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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 flock, and the world, his determination to steer the Church in a new direction. The Decision: His Papal Name In this interesting article we learn how he decided, at the last moment, on the name Francis: Pope Francis offered intimate insights Saturday into the moments after

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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 Child READ MORE

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. We look at them and say, “Oh, wow–how successful we are.” –Richard Heinberg, in a speech at the 2012 Bioneers Conference

This week we decided to tackle the baby items: sorting them, cleaning them and selling them. During this process, I could not

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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 frack down and shut the frack up on cue while the adults talk about the serious issues.

From the Alter.net article -

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And all of this—all of it—goes back to the Church’s insistence that life begins with your very

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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 →

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 invitation.

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There is intrinsically nothing wrong with a minister of the Crown being invited to speak to the bishops. Questions may be legitimately asked of the CCCB, however, in terms of balance (were the other political parties’ views sought?) and political policy

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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 a result some of the normally secret financial records of the Church have been made public enabling the Economist to reconstruct the secret and opaque general finances of the Catholic church in America. It is a fascinating, and at times disturbing read.

The articles also

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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 gay and lesbian brothers and sisters by the Church hierarchy. I guess I simultaneously rejected the Catholic Church’s authority to be the final arbiter of my conscience on these issues, and any denied actual belief that the Church’s position on these any of these issues was tenable.

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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 the Dutch Roman Catholic church were castrated to rid them of homosexuality.

Henk Hethuis, a pupil at a Catholic boarding school, was 18 when he told police in 1956 he was being abused by a Dutch monk. He was castrated on

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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 by Reuters reveal the complicated relationship between the Komen

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 of pedophile priests – Survivors Network of those Abused

Drive-by Planet: Talking about slavery…

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-01-02 15:50:00

BOOKS:

PAPAL SIN AND LORD ACTON:

“The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks”

– Lord Acton

I thought that the above quote from Lord Acton was the most appropriate for our times, even more so than his famous “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Acton is very much like the Bible; often quoted but rarely read. In recent times conservatives have tried to claim him as their own, but the more intelligent denizens of the conservative world recognize that . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-01-02 15:50:00

Catholics say no to anti-bullying bill because it promotes LGBT acceptance

Constantly reading about the bigoted nature of the richest Christian church on this planet, the Roman-Catholic church, can make a secular-humanist like myself sick and perhaps even resentful of Catholics themselves. It’s as sure as it can be that when the McGuinty liberals drafted Bill 13 for the Ontario legislature they were the least focused on subverting or overruling Catholic teachings. However, since Catholics themselves openly refer to homosexuality as a disease and often look at LGBT individuals as socially and morally sick, would it be not right to prevent them from teaching this kind of hate message to future . . . → Read More: Catholics say no to anti-bullying bill because it promotes LGBT acceptance

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

We call on all people and nations to recognize the serious and potentially irreversible impacts of global warming caused by the anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, and by changes in forests, wetlands, grasslands, and other… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Enormous Thriving Plants: Twitter Tuesday: Doubling-down on Santorum’s "Man-on-dog" slippery slope.

The blogger previously known as ALL-CAPS SUZANNE FORTIN (but who you cannot refer to by name now, lest she throw a twitter tantrum over it) has once again unwittingly illustrated the conservative tendency to reject reason and logic as relevant to morals.

Echoing the Catholic Church’s ridiculous efforts to blame its problems with abuse on TEH GAYZ, Ms. Fortin brilliantly argues that if one “loses the sense of sin for some sins”, that it leads to “losing it for a wider range of sins”. She uses this to support her rejection of “tolerance” for homosexuality and abortion.

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Drive-by Times: Confession by app: ‘sin’ goes digital

The Catholic Church’s Sacrament of Penance allows those who have been baptized to confess their “sins” to a duly ordained priest. The cleric then recites prayers of absolution to obtain divine forgiveness for the penitent’s wrong doings.Confession pres… . . . → Read More: Drive-by Times: Confession by app: ‘sin’ goes digital

Enormous Thriving Plants: I’ve got a bridge for sale! Interested?

That some people consider this kind of thing to be “news” or anything besides comedic fodder or psychiatric interest is beyond me. . . . → Read More: Enormous Thriving Plants: I’ve got a bridge for sale! Interested?