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Susan on the Soapbox: The Catholic Church’s Last Chance

Suing the Catholic Church is like throwing Jello at the wall, it’s a mess but not much sticks. Thousands of Canada’s First Nations, Metis, Inuit and Inuvialuit joined in a class action seeking compensation for the abuse they suffered in … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Catholic Church’s Last Chance

Politics and its Discontents: Spotlight

Given that they are generally aimed at a younger demographic, I rarely watch movies these days. However, on the return leg of our trip, one of the films offered by Air Canada was the award-winning Spotlight, important for a few reasons. The winner of t… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Spotlight

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Little More For Alberta’s Bishops To Stew On

Since Alberta’s Roman Catholic Bishops seem to have something up their cassocks about transgender students, I thought it would be quite appropriate to post the following article that appeared in Huffington Post  in its entirety:Two and a half year… . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Little More For Alberta’s Bishops To Stew On

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Little More For Alberta’s Bishops To Stew On

Since Alberta’s Roman Catholic Bishops seem to have something up their cassocks about transgender students, I thought it would be quite appropriate to post the following article that appeared in Huffington Post  in its entirety:Two and a half year… . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Little More For Alberta’s Bishops To Stew On

Susan on the Soapbox: Bishop Henry Pontificates on Gay Straight Alliances

On January 13, 2016 The Most Reverend Frederick Bernard Henry, the seventh Catholic Bishop of the diocese of Calgary well and truly lost it. Henry wrote a pastoral letter denouncing Education Minister David Eggen’s “edict” that public, Catholic, French and … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Bishop Henry Pontificates on Gay Straight Alliances

The Canadian Progressive: Pope Francis offers hopeful perspective on global crises, says David Suzuki

Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on climate change contains a “scientifically and morally valid call for radical change”, says environmentalist David Suzuki.

The post Pope Francis offers hopeful perspective on global crises, says David Suzuki appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Ireland and the Amazing and Historic Struggle for Marriage Equality

A wonderful thing may be about to happen in Ireland in just a few days.Millions of people are preparing to take on the power of the Catholic Church, and some of the nastiest bigots you can imagine.And make that country the first in the world to vote to approve same-sex marriage. Read more »

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Book On Pope Francis

Dennis Gruending judges.  The result: Pope F is pretty good when it comes to gays, the poor, and the Climate (very good there, actually, IMHO).  Not so good when it comes to wymen.  Also hasn’t done much to roust out the Church Pedos.  But better than the last guy, who was 100% a dick. 

Montreal Simon: The Great Pope Francis: Not as Good As Advertised

I did have such high hopes for him. He did seem to be the best Pope I have ever seen.He did say some great things about capitalism and climate change. But it turns out Pope Francis is not as good as I thought. Just more of the same.Or just another old reactionary.Read more . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Great Pope Francis: Not as Good As Advertised

bastard.logic: RIP Father Raymond Gravel, Progressive Catholic Priest

Sad news via CBC News:

“Father Raymond Gravel, a well-known Catholic priest, an advocate for Quebec sovereignty and a social activist, has died.

[…]

“He served one term as the Bloc Québécois MP for Repentigny, before he was ordered by church authorities to choose between his priesthood or politics and returned to the pulpit.

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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Eventually, you’re going to need a robo-nun

Eucrecia was pretty exciting about her transformation into a Happy Ending Pleasure Bot, but the nice men at Zina-Works 3000 were having problems with the fittings. It was delicate work. The cavity extruder was just barely powerful enough to fit … Continue reading →

CuriosityCat: Papal PR: Welcome to St. Francis with The Sword

Pope Francis

Right from the start, Pope Francis has set a new tone in the Vatican for the Catholic Church under his papal rule. Gone are the trappings of power; in are the trappings of modesty. The new Pope, sans Cadillac, sans fancy garb, has set out to impress upon the Catholics in his . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Papal PR: Welcome to St. Francis with The Sword

The Canadian Progressive: Vatican Summoned Before UN Committee on Rights of the Child

Groups Submit Report on Worldwide Sex Abuse Crisis By: Center for Constitutional Rights (Press Release) | Feb. 28, 2013: NEW YORK and ROME – Today, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed an alternate report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Vatican Summoned Before UN Committee on Rights of the Child

Boreal Citizen: Women’s rights, religion and the population crisis

World population has increased from under 1-billion in 1800 to over 7-billion today–that’s just over 200 years. So that’s an extraordinary rate of population increase. If we saw that in any other species, we’d say, “Wow, that species is headed for a crash.” We don’t think that way when we see the human population numbers. . . . → Read More: Boreal Citizen: Women’s rights, religion and the population crisis

Dead Wild Roses: The Fetus is Not A Person, So Sayeth the Catholic Church

Well. I’m glad to see the Catlicks coming around on an important issue to women and their rights. This is an object lesson for the deluded pro-life movement. Your fetus worshipping is useful for whipping up the frenzy and getting people all frothy, but when serious issues come its time for you to sit the . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Fetus is Not A Person, So Sayeth the Catholic Church

Dead Wild Roses: Savita Halappanavar’s Death – Victory for the Irish Catholic “Pro-Life” Murder Brigade

I needed some time to digest this story… Sorry folks but that is a lie. I needed some time to come back to a (relatively) coherent state before I could write reasonably about what went down with Savita Halappanavar. A post filled with nothing but white-hot rage and invective against the pustulant ass-pimples known as […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Savita Halappanavar’s Death – Victory for the Irish Catholic “Pro-Life” Murder Brigade

Dead Wild Roses: The Catholic Church is a Force for Good?

Oh that answer of course is “No”. “No” a million times over. But its always fun to watch the deluded try and justify the rotten foundations of the RCC or as in this case yell at themselves while on hold. Filed under: Atheis… . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Catholic Church is a Force for Good?

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Dominus Vobiscum

After the disastrous Papacy of Benedict XVI, all the secret societies decided to go a different way with the new pontiff. The Freemasons were keen to start putting their new genetic engineering technology to use, and so create some kind … Continue reading →

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Kenney Among The Bishops

Denni Gruending offers this guest piece by ex-Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishop director Joe Gunn:

In a move that has no precedent in recent memory, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has invited a federal cabinet minister to address their Plenary Assembly this autumn. Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has accepted the . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Kenney Among The Bishops

eaves.ca: Transparency Case Study: There are Good and Bad Ways Your Organization can be made “Open”

If you have not had the chance, I strongly encourage you to check out a fantastic piece of journalism in this week’s Economist on the state of the Catholic Church in America. It’s a wonderful example of investigative and data driven journalism made possible (sadly) by the recent spat of sexual-abuse and bankruptcy cases. As . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Transparency Case Study: There are Good and Bad Ways Your Organization can be made “Open”

Those Emergency Blues: Easter 2012

Happy Easter.

One thing you may or may not know about me, dear readers, is that I’m a retired Catholic. Like many other people, I left because what some Catholics would call “below-the-belt” issues, but also because the (ongoing) sexual abuse scandals, the treatment of women, and the utter hatred and contempt shown to our . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Easter 2012

The Disaffected Lib: Catholic Priests Castrated Dutch Kids

Is there a week that goes by without another sordid revelation or scandal involving the Roman Catholic church?   And these assholes see fit to lecture the rest of the world about morality.   What a farce.

This time it’s the Dutch priesthood.   The newspaper, NRC Handelsblad, reports that, in the 1950s, 11-boys in the care of . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Catholic Priests Castrated Dutch Kids

Catholic church forced Komen’s hand on Planned Parenthood

Ah the Catholic church, in all our lives whether we want them or not. As for Komen, there are better alternatives to support finding the cure for breast cancer. Give generously by all means to charities battling cancer but don’t give to a puppet of an organization knee-deep in child abuse.

Internal Komen documents reviewed . . . → Read More: Catholic church forced Komen’s hand on Planned Parenthood

Catholic League pres Bill Donohue’s war on rape victims. He wants to fight them "one by one".

Well, isn’t this special! Ah, those poor child-abusing priests. Their victims are so mean to them.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue is sick and tired of coddling rape victims. That’s why he supports efforts by lawyers for two Missouri priests accused of sexual abuse to cripple an organization that advocates on behalf of the victims . . . → Read More: Catholic League pres Bill Donohue’s war on rape victims. He wants to fight them "one by one".

Drive-by Planet: Talking about slavery…