Catholic Church

Instead of banging on about global warming perhaps the Pope might like to sort out his paedophile priests

The Pope has been cuddling up to Muslims, and banging on about global warming, but instead of doing that perhaps he should focus on cleaning up and getting rid of his paedophile priests.

TVNZ reports:

A Catholic priest who viewed a NSW school where he taught as a “paedophilic smorgasbord” has been sentenced to a further 13 years for his abuse of 18 boys.

John Sidney Denham, 73, is already in the middle of a jail term, handed to him in 2010 for his sexual assault of boys as young as five.

But Judge Helen Syme sentenced the priest to another 13 years jail for charges stemming from his abuse of 18 boys at St Pius X in the Hunter in the 1970s.

Adding the new charges, Judge Syme calculated Denham had abused 57 children, some repeatedly. Read more »

Does the Pope have his priorities right?

The National Review comments about the Pope’s encyclical:

How are we to explain that at the very moment that the oldest Christian communities in the world are being violently destroyed; that while Christians are murdered, raped, and tortured in Africa and the Middle East; and while horrific barbarities are committed daily in the name of God, the pope issues an encyclical and travels around the world to talk about climate change?

And they have a point.

One of the rarest and most important things a pope does is issue encyclicals. In the eight years of Pope Benedict’s papacy, he issued three encyclicals. In the 27 years of Pope John Paul II’s papacy, he issued 14 encyclicals.

Since his ascendancy to the papacy in March 2013, Pope Francis has issued one.

But Pope Francis is about to issue an encyclical to the world’s 5,000 bishops and 400,000 priests that tells us a great deal about him, about Latin America, and, most of all, about the influence of what has been the most dynamic religion in the world for the past 100 years.

Hint: It isn’t Christianity or Islam.

This year, the pope will use an immense amount of papal moral influence to address global warming or, as it is now called, in light of the small amount of warming actually taking place, climate change. In a few weeks, he will visit the Philippine city of Tacloban, which was devastated by the super-typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Then he will present his encyclical; and in September he will address the United Nations General Assembly on the subject. This will all be done in order to influence the December 2015 international Climate Change Conference in Paris.

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Why we actually celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December will shock you

Have you always assumed that Christmas was celebrated on Jesus’ birthday?

Perhaps you know that a Pagan festival on the 25th was changed to a Christmas festival in order to help convert Pagans to Christianity?

I was aware that it used to be a Pagan festival, but what that festival involved and how we have kept many of its nasty traditions I did not know.

Prepare to be shocked and educated.

II.     How Did Christmas Come to Be Celebrated on December 25?

A.    Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25.  During this period, Roman courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people during the week long celebration.  The festival began when Roman authorities chose “an enemy of the Roman people” to represent the “Lord of Misrule.”  Each Roman community selected a victim whom they forced to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week.  At the festival’s conclusion, December 25th, Roman authorities believed they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering this innocent man or woman.

B.    The ancient Greek writer poet and historian Lucian (in his dialogue entitled Saturnalia) describes the festival’s observance in his time.  In addition to human sacrifice, he mentions these customs: widespread intoxication; going from house to house while singing naked; rape and other sexual license; and consuming human-shaped biscuits (still produced in some English and most German bakeries during the Christmas season).

I don’t know about you but I don’t think I will ever look at a gingerbread man in quite the same way that I used to.

A gingerbread family -photo bbc.co.uk

A gingerbread family
-photo bbc.co.uk

C.    In the 4th century CE, Christianity imported the Saturnalia festival hoping to take the pagan masses in with it.  Christian leaders succeeded in converting to Christianity large numbers of pagans by promising them that they could continue to celebrate the Saturnalia as Christians.

D.    The problem was that there was nothing intrinsically Christian about Saturnalia. To remedy this, these Christian leaders named Saturnalia’s concluding day, December 25th, to be Jesus’ birthday.

E.      Christians had little success, however, refining the practices of Saturnalia.  As Stephen Nissenbaum, professor history at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst, writes, “In return for ensuring massive observance of the anniversary of the Savior’s birth by assigning it to this resonant date, the Church for its part tacitly agreed to allow the holiday to be celebrated more or less the way it had always been.”  The earliest Christmas holidays were celebrated by drinking, sexual indulgence, singing naked in the streets (a precursor of modern caroling), etc.

Drunk Santa -photo

Drunk Santa photo -vice.com

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Filthy Catholic priest pedo scumbag set to be extradited…finally!

Bernard McGrath, enjoying the food court while awaiting a decision on his extradition to face 252 charges for sexual offending against boys

Bernard McGrath, pedo priest

Bernard McGrath can finally be named.

He is the filthy pedo scumbag who has been fighting his extradition to Australia where he is facing 250 charges of interfering with boys while a Catholic priest.

A High Court judge has rejected the bid by former Catholic brother Bernard Kevin McGrath to overturn the Minister of Justice’s decision to grant his extradition to Australia to face sex charges.

Justice Cameron Mander’s decision was issued at the Christchurch High Court today, two weeks after he spent half a day hearing submissions on the judicial review of the decision by former Justice Minister Judith Collins.

Australia is seeking the extradition of McGrath, 65, to face 252 child sex abuse charges there.

Justice Mander said today: “I conclude that the Minister made no reviewable error in making her decision that McGrath be surrendered to the Commonwealth of Australia. The application for review is declined.”

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Pope: Evolution is real and God is no wizard

Good God.

Delivering an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis continued his habit of making provocative, seemingly progressive statements. The pontiff appeared to endorse the theory of the Big Bang and told the gathering at the Vatican that there was no contradiction between believing in God as well as the prevailing scientific theories regarding the expansion of our universe.

“When we read about creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said. “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”

The pope avoids gesturing at the thorny issue (at least for some Christians) of whether humans descended from apes. Atheists argue, moreover, that understanding the Big Bang and what emerged from that cosmic moment obviates a need to believe in a deity. On that count, Francis obviously disagrees. He repeated the idea of God not being a “magician,” an entity that conjured all into being.

“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,” Francis said. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”

It seems the Catholic Church is finally joining the 21st century.  (Can Labour catch up?)   Read more »

The Evolution of Marriage

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When Gay marriage was being debated marriage itself came under the spotlight. All of a sudden we were asking ourselves..

What is marriage?

Is marriage about children?

Is marriage a religious institution or a secular one?

I wondered about the origins of marriage, the purpose of marriage and how it has evolved from the past to what we recognise as marriage now.

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Why is it always boys?

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Father Adian Kay – via Marlborough Express

Here we go.  After years of suggesting New Zealand has it’s own problems, but questioning why we somehow appear to have no Catholic boy buggering going on at all, here’s the tip of the ice berg getting a nudge

Catholic parish priest Father Aidan Kay has been removed from duties after being charged with indecent assault.

The Blenheim-based priest is expected to be in court Tuesday. Read more »

UK move to making covering up of abuse a criminal offence

There are moves in the UK to make the covering up of abuse a criminal offence.

That should make school principals and the Catholic Church extremely nervous.

No doubt in New Zealand we will here from the likes of Hone Harawira and Ranginui Walker how such a law would be racist against Maori, delivered breathlessly to a fawning media without even a hint of irony.

The man leading a review into how the Home Office handled historical allegations of child abuse has said people who cover up such crimes should be prosecuted.

NSPCC chief Peter Wanless also said there should be a duty on institutions like hospitals, children’s homes and boarding schools to report abuse.   Read more »

Yo, Catholics! Are you sorry for being Catholics?

The other day, David Cunliffe was ashamed to be a man, he was “Sorry I am a man”, because men… are involved in hurting women and children.  (And other men, but let’s not go there – FOCUS).

This collective responsibility for something is foreign to me, so I thought I’d explore it further.

If you are Catholic (and a man, actually), read this story, and then answer the poll question after the story.  An AP story reports:

Pope Francis, in his strongest words ever on the sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic clerics, told victims on Monday that the abuse was ”camouflaged with a complicity” and begged forgiveness.

In the homily of a Mass with six victims of abuse, he said the Catholic Church must ”must weep and make reparation” for what it did to victims and begged forgiveness for what he said had become ”a sacrilegious cult” that profaned God.

Pope Francis begged forgiveness from the victims of clergy sex abuse as he held his first meeting with several abuse survivors – but another victim called the gathering nothing more than ”a PR event.”

The Vatican quoted Francis as expressing personal ”sorrow” in his homily at a private Mass with six victims for the ”sins and grave crimes” of clerical sex abuse against them.

Francis pledged ”not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not,” and promised that bishops ”will be held accountable.”

”I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves,” the pope said.

”This led to even greater suffering on the part of those who were abused and it endangered other minors who were at risk,” the pope said, according to the English translation of his homily, which was delivered in Spanish.

Francis noted the abuse caused some victims to resort to addictions, or even suicide.

”These deaths of these so beloved children of God weigh upon the heart and my conscience and that of the whole church,” he said.

Do you feel any sort of responsibility for this at all?    As a man?  Or a Catholic?  Do you?    Read more »

That’s nice, but how about stopping buggering little boys

The Catholic Church is getting down with the kids…ok not in the traditional catholic priest manner of getting down with the kids, instructing followers to use “digital smiles” in text messages, emails, tweets and Facebook postings to spread the “joy of the gospel” online.

I would have thought addressing the long standing issue of pedo priests would have been more important…but there you go. :)

It might seem far removed from some of its more sombre instructions to the faithful over the centuries.

But the Roman Catholic Church has issued advice to its followers on how to use the internet – and given an unlikely stamp of ecclesiastical approval to the use of the humble smiley face.

In a new 10 Commandments for the internet age, Catholics are being urged to make use of “digital smiles” in postings on Twitter and Facebook as well as emails and text messages.

The guidelines follow a call from Pope Francis for Catholics to take the church’s message out “into digital highways”.

In an echo of the original 10 Commandments, the instructions warn the faithful never to “bear false witness on the internet”.

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