Archive for March 2010

Madeleine Bunting Horrified by Church Crisis *

Mar 22nd, 2010 | Filed by

‘The commitment to the prestige and authority of the institution has been paramount.’… Read the rest

Damian Thompson Fumes About Anti-Catholicism *

Mar 22nd, 2010 | Filed by

Gee, after decades of secrecy and failure to stop child rape, why would anyone be annoyed at the church?… Read the rest

The Church’s Corruption is Not Sex but Power *

Mar 21st, 2010 | Filed by

The only adequate response is a fundamental questioning of the closed, hierarchical power system.… Read the rest

Maeve Lewis: The Church is Still in Denial *

Mar 21st, 2010 | Filed by

Pope blames liberal secular society instead of the reactionary patriarchal hierarchical church.… Read the rest

Steiner Schools Work on ‘PR Problem’ *

Mar 21st, 2010 | Filed by

They need to learn how to frame Anthroposophy, and all will be well.… Read the rest

Raising an Eyebrow at the Pope’s Letter *

Mar 21st, 2010 | Filed by

The Pope seems to see this episode as but another battle in his own church’s culture wars.… Read the rest

Jerry Coyne Wonders What’s Up at CFI *

Mar 21st, 2010 | Filed by

Has the Center for Inquiry decided the best way to promote reason and secular society is to criticize atheists?… Read the rest

Paula Kirby on Unbelieving Pastors and Integrity *

Mar 21st, 2010 | Filed by

It’s not easy.… Read the rest

Particular attention should be given to Eucharistic adoration

Mar 20th, 2010 1:41 pm | By

The pope’s letter has been delivered.

In almost every family in Ireland, there has been someone – a son or a daughter, an aunt or an uncle – who has given his or her life to the Church. Irish families rightly esteem and cherish their loved ones who have dedicated their lives to Christ…In recent decades, however, the Church in your country has had to confront new and serious challenges to the faith arising from the rapid transformation and secularization of Irish society. Fast-paced social change has occurred, often adversely affecting people’s traditional adherence to Catholic teaching and values. All too often, the sacramental and devotional practices that sustain faith and enable it to grow, such as frequent confession, daily

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Full Text of the Pope’s Letter *

Mar 20th, 2010 | Filed by

Challenges to the faith, secularization, social change, devotional practices neglected.… Read the rest

Pope Had a Bad Week *

Mar 20th, 2010 | Filed by

That 2001 letter just won’t go away.… Read the rest

Pope Says Sorry *

Mar 20th, 2010 | Filed by

Claims to ‘share in the dismay and the sense of betrayal that so many of you have experienced.’… Read the rest

A Victim of the Church Addresses the Pope *

Mar 20th, 2010 | Filed by

His faith was so strong that he blamed himself for being raped, turning his hatred of the abuse inwards.… Read the rest

Irish Victims React to Pope’s Letter *

Mar 20th, 2010 | Filed by

Paddy Doyle said the pastoral letter was insufficient as the pope ‘hasn’t put his hands up and said guilty.’… Read the rest

Arrested for ‘Hurting the Sentiments of Muslims’ *

Mar 20th, 2010 | Filed by

Dr. Innaiah Narisetti was arrested for distributing a collection of works by Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasreen.… Read the rest

Oh noes, it’s the new atheists

Mar 19th, 2010 5:35 pm | By

Oh look, a new Chris Mooney, just what the world needs. He’s here to tell us the ‘problems’ he has with ‘the radical atheists.’ You’re excited already, aren’t you! And rightly so. He tells a thrilling tale.

Starting in 2005, American public was hit with a fresh wave of secular thought openly criticizing organized religion and religious faith…Many have called these authors and their followers the “New Atheists” – practitioners of a form of atheism that is outspoken and brash in its condemnation of religion and religious belief. These atheists were not content to disbelieve and go on with their lives; they also wanted to let religious beliefs know they were wrong (though it should be added it is

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The buck stops where?

Mar 19th, 2010 12:53 pm | By

Damian Thompson is again upset that people think Ratzinger is implicated in the church’s cover-up of generations of child-rape and other abuse. He ought to read what Hans Kung has to say.

Is it not time for Pope Benedict XVI himself to acknowledge his share of responsibility, instead of whining about a campaign against his person? No other person in the Church has had to deal with so many cases of abuse crossing his desk…

In his 24 years as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, from around the world, all cases of grave sexual offences by clerics had to be reported, under strictest secrecy (“secretum pontificum”), to his curial office, which was exclusively responsible

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Damian Thompson Defends the Pope *

Mar 19th, 2010 | Filed by

Yes really.… Read the rest

Hans Kung Says Pope Should Stop Whining *

Mar 19th, 2010 | Filed by

Ratzinger himself warned the bishops, under threat of ecclesiastical punishment, to observe ‘papal secrecy.’ … Read the rest

Catholic Church Has Done Better Than Blair *

Mar 19th, 2010 | Filed by

At least it says it’s sorry…now that it’s been caught.… Read the rest