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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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Bishop claims “sexual revolution” responsible for Catholic child abuse

When you think about the sexual revolution of the 60's, what is the first thing that comes to mind? I usually picture a bunch of hippy chicks burning their bras and having crazy orgies, but only because I watch way too much old school porn. Of course, not everyone associates the sexual liberation with the wonderful "imagery" of peace and love. Take Bishop Walter Mixa for example; he recently stated the abus ...

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More child abuse from Catholic priests

I don't know about you, but I'm scared to death of religious cops. I get the feeling these devotees will put their faith before their duty. Take the case of Father Bernard Cloutier: back in 1983, he was being charged with the sexual assault of 5 boys. During the police investigation, his superior, Bishop Dionne, barged in and privately met with each boy while the police meekly waited for these "interviews" ...

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Shitty priest says he didn’t know child abuse was illegal

Did you ever try to use the old "I didn't know it was a illegal" defense when caught breaking the law? I've never been arrested, but I assume it's pretty normal some people would try and use this lame excuse in order to avoid doing jail time. There are, however, certain times when this type of defense will do more harm than good. Case in point: retired Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland and his statements that ...

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The Catholic Church trying to prevent child sex abuse laws in New york

There's a bit of legislature floating around that is having a hard time becoming law. It's called the Child Victim Act, and here is a great article talking about how the New York Catholic Conference, a Christian lobby group,  is pushing to kill the act. The CVA is designed to extend the statute of limitation on child abuse by another five years, thus allowing abuse victims a longer "window" to come forward. ...

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Cardinal refuses to step down despite evidence of failure to report abuse

It doesn't ever seem to stop, does it? As the Catholic Church slowly comes to terms with the fact their record of abuse, and failure to report said abuse, is slowly destroying their organization, Ireland, once a stronghold of Catholicism, is rapidly moving away from the faith in light of damning reports that show widespread sexual and physical abuse at the hands of priests. The latest scandal involves Cardi ...

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Father wants to protect child from reality

When you stop placating people and call them out on their bullshit, you're bound to hurt their feelings. While some of us are comfortable with the idea of letting dumb or dangerous ideas thrive under the banner of "tolerance", there are those brave few who cannot stay silent in the face of the injustices brought on by antiquated religious belief. When Dan Savage recently spoke to students at a High School J ...

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Judge finds Catholic Church can be held responsible for abuse

You're probably familiar with the Vatican claim that they are not to be blamed for abusive priests that sexually assaulted any children (which allows them to claim zero responsibility for the things people do while in their employ). What you may not be aware of, however, in that in July of this year, they attempted to use this defense legally, and it seems to have backfired. When the Church attempted to use ...

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Catholic Church fights against statute of limitation for sex abuse

Is anyone really surprised by this headline? Considering the fact that the Catholic Church has always exploited the fact there exists a statute of limitation for child rape, it's really no surprise they are fighting a number of bills that would eliminate this convenient legal loophole. What worried them the most is the fact that victims could now sue offending priests retroactively, and this has the Church ...

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Vatican “punishes” child rapist by barring him from saying mass

If I was a pedophile, I'd make sure to seek employment from the Vatican. I mean, how many institutions react to you raping a child with such leniency? Even when you get caught with your pants down, the worst you can expect is a slap on the wrist and a nice vacation in their pathetic "rehabilitation" centers (which is nothing more than a glorified retreat). Take Father Fons Eppink, a Dutch bishop who served ...

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