evangelical Hispanics. A 2013 Hispanic Values Survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute suggests that the number of Hispanics who are atheist or agnostic reached 12 percent, doubling the rate reported in 1990 by the American Religious Identification Survey. A 2012 survey by Patheos suggests the number may be as high as 14 percent. Given that 56% of Hispanics over 30 identify as Catholic, this increasing trend suggests somewhat of a dynamic shift among young Hispanics.
The trend towards agnosticism or atheism is nation-wide: a Gallup poll shows that in 2008 14.6 percent of Americans identified as non-religious, while in 2012 the number has risen to 17.8 percent. While the Hispanic number is slightly lower, it still indicates a move away from religious affiliation. The results are indicative of a wider social change, as Evangelical alignment often leads to conservative social views. The study also found that 80 percent of non-religiously affiliated Hispanics favored same-sex marriage, while only 21 percent of evangelical Latinos were pro marriage equality. Statistics for abortion found a similar result. Latina.com suggests that Hispanics are also more willing to express their faith or lack thereof, particularly among educated young adults: “becoming college-educated has … encouraged them to open up about their anti-religious stance.”
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on October 23, 2013
Hmm, may the catholic church should sell all the “bling”… and use the money to help the poor.. eh
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on October 14, 2013
Same old story…
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on October 13, 2013
Gawd wants money Ugga Bugga
The lavish lifestyle of a bishop who is spending €31 million on building a new headquarters in west Germany was exposed on Friday, when it emerged he has spent €783,000 on a garden, €25,000 on a table and €15,000 on a bath tub.
The bishop of Limburg, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, has been heavily criticized for the luxurious complex being built next to Limburg Cathedral in the state of Hesse. Earlier this week it emerged the costs had overrun by ten times the initial estimate from around €3 million to €31 million.
And on Friday Bild newspaper published a breakdown of the costs of the pricey project. They include €350,000 on built-in-wardrobes, €25,000 on a conference table and €783,000 on a garden.
His own apartment in the complex is costing €3 million with €478,000 going on furnishings. Guest rooms will cost €1.1 million and the new chapel €2.67 million.
The Nassauische Neue Presse newspaper also reported on Wednesday that the bishop’s bathtub cost €15,000.
Although the money is coming from church funds, the bishop has been criticized for setting a poor example.
The 53-year-old has defended himself. He told the Bild on Wednesday: “Those who know me, know that I don’t need any kind of grandiose lifestyle.”
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 22, 2013
SCRANTON, Pa. — A Catholic priest whose ministry included counseling troubled youths is facing charges in northeastern Pennsylvania after police say he admitted to sex acts with a 15-year-old boy.
The Rev. William Paulish was in Lackawanna County prison, unable to post $50,000 bail Friday. The charges include corruption of a minor, indecent exposure, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person under 16. Court records did not list a lawyer for Paulish.
The Times-Tribune of Scranton reported that Paulish, 56, has been reassigned 15 times by the Diocese of Scranton after being ordained in 1988 and has had three separate leaves of absence.
The diocese did not respond to the newspaper's requests to explain the reassignments and absences. In a press release, the diocese said it removed Paulish from his assignment as assistant pastor at Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge and suspended his ability to work as a priest.
Paulish and the boy were caught by Dunmore police after Penn State Worthington Scranton security guards reported the priest's car as suspicious when they saw it Thursday night parked near the tennis courts.
The boy did not have pants on when police arrived and both later admitted to performing sex acts, police said. Paulish told investigators that he arranged the meeting through an ad he posted on Craigslist, police said.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 19, 2013
Salt is more powerful than gawd
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 18, 2013
A student recently told a group of humanists in Texas in that she won a scholarship by standing up for her beliefs after her high school teacher compared atheism to smoking cigarettes.
At a Humanists of Houston meeting last week, 19-year-old Sara Elizabeth Sheppard explained that she decided to use her cell phone to record her high school economics professor after he “started to talk about religion in an inappropriate manner.”
During the one lecture, the teacher claimed that atheism was against human nature, and that “the mind rejects the concept of atheism” just like the body rejects smoking. The next week, he taught a lesson advocating prayer for a positive state of mind.
Sheppard provided the recordings to the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), which contacted the Katy school district. The school superintendent replied with a letter thanking Sheppard and FFRF.
“We have conducted a thorough investigation and have taken appropriate action,” the letter said.
A friend who was in the same class the next semester told Sheppard that the teacher had said that she “took away his right to talk about Jesus.”
Sara Elizabeth Sheppard @ Humanists of Houston August 2013
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on September 9, 2013
Business as usual…
An outspoken Catholic priest has launched an astonishing attack on the poor by labeling them ‘lying, drug-abusing illegitimates’.
Father Ray Blake wrote a furious blog denouncing the homeless, in an online post titled, ‘The Trouble With The Poor’.
He describes the poor as being ‘lying and messy’ people sent by God to test his faith.
Father Blake goes on to claim that one homeless man who regularly turned up at his church pleading for money was ‘an irritating little bastard’.
He accused the beggar of making a mess of his prayers as he passed his cap around his congregation looking for cash.
The controversial Catholic cleric said: ‘The trouble with the poor is that they are messy.
‘There is a secluded area between the church and our hall, a passage, occasionally we find someone has got a few cardboard boxes together and has slept there, and if it has been raining leaves a sodden blanket, cardboard there to be cleaned up.
‘Often it also smells of urine and there is often excrement there and sometimes a used needle or two.’
Father Blake describes how the destitute ‘ring the door bell at every hour of the day and night’ and ‘tell lies’ to get cash.
And he singles out one homeless man who interrupts his services by launching his own collection.
He writes: ‘During the silence of the Canon the man will pray aloud: ‘Jesus, I want you to bless Father Ray and God, can you persuade the good people here to give to the poor – I am poor’.
‘Unchecked he will take his cap off and have a collection. It makes a mess of our prayers – it stops some coming to Mass here.’
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