Some researchers claim that Moses and the Israelites were on drugs during their legendary quest across the desert.
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)
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.
Perhaps you will agree that no comment here is necessary. It is sad, however, that perhaps millions of people will applaud this Ignoramius.
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!
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.
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.