Archive for March 2009

Further Damnation of the Catholic Church

March 31, 2009

In the recent wave of Catholic Church child sexual abuse scandals, U.S. bishops claimed that they were unaware that there was a danger of the accused priests re-offending if they just moved them to different a parish. As if that blatantly ignorant (and, IMO, criminal) behavior wasn’t easily dismissed using basic human compassion, now, letters have been recovered from the 1950’s by the the Servants of the Paraclete, lead by Rev. Gerald Fitzgerald, written to Pope Paul VI that address that very issue. From the article:

The founder of a religious order that treats Roman Catholic priests who molest children concluded in the 1950s that offenders were unlikely to change and should not be returned to ministry

From the letter:

Moreover, in practice, real conversions will be found to be extremely rare,” he continued. “Hence, leaving them on duty or wandering from diocese to diocese is contributing to scandal or at least to the approximate danger of scandal.

This new evidence is quite damning to the church. Their willingness to put children in the paths of pedophiles merely to protect their own self image is inexcusable. They now have evidence leading directly to the office of the Pope, making this no longer isolated cases but full fledged conspiracy. What is wrong with these people? The Catholics congregations should find new leadership. IMO, they will find more spiritual guidance from a Scooby Doo cartoon.

James Randi Suspended from You Tube

March 30, 2009

The James Randi Educational Foundation has had it’s videos removed from You Tube. That’s what you get when you dare to question Big Religion.

Hang Nails: A Result of The Fall?

March 28, 2009
Ouch, my ear!

Ouch, my ear!

According to creationist bullshit, everything that is bad in the world is the result of The Fall. Homosexuality – The Fall; crime – The Fall; bad test scores – The Fall!

We were made in God’s image: perfect. So, without the Fall, we would be immortal, we would be without sin, and we would all have 6 pack abs (though we wouldn’t know what to call them because we wouldn’t have those sinful 6 packs!).

God is a perfect being. So man kind would not have been created with the imperfection of hang nails, they must be the result of original sin. As is everything else that doesn’t neatly apply itself to human beings being immortal and the Earth and animals being under our dominion. Like parasites, tumors, farts, headaches, sneezing, bad teeth (the British must be very sinful), runny noses, boogers, bad breath, joint pain, toe jam, thinking sitcoms are funny.

The salt in ocean water would also be the result of original sin. If the earth was made for man, the oceans, 3/4 of the earth, must have been made for us, as well. But, there is very little we can use the oceans for since they are salinated. The simple act of drinking from the ocean would be fatal. Since they were made for us, they must have originally been fresh water and the salt currently in must have been the result of The Fall.

I think I’ve getting the hang of this “religious thought” thing I’ve heard about.

Dan Quote

March 27, 2009

How much respect should you have for a doctor that cuts you with a knife in order to sell you a bandage?

Dan Barker

Pope Condemmed For Ignorance on Condoms

March 27, 2009

This has already been on Pharyngula, but I have to publish it simply because it is such a powerful statement from the medical journal Lancet:

But the London-based Lancet said the Pope had “publicly distorted scientific evidence to promote Catholic doctrine on this issue”.

It said the male latex condom was the single most efficient way to reduce the sexual transmission of HIV/Aids.

“Whether the Pope’s error was due to ignorance or a deliberate attempt to manipulate science to support Catholic ideology is unclear,” said the journal.

But it said the comment still stood and urged the Vatican to issue a retraction. “When any influential person, be it a religious or political figure, makes a false scientific statement that could be devastating to the health of millions of people, they should retract or correct the public record,” it said.

“Anything less from Pope Benedict would be an immense disservice to the public and health advocates, including many thousands of Catholics, who work tirelessly to try and prevent the spread of HIV/Aids worldwide.”

I am very glad they aren’t pulling punches here. What Joseph Ratzinger said was irresponsible. He’s not helping anyone with his dogma, he’s hurting them. Anyone that puts their theology above real human suffering is a jerk, plain and simple.

Priests Steal $8 Million From Their Church

March 26, 2009
Yes, Jesus likes that.

Yes, Jesus likes that.

Two Catholic Priests from the St Vincent Ferrer Church of Delray Beach, Florida have been sentenced for stealing $8 million dollars from their church. John Skehan, 81, was sentenced to 14 months in prison and Francis Guinan, 66, was sentenced to 4 years, even though he was only found guilty in the theft of $100,000.

Judge Jeffery Colbath said:

The crime of the defendant was pure greed unmasked. There was not a shred of moral necessity to excuse the defendant’s crime

And Judge Krista Marx was quoted saying:

No matter how many good works you have performed in your many years as a priest, your legacy will always be one of thievery and deceit

Skehan had really been living the high life for the last 50 years. He owned a pub in Ireland, a penthouse, and other properties. Colbath was his successor in both the church duties and embezzlement duties.

What’s the Point of an Afterlife Without an After-Afterlife?

March 26, 2009

bibleheavenWhat would happen if you got to Heaven and found out that that was all there was? After heaven, there is no more. What would be the point of an afterlife without an after-afterlife? None. It would be totally hopeless, devoid of any significance. How could you cope? You might as well kill your immortal soul.

And what about God’s God? What if you got to Heaven only to find out that God doesn’t have a God? How could God possibly know what is moral and what is sinful if He does not have a God giving Him an absolute set of arbitrary rules to follow? This would make Heaven, God’s domain, a chaotic place full of disobedience, murder, larceny and angel on angel gang bangs.