Monday, September 24, 2012
“Moron Of The Week" Inductee Pope Benedict XVI Attacks Gay Marriage In France
Gay Star News reports:

The head of the Catholic church, Pope Benedict XVI, told a group of French bishops visiting Castel Gandolfo that the introduction of gay marriage will threaten society and the family in France.The Pope attacked yesterday (21 September)France’s plans to legalise same-sex marriage without mentioning the issue directly.He said: ‘The family is threatened by a conception of human nature that is proven to be defective, … defending the family and life in society is prophetic and anything but regressive. Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is harmful to them will in fact be injurious to society itself.’The Pope thus raised three points: Firstly saying that marriage between man and woman is a ‘fact’ of nature and ‘threatened’ by other forms of marriage which are ‘proven’ to be ‘defective’.Secondly, he warned of that the consequences of legalising gay marriage would harm society, perhaps a critical reference to the right to adoption by same-sex couples.Thirdly, by saying that ‘defending the family and life is propophetic’ and not ‘regressive’, he is in fact calling upon the French Catholic lobby not to shy away and take a more active stance against the government’s plans to introduce same-sex marriage.This attack by the Pope is unprecedented in its tenacity and its direct call to interfere in the affairs of a government. His previous attack on the introduction of same-sex marriage in Spain was much more subdued and less strongly worded.The conservative Catholic lobby in France has been very vocal in its opposition to the country’s government plans to introduce same sex marrige, although some Bishops have remained silent fearing to be portrayed as regressive.Last week, Christine Boutin, the leader of France’s Christian Democratic Party and one of France’s most vocal conservatives, called for a referendum on the issue and warned of ‘heavy consequences for society’ if the law were to go ahead.She was joined by the Catholic Cardinal of France, Philippe Barbarin who warned that same-sex marriage will lead to ‘a breakdown in society.‘This could have innumerable consequences. Afterward they will want to create couples with three or four members. And after that, perhaps one day the taboo of incest will fall.’At the same time, Dominique Rey, the Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, stated that: ‘A referendum must be held to allow a real debate and to make sure the government is not in the grip of the lobbies.‘A majority of the population agrees with the traditional view of marriage.’However, according to a BVA French poll published in August, 65 percent of French people support gay marriage and 53 percent support adoption by gay couples.The full draft of the bill to introduce same-sex marriage is expected to be presented to the French cabinet on the 31 October.

Moron Of The Week" Inductee Pope Benedict XVI Attacks Gay Marriage In France

Gay Star News reports:

The head of the Catholic church, Pope Benedict XVI, told a group of French bishops visiting Castel Gandolfo that the introduction of gay marriage will threaten society and the family in France.
The Pope attacked yesterday (21 September)France’s plans to legalise same-sex marriage without mentioning the issue directly.
He said: ‘The family is threatened by a conception of human nature that is proven to be defective, … defending the family and life in society is prophetic and anything but regressive. Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is harmful to them will in fact be injurious to society itself.’
The Pope thus raised three points: Firstly saying that marriage between man and woman is a ‘fact’ of nature and ‘threatened’ by other forms of marriage which are ‘proven’ to be ‘defective’.
Secondly, he warned of that the consequences of legalising gay marriage would harm society, perhaps a critical reference to the right to adoption by same-sex couples.
Thirdly, by saying that ‘defending the family and life is propophetic’ and not ‘regressive’, he is in fact calling upon the French Catholic lobby not to shy away and take a more active stance against the government’s plans to introduce same-sex marriage.
This attack by the Pope is unprecedented in its tenacity and its direct call to interfere in the affairs of a government. His previous attack on the introduction of same-sex marriage in Spain was much more subdued and less strongly worded.
The conservative Catholic lobby in France has been very vocal in its opposition to the country’s government plans to introduce same sex marrige, although some Bishops have remained silent fearing to be portrayed as regressive.
Last week, Christine Boutin, the leader of France’s Christian Democratic Party and one of France’s most vocal conservatives, called for a referendum on the issue and warned of ‘heavy consequences for society’ if the law were to go ahead.
She was joined by the Catholic Cardinal of France, Philippe Barbarin who warned that same-sex marriage will lead to ‘a breakdown in society.
‘This could have innumerable consequences. Afterward they will want to create couples with three or four members. And after that, perhaps one day the taboo of incest will fall.’
At the same time, Dominique Rey, the Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, stated that: ‘A referendum must be held to allow a real debate and to make sure the government is not in the grip of the lobbies.
‘A majority of the population agrees with the traditional view of marriage.’
However, according to a BVA French poll published in August, 65 percent of French people support gay marriage and 53 percent support adoption by gay couples.
The full draft of the bill to introduce same-sex marriage is expected to be presented to the French cabinet on the 31 October.

Monday, September 10, 2012
Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI Blesses Porn Actors
Joe.My.God. reports:

Gay Star News reports that Ill Papa recently blessed two gay porn actors who appeared at the Vatican in priest drag.
The Pope has been tricked into blessing two porn actors and a video of the moment is set to be included in a new Bel Ami gay movie. That’s according to famous gay porn producer and Bel Ami founder George Duroy who annouced the news on an online forum. The new film, Scandal in Vatican, is going to be released in September. It is the story of a couple of young priests, dressed as Catholic clerical students, who enjoy their sex experiences in the little country in the heart of Italy’s capital, Rome. [snip] Scandal in Vatican will also see a football match in piazza San Pietro, the Vatican’s main square. The Italian press think that the Vatican could sue the company and ask for compensation. And the Italian pink press writes that the Bel Ami actors could become the new Pussy Riot, the pro-gay Russian punk rock band who were recently jailed for a anti-Putin protest in a church.
Gay Star News notes that photos with the Pope appear on one of the actor’s Facebook page, but those images appear to have been removed.

Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI Blesses Porn Actors

Joe.My.God. reports:

Gay Star News reports that Ill Papa recently blessed two gay porn actors who appeared at the Vatican in priest drag.

The Pope has been tricked into blessing two porn actors and a video of the moment is set to be included in a new Bel Ami gay movie. That’s according to famous gay porn producer and Bel Ami founder George Duroy who annouced the news on an online forum. The new film, Scandal in Vatican, is going to be released in September. It is the story of a couple of young priests, dressed as Catholic clerical students, who enjoy their sex experiences in the little country in the heart of Italy’s capital, Rome. [snip] Scandal in Vatican will also see a football match in piazza San Pietro, the Vatican’s main square. The Italian press think that the Vatican could sue the company and ask for compensation. And the Italian pink press writes that the Bel Ami actors could become the new Pussy Riot, the pro-gay Russian punk rock band who were recently jailed for a anti-Putin protest in a church.

Gay Star News notes that photos with the Pope appear on one of the actor’s Facebook page, but those images appear to have been removed.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

WASHINGTON: State Tells Catholic Church Anti-Gay Marriage Collection Is Illegal
Joe.My.God. reports:

Election officials in Washington state have told the local Catholic Church that their plan to take up a collection against gay marriage during mass would be a violation of campaign finance laws.
Lori Anderson, a spokeswoman for the state’s Public Disclosure Commission, told LGBTQ Nation on Wednesday that the request is illegal under the terms of Initiative 134, which Washington voters passed ten years ago to regulate political contributions and campaign spending. Anderson noted that state law specifically states that no organization, including churches, may act as an intermediary for contributions. She said that churches are allowed hand out envelopes, but that either a member of Preserve Marriage Washington has to be on hand to collect them or parishioners must send them in individually. Anderson said that the church has been notified by the commission.
Help! They’re being oppressssssed!

WASHINGTON: State Tells Catholic Church Anti-Gay Marriage Collection Is Illegal

Joe.My.God. reports:

Election officials in Washington state have told the local Catholic Church that their plan to take up a collection against gay marriage during mass would be a violation of campaign finance laws.

Lori Anderson, a spokeswoman for the state’s Public Disclosure Commission, told LGBTQ Nation on Wednesday that the request is illegal under the terms of Initiative 134, which Washington voters passed ten years ago to regulate political contributions and campaign spending. Anderson noted that state law specifically states that no organization, including churches, may act as an intermediary for contributions. She said that churches are allowed hand out envelopes, but that either a member of Preserve Marriage Washington has to be on hand to collect them or parishioners must send them in individually. Anderson said that the church has been notified by the commission.

Help! They’re being oppressssssed!

"People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to [commit child molestation] — a psychopath. But that’s not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.

"Well, it’s not so hard to see — a kid looking for a father and didn’t have his own — and they won’t be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse or anything like that.

"If you go back 10 or 15 years ago with different sexual difficulties — except for rape or violence — it was very rarely brought as a civil crime. Nobody thought of it that way….And I’m inclined to think, on their first offense, they should not go to jail because their intention was not committing a crime."

-Father Benedict Groeschel-

A member of the Archdiocese of New York, speaking to the National Catholic Register.

UPDATE: The National Catholic Register has now deleted the link to the article. But it’s too late.

Sunday, August 19, 2012
OREGON: Archdiocese Of Portland Offers Defense Loan To Child-Molesting Priest
My San Antonio reports:


The Archdiocese of Portland has offered an open-ended loan to the Rev. Angel Armando Perez to cover legal fees as he fights an accusation that he fondled a 12-year-old boy.As first reported by the Oregonian, Archbishop John G. Vlazny approved the loan to Perez this week, Archdiocese of Portland spokesman Bud Bunce said Friday. Police said Perez chased a 12-year-old boy down a Woodburn street early Monday while dressed only in his underwear."It’s available if he needs it," Bunce said of the loan.Bunce said he didn’t have details on the loan or how it would work. Parishioners in Woodburn have also begun to raise money for Perez’s defense, he said.The Salem boy told investigators he ran from Perez’s church-owned house, with Perez chasing after him. The boy said a nearby bystander gave him a ride to the boy’s sister’s house early Monday.The 46-year-old parish priest at St. Luke Catholic Church made an initial appearance Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court on accusations of sexual abuse, abuse of a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor and driving under the influence.Police said the boy told them the priest gave him a beer and he drank about half of it and Perez also fondled him. Court documents filed after Perez’s arrest say the boy awoke to flashes and thinks the priest was taking cellphone photos of him.Detectives wrote in their affidavit that the priest, a native of Mexico who has permanent legal residency in the U.S., told them he drank too much at a community event and doesn’t remember what happened after he and the boy watched a movie.David Clohessy, director of the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said the church will cover the cost of defense for priests “in the overwhelming majority of cases,” but it’s usually not called a loan."I don’t think they’ve ever called it a loan and, frankly, we think that’s pretty disingenuous," Clohessy said. "On a priest’s salary, there’s virtually no chance that it’ll ever be repaid, especially if he’s found guilty."The Archdiocese of Portland was the first in the nation to declare bankruptcy in 2004, just hours before two civil trials on sex abuse allegations were set to begin. The diocese emerged from bankruptcy in 2007 with a $50 million settlement of more than 175 claims. Another $20 million was set aside to handle future claims.The offer to cover Perez’s defense costs was likely a strategic move, Clohessy said."We suspect the goal here is to intimidate others who were hurt by Father Perez or other clerics into staying silent or settling quietly," Clohessy said. "The signal he’s sending is, ‘Don’t think this is going to be easy.’"Perez has hired prominent Portland attorney Marc Blackman, who has handled a number of high-profile cases.Blackman did not immediately return a call on Friday morning. He declined to comment to the Oregonian.

OREGON: Archdiocese Of Portland Offers Defense Loan To Child-Molesting Priest

My San Antonio reports:

The Archdiocese of Portland has offered an open-ended loan to the Rev. Angel Armando Perez to cover legal fees as he fights an accusation that he fondled a 12-year-old boy.
As first reported by the Oregonian, Archbishop John G. Vlazny approved the loan to Perez this week, Archdiocese of Portland spokesman Bud Bunce said Friday. Police said Perez chased a 12-year-old boy down a Woodburn street early Monday while dressed only in his underwear.
"It’s available if he needs it," Bunce said of the loan.
Bunce said he didn’t have details on the loan or how it would work. Parishioners in Woodburn have also begun to raise money for Perez’s defense, he said.
The Salem boy told investigators he ran from Perez’s church-owned house, with Perez chasing after him. The boy said a nearby bystander gave him a ride to the boy’s sister’s house early Monday.
The 46-year-old parish priest at St. Luke Catholic Church made an initial appearance Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court on accusations of sexual abuse, abuse of a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor and driving under the influence.
Police said the boy told them the priest gave him a beer and he drank about half of it and Perez also fondled him. Court documents filed after Perez’s arrest say the boy awoke to flashes and thinks the priest was taking cellphone photos of him.
Detectives wrote in their affidavit that the priest, a native of Mexico who has permanent legal residency in the U.S., told them he drank too much at a community event and doesn’t remember what happened after he and the boy watched a movie.
David Clohessy, director of the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said the church will cover the cost of defense for priests “in the overwhelming majority of cases,” but it’s usually not called a loan.
"I don’t think they’ve ever called it a loan and, frankly, we think that’s pretty disingenuous," Clohessy said. "On a priest’s salary, there’s virtually no chance that it’ll ever be repaid, especially if he’s found guilty."
The Archdiocese of Portland was the first in the nation to declare bankruptcy in 2004, just hours before two civil trials on sex abuse allegations were set to begin. The diocese emerged from bankruptcy in 2007 with a $50 million settlement of more than 175 claims. Another $20 million was set aside to handle future claims.
The offer to cover Perez’s defense costs was likely a strategic move, Clohessy said.
"We suspect the goal here is to intimidate others who were hurt by Father Perez or other clerics into staying silent or settling quietly," Clohessy said. "The signal he’s sending is, ‘Don’t think this is going to be easy.’"
Perez has hired prominent Portland attorney Marc Blackman, who has handled a number of high-profile cases.
Blackman did not immediately return a call on Friday morning. He declined to comment to the Oregonian.

Thursday, August 16, 2012
OREGON: Catholic Priest In His Underwear Chases Boy Down Street After Abuse
Oregon Live (The Oregonian) reports:
It was close to midnight Sunday when Woodburn resident James Curths saw the 12-year-old boy running down the street toward him. Curths said the child, panting and out of breath, begged for help, telling him a man was chasing him. Moments later, a man rounded the corner wearing only underwear. He stood a short distance away, trying to wave the boy over as Curths and his sister-in-law prepared to drive the boy to relatives. "He was staring at us," said Heather Rodriguez, 28, Curths’ sister-in-law, who was also outside. "Then he stood there with his hands on his hips like, ‘You’re really not going to give him to me?’" Rodriguez and Curths, 35, told the man they were calling the police. Only then, they said, did the man jog away. The man who chased after the boy that night, Woodburn police say, was the Rev. Angel Armando Perez, the parish priest at St. Luke Catholic Church in Woodburn. Early Monday, the boy gave police a detailed account of the alleged sex abuse he said occurred at Perez’s home, leading to Perez’s arrest later Monday. Court records released Tuesday detail the alleged abuse and the pastor’s actions after the incident.  "Father Angel touched me" Perez was arraigned in Marion County Circuit Court on Tuesday, appearing via video from Marion County Jail, wearing a black V-neck top with his hands secured in front of his waist. He faced allegations of first-degree sexual abuse, abuse of a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor and driving under the influence of intoxicants. The Salem boy told authorities that Perez had asked his parents a few days earlier if he could take him on a trip to the mountains. He and his family attended a community church event Sunday night, and the 12-year-old went with Perez that night to the pastor’s house, a grayish-green home less than 200 paces from the church’s front door. The boy told police Perez gave him a beer and they watched a movie. The boy told investigators that an air mattress was set up on the living room floor for him to sleep on. He said he fell asleep on the mattress, the affidavit said. Later, the boy said, he was “woken up by a couple of flashes.” He said that when he opened his eyes, he saw Perez next to the air mattress, with one hand on the boy’s genitals and one hand holding a cellphone. The boy discovered his underwear and shorts lowered to his knees, while Perez was dressed in underwear and a T-shirt, the boy told police. The boy said he went to pack up his things when Perez went upstairs. “Father Angel called to him saying, ‘Come back to bed,’” the police affidavit says. Instead, the boy said goodbye and ran off. Curths, who was hosting a barbecue when the boy showed up outside his house, said he looked distraught. “He just seemed really terrified, and he was almost in tears,” Curths said. When the pastor caught up to the boy outside Curths’ house, wearing what Curths and his sister-in-law said looked like a burgundy Speedo swimsuit, the boy hid behind Curths. "He was scared to death," Curths said. "It was like someone running from a ghost." Curths said the boy told him that the man had “touched his privates.” Curths drove the boy to his sister’s house, where the boy told his sister what had happened, the affidavit said. According to the affidavit, the boy told her, “Father Angel touched me in my privates.” He was shaking and appeared scared, the sister told authorities. The boy’s sister alerted her mother, and his father drove to pick up the boy. "I made a mistake" Meanwhile, according to the affidavit, Perez had driven to the boy’s home in Salem to talk to the boy’s mother and brother about 2 a.m. Monday. Perez had a strong odor of alcohol and appeared intoxicated, the brother of the alleged victim told police. The brother told police that Perez’s first statement was, “I am very sorry; I made a mistake.” Perez continued to ask forgiveness, and added, “I didn’t mean to hurt” the child, the boy’s brother told police. "I am just one who serves in the church, and I have sinned; don’t stop believing in the church," Perez reportedly told the victim’s brother, according to the affidavit. Perez also offered to let the boy’s mother and brother check his phone, saying, “You won’t find anything,” the affidavit said. The relatives asked Perez to leave the house. "This is the last time you will see me," Perez said before leaving, the brother told police. On Monday, Woodburn detectives interviewed Perez at the Woodburn Police Department. Perez told them he drank too much at the community event. He said he and the boy were given a ride back to his Woodburn home. There, Perez said, he drank another beer, and they watched a movie, the affidavit said. He told police “at some point he blacked out and doesn’t remember what happened,” the affidavit said. Perez told Woodburn Detective Sgt. Nick Wilson that he remembered going upstairs and brushing his teeth, and when he came downstairs, he recalled a look of “disappointment and anger” on the boy’s face, the affidavit said. 
Perez, the affidavit said, admitted he drove intoxicated to the boy’s home to apologize and find out what happened. He said he dropped to his knees and begged for forgiveness. 

OREGON: Catholic Priest In His Underwear Chases Boy Down Street After Abuse

Oregon Live (The Oregonian) reports:

It was close to midnight Sunday when Woodburn resident James Curths saw the 12-year-old boy running down the street toward him. Curths said the child, panting and out of breath, begged for help, telling him a man was chasing him. 
Moments later, a man rounded the corner wearing only underwear. He stood a short distance away, trying to wave the boy over as Curths and his sister-in-law prepared to drive the boy to relatives. 
"He was staring at us," said Heather Rodriguez, 28, Curths’ sister-in-law, who was also outside. "Then he stood there with his hands on his hips like, ‘You’re really not going to give him to me?’" 
Rodriguez and Curths, 35, told the man they were calling the police. Only then, they said, did the man jog away. 
The man who chased after the boy that night, Woodburn police say, was the Rev. Angel Armando Perez, the parish priest at St. Luke Catholic Church in Woodburn. Early Monday, the boy gave police a detailed account of the alleged sex abuse he said occurred at Perez’s home, leading to Perez’s arrest later Monday. 
Court records released Tuesday detail the alleged abuse and the pastor’s actions after the incident.  
"Father Angel touched me" 
Perez was arraigned in Marion County Circuit Court on Tuesday, appearing via video from Marion County Jail, wearing a black V-neck top with his hands secured in front of his waist. He faced allegations of first-degree sexual abuse, abuse of a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor and driving under the influence of intoxicants. The Salem boy told authorities that Perez had asked his parents a few days earlier if he could take him on a trip to the mountains. He and his family attended a community church event Sunday night, and the 12-year-old went with Perez that night to the pastor’s house, a grayish-green home less than 200 paces from the church’s front door. 
The boy told police Perez gave him a beer and they watched a movie. The boy told investigators that an air mattress was set up on the living room floor for him to sleep on. He said he fell asleep on the mattress, the affidavit said. 
Later, the boy said, he was “woken up by a couple of flashes.” 
He said that when he opened his eyes, he saw Perez next to the air mattress, with one hand on the boy’s genitals and one hand holding a cellphone. The boy discovered his underwear and shorts lowered to his knees, while Perez was dressed in underwear and a T-shirt, the boy told police. 
The boy said he went to pack up his things when Perez went upstairs. “Father Angel called to him saying, ‘Come back to bed,’” the police affidavit says. 
Instead, the boy said goodbye and ran off. 
Curths, who was hosting a barbecue when the boy showed up outside his house, said he looked distraught. “He just seemed really terrified, and he was almost in tears,” Curths said. 
When the pastor caught up to the boy outside Curths’ house, wearing what Curths and his sister-in-law said looked like a burgundy Speedo swimsuit, the boy hid behind Curths. 
"He was scared to death," Curths said. "It was like someone running from a ghost." 
Curths said the boy told him that the man had “touched his privates.” Curths drove the boy to his sister’s house, where the boy told his sister what had happened, the affidavit said. 
According to the affidavit, the boy told her, “Father Angel touched me in my privates.” 
He was shaking and appeared scared, the sister told authorities. The boy’s sister alerted her mother, and his father drove to pick up the boy. 
"I made a mistake" 
Meanwhile, according to the affidavit, Perez had driven to the boy’s home in Salem to talk to the boy’s mother and brother about 2 a.m. Monday. 
Perez had a strong odor of alcohol and appeared intoxicated, the brother of the alleged victim told police. 
The brother told police that Perez’s first statement was, “I am very sorry; I made a mistake.” 
Perez continued to ask forgiveness, and added, “I didn’t mean to hurt” the child, the boy’s brother told police. 
"I am just one who serves in the church, and I have sinned; don’t stop believing in the church," Perez reportedly told the victim’s brother, according to the affidavit. Perez also offered to let the boy’s mother and brother check his phone, saying, “You won’t find anything,” the affidavit said. The relatives asked Perez to leave the house. 
"This is the last time you will see me," Perez said before leaving, the brother told police. 
On Monday, Woodburn detectives interviewed Perez at the Woodburn Police Department. 
Perez told them he drank too much at the community event. He said he and the boy were given a ride back to his Woodburn home. There, Perez said, he drank another beer, and they watched a movie, the affidavit said. 
He told police “at some point he blacked out and doesn’t remember what happened,” the affidavit said. 
Perez told Woodburn Detective Sgt. Nick Wilson that he remembered going upstairs and brushing his teeth, and when he came downstairs, he recalled a look of “disappointment and anger” on the boy’s face, the affidavit said. 

Perez, the affidavit said, admitted he drove intoxicated to the boy’s home to apologize and find out what happened. He said he dropped to his knees and begged for forgiveness. 
Thursday, August 9, 2012
“Moron Of The Week" Inductee Pope Benedict XVI: Gender Theory Could Lead To Self-Destruction Of Human Race
The BBC News reports:

Pope Benedict XVI has suggested that the need to save mankind from a destructive blurring of gender roles is as important as saving the rainforests.He explained that defending God’s creation was not limited to saving the environment, but also about protecting man from self-destruction.The Pope was delivering his end-of-year address to senior Vatican staff.His words, later released to the media, emphasised his rejection of gender theory.Speaking on Monday, Pope Benedict XVI warned that gender theory blurred the distinction between male and female and thus could lead to the “self-destruction” of the human race.The speech has provoked anger from campaigners, who have interpreted the remarks as a call to save mankind from homosexuals and transsexuals.Gender theoryGender theory explores sexual orientation, the roles assigned by society to individuals according to their gender, and how people perceive their biological identity.
Gay and transsexual groups, particularly in the United States, promote it as a key to understanding and tolerance, but the Pope disagreed.
When the Roman Catholic Church defends God’s Creation, “it does not only defend the earth, water and the air… but (it) also protects man from his own destruction,” he said."Rainforests deserve, yes, our protection, but the human being … does not deserve it less," the pontiff said.It is not “out-of-date metaphysics” to “speak of human nature as ‘man’ or woman’”, he told scores of prelates gathered in the Vatican’s sumptuous Clementine Hall."We need something like human ecology, meant in the right way."The Catholic Church opposes gay marriage. It teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are.Rev Sharon Ferguson, chief executive of Britain’s Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, described the Pope’s remarks as “totally irresponsible and unacceptable”."When you have religious leaders like that making that sort of statement then followers feel they are justified in behaving in an aggressive and violent way," she said.'Rock festival'The pope uses his traditional end-of-year speech to offer his Christmas greetings and say a few words about what he considers the important issues of the day.This year, Pope Benedict also deplored the tendency to depict the Catholic church’s World Youth Day, which he attended in Sydney earlier this year, as mere spectacle.He stressed that the event should not be considered a “variant of modern youth culture, as a kind of ecclesiastical rock festival with the Pope as the star,” but as the fruition of a “long exterior and interior path”.This article has been amended to make it clear the Pope made no direct reference to homosexuals or transsexuals. 

Moron Of The Week" Inductee Pope Benedict XVI: Gender Theory Could Lead To Self-Destruction Of Human Race

The BBC News reports:

Pope Benedict XVI has suggested that the need to save mankind from a destructive blurring of gender roles is as important as saving the rainforests.
He explained that defending God’s creation was not limited to saving the environment, but also about protecting man from self-destruction.
The Pope was delivering his end-of-year address to senior Vatican staff.
His words, later released to the media, emphasised his rejection of gender theory.
Speaking on Monday, Pope Benedict XVI warned that gender theory blurred the distinction between male and female and thus could lead to the “self-destruction” of the human race.
The speech has provoked anger from campaigners, who have interpreted the remarks as a call to save mankind from homosexuals and transsexuals.
Gender theory
Gender theory explores sexual orientation, the roles assigned by society to individuals according to their gender, and how people perceive their biological identity.

Gay and transsexual groups, particularly in the United States, promote it as a key to understanding and tolerance, but the Pope disagreed.

When the Roman Catholic Church defends God’s Creation, “it does not only defend the earth, water and the air… but (it) also protects man from his own destruction,” he said.
"Rainforests deserve, yes, our protection, but the human being … does not deserve it less," the pontiff said.
It is not “out-of-date metaphysics” to “speak of human nature as ‘man’ or woman’”, he told scores of prelates gathered in the Vatican’s sumptuous Clementine Hall.
"We need something like human ecology, meant in the right way."
The Catholic Church opposes gay marriage. It teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are.
Rev Sharon Ferguson, chief executive of Britain’s Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, described the Pope’s remarks as “totally irresponsible and unacceptable”.
"When you have religious leaders like that making that sort of statement then followers feel they are justified in behaving in an aggressive and violent way," she said.
'Rock festival'
The pope uses his traditional end-of-year speech to offer his Christmas greetings and say a few words about what he considers the important issues of the day.
This year, Pope Benedict also deplored the tendency to depict the Catholic church’s World Youth Day, which he attended in Sydney earlier this year, as mere spectacle.
He stressed that the event should not be considered a “variant of modern youth culture, as a kind of ecclesiastical rock festival with the Pope as the star,” but as the fruition of a “long exterior and interior path”.
This article has been amended to make it clear the Pope made no direct reference to homosexuals or transsexuals. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
John Barrowman Has A Problem With Cardinal Keith O’Brien
Pink News UK reports:

John Barrowman has said he ‘has a problem’ with the rhetoric of the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien.The Glasgow-born Torchwood star, who is in a civil partnership, told The Sun marriage was about “being respected and loved by other human beings”.Though he formerly “didn’t like the word marriage for gays because of the organisation it represented”, he said, “vile rhetoric” had convinced him it was time to “take a stand”. Marriage, he said, was something he would now consider.He said he would not attack faith in Scotland because “good, loving church people” in the country who “don’t care if you’re gay or not”.He said it was the UK’s most senior Catholic, who has been fighting against gay marriage equality in Scotland since the government announced it would consult publicly on the issue, that he “has a problem with”.Cardinal O’Brien has called the “madness” of marriage for gay couples a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right”, and said if it were allowed, “further aberrations” would ensue and “society would be degenerating even further than it has already degenerated into immorality”.Barrowman said today: “I’m giving my opinion but the people who believe in what O’Brien says will stand up and declare I’m wrong, bad and shouldn’t be allowed to.“I’m not saying that all religious people are like O’Brien because I know great people who are Christian and know gay men and women are here for a purpose and are good people.“But that specific person, and others, should not be allowed to speak as they do. And if they do, then I and others should be allowed to stand up and tell them they are ignorant bigots.”Barrowman has spoken out against religious figures before.When the Bishop of Paisley Philip Tartaglia said equal marriage would cost the SNP government votes, Barrowman said: “That’s not being Christian at all. In fact, I think it’s evil. Being gay is not, as they claim, against the laws of nature. I was born this way. And there’s a reason I was born this way. I didn’t decide to wake up gay one morning.“If two people love each other enough and want to call what they have a ‘marriage’, regardless of their sex, shouldn’t we let them do that? Otherwise, we’re in the Dark Ages again.”

John Barrowman Has A Problem With Cardinal Keith O’Brien

Pink News UK reports:

John Barrowman has said he ‘has a problem’ with the rhetoric of the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien.
The Glasgow-born Torchwood star, who is in a civil partnership, told The Sun marriage was about “being respected and loved by other human beings”.
Though he formerly “didn’t like the word marriage for gays because of the organisation it represented”, he said, “vile rhetoric” had convinced him it was time to “take a stand”. Marriage, he said, was something he would now consider.
He said he would not attack faith in Scotland because “good, loving church people” in the country who “don’t care if you’re gay or not”.
He said it was the UK’s most senior Catholic, who has been fighting against gay marriage equality in Scotland since the government announced it would consult publicly on the issue, that he “has a problem with”.
Cardinal O’Brien has called the “madness” of marriage for gay couples a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right”, and said if it were allowed, “further aberrations” would ensue and “society would be degenerating even further than it has already degenerated into immorality”.
Barrowman said today: “I’m giving my opinion but the people who believe in what O’Brien says will stand up and declare I’m wrong, bad and shouldn’t be allowed to.
“I’m not saying that all religious people are like O’Brien because I know great people who are Christian and know gay men and women are here for a purpose and are good people.
“But that specific person, and others, should not be allowed to speak as they do. And if they do, then I and others should be allowed to stand up and tell them they are ignorant bigots.”
Barrowman has spoken out against religious figures before.
When the Bishop of Paisley Philip Tartaglia said equal marriage would cost the SNP government votes, Barrowman said: “That’s not being Christian at all. In fact, I think it’s evil. Being gay is not, as they claim, against the laws of nature. I was born this way. And there’s a reason I was born this way. I didn’t decide to wake up gay one morning.
“If two people love each other enough and want to call what they have a ‘marriage’, regardless of their sex, shouldn’t we let them do that? Otherwise, we’re in the Dark Ages again.”

Saturday, June 23, 2012
PHILADELPHIA: Top Catholic Official Convicted Of Child Endangerment
Joe.My.God. reports:

In a historic verdict, today a Philadelphia jury found a high-ranking Catholic Church official guilty of child endangermentfor shielding the crimes of pedophile priests. This is the first time an American church official has been convicted of such charges.

Monsignor William Lynn helped the archdiocese keep predators in ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes their priest was being removed for health reasons and then sending the men to unsuspecting churches, prosecutors said. Lynn, 61, had faced about 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted of all three counts he faced — conspiracy and two counts of child endangerment. He was convicted on one of the endangerment counts and acquitted of the other two counts, leaving him with the possibility of up to seven years in prison.
On cross-examination, Lynn acknowledged that he had not helped the 10-year-old altar boy raped by the Rev. Edward Avery in 1999, seven years after Lynn met with another Avery accuser. “And I’m sorry about that,” Lynn said. Avery is in prison after admitting the crime. One of the key exhibits was a gray folder found in a locked safe at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The folder contains a list of 35 suspected predator-priests — and was compiled by Lynn in 1994. At least one priest on the list was a parish pastor until this year. Lynn, the former secretary for clergy, testified that he created the list from secret church files containing hundreds of child sex-abuse complaints.

Bill Donohue is somehow claiming victory.

The witch-hunt has come to an end, and those who have been clamoring for blood lost big time. What made this a witch-hunt was the decision of former Philadelphia D.A. Lynne Abraham to summarily ignore what she was empowered to do in 2001: she was given the charge “to investigate the sexual abuse of minors by individuals associated with religious organizations and denominations.” Had she done so, those cases of minors who may have been sexually molested by ministers, rabbis, and others, would have been investigated. Instead, absolutely nothing was done about these cases.

PHILADELPHIA: Top Catholic Official Convicted Of Child Endangerment

Joe.My.God. reports:

In a historic verdict, today a Philadelphia jury found a high-ranking Catholic Church official guilty of child endangermentfor shielding the crimes of pedophile priests. This is the first time an American church official has been convicted of such charges.
  • Monsignor William Lynn helped the archdiocese keep predators in ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes their priest was being removed for health reasons and then sending the men to unsuspecting churches, prosecutors said. Lynn, 61, had faced about 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted of all three counts he faced — conspiracy and two counts of child endangerment. He was convicted on one of the endangerment counts and acquitted of the other two counts, leaving him with the possibility of up to seven years in prison.
  • On cross-examination, Lynn acknowledged that he had not helped the 10-year-old altar boy raped by the Rev. Edward Avery in 1999, seven years after Lynn met with another Avery accuser. “And I’m sorry about that,” Lynn said. Avery is in prison after admitting the crime. One of the key exhibits was a gray folder found in a locked safe at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The folder contains a list of 35 suspected predator-priests — and was compiled by Lynn in 1994. At least one priest on the list was a parish pastor until this year. Lynn, the former secretary for clergy, testified that he created the list from secret church files containing hundreds of child sex-abuse complaints.
Bill Donohue is somehow claiming victory.
  • The witch-hunt has come to an end, and those who have been clamoring for blood lost big time. What made this a witch-hunt was the decision of former Philadelphia D.A. Lynne Abraham to summarily ignore what she was empowered to do in 2001: she was given the charge “to investigate the sexual abuse of minors by individuals associated with religious organizations and denominations.” Had she done so, those cases of minors who may have been sexually molested by ministers, rabbis, and others, would have been investigated. Instead, absolutely nothing was done about these cases.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
NEW YORK CITY: Cardinal Timothy Dolan Accused Of Paying Off Pedophile Priests
Last night, it was reported that Cardinal Dolan paid off pedophiles instead of reporting them to the authorities, when he was the Archbishop of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
The New York Times reports:

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York authorized payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests as an incentive for them to agree to dismissal from the priesthood when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee. Questioned at the time about the news that one particularly notorious pedophile cleric had been given a “payoff” to leave the priesthood, Cardinal Dolan, then the archbishop, responded that such an inference was “false, preposterous and unjust.” But a document unearthed during bankruptcy proceedings for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and made public by victims’ advocates reveals that the archdiocese did make such payments to multiple accused priests to encourage them to seek dismissal, thereby allowing the church to remove them from the payroll. A spokesman for the archdiocese confirmed on Wednesday that payments of as much as $20,000 were made to “a handful” of accused priests “as a motivation” not to contest being defrocked. The process, known as “laicization,” is a formal church juridical procedure that requires Vatican approval, and can take far longer if the priest objects.

RELADTED: According to the NYT, at a meeting of the Milwaukee’s Archdiocese, at which the then Archbishop of Milwaukee, and now Cardinal Timothy Dolan, discussed a proposal to “offer $20,000 to the child molestors for laicization ($10,000 at the start and $10,000 at the completion the process).” Instead of salary, they would receive a $1,250 monthly pension benefit, and, until they found another job, health insurance.

NEW YORK CITY: Cardinal Timothy Dolan Accused Of Paying Off Pedophile Priests

Last night, it was reported that Cardinal Dolan paid off pedophiles instead of reporting them to the authorities, when he was the Archbishop of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

The New York Times reports:

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York authorized payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests as an incentive for them to agree to dismissal from the priesthood when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee. Questioned at the time about the news that one particularly notorious pedophile cleric had been given a “payoff” to leave the priesthood, Cardinal Dolan, then the archbishop, responded that such an inference was “false, preposterous and unjust.” But a document unearthed during bankruptcy proceedings for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and made public by victims’ advocates reveals that the archdiocese did make such payments to multiple accused priests to encourage them to seek dismissal, thereby allowing the church to remove them from the payroll. A spokesman for the archdiocese confirmed on Wednesday that payments of as much as $20,000 were made to “a handful” of accused priests “as a motivation” not to contest being defrocked. The process, known as “laicization,” is a formal church juridical procedure that requires Vatican approval, and can take far longer if the priest objects.

RELADTED: According to the NYT, at a meeting of the Milwaukee’s Archdiocese, at which the then Archbishop of Milwaukee, and now Cardinal Timothy Dolan, discussed a proposal to “offer $20,000 to the child molestors for laicization ($10,000 at the start and $10,000 at the completion the process).” Instead of salary, they would receive a $1,250 monthly pension benefit, and, until they found another job, health insurance.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Vatican City: Pope’s Butler Scandal

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Maureen Dowd On The Catholic Church
Via her column on The New York Times:

"The church insists it’s an argument about religious freedom, not birth control. But, really, it’s about birth control, and women’s lower caste in the church. It’s about conservative bishops targeting Democratic candidates who support contraception and abortion rights as a matter of public policy. And it’s about a church that is obsessed with sex in ways it shouldn’t be, and not obsessed with sex in ways it should be. The bishops and the Vatican care passionately about putting women in chastity belts. Yet they let unchaste priests run wild for decades, unconcerned about the generations of children who were violated and raped and passed around like communion wine."

And of course, “Moron Of The Week" Inductee Bill Donohue didn’t appreciated and wrote a piece mocking her eloquent and accurate opinion:

"My Dearest Maureen, I have a confession to make. While some may think you sound like a delusional weepy woman, don’t listen to them. You see, I was in on those meetings with the bishops when we hatched plans to stick it to women and sabotage the Democrats. We met over drinks. Plenty of them. Except for one bishop who said over time women could become our equal, all of us agreed that you gals need to be kept in your place. As you properly note, this means being subjugated to the lower caste, just the way we snookered Mother Teresa."You are only partly right about the Democrats. In fact, starting last year our goal was to rig the Republican primary so that Romney would win. Why? Because then we could pull his Mormon strings without being accused of running the government. So far, so good. Just don’t tell Mitt. We are obsessed about sex. Indeed, when I meet with the bishops, it’s the only thing we talk about. Admittedly, it sometimes feels like I’m at a frat party, but boys will be boys. There is one difference: at frat parties, chastity belts for women are never discussed, but with the bishops, nothing is more important."

Maureen Dowd On The Catholic Church

Via her column on The New York Times:

"The church insists it’s an argument about religious freedom, not birth control. But, really, it’s about birth control, and women’s lower caste in the church. It’s about conservative bishops targeting Democratic candidates who support contraception and abortion rights as a matter of public policy. And it’s about a church that is obsessed with sex in ways it shouldn’t be, and not obsessed with sex in ways it should be. The bishops and the Vatican care passionately about putting women in chastity belts. Yet they let unchaste priests run wild for decades, unconcerned about the generations of children who were violated and raped and passed around like communion wine."

And of course, “Moron Of The Week" Inductee Bill Donohue didn’t appreciated and wrote a piece mocking her eloquent and accurate opinion:

"My Dearest Maureen, I have a confession to make. While some may think you sound like a delusional weepy woman, don’t listen to them. You see, I was in on those meetings with the bishops when we hatched plans to stick it to women and sabotage the Democrats. We met over drinks. Plenty of them. Except for one bishop who said over time women could become our equal, all of us agreed that you gals need to be kept in your place. As you properly note, this means being subjugated to the lower caste, just the way we snookered Mother Teresa.

"You are only partly right about the Democrats. In fact, starting last year our goal was to rig the Republican primary so that Romney would win. Why? Because then we could pull his Mormon strings without being accused of running the government. So far, so good. Just don’t tell Mitt. We are obsessed about sex. Indeed, when I meet with the bishops, it’s the only thing we talk about. Admittedly, it sometimes feels like I’m at a frat party, but boys will be boys. There is one difference: at frat parties, chastity belts for women are never discussed, but with the bishops, nothing is more important."

Friday, May 11, 2012
Spain: Press Statement By Ex-Social Prisoners Association Against Tarragona’s Archibishop
Via Universo Gay: 

Ex-Social Prisoners Association composed of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and repressed during the Franco dictatorship, filed a first complaint against the Archbishop of Tarragona for incitement to hatred and discrimination against homosexuals to the Office of Barcelona (“Services Hate and Discrimination “).Faced with the same file by the Prosecutor Coordinator, the association filed a complaint in the High Court of Sant Feliu de Llobregat, falling this in the Court of 1st Instance and Instruction No. 2. This court opened Preliminary Proceedings, decreeing turn the stay of proceedings and file them on April 25 and report of such a resolution to this entity on May 7, giving a time limit of three days to present Reform challenged before the Court. The said appeal was filed yesterday May 10, 2012.The following words, spoken on TV3 by D. Jaume Pujol Balcells, Archbishop of Tarragona, are a faithful indoctrination in hatred and discrimination towards people who freely develop their sexuality: “I distinguish very well between people and between people’s behavior. All people are children of God (…) but there are behaviors that are not suitable either for individuals or for society, the Church can speak, but then do not force anything because we have Mossos d’Esquadra or prisons. “Statements by the president of the Ex Prisoners Association, Antoni RuizYesterday was an important day for the LGBT community, and we knew the decision of the head of the Court of Instruction No. 6 of Alcala de Henares to review the statements of Bishop de Alcalá in his homily on Good Friday about homosexuals.The conquest of the rights we enjoy today has not been easy. Many comrades have fallen by the wayside, but we are convinced we will get, using the tools that the rule of law makes available to the public, that the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church does not return to denigrate or to rob us of our dignity under the cover of freedom expression. We are confident that sooner than later Mr. Jaume Pujol Balcells, Archbishop of Tarragona, will have to explain to the courts for offenses expressed in TV3 and the desire to re-criminalize homosexuality in our country. This is our firm commitment: always seek justice, even beyond our borders.In Xirivella, to May 11, 2012

Spain: Press Statement By Ex-Social Prisoners Association Against Tarragona’s Archibishop

Via Universo Gay:

Ex-Social Prisoners Association composed of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and repressed during the Franco dictatorship, filed a first complaint against the Archbishop of Tarragona for incitement to hatred and discrimination against homosexuals to the Office of Barcelona (“Services Hate and Discrimination “).

Faced with the same file by the Prosecutor Coordinator, the association filed a complaint in the High Court of Sant Feliu de Llobregat, falling this in the Court of 1st Instance and Instruction No. 2. This court opened Preliminary Proceedings, decreeing turn the stay of proceedings and file them on April 25 and report of such a resolution to this entity on May 7, giving a time limit of three days to present Reform challenged before the Court. The said appeal was filed yesterday May 10, 2012.

The following words, spoken on TV3 by D. Jaume Pujol Balcells, Archbishop of Tarragona, are a faithful indoctrination in hatred and discrimination towards people who freely develop their sexuality: “I distinguish very well between people and between people’s behavior. All people are children of God (…) but there are behaviors that are not suitable either for individuals or for society, the Church can speak, but then do not force anything because we have Mossos d’Esquadra or prisons. “

Statements by the president of the Ex Prisoners Association, Antoni Ruiz

Yesterday was an important day for the LGBT community, and we knew the decision of the head of the Court of Instruction No. 6 of Alcala de Henares to review the statements of Bishop de Alcalá in his homily on Good Friday about homosexuals.

The conquest of the rights we enjoy today has not been easy. Many comrades have fallen by the wayside, but we are convinced we will get, using the tools that the rule of law makes available to the public, that the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church does not return to denigrate or to rob us of our dignity under the cover of freedom expression. We are confident that sooner than later Mr. Jaume Pujol Balcells, Archbishop of Tarragona, will have to explain to the courts for offenses expressed in TV3 and the desire to re-criminalize homosexuality in our country. This is our firm commitment: always seek justice, even beyond our borders.

In Xirivella, to May 11, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Ireland: Proposed Bill Will Command Priests To Report Confessed Pedophilia
Finally! Something that all make these kid-fuckers face justice.
Joe.My.God. reports:

Ireland is in an uproar over a proposed bill which would make it a crime for priests to withhold crimes of pedophilia revealed in the confession booth.
Irish priests have vowed to defy a new law forcing them to report details of sexual abuse revealed in the confessional box. Ireland’s Justice Minister Alan Shatter is to introduce new legislation which will force the clergy to reveal all details disclosed in confession. But priests have vowed to defy the law despite the threat of a 10-year jail sentence after the introduction of the mandatory reporting legislation. The 800 strong Association of Catholic Priests has even told the Irish Independent newspaper that its members will flout the Shatter law.
Dublin Bishop Raymond Fields: “The seal of the confessional is inviolable as far as I am concerned, and that’s the end of the matter.” The new penalty for any Irish citizen who withholds knowledge of child abuse, priest or not, would be up to ten years in prison.RELATED: As you’d expect, America’s loudest defender of accused priests, Bill Donohue, is ever so pissed about the proposed law.

Ireland: Proposed Bill Will Command Priests To Report Confessed Pedophilia

Finally! Something that all make these kid-fuckers face justice.

Joe.My.God. reports:

Ireland is in an uproar over a proposed bill which would make it a crime for priests to withhold crimes of pedophilia revealed in the confession booth.

Irish priests have vowed to defy a new law forcing them to report details of sexual abuse revealed in the confessional box. Ireland’s Justice Minister Alan Shatter is to introduce new legislation which will force the clergy to reveal all details disclosed in confession. But priests have vowed to defy the law despite the threat of a 10-year jail sentence after the introduction of the mandatory reporting legislation. The 800 strong Association of Catholic Priests has even told the Irish Independent newspaper that its members will flout the Shatter law.

Dublin Bishop Raymond Fields: “The seal of the confessional is inviolable as far as I am concerned, and that’s the end of the matter.” The new penalty for any Irish citizen who withholds knowledge of child abuse, priest or not, would be up to ten years in prison.

RELATED: As you’d expect, America’s loudest defender of accused priests, Bill Donohue, is ever so pissed about the proposed law.

Friday, April 27, 2012