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The Week In Doom — Disney/Marvel Cash In On Perversion Edition

Item World’s first human composting site to open

The world’s first funeral home dedicated to composting human beings is set to open in 2021 — allowing those left behind to turn their dearly departed into soil.

US ‘deathcare’ company Recompose will be able to turn the deceased into a cubic yard of soil over a period of as little as 30 days, using one-eighth of the energy of cremation and saving as much as a metric ton of carbon dioxide from being produced compared to other forms of burial.

It won’t be too long before soil from this site is used to grown soylent, and marketed as such.

Item Organized Retail Theft On The Rise; Cops Blame Prop 47, Safe Neighborhoods Law

You’ve likely seen the videos on social media or the local news: groups of people rushing into a store, grabbing armfuls of merchandise. The brazen crimes are on the rise and CBS13 has learned, in most cases, the crooks get away from authorities.

After searching police reports and arrest records, CBS13 found that while the rate of these grab and dash crimes is on the rise, the rate of arrest is down. We turned to law enforcement and the retail industry for answers. Both blame a California law intended to make “neighborhoods safe.”

Too many people of color were being arrested and tossed into the hoosegow for retail rips offs. Solution? Define crime not to be crime, by saying thefts under $1,000 weren’t real crime. Thus, arrests and jailings decrease. Brilliant!

Of course, shops have to deal with packs of wild “teens” blitzing through their stores grabbing everything in site. Who cares? Crime is down, and the vibrancy of diversity is up, and these are what matter most.

Item After pastor clashes with ‘Drag Queen Story Hour,’ court finally rules (Thanks to Sheri for the tip.)

A court in Spokane, Washington, dismissed charges against a pastor who was arrested by police when he went to his local library’s “Drag Queen Story Hour” to pray for the parents and children attending…

“Yaghtin did not physically interfere with or touch police, nor did he make threatening movements toward the police or use threatening words at any time,” PJI said. “He was arrested for questioning the police’s favorable treatment of supporters and unfavorable treatment of anyone they perceived to be non-supportive.”

Officers claimed he was obstructing them.

The police were there to protect the perverts preying on the children. Because what’s important in our democracy is the freedom of perverts to try and have sex with your kids.

But don’t worry. When the cold civil war turns hot, the police will suddenly switch from protecting perverts and be on your side.

Item Measures to reduce air pollution quickly result in big health benefits

At a World Health Organization meeting earlier this year, respiratory doctors were asked, “If you stopped air pollution, what would you expect?” So a group led by Dean Schraufnagel of the University of Illinois at Chicago have tried to answer this question.

Even the doctors were surprised by how big the benefits can be, and how quickly they kick in. “With some of this stuff, I had to do a double take,” Schraufnagel says.

For instance, when Ireland banned smoking in workplaces in 2004, the number of people dying from any cause fell by 13 per cent after just a week.

This is capital-A Asinine. Double-A Asinine, double-D Dumb. To say that huge drop in people dying from anything a week after the smoking ban was due to the smoking ban is idiotic. Scientific silliness. It is stupid. It is now normal.

Item Marvel’s First Trans Superhero: A 12-Year-Old Who Had Transition Paid by Church Insurance

Marvel, along with other comic brands, have been vocally urged to include more representation of other minority groups as superheroes.

They delivered.

Rebekah, a boy who transitioned to a girl, who has acted as a mainstream representative for transgender causes from a young age has been immortalized as a superhero by Marvel comics.

Advocate was the first outlet to report on Rebekah’s ascension to superstardom:

“I can change the world,” Rebekah asserted in a new episode of Marvel’s Hero Project, a Disney Plus series that profiles youth who are making a difference. Each installment celebrates the accomplishments of the young hero and presents them with a comic book illustrating their “selfless acts of bravery and kindness.”

The people who run Hollywood hate Christians. Why are you giving them your money? Why do you pay for movies? Why do you pay for cable? Why are you feeding the beast that wants you dead and that does this to children?

Don’t worry. These are just rhetorical questions. I know your need to be entertained trumps all this.

Item Is this in Israel?

Item Netflix Christmas satire in Brazil sparks religious outcry

Christmas satire on Netflix depicting Jesus in a gay relationship has sparked a backlash in Brazil, where hundreds of thousands signed a petition calling for the film to be axed.

“The First Temptation of Christ” by Brazilian comedy group Porta dos Fundos began streaming on December 3, drawing criticism from conservative politicians, Evangelicals and Catholics.

The teaser for the 46-minute movie says Jesus, who is turning 30, brings a “surprise guest” to meet his family.

More than 760,000 people had signed a Change.org petition by Tuesday afternoon calling for the film to be pulled for “seriously offending Christians.”

“We support freedom of expression, but is it worth attacking the belief of 86 percent of the population,” tweeted Eduardo Bolsonaro, the eldest son of Brazil’s president and a member of Congress.

The End can’t be too distant. How many of you have Netflix?

Item Trump signs antisemitism order amid concerns it targets critics of Israel

Donald Trump has signed an executive order that empowers the US education department to penalise college campuses by withholding federal funds from those that are deemed to be tolerating antisemitism by allowing debate critical of Israel.

Not only will universities not be allowed to criticize Israel, Judamism will now be officially a nationality. Which is great, because it means Catholicism can be a nationality, too. In order for Catholics to avoid the charge of dual loyalty, the USA will have to be turned into a Catholic nationalist state. Just like other states.

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  1. All that is old is new again. I’m sure that those living in the decaying ruins of Rome thought the end was right around the corner too. No man knows the hour. Our civilization is not special, and we will be gone (but the Church will remain). Perhaps the people of the future will see us as an example to not be followed.

  2. Nate: True to some extent, but at some point it does end. No one knows when, but we cannot say it isn’t the end any more than we can say it is.

    General:
    Again, churches are now SATAN’s, not God’s. Run away very fast from these heathen, Satan worshippers. (Note the very “Christian” t-shirt the “it” is wearing. This is not new—I went to college in the late 70’s with an atheist who was becoming a Methodist minister. It’s just now the rule. Again, RUN.)

    As for the branding, there are news stories from 2016 and 2013 with vegans branding themselves. It was said to have started in Isreal in 2013 and was also spread to London. In reality, where these people do not live, cattle are not hot-iron branded. It’s illegal in some places and there are better alternatives. I guess not eating meat makes you stuuuuupid.

  3. 1 Peter 2:

    But you are a chosen generation, a kingly priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people: that you may declare his virtues, who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

    ABS is a member of a holy nation (The new Israel) and his capital is The Holy See

  4. “Because what’s important in our democracy is the freedom of perverts to try and have sex with your kids.”

    The accusation ‘trying to have sex with your kids’ applies overwhelmingly more to the Catholic Church.

  5. “Swordfish is right. The church never ever should have ordained men “oriented” towards young boys.”

    Don’t you have anything to say about the victims who were girls?

  6. Soon all stores in California will be owned by guys named Muhammad, any nigger who steals so much as a gumdrop will be summarily unhanded, and anyone who complains about it will be arrested for Islamophobia.

  7. I have been following the human “composting” place story. In theory, this is not necessarily problematic. It produces a lot of dirt, though, so it’s not as if you can easily put it somewhere (human ashes, OTOH, can be interred in a very small columbarium). If a cemetery used the remains in a natural burial area, keeping them all together, in theory it wouldnt’ be any different from burying a body in a natural burial area and letting it decompose naturally. It would just be faster. But of course the danger is that people will have this done and then TAKE THEIR LOVED ONES HOME AS COMPOST, which is just horrific. But I can see people doing this — can’t you? UGH.

  8. Swordfish is right again. Perverts will be perverts, and won’t always settle for their usual perversion. It’s time, as Pope Benedict said, to cease ordaining any man who is suspected of these tendencies.

    Since the Church is comprised of real people, this will never end abuse—for instance, the rate is higher among school teachers—but it will dramatically reduce it.

  9. the sfish is wrong.
    Why are there media drones here stating the pavlov dog stimulus they were brainwashed with about the Catholic church. MOLESTERS! MOLESTERS! they drool. Statistically its the profession where your kids are safer with.
    Also the huge majority of those cases were towards post pubescent boys so it was a fag invasion of the church and it wouldnt surprise me if it was artificially manufactured to create the conditions for this drooling meme in the populace some decades later through TV. No attention to molesters from any other religion, or teachers, or POLITICIANS which abundantly exist, only hte Catholic church is newsworthy for this topic.
    I expect it of facebook or reddit comments.

  10. Azeites:

    The Church, like most organizations with humans running it, will be attacked from both within and without by people seeking to use it to push their material ends. Corrupt clerics have used it as their personal piggy bank and a way to make their families wealthy, and degenerates have used it to molest children. I am sure there are millions of other abuses over its 2000 years history. Because it’s run by people, its defenses must be even stronger than any secular human organization, but they weren’t (hence Luther – as flawed as he was, he did recognize what the Church itself, at the time, did not). Even if swordfish is not sincere in his criticism, the criticism is correct, and Matt is right to agree (and amplify). In the very important case of the Church, even honest suspicion should be enough to disqualify a man from Church leadership.

  11. “Eco rebellion activists brand themselves like cattle to prove a point to the world.”
    That point being that they’re masochists? Easily lead like cattle?
    All of this was well known, of course, but confirmation is always enjoyed

  12. @ Azeites,

    “Statistically its the profession where your kids are safer with.”

    If religion had validity, you’d expect zero abuse within it. And your claim is unsourced.

    “Also the huge majority of those cases were towards post pubescent boys so it was a fag invasion of the church and it wouldnt surprise me if it was artificially manufactured to create the conditions for this drooling meme in the populace some decades later through TV.”

    First you try and shift the blame from the church to gay men, which even if the abusers were all gay men (they weren’t) and the victims all boys (they weren’t), wouldn’t exonerate the church as it was responsible for the cover-ups, for not reporting abusers to the police, and for engineering situations in which priests had unsupervised access to children in the fisrt place; then you claim conspiracy theory. Funny how it’s never the fault of religion.

  13. Swordfish is right. The church never ever should have ordained men “oriented” towards young boys.

    Amen.

    There was a 1960 law forbidding the acceptance of sodomites into Seminaries but that law was ignored by the “smartest Catholics ever” who were told by the shrinks (it is always a good idea to hire those who hate you to teach you what to do) that it would be no problem.

    The shrinks were wrong( duh) and the sexual crimes of the queer clergy – committed overwhelmingly against adolescent male – has trashed the reputation of the Catholic Church and while the % of queer clerics who committed those sexual crimes is less than the % of protestant ministers and public school teachers committing the same types of crimes – men used to respect the Catholic Church and so its corruption reminds men of the old adage

    corrupt optimi pessima

    O, and the number of Bishops serving time for their crimes?

    Start counting at zero and then stop

  14. Priests are Alter Christus, Another Chris, and so all sodomites are not legitimate candidates for ordination, even continent sodomites.

    Period

  15. It’s time, as Pope Benedict said, to cease ordaining any man who is suspected of these tendencies.

    But, that is not what he did…

    ==========================

    Why the Priesthood Will Continue

    To Become a “Gay” Profession

    Dale Vree

    Published in February 2006 – New Oxford Review

    We’ve been waiting nine long years for this document on homosexuals in the seminary. It has a long-winded title: “Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations With Regard to Persons With Homosexual Tendencies in View of Their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders” (hereafter “Concerning”).

    The document was obviously written by a committee – or many committees – and it intended to satisfy as many people as possible. But we are not satisfied, not in the least.

    Bear in mind that this document is about “discipline” (or shall we say ill-discipline).

    The most egregious sentence is that those “who practice homosexuality” (italics added) are “profoundly respected.” So we should have profound respect for those who commit homosexual acts, which are mortal sins. By that logic, we should have profound respect for fornicators, adulterers, and child molesters.

    On February 2, 1961, the Holy See promulgated a document called “Careful Selection and Training of Candidates for the States of Perfection and Sacred Orders,” signed by Pope John XXIII. The relevant section had one sentence on homosexuality: “Advancement to religious vows and ordination should be barred to those who are afflicted with the evil tendencies to homosexuality or pederasty, since for them the common life and the priestly ministry would constitute serious danger” (#30; italics added). That’s all that the new document, “Concerning,” needed to say.

    So how do we go from “evil tendencies” (i.e., orientation only) to having “profound respect” for homosexual acts in “Concerning”?

    Up until “Concerning,” the 1961 document was never abrogated and was still in force. Indeed, on May 16, 2002, the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments reiterated the policy: “Ordination to the diaconate and the priesthood of homosexual men or men with homosexual tendencies is absolutely inadvisable and imprudent and, from the pastoral point of view, very risky. A homosexual person, or one with a homosexual tendency is not, therefore, fit to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders.” It was published in the November-December issue of Notitiae, which means it is the position of the Holy See. Of course, this policy had been and continued to be violated by many bishops, major superiors, seminary rectors, and vocations directors.

    Earlier in 1997 the Congregation for Divine Worship issued a letter to the world’s bishops giving guidelines for candidates for the seminary. One stipulation was “sufficient affective maturity and a clearly masculine sexual identity.” In the recently released document, “Concerning,” the candidate “must reach affective maturity,” but there is no mention of having a clearly masculine sexual identity.

    By signing Concerning… Pope Benedict loses his conservative credentials

  16. And “Concerning” does repeal the previous policy. “Concerning” refers to “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” that supposedly would bar one from the seminary. Much consternation has been expressed about what “deep-seated” homosexual tendencies are. But “Concerning” does offer a contrast to deep-seated homosexual tendencies; it is “homosexual tendencies that were only the expression of atransitory problem – for example, that of an adolescence not yet superseded” (italics added). In these cases, a homosexual whose homosexuality is “not yet superseded” can be admitted to the seminary. The contrast between “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” and “a transitory problem…not yet superseded” is pretty murky.

    The Catechism (#2357-2359) makes a clear distinction between homosexual “acts” and “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” (also referred to as an “inclination” or a “condition,” which in the U.S. is often called an “orientation”). But the Catechism does not speak of a “transitory problem.” So, what is a “transitory problem”?

    It turns out that a “transitory problem” includes homosexual acts. Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, which issued “Concerning” and is responsible for its implementation, gave an interview to Vatican Radio on November 29, 2005. Speaking of “transitory problems,” he said: “For example, an uncompleted adolescence, some kind of curiosity; or perhaps accidental circumstances, a drunken state, maybe particular circumstances like a person who was imprisoned for many years. In these cases, homosexual acts do not come from a [deeply] rooted tendency…. These acts are done because one wants to obtain some sort of advantage…. These acts…do not constitute an obstacle to seminary admission or to holy orders” (italics added; translation from the Italian provided by Rocco Palmo).

    The National Catholic Register had an interview with Cardinal Grocholewski (Dec. 11-17, 2005), where he explained what “transitory problems” are. He said basically the same things he said in the Vatican Radio interview, but added: “It may have been about pleasing a superior or someone he knows, or to earn money.” And in a Register news story (same issue), transitory problems might involve “experiences that occurred under the influence of alcohol, drugs or coercion, Cardinal Grochelewski [sic] said” (italics added). The neocon Register registered no objection to any of this, not even in its Editorial in the same issue.

    This certainly opens up a can of worms. So you can be in jail for “many years” and commit homosexual acts, and still you can be admitted to the seminary. You can commit homosexual acts in a “drunken state” or under the influence of illegal “drugs,” and that’s O.K. You can commit homosexual acts “to obtain some sort of advantage,” and that’s O.K. You can “please” a superior or someone else, and that’s O.K. You can commit homosexual acts to earn money — which would include being a “gay” male prostitute — and that’s O.K. Good golly, Miss Molly, it’s a free-for-all!

    Never mind homosexual acts; do we want priests who have been “imprisoned for many years,” who are druggies, who sell their bodies (and their souls) for money? This is hideous in and of itself.

    Moreover, any candidate for the seminary could say his problem with homosexuality is not “deep-seated” and is only a “transitory problem.” Nothing will change with regard to admitting homosexuals into the seminary.

    Even if a seminarian’s homosexuality isn’t “deep-seated,” it will likely become deep-seated when he is placed in an all-male environment for five to eight years, and sleeping in bedrooms with men. Putting homosexuals in an all-male environment is what’s called “an occasion of sin,” that is, it leads to deep-seated temptations. You might as well put heterosexual men in the convent or a nunnery for five to eight years, and let them sleep in bedrooms with girls and women, and see how long they remain chaste.

    Even homosexual tendencies (without committing the act) are considered by the Church to be “objectively disordered” (Catechism, #2358). What is objectively disordered inclines one to commit an intrinsic moral evil, in the case of homosexuality, a mortal sin. Just one lapse by a seminarian or priest, and he’s blackmailable forever. Just as many bishops and cardinals are now, which goes a long way to explain why we have this ridiculous document, “Concerning.” At least nine bishops have had to retire because of homosexual acts, and it wasn’t because their brother bishops exposed them.

    Under a “transitory problem,” the new document, “Concerning,” says the problem “must be clearly overcome at least three years before ordination to the diaconate [which precedes being a priest by about one year].” And Cardinal Grocholewski reiterated this. So how does a seminary make sure about that? Put seminarians under house arrest – and in solitary confinement – for three years? Of course not. This three-year rule would be so easy to fake.

    The 1961 document was signed by the “liberal” Pope John XXIII. “Concerning” was signed by Pope Benedict XVI, supposedly a “conservative.” With his new policy, Benedict has forfeited his conservative credentials. Benedict has given away the store.

    Moreover, “Concerning” says, “The call to orders is the personal responsibility of the Bishop or the major superior.” It is obvious that nothing will change, for many bishops and many major superiors (along with their rectors and vocations directors) are the problem in the first place. They are the ones who have been admitting homosexuals into the seminary. Homosexuals represent about two percent of the male population and it is estimated that 25-50 percent of seminarians are homosexual, and in certain pink-palace seminaries the percentage is well beyond that.

    In response to “Concerning,” numerous bishops (including Bishop George Niederauer – more about him later) and numerous major superiors and seminary rectors have stated that they will continue to do what they’ve been doing – i.e., admitting homosexuals. And who can blame them? For “Concerning” has no teeth. As Mao said, it’s a “paper tiger.”

    According to a news story in The New York Times (Sept. 15, 2005), Fr. Thomas Reese, S.J., the former Editor-in-Chief of America, said that “with the shortage of priests, the church can hardly afford to dismiss gay seminarians.” And that is exactly what happened. Fr. Donald Cozzens, a former seminary rector, said in The Changing Face of the Priesthood that “the priesthood is or is becoming a gay profession.” And it will continue to be or become a “gay” profession, thanks to “Concerning.”

    Bad appointments … Above, Archbishop Levada, a past of cover-ups for homosexual and pedophile priests. Below, homosexual-friendly Niederauer named Archbishop of San Francisco

    The Vatican forgot – or maybe it didn’t care – that with so many homosexual seminarians (even in some conservative orders), many heterosexual, manly men will not apply for the seminary. And those who do enter often drop out, or, if they don’t keep quiet about the “gay” culture in the seminary, they are kicked out.

    Moreover, a celibate and chaste heterosexual priest gives up marriage and family, which is a huge sacrifice, while a celibate and chaste homosexual priest gives up what is “objectively disordered,” which inclines one to commit a mortal sin.

    Then there is the question of pedophilia. According to the John Jay Report, 81 percent of priest sex-abuse victims were boys. As of June 2005, the known settlements for pedophilia (the large majority of cases being pederasty) total $1.06 billion. Church property has been sold to pay the settlements. Dioceses have declared bankruptcy. And victims have committed suicide and otherwise have had their lives ruined.

    Brian W. Clowes and David L. Sonnier did a comprehensive study called “Child Molestation by Homosexuals and Heterosexuals” (Homiletic & Pastoral Review,May 2005). Among other things, they report that: (1) “Homosexual activists Karla Jay and Allen Young revealed in their 1979 Gay Report [Simon and Schuster] that 73% of all homosexuals…preyed on adolescent or younger boys,” and (2) while homosexuals represent about two percent of the male population, according to the Archives of Sexual Behavior (vol. 29, no. 5, 2000), “around 25-40% of men [who are] attracted to children prefer boys.” If you want pedophilia, notably pederasty, to continue in the priesthood, keep ordaining homosexuals.

    According to the Washington Post (Nov. 23, 2005), neocon Brian Saint-Paul, the new Editor of Crisis, greeted the new document, “Concerning,” with “satisfaction.” The Post quoted him: “The Vatican has made a wise decision to come down in the middle of the road on this dispute.” Really now?

  17. William Donohue of the Catholic League, also a neocon, greeted “Concerning” with satisfaction. According to John L. Allen Jr.’s online “The Word From Rome” (Nov. 25, 2005), Donohue “welcomed the document’s nuance.” Said Donohue: “The Vatican is prudent not to have an absolute ban on admission of homosexuals to the priesthood….” (This is not unexpected, for Donohue appears to be soft on homosexuality. See the articles by Michael S. Rose in our Dec. 2005 issue and by Maria Briggs in our May 2005 issue. Donohue has also defended Fr. Marcial Maciel of the Legionaries of Christ from charges of pederasty.)

    This document, “Concerning,” is Pope Benedict’s defining moment, and he flubbed it. Likewise, his appointment of William Levada to be Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was the most important appointment Benedict would make, and he flubbed that too. Then there was Benedict’s cordial, high-profile, four-hour-long meeting with dissident theologian Hans Küng. Editorials in the National Catholic Reporter (Oct. 14, 2005) hailed this meeting as “refreshing indeed,” “the importance of [this] symbol can’t be far from anyone’s imagination,” and it “sets a positive example about how leaders can emphasize things that unite us….” An Editorial in Our Sunday Visitor (Nov. 20, 2005) chimed in saying: “Pope Benedict has shown himself to be a uniter rather than a divider.” But how do you reconcile the irreconcilable? We prefer what Jesus said: “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division” (Lk. 12:51).

    Colleen Carroll Campbell of the neocon Ethics and Public Policy Center praised Benedict’s soft image in Our Sunday Visitor (Oct. 23, 2005). She said it was predicted that there would be “theological crackdowns” under Benedict. However, she is pleased to say: “His pastoral side has come to the fore as he swiftly reached out to Protestant, Orthodox, Jewish and Muslim clergy…and hosted his archrival Father Küng at Castel Gandolfo for a friendly chat in September…. Through his spokesman, Pope Benedict praised Father Küng’s efforts to promote dialogue with other religions….”

    In the NOR’s June 2005 editorial, we gave “Three Cheers” for Benedict. So far, that Editorial has turned out to be an embarrassment. If the Pope can dialogue with arch-dissenter Küng, then it would seem that dissent is legitimate.

    The latest outrage is Benedict’s appointment of Bishop George Niederauer to be Archbishop of San Francisco. Niederauer is clearly “gay”-friendly. He pastored a parish in West Hollywood with a large “gay” congregation, where he said that homosexuals are “wonderful.” As Bishop of Salt Lake City, he opposed a constitutional ban on same-sex “marriage.” He denies that there is a link between homosexual priests and the molestation and rape of boys. He helped found the Coalition of Concerned Religious Leaders in Utah, which supports “tolerance” for homosexuals. Topping it off, he has been praised by Sam Sinnett, head of Dignity-USA, and Francis DeBernardo, head of New Ways Ministry – both groups being comprised of proud “gay” and lesbian Catholics.

    The cover-up for Legionary founder Fr. Maciel continues

    At this rate, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s investigation of Fr. Maciel for multiple acts of pederasty on his seminarians will likely vanish into thin air. With “cover-up” Levada at the helm of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and with Benedict failing to uphold the 1961 document and basically endorsing the status quo regarding homosexuals in the priesthood, we cannot expect that the Vatican will do anything about the Maciel case.

    In Karl Keating’s E-Letter (March 8, 2005), he noted that for 26 years of the John Paul papacy, of which Ratzinger was the doctrinal watchdog for 24 years, only 24 people were disciplined. Keating comments: “That is fewer than one per year!… The Catholic Church boasts 1.1 billion members. This means that, on average, over the last quarter century, the Vatican has disciplined only one out of a billion members per year. This is about as close to zero as you can get. Is there any social, commercial, or governmental organization that disciplines such a small percentage of its people?… If the Church had the kind of inquisitorial bureaucracy that its critics imagine, the Vatican would be disciplining 24 people each week…. However you look at it, 24 cases in 26 years is…laughable.” It appears that Ratzinger (now Benedict) is not the Panzerkardinal after all, not God’s Rottweiler.

    When Ratzinger became Pope, we orthodox Catholics were ecstatic. But it’s likely that Benedict’s papacy will be very unpleasant – even bitter, since we had such high hopes.

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Lavender Mafia in the Church, and it goes all the way to the Vatican, and Pope Benedict will do nothing about it

  18. Here is a better explanation of President Trump’s Executive Order concerning Jewish people, federal funds, and universities. The Guardian article at the link given is heavily one-sided, in my opinion.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-sign-executive-order-targeting-college-anti-semitism-israel-boycotts-n1099601

    Pope Emeritus Benedict’s papacy has been over for years. Perhaps Pope Francis, Jorge Bergolio, is meant just above.

    God bless, C-Marie

  19. C-Mafrie/

    You think al of the quotes attributed to Ratzinger/Benedict XVI should be attributed to Bergolio/Francis?

  20. @ Amateur Brain Surgeon,

    (Everything you said)

    Your entire diatribe is based on a false premise. The actual evidence is that gay people are no more likely to abuse children than straight people are.

  21. @ Amateur Brain Surgeon,

    “men used to respect the Catholic Church…”

    Some people respected it, but that respect has never been earned or deserved. The Catholic Church has done far more harm than good in the world and none of the good it has done couldn’t have been done by non-religious charities, governments, or individuals. If you look back in history, it murdered and tortured thousands of people for completely imaginary ‘sins’ like witchcraft, burned people alive for disagreeing with it, and held back scientific and social progress, all while lining its own coffers, and wasting money on extravagent buildings and lifestyles for its bishops and other useless lazy sponging parasites while most people were working 12 hours a day to survive.

    It stands against contraception in countries where it would be most beneficial; it stands against condom use in countries rife with HIV infection; it sponges off poor people and funnels millions into fake charities where most of the money doesn’t go to good causes; it shelters child abusers from justice; it fails to report child abuse to the police; it allows child abusers unsupervised access to children; it is most prominent in countries which have the worst problems with organised crime (I don’t believe this is a coincidence); it supported fascism during WWII; and finally, it currently still stands against objectively harmless behaviour such as gay sex long after it has been accepted by society, and stands against freedom of speech by hiding behind blasphemy laws in numerous countries.

    Apart from that, it’s great.

  22. Fish, for a person dismissing arguments because of a lack of sourcing, that last dung pike from you is a bit much.

  23. @ Amateur Brain Surgeon,

    “Unsurprisingly, sodomites cultivate and groom attractive young adolescent males as their sexual objects/partners.”

    Your source is an biased Christian activist site with a misleading name, and an article whose co-authors include the ex-actor Kirk Cameron. The first paper they cite disagress with their own conclusion, but they dismiss this with a silly ‘no smoke without fire’ argument, then continue along simlar unconvincing lines.

    I cite this far more reasonable site by an actual expert with a PhD in psychology:

    http://individual.utoronto.ca/james_cantor/blog1.html

    “What man would think otherwise and reject this obvious truism unless he had surrendered to the sodomisation of society and entered into the worship of political idolatry?”

    Answer: a person who had looked at the facts rather than at self-serving propaganda?

  24. @ DEEBEE,

    “Fish, for a person dismissing arguments because of a lack of sourcing, that last dung pike from you is a bit much.”

    That would be a fair point if I was saying anything controversial, but most of my list consists of well-known facts. If I say that the Earth orbits the Sun, I don’t need to cite a source for that (although the Catholic Church obviously disputed it!), nor do I need a source to show that it is against the use of condoms, or that it is against free speech (through blasphemy laws), or that it has sheltered child abusers.

  25. If I say that the Earth orbits the Sun, I don’t need to cite a source for that (although the Catholic Church obviously disputed it!)

    At the time, there was no empirical evidence to support it. The church said, “Don’t come on like it’s a proven fact until you have proven it a fact.”

    nor do I need a source to show that it is against the use of condoms
    Because it encourages the treatment of women as mere sex objects.

    or that it is against free speech (through blasphemy laws
    Which blasphemy laws are those? Perhaps the use of the n-word?

    or that it has sheltered child abusers.

    Some bishops were themselves members of the “Lavender Mafia.” Others may have bought into the old business that an accusation is not the same thing as a conviction.

  26. If religion had validity, you’d expect zero abuse within it.

    Why? No one ever promised impeccability.

    And [Azeites] claim is unsourced.

    The Nature and Scope of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States, 1950-2002
    — John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York (Feb 2004)
    Some excepts from the report:

    Unlike in the general population, more males than females were allegedly [molested]. … The results of our study indicated that of all victims whose gender was reported [98.5% of reports], 81% were male and 19% were female. …
    The majority of alleged victims were post-pubescent, with only a small percentage of priests receiving allegations of abusing young children. 50.7% of all individuals who made allegations of abuse were between the ages of 11-14. Child sexual abusers who prefer female victims are more likely to be diagnosed as pedophiles than those who prefer male children while child sexual abusers who prefer male victims tend to target boys who are slightly older. [ephebophilia]

    Approximately 4% of Catholic priests and deacons in active ministry between 1950 and 2002 have been accused of the sexual abuse of a youth under the age of 18. [A yearly graph is on p.28 of the report. It peaks during the Sexual Revolution.]
    Number of Reported Incidents
    1950s 913
    1960s 2,402
    1970s 3,245
    1980s 2,048
    1990s 500
    2000-2002 80

    The majority of priests with allegations of abuse from 1950-2002 were ordained between the 1950s and 1970s.

    Surveys indicated that some priests with allegations of sexual abuse also showed a variety of behavioral problems, the most common of which were personality problems.

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    – Nussbaum and Nussbaum, in a review of Marci A. Hamilton’s Justice Denied
    “In Child Maltreatment 2006, a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we’re told that around 66 percent of those who sexually abuse children are parents, other relatives, unmarried partners of parents, friends, or neighbors, and that only 0.5 percent are “professionals.” And clergy are a subset of “professionals,” and Catholic priests are a subset of clergy.

    “The difference between the problem in the Catholic Church and the continuing problem in public schools is likely greater than that. The 2007 Annual Report prepared by the Catholic bishops identifies fifteen allegations of childhood sexual abuse in the American Catholic Church from 2000 to 2007—an average of less than two per year. The 2007 Associated Press investigation identifies 2,570 public school teachers who, from 2001 through 2005, had their teaching licenses “taken away, denied, surrendered voluntarily, or restricted” as a result of sexual misconduct with minors—an average of 514 per year.
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