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Catholic Church’s latest scandal

Whenever I hear the words Vatican and "reform", I can't help but laugh. Here's an institution that, for a greater part of Western history, has benefited from unchecked powers. It wasn't until the 19th century the Papal States were annexed, and even then, fascist dictator Mussolini allowed the organization "statehood" in exchange for cooperation in his new government. Now, this archaic and evil organization ...

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Scooby-Don’t

I've gotten a few emails asking me why I bothered to feature a comic section when most of them appear to be dated last October. Well, that's because the comics are making a comeback in 2011, and I thought I might give you a little preview. Since I talked about Joseph Ratzinger on my last Bonus show (I refuse to call this guy by his role-playing nickname, Benedict XVI) in light of all the new revelations of ...

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Pope calls Gay Marriage “Insidious and Dangerous”

In an attempt to try and divert attention away from the fact he knowingly conspired to protect child rapists from prosecution, Pope Benedict XVI called out abortion and same sex marriage as being "insidious and dangerous", two adjectives which actually effectively describe his OWN organization (but of course that's a different rant altogether). He came close to admitting some sort of culpability for the act ...

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Vatican upset over Foreign Office memo

A couple days ago, a memo circulated around the Foreign Office suggesting some "ideas" for Pope Benedict XVI's visit to England. The list included the Pope launching his own condom to opening an abortion clinic. Like any memo that begins with the words "should not be shared externally", it quickly escaped the confines of the office and has so outraged the Vatican they are threatening not to come to the coun ...

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Bring the Pope to Justice

The Hitch is back with more on the Pope, this time with a well thought out article in Newsweek entitled 'Bring the Pope to Justice'. I feel like a lot of the writing out there regarding this whole scandal haven't done a great job of pinning down just how shamefully complicit the Vatican has been in all this. Well, it doesn't get more obvious or well laid out than this: In 2002, I happened to be on Hardball ...

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Richard Dawkins wants to arrest the Pope

It looks like someone is finally taking a stand against Pope Benedict XVI for his role in covering up the abuse of children, and it's none other than atheist superstar Richard Dawkins. Along with Christopher Hitchens, the pair is trying to see if they can get the UK government to arrest the pontiff when he comes to visit in September to beatify some 19th century theologian no one actually gives a shit about ...

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Pope thinks abuse scandal is “petty gossip”

It must be nice to not have to answer to any authority whatsoever when you've committed a series of heinous crimes. While the secular world tries to grow enough balls to bring Pope Benedict XVI to justice (I really wouldn't hold my breath, people), the pontiff is still free to try and play down the seriousness of the allegations against him and other senior officials in the Vatican. Recently, the Pope sent ...

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US priest accused of molesting hundreds of boys

Pope Benedict XVI is again being implicated in another abuse scandal, this time out of the state of Wisconsin. Reverend Lawrence C. Murphy worked in a school for deaf children, and while Benny was alerted in two letters that the priest had been suspected of molesting dozens of children, he failed to do anything at all. Unsurprisingly, Murphy was transferred from the school when the heat got too high to anot ...

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Pope issues pointless apology for child abuse, blames secularism

Imagine this hypothetical situation: you're implicated in a child molestation scandal in your powerful and influential organization, and the whole world eagerly anticipates your response to these allegations. Would your strategy be to issue an ambiguous "apology" for the suffering of the victims followed by laying blame a completely esoteric scapegoat? The only way you could ever get away with such weaksauc ...

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Does the Pope understand forgiveness?

Ok, here's a not so hypothetical situation; pretend that you're feeling a little bit crazy (possibly due to mental illness), and during Mass at the Vatican you push the Pope down. The Pope then has a meeting with you, tells you all is forgiven, and then proceeds to take you to court. Does that sound like forgiveness to you? Well, that's exactly what happened to Susanna Maiolo, who suffers from a mental illn ...

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