Posts Tagged ‘Catholicism’
Posted by doctore0 on March 1, 2016
Philippines need to get rid of the catholic church ASAP
In 2012, the deeply devout Catholic country of the Philippines made history, when the government finally signed a Reproductive Health Bill – a law that would require introduction of sex education into schools and providing free contraceptives for its poorest women. However, government bureaucracy and religious opposition has meant the RH Law is not reaching the women that need it the most.
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Posted by doctore0 on February 16, 2016
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — A member of a commission set up by Pope Francis to advise him on child abuse says the group is a “token body” exercising in “smoke and mirrors” that won’t help children stay safe from abusive priests.
Peter Saunders, the commission member, is now on a leave of absence as he considers whether to continue with an effort he says he has lost faith in.
Meanwhile, new Catholic bishops are still being taught they’re not obliged to report cases of child abuse by priests to the police.
The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which Francis set up with much fanfare in 2014, was supposed to issue guidelines for the Vatican on how to deal with child abuse. But the body was never consulted about the training for new bishops on exactly that topic.
These are just some of the signs that Francis’ reform efforts, and his pledge to clean up the Catholic Church’s most damaging crisis, seem to be unraveling before they’ve even really gotten started.
The problems come as Pope Francis pays a visit to Latin America, a region where, as GlobalPost has reported, the church is accused of reassigning and protecting many alleged predator priests. Among the latest scandals in the region, Chileans are outraged that the pope appointed a bishop accused of shielding the country’s most despised pedophile priest from investigation.
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Posted by doctore0 on January 26, 2016
Never ever put a child in the hands of religious organizations… never ever.
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Posted by doctore0 on November 18, 2015
Bill Maher is an atheist, but he was raised Catholic. So since he’s visiting the Church of Colbert, Stephen takes the opportunity to try to bring him back into the fold.
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Posted by doctore0 on October 22, 2015
Instead of starting school last month, Reuben Murphy found himself back in his Dublin nursery for another year as his mother, Nikki, re-embarked on her quest to find a place at a local state primary for her four-year-old son.
She has already applied to 15 schools. But, following rejections from nine last year, Murphy is far from confident that a place will be found for Reuben. In a country where more than 90% of state schools are run by the Catholic church, unbaptised children like him are at the bottom of their admissions lists.
“I’m desperate,” said Murphy. “I’ve met tons of parents who’ve baptised their children just to get a school place. We thought about it, but it goes against our conscience. I feel it would be an abuse of other people’s deeply held religious beliefs.”
A drive to repeal the legislation that allows Irish schools to operate admissions criteria based on faith is gathering momentum. More than 16,000 people have backed a petition to be presented to parliament in the next couple of weeks, and campaigners are determined to raise the issue of unbaptised children in next year’s general election.
According to Paddy Monahan, a Dublin barrister who launched the petition, the law is an unconstitutional anachronism in a country that saw the second biggest drop globally in those claiming to be religious in recent years. A WIN-Gallup global poll (pdf) found that 47% of Irish respondents identified themselves as religious in 2011, compared with 69% in 2005 – a drop of 22%, exceeded only by the fall in Vietnam. Non-Catholic immigration to Ireland has further diluted the church’s hegemony.
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Posted by doctore0 on October 6, 2015
A row over the Vatican’s attitude towards gay priests has been stoked further by a claim that clergy with “homosexual tendencies” are sent to a religious retreat to be “cured”.
The Holy See was embarrassed by a senior Vatican official’s decision to come out as gay at the weekend, just as 270 bishops gathered in Rome to attend a synod on family issues.
As Vatican officials called Krzysztof Charamsa’s gesture “very serious and irresponsible”, it was claimed yesterday that priests suspected of being gay are often sent to a convent in the northern Italian city of Trento to “reflect”.
The convent’s role in trying to “cure” priests of homosexuality was revealed by a former priest who was thrown out of the Church three years ago for being gay. Mario Bonfante was forced to leave his parish in Sardinia, even though he had maintained his vow of celibacy.
“It’s a place where they help you to rediscover the straight and narrow. They wanted to ‘cure’ me but I refused to go,” he told ‘La Repubblica’ newspaper.
According to its website, it can offer priests “an open and tranquil environment in which they can confront their problems” with psychiatrists and psychologists on hand.
Father Gianluigi Pasto (71), the head of the convent, said: “Priests come to us for a period of formation and personal reflection. At the moment we have neither gay priests nor paedophile priests here. Certainly our job is to welcome everybody.”
The facility dealt with priests suffering from depression, alcoholism and who had “problems connected to sex”, he added.
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Posted by doctore0 on October 5, 2015
The stupid, it burns.
Julia Bruzzese believes in miracles.
The 12-year-old from Brooklyn, N.Y., has been forced to use a wheelchair after a sudden paralysis that has baffled doctors.
But when Julia, who is in the seventh-grade at St. Bernadette’s in Dyker Heights, had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis as he arrived in New York, she said, “I came here because I wanted to meet the pope, because I believe in a miracle,” CBS New York reported.
Julia said meeting the holy father was “the most precious moment of my life.”
Precious, indeed. According to CBS, five days after Julia received a blessing from Pope Francis doctors seem to be closer to a firm diagnosis.
“The miracle has begun. Yesterday, I went to the doctor and for the first time they saw Lyme disease activity in my blood and that just shows a miracle can happen if you believe, just like I did. If you believe and pray everything can happen,” she told CBS last week
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Posted by doctore0 on October 3, 2015
After years and years of abuse/rape by the church…
Jane Donnelly of Atheist Ireland tells the OSCE about religious discrimination in Irish schools, at the human dimension meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on 30 September 2015.
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