The recently broadcast documentary by Frontline on the inner workings of the Vatican in Rome was quite illuminating and, at times, shocking. Accusations of the Vatican Bank laundering large amounts of underworld money, homosexual activity among, not only the priests, but the highest ranked Vatican officials, mishandling of the pedophilia scandal , and the continuing power struggle between Pope and Cardinals are all brought to light. I was especially shocked by the video evidence that… Continue
Added by Ed on February 28, 2014 at 6:04pm —
So I'm not really sure why I suddenly want to write this, but I do, so... here it goes...
First, some background. Continue
I was fortunate enough to be raised by two of the most tolerant and considerate parents I've ever met. My mom was raised Catholic in French Canada, and my dad became Jewish during college, when he met his first wife. When he met my mom, he already had two kids, 7 and 3, who had been raised so…
Added by Julian Fiander on March 23, 2013 at 1:20am —
I checked the news on news.com.au this morning and found this article. In which the catholic church both offends and disgusts me.
I will start by explaining the latter. It makes the assumption that a woman needs a husband to be complete, and urges young women in Australia to marry quickly or they will miss out. Why, as a man,… Continue
Added by matt.clerke on May 6, 2012 at 7:13pm —
In 1975 a young man made a statement to the Catholic Church to inform them that he had been abused – that is sexually assaulted on more that one occasion by one of their priests. He also reported that other children were also being abused by the same priest. He was as much concerned for them as he was for himself. He met the church officials and gave his story while his father was asked to remain outside the room. He answered their questions honestly, even providing the names and addresses… Continue
Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on May 3, 2012 at 5:10pm —
I am trying to understand the rational behind the catholic church's stance against both abortion and contraception. I understand the abortion issue from their point of view but what is their problem with preventing a sperm from fertilizing an egg? This planet already has in excess of 8 billion people and our natural resources are dwindling away. Population control would seem to be an important concern for our civilization. Abstinence is no longer a valid option in today's modern sexual… Continue
Added by Ed on February 28, 2012 at 8:17am —
I am a little worked up right now. I just viewed a segment on CBS Sunday Morning about a Catholic hopital in Phoenix, Arizona involved in the termination of a pregnancy by a mother of four. Apparently the woman developed severe complications and was facing heart failure and imminent death. The chief surgeon of the hospital decided to save her life and performed the abortion after consent from the staff ethics board headed by a sister nun. The board approved the procedure and the woman's life… Continue
Added by Ed on December 4, 2011 at 9:30am —
I don't know of you've seen this Biography Channel show called "I Survived... Beyond and Back", but it scares me.
Let me give you a synopsis of one of the many stories:
Woman dies due to complications during surgery. She seems to feel like she is floating above her body watching her death and then is greeted by a random person (or Jesus or god) or a loved one that is either convincing her to join them in the light. They always mention the odd supernatural loving feel… Continue
Added by Adam Hanzel on November 13, 2011 at 11:07pm —
I was scanning the inter-webs and came across this article in The Washington Post's Faith section (Yes, I read the faith section quite often): Pope Seeks Protestant Allies to Combat…
Added by Luke Townsley on September 25, 2011 at 8:36pm —
Good afternoon everyone! I hope you’re all having a great day. Despite a rather shaky start to the day, everything is now going well and I just read a great article inThe Vancouver Sun, titled … Continue
Added by Brian Bridson on August 6, 2011 at 5:00pm —
Archbishop John C. Nienstedt: “The Minnesota Catholic Conference, made up of the seven Catholic bishops from the state, support this amendment not for prejudicial or political reasons, but rather for reasons that are theological, biological and pastoral.”
(Original news item.)
Lets assume for a second that the…
Added by robert mcbean on June 14, 2011 at 3:19pm —
I found this article to be very interesting as it basically blames the social times of the 60s and 70s in America for the prolonged problem of sex abuse to young boys from Priests. More notable, there isn't one mention in the study (says the LA Times) that celibacy itself plays a role. Not surprising the Catholics (Vatican) would denote any such allegation that any of their stringent practices, especially the aforementioned one, would have anything to do with anyone in their organization doing… Continue
Added by Justin P. on May 19, 2011 at 1:00pm —
"I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars..."
- Og Mandino
I try my best to conclude what drives a person's faith. The abstruseness of the universe -- its complexity and incomprehension -- seems to be a channeling element of the ignorance (and fear) that stops a person from looking up. I'll never come to a defining explanation, because the…
Added by Gaetano on April 11, 2011 at 12:45am —
According to an article, by Nick Rees, in The Daily Telegraph, the Catholic Church conducted a conference in Rome to combat the dangers of Satanism.… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on April 2, 2011 at 12:00pm —
In Catholic school as vicious as Roman rule
I got my knuckles bruised by a lady in black
And I held my tongue as she told me
"Son fear is the heart of love"
So I never went back
If heaven and hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the "No's" on their vacancy signs
If there's no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I'll follow you into the dark
Added by Mr. Anderson on March 16, 2011 at 9:49am —
And here you have it, yet another version of the inerrant word of god is on the works, because we (well, not we, they - but you know what I mean) need
to make the bible make sense. Yes, that's exactly what I meant to say.
So, we are in for a new set of semantics and mythological animals brought to life by the editors that will probably change "unicorns" for "rhinos" - who knows! Maybe even Noah's Ark story will make sense this time, no? Okay, sarcasm is not very easy to… Continue
Added by Monica McGee (Monicks) on March 4, 2011 at 1:27pm —
This is from 2009, so many have probably seen it. A pretty good speech by actor Stephen Fry (who will appear in the next Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movie) against the current state of the Catholic religion/nation. Soon I will see Stephen Fry accept an award in Harvard Square.…
Added by Samuel H. Kenyon on February 4, 2011 at 12:20am —
Yesterday was my grandmother's funeral, she was a catholic so the whole thing was organized in a catholic church. And although I should've been serious and sad and stuff (since my grandma had just died), I was first annoyed and then somewhat amused by what the priest said. Several times, he mentioned that the funeral was just a temporary goodbye, since 'we were all going to meet Bernice again in heaven'. Also, according to the priest, my grandma was at that very moment catching up with… Continue
Added by Raïssa Dhondt on December 31, 2010 at 7:07am —
Can't make this stuff up, folks. You think if this happened in Rome the Vatican would give him sanction?
Father John Fiala, 52, was arrested last week in Dallas County after he was caught on tape by investigators trying to hire a hit man to kill the teen who's accused Fiala of sexual abuse.
Attorney Tom Rhodes said as shocking as the… Continue
Added by Ryan E. Hoffman on November 28, 2010 at 2:08pm —
The day the Church dies there will be no sounds of joy among the godless: Continue
No horns blown or parades thrown,
Rejoicing in the streets or marching to the beat,
No angels from Heaven to smite us down,
No Devil to laugh at our descent.
The end of the world will still belong to the sun,
When the Church takes its final breath
On a day no different than today
In a world with problems unfit for gods.
Where a frock is suitable only for Halloween;
A relic of a…
Added by Ryan E. Hoffman on September 22, 2010 at 4:43pm —
This just in - Gabriele Amorth is the head of the Vatican's exorcism office (link
In other news.... the Vatican has an exorcism office
Holy S, who knew? I used to watch a fair amount of the ghost hunting shows and they would always toss in the disclaimer that the church doesn't officially acknowledge exorcisms. I had always assumed that even they knew… Continue
Added by Pesci on July 26, 2010 at 1:31pm —