Archive for May 2009

A Catholic archbishop tells us what’s what

May 22nd, 2009 3:52 pm | By

The former Archbishop of Westminster lets us know that atheism is the greatest of all evils.

The evil we ask to be delivered from is not essentially the evil of sin, though that is clear, but in the mind of Jesus, it is more importantly a loss of faith. For Jesus, the inability to believe in God and to live by faith is the greatest of evils. You see the things that result from this are an affront to human dignity, destruction of trust between peoples, the rule of egoism and the loss of peace.

Oh really. Is that so. The things that result from the inability (and total lack of desire) to believe in God are an affront … Read the rest

‘Religion Makes People Good’ Myth Busted *

May 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

Retired Catholic archbishop says they didn’t understand that child abuse is a crime.… Read the rest

‘Atheism the Greatest of Evils’ *

May 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

A priest raping a boy in a wheelchair is trivial in comparison.… Read the rest

Atheist Offers ‘New Conception of Divine’ *

May 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

‘God is the biosphere’s “fully natural creativity” in which all living beings share in a kind of co-divinity.’… Read the rest

Archbish of Dublin on Archbish of Westminster *

May 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

Archbishop of Dublin said Archbishop of Westminster’s ‘comments, as reported, have not been helpful.’… Read the rest

Nick Cohen on the Courage of the Godly *

May 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

Check out the apologists commenting.… Read the rest

Catholic Archbishop Attacks Secularists *

May 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

Archbishop of Westminster played a leading role in fighting the introduction of gay rights laws in 2006.… Read the rest

The Savage Reality of Ireland’s Darkest Days *

May 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

There is a nightmarish quality to this systemic malice, reminiscent of authoritarian regimes.… Read the rest

Ireland: No Legal Basis to Amend Abuse Claim *

May 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

Former Labour leader protested the ‘supine surrender’ by Bertie Ahern’s government to the religious orders.… Read the rest

Bill Donohue on ‘Hysteria over Irish Clergy Abuse’ *

May 22nd, 2009 | Filed by

Contemptible stuff.… Read the rest

Even When Wars End, Mass Rape Continues *

May 21st, 2009 | Filed by

It has been easier to get men to relinquish their guns than their sense of sexual entitlement.… Read the rest

Felony Warrant Issued for Colleen Hauser *

May 21st, 2009 | Filed by

‘The sooner we find Daniel, the better,’ the sheriff said.… Read the rest

Disgust at Archbishop’s Comment *

May 21st, 2009 | Filed by

‘He should say that it is all about the children and the rest of them be damned. There are no excuses for religious orders.’… Read the rest

‘A Cruel and Wicked System’ *

May 21st, 2009 | Filed by

Children were slaves who made money for religious orders in mini factories, farms, and laundry services.… Read the rest

Mary Kenny Writes a Callous, Frivolous Piece *

May 21st, 2009 | Filed by

She’s known all sorts of priests, but not the abusive kind, fancy that, it takes all kinds, have another drinky.… Read the rest

Catholic Archbishop Praises Abusive Clergy *

May 21st, 2009 | Filed by

Archbishop of Westminster says it took ‘courage’ for clergy involved in child abuse to confront their actions.… Read the rest

Steven Strogatz on Math and the City *

May 21st, 2009 | Filed by

A mathematical pattern reveals Manhattan and a mouse to be variations on a single structural theme. … Read the rest

God is dependable

May 21st, 2009 10:51 am | By

I heard part of an old Wire Tap the other day, about a family of atheists deciding to have a religious funeral for an atheist relative (for a social reason). They find the church the late atheist relative had once occasionally attended, and talk to the preacher there, who seems very relaxed and human and understanding, including of their atheism – then at the funeral itself he confounds them by shouting about eternal torment and flames of hell. They were angry but too cowardly to confront him, but on Wire Tap the storyteller (Adam Davidson) phones him to ask some questions. They are important questions, which don’t get asked enough. He asked if he had it right – the preacher … Read the rest


May 21st, 2009 10:39 am | By

The new archbishop of Westminster says it took ‘courage’ for clergy involved in child abuse to confront their actions.

I find that absolutely extraordinary. The vanity of it, the self-love and self-absorption, the misdirection, the narcissism, the callousness – it’s just staggering. Courage! Courage forsooth! What courage?! The subject here is six decades of gross abuse and exploitation of generation after generation of children by adult nuns and priests; what does that have to do with courage?! It doesn’t take courage for a grown-up well-fed strong adult to bully and starve and torture and shame a child. On the contrary, as we all know, or ought to, large strong people tormenting smaller weaker people is the very opposite of … Read the rest

The CICA report

May 20th, 2009 3:52 pm | By

The Commission into Child Abuse report is out. It found that children lived in ‘daily terror’ of being beaten in industrial schools (which weren’t really schools at all) from 1940 onwards.

It found that corporal punishment was “pervasive, severe, arbitrary and unpredictable” in the institutions where “children lived with the daily terror of not knowing where the next beating was coming from.” The report said that the level of emotional abuse of disadvantaged, neglected and abandoned children by religious and lay staff was “disturbing” and that the Catholic Church was aware long-term sex offenders were repeatedly abusing children…the Commission found that “children were frequently hungry, food was inadequate, inedible and badly prepared in many schools.”…Accommodation in the institutions was

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