Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Colombia: Authorities Claim Gay Priests Hired Own Killers In Bizarre Suicide Pact
The bereaved and devoted parishioners of Father Richard Piffano, 37, and Father Rafael Reatiga, 35, say the men were killed by street robbers in all too common Colombian scenario. The police have another theory.
Two Colombian priests who were found shot dead in the capital Bogota a year ago themselves hired the assassins who killed them, prosecutors say. They said the priests had agreed a suicide pact after one of them was diagnosed with AIDS, but contracted hitmen because they could not bring themselves to carry it out. Prosecutors allege they paid the suspected hitmen around $8,500 (£5,440) to kill them and make it look like a robbery attempt. The two priests had been friends since their training and often celebrated Mass and other religious services together, Colombia’s El Tiempo newspaper reported. In his final church service, Father Reatiga asked parishioners to pray to Santa Marta, the patron saint of lost causes, the paper reported, while Father Piffano asked his to “pray for me”.
Relatives of the priests deny they were gay.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Vatican Child Rape Case Dropped
The Huffington Post reports:
A prominent sex abuse lawyer has dropped a high-stakes lawsuit that sought to hold Pope Benedict XVI and other top church officials responsible for a clergy sexual abuse case.
The Vatican’s U.S. attorney, Jeffrey S. Lena, welcomed the decision to drop the suit on Friday (Feb. 10), saying the case was “held together by no more than a mendacious web of allegations of international conspiracy.”
The plaintiff’s attorney, Jeffrey Anderson, said the case was withdrawn as a consequence of progress in a separate court case involving the bankruptcy bid of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
The case involved the victims of the late Rev. Lawrence Murphy, a priest who was accused of molesting some 200 boys at the Milwaukee-area St. John’s School for the Deaf between 1950 and 1974.
Documents published by The New York Times in March 2010 showed that, in 1998, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — led by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Benedict XVI — refused to defrock Murphy despite requests from U.S. bishops involved in the case.
The Vatican’s top spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, explained at the time that the Vatican had taken into account Murphy’s old age and ill health.
Anderson had argued that the documents demonstrated that the Vatican’s leadership had direct responsibility in protecting abusive priests. His suit had named Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, and his predecessor, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, as co-defendants in the case with Benedict.
Lena said “the Holy See is not responsible for the supervision of the more than 400,000 priests around the world.” The Vatican declined to add further comment on the case, referring to Lena’s statement.
You have no idea how much infuriates me. Those kid fuckers got a free pass once again.
Friday, February 10, 2012
WISCONSIN: Archdiocese Of Milwaukee Accused Of 8000 Incidents Of Child Molestation
Court documents filed in the bankruptcy case for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee appear to have revealed over 8000 incidents of child molestation not previously reported. New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who is about to be elevated to Cardinal, is the former Archbishop Of Milwaukee. Some suspect Dolan of having hidden over $130M in church funds in order to avoid massive court-ordered child molestation settlements.
Archdiocese spokeswoman Julie Wolf said she did not have enough information to respond to the assertion, made by attorney Jeffrey Anderson during a pivotal hearing before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley. Anderson represents about 350 of the 570 victim-survivors who have filed claims in the case. But Peter Isely of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests speculated that some are likely members of religious orders, such as Capuchins or Franciscans. Order officials do not typically make public the names of their accused members, and the archdiocese claims it is not responsible for them, though they have historically helped to staff its parishes and schools. “This is a public safety crisis, a child safety crisis that needs to be investigated,” Isely said at a news conference on the federal courthouse steps, surrounded by fellow survivors and reporters. “We need to know who they are and where they are. How can there be 8,000 crimes committed by over 100 offenders and there be no accountability?” he said.
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has vigorously sought the dismissal of molestation charges against several priests, arguing that the statute of limitations on their crimes has expired.
Monday, January 23, 2012
ALASKA: National Anti-Gay Group Joins Local LGBT Employment Battle Along Side The Catholic Church
The Anchorage Daily News reports:
The main problem as the Alliance Defense Fund sees it is that private business owners could be forced to hire or do business with people whose sexual orientation doesn’t match their religious beliefs, said Holly Carmichael, a lawyer for the fund. “The ultimate concern with enacting something like that is that it infringes on religious freedoms,” Carmichael said. “There’s a huge constitutional concern here.” Both Carmichael and Daniel, the Anchorage attorney, agree that religious organizations are protected by an exemption already in city law that says religious institutions and groups can give preferential treatment to people of the same religion if they are, for example, hiring someone who will promote religious principles. The Defense Fund analyzed the Anchorage initiative several weeks ago at the request of the Alaska Family Council, a conservative Christian organization that opposes the initiative. We just want to be really clear about the consequences of enacting it,” said Jim Minnery, Alaska Family Council president.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Moron Of The Week: Pope Benedict XVI
This week, he assisted to his State Of The World address where he made his biggest bigoted/homophobic comments (so far) to diplomats from around 180 countries who are assigned to Vatican City. He said that Same-Sex Marriage threatens “the future of humanity itself.”
I can’t quite picture how gay marriages are more of a danger than his bigoted ban on condoms. Right there is a greater threat to humanity. The blood of his faithful followers that have perished of HIV-AIDS because of his stupid ban is on his hands and all over his tacky dresses. And the shame of the coverup of the systematic child rape done by his priests shall be remembered beyond his death.
His induction to this list was just a matter of time.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The View On Pope’s Homophobia
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI: Gay Marriage Threatens Humanity
The Advocate reports:
In some of his strongest antigay rhetoric yet, Pope Benedict XVI said today that same-sex marriage threatens “the future of humanity itself.”
The Catholic pontiff made the comment in his annual State of the World address to the diplomats from about 180 nations who are assigned to the Vatican,Reuters reports. He said the traditional family, “based on the marriage of a man and a woman,” is “not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself.”
Benedict has a long history of staunch opposition to gay rights, both before and since he became pope in 2005. Also, next month he will bestow the title of cardinal on New York City archbishop Timothy Dolan, who strenuously fought his state’s marriage equality law (which nonetheless passed last June) and in September sent a letter to President Obama criticizing his administration’s decision to no longer defend the antigay Defense of Marriage Act.
Monday, January 9, 2012
“Moron Of The Week" Inductee Cardinal Francis George Apologizes For Gay-KKK Analogy
The Advocate reports:
Cardinal Francis George, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Chicago, has finally apologized for comparing the LGBT rights movement to the Ku Klux Klan.
“I am truly sorry for the hurt my remarks have caused,” George said in an interview published Friday afternoon on the Chicago Tribune’s website.“Particularly because we all have friends or family members who are gay and lesbian. This has evidently wounded a good number of people. I have family members myself who are gay and lesbian, so it’s part of our lives. So I’m sorry for the hurt.” He added that the analogy was “very inappropriate.”
George had made the remarks last month in reference to a controversy over the schedule for next year’s gay pride parade, which would have taken it past one of the city’s oldest Catholic churches during Sunday mass. “You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism,” George told a local TV station.
The parade had been set to start at 10 a.m. the last Sunday in June, but the day after George’s interview aired, organizers agreed to move the step-off to noon to avoid inconveniencing churchgoers. Many LGBT activists and allies denounced George’s comments and called for his resignation; he backed away from the analogy but then repeated it, and theTribune interview marks his first official apology.
The Civil Rights Agenda, a Chicago-based LGBT group, issued a statement expressing gratitude for George’s apology. “I am incredibly pleased that Cardinal George has taken responsibility for his actions and has issued an apology for his comments comparing the LGBT community to the KKK and the hurt those comments have caused,” said executive director Anthony Martinez. “A true leader can admit when they are wrong, and the cardinal has set a good example of leadership today with his statement. Now, with this apology, the LGBT community and the Catholic community can begin to heal the divides that this has caused.”
Friday, January 6, 2012
Homophobic Archbishop Timothy Dolan Is Promoted To Cardinal By The Vatican
The now Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has claimed that the Catholic Churches of the State are being threatened by lawsuits regarding their position on Same-Sex weddings, which it can’t be true given that such lawsuits are specifically barred by State Statute.
The New York Times reports:
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan will be among those elevated to cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church in a Vatican ceremony next month, the Archdiocese of New York announced in a news release on Friday. He was among 22 new cardinals named by Pope Benedict XVI on Friday. Eighteen of them, including Archbishop Dolan, are under the age of 80, Reuters reported, and are therefore eligible to enter the secret conclave to elect a new pope after Benedict dies. There are 120 cardinals who serve as papal elector. Vatican Radio carried the official announcement and the names of all those who will be elevated in a ceremony on Feb. 18.
Friday, December 30, 2011
Truth Wins Out To Run Full-Page Ad Calling For Resignation Of Cardinal Francis George
Via press release:
- Truth Wins Out stepped up its campaign calling on Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Francis George to resign today by placing a full-page ad in this upcoming Sunday’s Chicago Tribune. The ad is headlined, “Hey, Cardinal Francis George, Gay is not like the KKK,” and slams the Cardinal for foolishly comparing the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan. It satirically includes a picture of a rainbow-robed Klansman and debunks the lies and misinformation disseminated by the Archbishop about the LGBT community. The ad comes as an online TWO petition calling on George to step down has reached more than 4,000 signatures. “We felt compelled to place this ad after Cardinal George compounded his initial smear with further insults disguised as an apology,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “It seems the sin of pride is keeping George from saying he is sorry for his outrageous and misleading remarks about Gay Pride. At this point, the only road to redemption is his resignation.”
Monday, December 26, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Moron Of The Week: Cardinal Francis George
Well, this is a first: Catholic Religious Leader as an inductee (Although, not the first Religious Leader on my list). This man of God has compared the Gay Rights Movement to the Ku Klux Klan. I just thought he was the perfect Inductee for Christmas. A gift from baby Jesus, isn’t he?
Friday, December 23, 2011
Catholic Cardinal Francis George: If Gays Protest The Church, They’re As Bad As The KKK
Homofascists. Gaystapo. Those we’ve heard a million times. But this is a new one.
- Cardinal Francis George, the Archbishop of Chicago, this week told a Chicago news station that he agreed with a local Roman Catholic church’s objections to the city’s recently-adjusted Gay Pride Parade route passing by its doors and warned that the parade could “morph into the Klu Klux Klan.” George made the comment Sunday on Fox Chicago when asked about Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s complaints that the parade passing by its Belmont Avenue location would force the church to cancel its morning mass. The church recently launched a petition urging the city to force parade organizers to adjust their plans. “I go with the pastor,” George told Fox. “He’s telling us that he won’t be able to have services on Sunday if that’s the case. You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Klu Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.”
UPDATE: There’s already a petition to make this Cardinal to resign.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Netherlands: Catholic Abuse Scandal Widens
Thursday, December 15, 2011
United Kingdom: Cardinal Sin - New Banksy Sculpture References Catholic Molestation Scandals