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The Disaffected Lib: Pontifical Council to World Hindus – Globalization Sucks!

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued a heads up to world Hindus for Diwali, the Hindu Autumn festival of lights. In the message, released October 20 and entitled “Christians and Hindus: Together to Foster a Culture of ‘Inclusion,’” the Pontifical Council stated that “globalization has not achieved its primary objective of integrating local peoples into the global community. Rather, globalization has contributed significantly to many peoples losing their sociocultural, economic and political identities.” Globalization, the message continued, has contributed to relativism, syncretism, “a privatization of religion,” and “religious fundamentalism and ethnic, tribal and sectarian violence in (Read more…)

350 or bust: Pope Francis: If We Destroy Creation, It Will Destroy Us

Pope Francis made the biblical case for tackling climate change on Wednesday, calling on Christians to become “Custodians of Creation” and issuing a dire warning about the potentially catastrophic effects of global climate change. Speaking to a massive crowd in Rome, the Pope delivered a short address in which he argued that respect for the […]

Bill Longstaff: What would Lesus do?

Sorry folks, I couldn’t resist it. A set of gold, silver and bronze medals commemorating the first year of the pontificate of Pope Francis, produced by the Italian State Mint, went on sale in Vatican stores last week. But not for long. They were quickly withdrawn when a slight flaw was noticed. Jesus was misspelled Lesus.

What’s next—Lod? The Virgin Lary? The Italian Mint would be well advised

LeDaro: Vatican: Jesus was the original tweeter

Jack Dorsey, step aside — you may be Twitter’s first registered user (and hey, founder), but in the eyes of the Vatican, Jesus Christ is the original tweeter.

“Christ used tweets before everyone else, with elementary phrases made up of fewer than 45 characters like ‘Love one another,’” said Vatican cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi to a group of Italian newspaper editors Wednesday. “A bit like in television today, he delivered a message through a story or a symbol.”

There you go. Jesus knew modern social media more than 2000 years ago. You must read his tweets to live a good (Read more…)

cartoon life: The wall outside Vatican City

All the secrets are inside.

Filed under: art Tagged: italy, Rome, Vatican, wall

cartoon life: The Sistine Chapel roof

Just about the only reason, really, to see the Vatican.

Filed under: art Tagged: italy, Vatican

The Ranting Canadian: The sins of the Argentinian church (article in The Guardian)

The sins of the Argentinian church (article in The Guardian):

The last pope was a member of the Hitler Youth. The new one acted like a fascist collaborator in his adulthood. Fancy Francis, aka Jorge Bergoglio, was not a progressive-minded liberation theologist like Oscar Romero.

Apparently the CONclave members have no problem with Bergoglio’s shameful past though. He can go to confession, recite some mumbo jumbo and be forgiven by his flock of sheep.

The following are excerpts from “The sins of the Argentinian church”, an article in The Guardian by Hugh O’Shaugnessy,

… it has been clear for

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The Ranting Canadian: Thank gawd, finally a new cult leader was appointed in Italy by…

Thank gawd, finally a new cult leader was appointed in Italy by an elite cabal during a secret backroom ritual. This one is from Argentina. I guess that country deserves it, considering they just lost the recent vote on the status of the Falkland Islands.

Yay, does this mean the end of the Olympic-style news coverage by almost every mainstream media outlet around the world? Unfortunately the media over-saturation will likely persist for awhile, at least until the lucky new warlock settles into his new digs,

I guess congrats are in order for his new hat, frock, ring, Wizard of

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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

The Ranting Canadian: Inspired by news stories of the last week or so: What do the…

Inspired by news stories of the last week or so:

What do the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Vatican, the Canadian senate, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Conservative Party of Canada have in common?

They are antiquated, dysfunctional, corrupt, racist, sexist, homophobic, elitist, perverted, deceitful, abusive, secretive, right-wing, hierarchical, criminal-like organizations that are mostly controlled by bigoted, old, rich, white, authoritarian men, yet are mostly funded by lowly, non-wealthy working people – many, or most, of whom naively hold faith that those institutions are designed to serve the general public.

Those state-sanctioned gangs have directly and

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What do the…

gay persons of character: Vatican ups its homophobic rhetoric

I am so sick of Pope Benedict XVI poking his papal nose into the bedrooms of people across the globe to encourage bigotry against LGBT human beings. As Pinknews reports:

“The Vatican appears to be continuing to launch a new wave of efforts to [strengthen] its opposition to LGBT rights, particularly equal marriage, using newspapers and radio broadcasts to describe it as ”intrinsically disordered”, and to compare it to polygamy and polyandry.”

While I am certain that gay human beings will never get the approval of the Pope, I can only hope that the number of  his followers

Slap Upside The Head: Vatican Reacts To Equal Marriage Advances

Last Tuesday saw some pretty big wins for equal marriage rights in the United States. Voters in Maryland, Washington, and Maine solidly supported same-sex marriage, marking the first time that a popular vote granted marriage rights to same-sex couples in the country. As usual, whenever big steps toward equality is made, I just have to [...] . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Vatican Reacts To Equal Marriage Advances

Bill Longstaff: Bully for the nuns

I’m no fan of the Roman Catholic Church, or organized religion generally, but when the folks in black do a good deed, I’m prepared to recognize it. And the good sisters of Network, a Washington-based Catholic social justice group, are doing a good deed indeed. They have initiated a nine-state bus tour protesting proposed federal budget cuts, saying they felt called to show how Republican

Bill Longstaff: "Masturbation is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action"

Such is the considered opinion of the Vatican on this harmless and pleasant pastime. The indignant definition was part of the Vatican’s critique of a book by Sister Margaret Farley, a member of the Sisters of Mercy religious order, in which she audaciously suggested that masturbation doesn’t raise any moral problems and can actually help relationships rather than hinder them. She also

Banksters vs. Vatican

Not even the necrotic nerve centre Of Bronze-Age morality and misogyny known as The Vatican is safe from the Banksters’ grasping paws: JP Morgan Chase is closing the Vatican bank’s account with an Italian branch of the U.S. banking giant because of concerns about a lack of transparency at the Holy See’s financial institution, Italian [...]