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Of course it did. 

“If bishops purport to instruct Catholic MPs how to vote on such matters, there is a clear risk that those MPs would begin to look like episcopal puppets. Indeed, in such a case, when could a Catholic candidate ever expect to be elected? And isn’t the logic of Bishop Egan’s position, therefore the complete withdrawal of Catholics from public office?”

The Tablet (Catholic magazine) 

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Pope's First Year of Papacy Has Been a Failure on Child Abuse


But surely the pope’s such a nice guy!? Right? He, like, totally washed a woman’s feet…and, umm…gave some homeless guy a bit of cash?

Hey, we should give him a break, it’s not like he’s the head of the most powerful religious institution on the planet, right?

Oh…ummm…well, it’s not like he can just change the views of every Catholic over night, like that time they did with what happens to unbaptised children when they die…oh…

Yeah…he’s, umm…a totally nice guy but only when we compare him to other popes…

(via culpepper)

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Pope Francis Avoids Apology For Clergy Sex Abuse

Why doesn’t popular Pope Francis issue a straightforward apology for rampant child sex abuse by Catholic priests, instead of swerving time and again on the issue?

There is no question that Pope Francis has put a shine on the tarnished Catholic church through acts of humility and courage in the first eight months of his papacy. Cold calls to Catholics and random acts of kindness—including  rumors that he regularly sneaks out of Vatican City at night to help feed the poor in Rome—have endeared him to the most ardent naysayers.  But the first Latin American pontiff hasn’t won everyone over quite yet. 

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Yet more disturbing news from the Catholic Church. 

Poland archbishop slammed over sex abuse comments

Victim blaming at it’s finest!
Oh, and this tired excuse:
 The church’s defenders say that priests are being singled out for condemnation when teachers and sports coaches have also been caught sexually abusing kids.

The difference being that teachers and coaches don’t claim to be here to speak for a god, or to be absolutely moral because they are backed by that god, oh, and they also don’t have hundreds of thousands of people looking to them for moral and ethical leadership. Also money, lots and lots of money is backing the priests and religious leaders, and a truly enormous organisation that has made every attempt in the past to just cover this shit up. In the Catholic Church it’s a systemic abuse. With teachers and coaches, it’s mostly a case by case basis of fuckheads finally getting caught.

Fuck the Catholic Church.

Bergoglio, in short, was digging in over-manured soil. Before the gormless acclaim him as a liberal, they should expect him to meet minimum standards. His church opposes civil gay marriage and maintains that homosexual sex is a sin.

If he were serious about stopping discrimination, he would reverse both those dogmas. He might also welcome the use of condoms because they emancipate women and protect against Aids, and co-operate with police investigations into the rape of children by clerics and compensate their victims.

To date, there is no sign of him doing any of the above. For despite all you have read, the pope remains what he has always been: a Catholic.

I know the internet went wild a little while ago about his ‘who am I to judge’ spiel about homosexuals, but I, a queer person, read it with a raised brow, not believing a word of it. It sounded to me like lip service to get people off his back. The above comment sums it up pretty succinctly for me.

The Guardian

Statistics show massive loss of interest in Catholicism in England and Wales

Hardly surprising, really, given the past few years of revelations. 


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