If this is some sort of class action: SIGN ME UP.
“Their charges concern “three worldwide crimes which until now have not been denounced … (as) the traditional reverence toward ‘ecclesiastical authority’ has clouded the sense of right and wrong”.
They claim the Pope “is responsible for the preservation and leadership of a worldwide totalitarian regime of coercion which subjugates its members with terrifying and health-endangering threats”.
They allege he is also responsible for “the adherence to a fatal forbiddance of the use of condoms, even when the danger of HIV-Aids infection exists” and for “the establishment and maintenance of a worldwide system of cover-up of the sexual crimes committed by Catholic priests and their preferential treatment, which aids and abets ever new crimes”.”
Very interesting- I think the Pope has a great deal of culpability in all of these crimes, and I hope the legal system produces justice for the victims.
I don’t think for a minute the court will do anything about this, but just the act of bringing the charges up is awesome.
The Vatican reports cited countless cases of nuns forced to have sex with priests. Some were obliged to take the pill, others became pregnant and were encouraged to have abortions. In one case in which an African sister was forced to have an abortion, she died during the operation and her aggressor led the funeral mass.
So abortion is okay when it’s to cover up their foulness. Got it.
This makes me so, so angry. Mostly because I know a foul organization such as the Catholic Church will never be shut down. Yes, faith can be positive — but is it really worth all of these awful things?
I was going to make a snide comment, but I don’t even have to; the Catholic church shames itself well enough.
The hierarchy of the Catholic Church doesn’t feel shame. I don’t think they even have the capacity for it. Disgusting, but unsurprising in an organization so corrupt it allows its members to sexually abuse children without any real consequence. This is an old article (2001) but I doubt much has changed. Problems like these aren’t going to go away as long as the church continues its policy of sexism and misogyny. Honestly, they have to be one of the most corrupt, horrible institutions out there. What the fuck.
he Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) has banned GSAs in their schools. They think they are harmful and have made it a board-wide policy not to let them formulate.According to its website, the school board serves 29,000 students in a variety of suburbs — Milton, Halton Hills, Burlington, Oakville. And none of those students are taught tolerance.
“We don’t have Nazi groups either,” says Board Chair Alice Anne LeMay, in what might be the most offensive quote I have heard in a long while. “Gay-Straight Alliances are banned because they are not within the teachings of the Catholic Church.”
We don’t have Nazi groups either. I can’t even…
In a break with his traditional teaching, Pope Benedict XVI has said the use of condoms is acceptable “in certain cases”, in an extended interview to be published this week.
After holding firm during his papacy to the Vatican’s blanket ban on the use of contraceptives, Benedict’s surprise comments will shock conservatives in the Catholic church while finding favour with senior Vatican figures who are pushing for a new line on the issue as HIV ravages Africa.
This I did not expect to read today. Of course, it’s a small step but it’s a welcome one.
Well, here’s some good news!
I try hard to give credit where it’s due to the RCC but, really? They were thinking about it since 2006 but “it was a PR problem.” I guess much like allowing child molesters to be prosecuted would be.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy they’re finally going to stop lying about effectiveness of condoms (even though I truly resent his wording and it’s still sex shaming, anti-sex worker bullshit). I just wish they didn’t prioritize PR over people.
Twin Cities Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, leading a student mass at St. John’s Abbey recently, refused to give communion to members of a gay and lesbian college student group who were wearing rainbow buttons in a sign of solidarity.
The conflict between the archbishop and students from the Roman Catholic St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict occurred during Sunday night mass in Collegeville, Minn., on Sept. 26.
The action came as Catholics throughout Minnesota have been sent hundreds of thousands of DVDs from the state’s bishops in support of a ban on gay marriage.
During the mass, members of PRiSM (People Representing the Sexual Minority) positioned themselves to be in the line for receiving communion from Nienstedt. Some of them reached out for the communion wafer but were denied it.
A movement by Mexican states to enforce strict antiabortion-rights laws is increasingly resulting in the investigation of or imprisonment of women who have had miscarriages or stillbirths, according to women’s rights and reproductive health advocates, the New York Times reports.
The enforcement crackdown is the result of a backlash against a 2007 Mexico City law allowing legal abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, which was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2008. Abortion is illegal everywhere else in Mexico, except in cases of rape or to save the woman’s life. Since the court’s ruling, 17 states largely controlled by Roman Catholic conservatives have passed constitutional amendments declaring that life starts at conception, even though other laws already outlaw abortion.