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Catholic Cardinal Calls Gays 'Faggots' During Interview About Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador Nominee (VIDEO)

Catholic Cardinal Calls Gays 'Faggots' During Interview About Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador Nominee (VIDEO)

Commented Jul 4, 2013 at 01:34:16 in Religion

“And now the cardinal thinks that using this public slur will make people think that he is not gay.”
Don Patrizio Poggi, Convicted Paedophile Priest 'Arrested For Slander Over Claims Of Vatican Rent-Boy Sex Ring'

Don Patrizio Poggi, Convicted Paedophile Priest 'Arrested For Slander Over Claims Of Vatican Rent-Boy Sex Ring'

Commented Jul 1, 2013 at 11:45:58 in UK

“The secret lives of priests are filled with salacious sexual activity and interpersonal blackmail that are the exact opposite of their stage image of holiness and dedication to God. They take money from the faithful and play them for chumps.”

provewrite on Jul 1, 2013 at 16:09:16

“What a massive generalisation! I am privileged to know many priests very well and have never encountered behaviour such as you describe. You must only know the ones from the evil minority.”

Mad Mick on Jul 1, 2013 at 15:17:30

“It would feel very odd if I attended Sunday Mass & a collection wasn't taken.”
Former Dominican Friar On Vatican Gay Sex Scandal: Homosexuality A 'Ticking Time Bomb' (VIDEO)

Former Dominican Friar On Vatican Gay Sex Scandal: Homosexuality A 'Ticking Time Bomb' (VIDEO)

Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 19:12:55 in Religion

“It is not homosexuality that is the problem, it is the double lives and the sexual activity that are not only a deep scandal for Catholics who believe their priests are observing total sexual continence, it is the betrayal by priests and church officials who have enforced their church sex rules on others with cold efficiency yet are quick to do the same and when caught forgive themselves and act like it all never happened. People don't like to be played for chumps by anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation.”
Cross-Dressing Crystal Meth Priest Case Takes Sex Shop Twist

Cross-Dressing Crystal Meth Priest Case Takes Sex Shop Twist

Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 20:01:38 in Religion

“It is just another closeted priest living a double life that went totally out of control. The Roman Catholic priesthood is a predominantly closeted gay profession.”
Eric Holder To Help Launch Alliance Against Pedophilia

Eric Holder To Help Launch Alliance Against Pedophilia

Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 19:00:52 in Politics

“The Obama administration is serious about combating child sex abuse. This is a big reason why Cardinal Dolan and his bishops had priests preaching from the pulpit that it would be a sin to re-elect Obama under whose administration Roman Catholic officials were tried and convicted of child sex crimes in Philadelphia and Kansas City last year.”
Pope Benedict XVI Tightens Church Control Over Catholic Charities

Pope Benedict XVI Tightens Church Control Over Catholic Charities

Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 13:11:46 in Religion

“Millions of our tax dollars actually go to the Roman Catholic Church's charity business, Catholic Charities. With these new restrictions, they will have to give less of that money to the needy. Given the bishops' political alliance with the Republican Party, I wonder where will that extra money go? I would also not be surprised to learn that CC is upping its service fees for 2013 to take a bigger shave of that money for themselves.”

Asmondius on Dec 5, 2012 at 15:23:44

“Such as?”
Women Priests Movement Endorsed By National Catholic Reporter

Women Priests Movement Endorsed By National Catholic Reporter

Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 15:06:16 in Religion

“Canon Law, the church's constitution, is all about establishing lines of clerical authority and the punishments for crossing those lines. The corruption and brutality of clerical culture is officially what the church is all about. Three kinds of men are drawn to the priesthood: idealists, closeted homosexuals and sexual predators. Since the effective demise of the spirit of Vatican II, the real idealists have left the system and continued their lives in marriage. Some idealists by mouth are still in and doing the cult of personality act while keeping a low profile, especially where the sex abuse atrocity is concerned. That leaves easily-extorted closeted gay men to deal with cunning predators who know how to work the well-monied church system. Women's Ordination doesn't have a snowball's chance in this organization because it is a threat to the closet and predator's roost that the priesthood has become.”

SeeingIs on Dec 3, 2012 at 16:19:32

“Yikes!”

Lynnman on Dec 3, 2012 at 16:09:54

“I think you might want to see someone”

united dreamer on Dec 3, 2012 at 15:39:01

“All the priests I have met I would describe as idealists. I don't know what a closeted homosexual is but I know plenty of heterosexuals who abstain from sex as a response to maintaining the integrity of their spiritual life.”
Franciscan University Deviant Behavior Class Equates Homosexuality With Rape, Murder

Franciscan University Deviant Behavior Class Equates Homosexuality With Rape, Murder

Commented Sep 21, 2012 at 03:30:40 in College

“The Roman Catholic priesthood is a predominantly closeted gay profession. These nasty rules that the priests continue to make up are going to catch up with their hidden lives.”
Rev. Dwight Longenecker: James Holmes, Alleged Aurora Shooter, Was Possessed By A Demon

Rev. Dwight Longenecker: James Holmes, Alleged Aurora Shooter, Was Possessed By A Demon

Commented Jul 31, 2012 at 15:39:29 in Religion

“A demon? Did this priest graduate from high school? Next he'll be charging Holmes' guardian angel with dereliction of duty. So what caused the pope and all his priests to cover up decades of child rape, the devil? Spare us from this manipulative fundamentalist theology.”
Confessions of an Ex-Priest: How Catholic Seminary Forms Victims and Forces False Forgiveness

Confessions of an Ex-Priest: How Catholic Seminary Forms Victims and Forces False Forgiveness

Commented Aug 19, 2012 at 17:26:01 in Religion

“Sexual abuse is perpetuated in the predominantly closeted gay seminary system. Most of the straight and gay men of integrity have left in disgust. See who you have left?”

PatA on Aug 20, 2012 at 00:05:32

“Huh?”

Tom Berndt on Aug 19, 2012 at 21:25:24

“Well, a ot of the straight guys were asked to leave. Wonder whyyy...”
Popular Catholic Priest John Corapi Calls It Quits, Blasts Church Leaders On His Way Out

Popular Catholic Priest John Corapi Calls It Quits, Blasts Church Leaders On His Way Out

Commented Jun 19, 2011 at 01:17:00 in Religion

“There's something wrong with Corapi and we are not getting the full story. The cult of secrecy continues because the bishops and his superiors obviously have info they don't want hitting the media. Instead of being a spiritual friend to fellow Catholics and walking with them in a spiritual partnership of personal discover, he is in to the cult of personality routine that is a religious form of narcissism. His personal history is filled with problematic issues that he obviously hasn't resolved. Fame and big money only make those problems more visible and bring them to the surface. He has a great need to be a shepherd with an adulating audience - a drug-type compensation for deep down insecurity. In reality, we aren't a bunch of lost little sheep looking for a savior. We don't care that all his simple minded books are half-off on his new web site. People are tired of dealing with the problems he is incapable of resolving. So now it's time for a new Corapi gig with with the same predictable dysfunctional patterns and a new set of pew serfs.”

Passerineblue on Jun 20, 2011 at 07:14:42

“Uh, this order Corapi claims to be a member of is not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, a fact easily ascertained by an internet search. My father's Irish Catholic family was very devout and I have many relatives who were "religious". All are dead now, but I at least have enough knowledge to check out this alleged "order"-it's name is so bizarre it's straight out of Monty Python. Reading the article alarm bells instantly went off starting with the name of the order. Even the man's "outfit" doesn't ring true.
As for EWTN, they are a disgrace.”
huffingtonpost entry

Never Has So Much Damage Been Done By So Few

Commented Jun 5, 2011 at 00:16:33 in Religion

“Sister Walsh, you've been a key player in the bishops' spin machine for years. Please spare me the lightweight replay of your thinly veiled propaganda themes. Your flawed and dangerous recent John Jay "study" is the worst of them all because its paid-for conclusions sustain an atmosphere of danger for our children and vulnerable adults. You cannot stop the momentum of truth that continues to emerge across the world.”
Pope Benedict XVI On 'Today' Show: Religious Leader Tells Americans To 'Continue The Faith In Christ' (VIDEO)

Pope Benedict XVI On 'Today' Show: Religious Leader Tells Americans To 'Continue The Faith In Christ' (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 13:45:06 in Religion

“Goodness and integrity attract people. Read the newspapers for the past 10 years to learn what has scandalized so many good Catholics into disgust and confusion. When leadership is corrupt, what else can good people do after they have tried and tried to correct things? To stay, pray, pay and obey is against everything they learned as Catholics.”
Pope Benedict XVI On 'Today' Show: Religious Leader Tells Americans To 'Continue The Faith In Christ' (VIDEO)

Pope Benedict XVI On 'Today' Show: Religious Leader Tells Americans To 'Continue The Faith In Christ' (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 13:39:56 in Religion

“I wonder how much the RCC paid NBC for this thinly veiled infomercial? Their marketing points were clear: 1. Strengthen the cult of personality around the pope - treat him like a demigod. 2. Portray Dolan as a really nice guy. 3. Sell the validity of the recent deeply flawed and dangerous John Jay report on clerical sex abuse. 4. Advertise new Catholic propaganda outlets. 5. Showcase the bling and opulence of the Vatican for those attracted by the glamor of materialism. There has been much internet buzz about the pope and his personal secretary Georg Ganzwein. Notice how they made a clear effort to show two personal secretaries with Ratzinger in the footage? Matt Lauer's question about "hidden homosexuality" in the priesthood was totally ignored by Dolan.”

KennebunkportIndependent on Jun 2, 2011 at 23:23:47

“Today Show is entertainment, not news.”

Lady In Silhouette on Jun 2, 2011 at 18:10:49

“FnF from a 'like thinker'.”

Hysterian68 on Jun 2, 2011 at 16:14:28

“This Matt Lauer interview would never have seen the light of day on "Charlie Rose" or even
Brian Lamb's C-Span. Where the pope and the archbishop should have appeared, but wouldn't dared to have appeared. The Vatican and Dolan felt more comfortable with the light and vacuous banter one can expect from Matt Lauer, Katie Curic, and someone of
Larry King's caliber.
What the Vatican and the NY archbishop don't understand is that the degradation of Rome and the decline of Catholicism throughout the western world will not be reversed by these puny, ineffective PR stunts.”
Clergy Sex Abuse Report: Let's Rely on Science, Not Hysteria

Clergy Sex Abuse Report: Let's Rely on Science, Not Hysteria

Commented May 25, 2011 at 12:44:41 in Politics

“THOMAS G. PLANTE, PHD teaches at the Jesuit Santa Clara University. This article, like others he has written in the past, will not jeopardize his position at this Roman Catholic institution.”

jennysez on May 25, 2011 at 15:44:06

“Thanks, I was wondering where this apologist came from.”
huffingtonpost entry

Will Other Catholic Bishops Risk Eternal Damnation?

Commented Jan 20, 2011 at 21:18:47 in Religion

“If it weren't for SNAP, our children and vulnerable adults would still be suffering abuse at the hands of church authorities, and you would not know that your donations were being used to cover it all up. We owe Barbara Blaine's SNAP organization a deep debt of gratitude for challenging corrupt church officials and setting new standards for the safety of our children in religious settings.”
huffingtonpost entry

Will Other Catholic Bishops Risk Eternal Damnation?

Commented Jan 20, 2011 at 21:11:13 in Religion

“The pope and his bishops teach that we must always tell the truth and do what is right because there will be a Last Judgement when all the good and evil of the world will be revealed and justice will be achieved for all who have been wronged. The pope and his bishops act like there is not going to be an afterlife nor a Last Judgement. They have lost their moral authority and I don't believe they can restore it. Their words and challenges are empty.”

Andrew Brennan on Jan 21, 2011 at 06:20:42

“Hi John - you missed the 'mental reservation' bit that bishops and cardinals indulge in:

Desmond Connell, an archbishop, a professor of philosophy, now a retired cardinal, a finger-wagging moralist; the man who, as head of the philosophy department at UCD for years, was the Church’s man in a key post. Connell, the moralist, told the investigation commission that it was okay to lie, provided that one had a ‘‘mental reservation’’. All right, he may not have said outright that it was okay to lie, but he did say it was okay to convey an untruth and do so deliberately.

This was his explanation: ‘‘Well, the general teaching about mental reservation is that you are not permitted to tell a lie. On the other hand, you may be put in a position where you have to answer, and there may be circumstances in which you can use an ambiguous expression, realising that the person who you are talking to will accept an untrue version of whatever it may be - permitting that to happen, not willing that it happened, that would be lying. ‘It really is a matter of trying to deal with extraordinarily difficult matters that may arise in social relations where people may ask questions that you simply cannot answer. Everybody knows that this kind of thing is liable to happen. So mental reservation is, in a sense, away of answering without lying."”