Ex Muslim delivers the greatest speech I have ever heard from an Arab Atheist.

Jose Antonio Salcedo
6 March at 22:20


Over the years, I have written much about Islam. If you search my timeline you will find several posts on this topic . My opinion is clear: Islam is not a religion but a judicial governance framework for societies, based on medieval texts assumed to be of religious nature. As such, Islam is a powerful tool for controlling people and societies, to benefit a few self proclaimed divine intermediaries at the expense of the many. Saudi Arabia is a primary example.

Gentle minded attitudes by Western Nations towards Islam can be dangerous. Yes, we should have an open attitude towards immigration; however, immigration is not a right but a privilege as any immigrant must prove that he/she is integrating well into the receiving society. Not requiring such behavior is a manifestation of human stupidity. (Link courtesy Joao Pedro Morais)

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Jose Teixeira
6 hrs

Cardinal George Pell, once the third most powerful man in the Vatican and Australia’s most senior Catholic, has been found guilty of child sexual abuse after a trial in Melbourne.

A jury delivered the unanimous verdict on 11 December in Melbourne’s county court, but the result was subject to a suppression order and could not be reported until now.

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Nun’s abuse widespread


Unholy Confession

The Catholic Nun Abuse Dossier

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What happened? Returning from a historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula this week, Pope Francis acknowledged for the first time that Catholic priests and bishops have been abusing nuns in parishes around the world. In some cases, it reportedly resulted in unwanted pregnancies and forced abortions. But while the pontiff promised that reform “is a path that we have already begun,” he did not offer an explicit strategy for combating the problem.

Why does it matter? Until now, much of the criticism directed against the Roman Catholic Church focused on the well-documented sexual abuse of children by clergymen. This week’s development will not only further test Pope Francis’ commitment to cleaning up his long-beleaguered institution — but also perhaps the very faith of believers around the world. “People in the past would trust anybody with a collar,” says Father Ronald Lemmert, a New York priest and co-founder of advocacy group Catholic Whistleblowers. “Now people are discovering that they can’t do that.”


A problem of global proportions. Numerous reports, particularly an Associated Press investigation last year, suggest the abuse of Catholic nuns is pervasive and deeply institutional, affecting religious communities on nearly every continent. But even long before these allegations appeared, clergymen in Africa had been reported to the Vatican for similar crimes in the 1990s. Most recently, though, the Vatican-based magazine Women Church World raised the problem in its February issue, helping vault it back into the public eye.

Finding a new voice. For both sides, breaking the silence represents a major milestone. The nuns who recently emerged with their stories likely found fresh support amid the #MeToo movement that’s helped elevate female voices around the world. Pope Francis, meanwhile, has taken another step away from tradition — in this case, of institutional silence — adding to a widely recognized progressive streak in which he’s called for tolerance of gays, lesbians and divorced Catholics. Still, some believe the pontiff’s acknowledgment is “disingenuous” given what they describe to be the multitude of cases the Vatican has long known about.

Tending the shepherds. In admitting the abuse, Francis said the church has already suspended clergymen and dissolved some orders of nuns over reports of misconduct. That’s in addition to the Vatican’s current in-house trial against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick for sexually abusing children and harassing fellow priests, as well as the recent removal of many Chilean church leaders amid similar allegations (or covering them up). When it comes to sexual misconduct against nuns, critics say victims who try to report abuse often aren’t taken seriously by the powerful clergymen who wield influence over them. In India, nuns say they’ve been sexually pressured by priests for decades. Even whistleblowing priests, like those in Uganda several years ago, have faced attacks for reporting potential abuse, either through church sanctions or lawsuits.

Facing man’s law. Those lacking confidence in the Catholic Church’s ability to adequately crack down on various forms of abuse might take heart in the ongoing legal probes in various countries. Take, for instance, last year’s Pennsylvania grand jury report that detailed hundreds of cases of child sex abuse — or the recent conviction of Cardinal George Pell, the church’s third-ranking official, in Australia on similar charges. But will the rising chorus of women’s voices help spark prosecutions of sexual assault against nuns? That remains to be seen.


This Nun Is Fighting to End Sexual Abuse in India’s Churches Despite Threats by Piyasree Dasgupta and Meryl Sebastian in HuffPost India
“In the past four months, Kalapura has received two notices from her convent, accusing her of not following the ‘principles of religious life’ and allegedly violating the rules of the congregation.”

Lucetta Scaraffia Is Trying to Fight Catholic Patriarchy From the Inside by Elizabeth Barber in The New Yorker
“Scaraffia does not regularly see the Pope, but he has her cell-phone number. He once called it, she told me, to say that he liked a book of hers that criticized the Church for not listening to women.”


Pope Francis Publicly Acknowledges Nuns Are Also Victims of Sexual Abuse by Priests

“It continues. And for some time we’ve been working on it.”

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Raped by a Catholic Priest: An Ex-Nun Speaks Out

“The church only ever admits what it can no longer deny. I don’t have any hope that proper [actions] are being taken now.”

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An expensive affair. One watchdog claims the Catholic Church has spent nearly $4 billion on sexual abuse–related lawsuits over the past several decades — with the largest payout, in 2007, amounting to more than $600 million.


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Perhaps you will agree that no comment here is necessary. It is sad, however, that perhaps millions of people will applaud this Ignoramius.

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Zoroastrianism is an ancient religion — older than Christianity, Buddhism and Judaism — that still exists today.

Its followers believe we are connected to the environment and that good and evil exist in all of us.

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The right thing for the Pope to do would be to waive his sovereign privilege (he is a sitting head of state), and invite criminal authorities to freely and fully access church records worldwide, and drain the holy swamp. He might also consider at this stage ordaining women, because women are God’s creatures too, perfectly able to spiritually guide the faithful, and, umm, don’t tend to rape children.

The people who have been abusing children within the reach of the Catholic Church are the worst type of criminals as they have been violating the must fundamental human rights of the most fragile people: children. They should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of local criminal law, not universal church law. No society can allow these crimes to go unpunished. Enough is enough!

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The darkest side of the Catholic Church relates to the abuse of children*. These crimes have been well known and documented for decades, and it is evident that church hierarchies all the way to pope level have been active in protecting pedophile priests by moving them about parishes and even hiding them from criminal prosecution in the Vatican.

Most popes knew about these crimes and often played a role in the coverups. Pope John Paul II – made a Saint – was one of them and Ratzinger was another. In my opinion, they were accomplices.

The story of father Marcial Maciel Degollado – I published a number of posts on this pedophile priest a few years ago – is telling of how much the Roman Catholic Church has turned itself into an organization that cares first and foremost about power. Power and money have been dictating the rules, not spiritual matters.

In his time, the late Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado was the greatest fundraiser of the modern Roman Catholic Church. He was also a magnetic figure in recruiting young men to religious life in an era when vocations were plummeting. Behind that exalted façade, however, Maciel was a notorious pedophile, and a man who fathered several children by different women. His life was arguably one of the the darkest chapters in the clergy abuse crisis that continues to plague the church.

*The Roman Catholic Church has other dark sides to it, namely shadow banking and money laundering mostly through the Institute for the Works of Religion, better known as the Vatican Bank.

First of Two Parts This 2010 series outlines the late Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado’s fundraising prowess and how he sent streams of money to Roman curia officials to buy support for his group and defense for himself.
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A scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report released Tuesday reveals decades of child abuse allegations against more than 300 accused “predator priests” as well as claims that Roman Catholic Church leaders covered up the crimes and obstructed justice in order to avoid scandal. More than 1,000 child victims were identifiable from the church’s own records, according to the report.

This report illustrates the scale and barbarity of the abuse crimes committed by priests over children. These priests should be expelled from the church and go to jail for many years! Furthermore, the Pope needs to take a very visible stand on this issue, by severely punishing the priests and making clear that crimes like there will never be tolerated.

In my opinion, many of these problems would go away with a better priest selection process, tighter vigilance as well as – most importantly – allowing priests to be married and raise a family.

No, thoughts and prayers are definitely not enough. In fact, I consider them insulting. We need clear and decisive action.

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