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Boy Chased By Priest in Underwear Saved by Saintly Neighbors

 

This frightening piece from Cafe Mom. Why stories like this are popping up more frequently leads me to suspect religion even more…

This story almost sounds like a parody, like some twisted SNL skit, but unfortunately, it’s real. Around midnight last Sunday, some people were out in their yard, wrapping up a barbecue, when a 12-year-old boy came barrelling down the street, begging for help, saying that a man was chasing him. A few moments later, a man did, in fact, appear in his maroon underwear, no less, trying to get the boy to come back with him. Heather Rodriguez and her brother-in-law knew better than to hand over a scared, shaking boy to a suspicious man in his underwear, and decided to get the cops involved. It’s a good thing they did, too, because the “suspicious man” who was chasing the boy was a priest who had just allegedly sexually abused the pre-teen on an air mattress in his house.

 

The Power of Catholicism

We’re waiting this morning for President Obama to come out and report any modifications to the birth control requirements in health insurance that has raised an alarm with Catholics.

Some background from the NY Times:

The ruling issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, said that only religious organizations that primarily employ and serve their co-religionists would be exempt from the requirement to provide insurance that covers birth control. Churches are therefore exempt, but Catholic hospitals, service agencies and colleges are not. The White House said that 28 states already had such mandates, so this federal rule, which is part of the health care overhaul, just applies the mandate uniformly.

NY Archbishop Timothy Dolan

The bishops have found allies among conservative evangelicals, who do not share the Catholic Church’s doctrinal prohibition on contraception but are delighted to see the bishops adopt the right’s longstanding grievance that government has declared a war on religion. They have been joined by the bishops of Eastern Orthodox churches (like Greek, Russian and Ukrainian) and two Orthodox Jewish groups — small constituencies but ones that lend the cause a touch of diversity.

On the other side are religious Americans and clergy members who are unmoved by the religious liberty theme, and who regard the administration’s ruling as sensible health care policy.

Here’s what I think. The Catholic Bishops are thrilled to have this conflict broadcast on all the news stations… thrilled that it is taking up so much space in C-PAC speeches… thrilled that it takes up space in newspapers (as Craig Ferguson said: “A newspaper is a thing that people used to read. It’s like a website, but all the information is from yesterday.”)… and certainly thrilled that they have something to shout out from the pulpit.

Why? Because as long as everyone is discussing this sham Constitutional complaint, no one is talking about the relationship of the Catholic Church to child molesting priests. That is quite a relief after months of revelations and and complaints about Bishops who hid information for years.

When the Birth Control/Insurance issue is all gone, we’ll get back to pederasty by priests. I’ll bet the Bishops are looking forward to that.

Harry Shearer turned me on to a fascinating story!

Curious about one of the ways the Roman Catholic Church earns its income?

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Harry Shearer pointed it out this weekend on Le Show, and this article is circulating the globe:

From The Times of India:

BERLIN: Germany‘s biggest Catholic-owned publishing house has been rocked by disclosures that it has been selling thousands of pornographic novels with titles such as ‘Sluts Boarding School‘ and ‘Lawyer’s Whore’ with the full assent of the country’s leading bishops.

The revelations weer made in the publishing-industry newsletter Buchreport concern Weltbild, a company with 6,400 employees. It is Germany’s largest bookseller after Amazon and wholly owned by the Catholic Church.

Buchreport revealed that Weltbild’s massive assortment of titles available to customers online includes some 2,500 “erotic” books with unmistakably lewd titles including ‘Call Me Slut!’, ‘Take Me Here and Take Me Now!’ to name a few.

The publisher’s website also pictures the titles’ lascivious dust jackets that feature colour photographs of scantily clad women in high heels and erotic underwear.

On Friday, Carel Haff, Weltbild’s managing director, was quoted as saying that the revelations had provoked “a very intense and critical dialogue” within the company.

He said discussions were under way about possibly limiting the assortment of titles available in future. Catholic bishops responded with a statement claiming that “a filtering system failure” at the publishing house had allowed the books to stray on to the market.

“We will put a stop to the distribution of possibly pornographic content in future,” they said.

But Bernhard Muller, editor of the Catholic magazine PUR, dismissed the clerics’ reaction as grossly hypocritical.

Certainly a 6400 worker company that is 100% owned by the Church is not operating in the dark… they must know what they sell.

I don’t know if this is funny or just pathetic.

April 12, 1632

It is the Anniversary today of the call to trial of Gallileo Gallilei by the minions of the Catholic Church (the Inquisition) for defying God by scientifically showing that the Earth revolves around the Sun, as do the other planets; that the Moon not only revolved around the Earth, but was illuminated by reflected light of the Sun.

Gallileo, then age 70, was convicted, forced to publicly repent and sentenced to House Arrest, where he remained until his death some years later. His book, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, was banned by the Inquisition and the Catholic Church did not allow its publication until1741… and the Church did not express regret for its punishment of Gallileo until Pope John Paul did so in 1992.

Tonite, if you go outside and look up at the Moon and the stars, remember Gallileo and think about all the other wonders of science that the Church has come out against over the years.

An Appropriate Sunday Quote

“This man is not above or outside the law. The institutionalised concealment of child rape is a crime under any law and demands not private ceremonies of repentance or church-funded payoffs, but justice and punishment.”

– Christopher Hitchens on Pope Benedict