We all knew they believe this. But now is official.
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.
Pro Boxer Manny Pacquiao: Gays Must Be Put To Death
Pro boxer Manny Pacquiao is slamming President Obama by calling for homosexuals to be put to death. Yeah, I’ve never heard of him either, but hey, he was once on the cover of TIME Asia.
LA Weekly has the story:Manny Pacquiao, who lives and trains in Los Angeles, is probably in deep shit in this liberal city of brotherly love. That’s because the boxing champion said that gay men “must be put to death.” Really. In a recent interview with theNational Conservative Examiner the fighter quoted the Bible in relaying his feelings about President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage: “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” Um. Okay. He was quoting Leviticus 20:13. Pacquiao also said: “God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other. It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old.”
LA Weekly astutely points out that the Catholic and married Pacquiao is allegedly involved in an adulterous affair with a Filipino actress.
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
“Moron Of The Week” Inductee Bill Donohue: I’m A Freak & I Like It!
Via Catholic League’s website:
The new normal is yesterday’s abnormal: what was seen as bizarre, if not literally crazy, is now seen as normal. The converse is also true: those who still value the judiciously exercised role of shame, guilt and modesty are now seen as representative of the new abnormal. Put differently, if it were our goal to create moral anarchy, we couldn’t have done a better job. There is a risk in pointing this out, but it’s worth being tagged the new abnormal.
Ireland: Proposed Bill Will Command Priests To Report Confessed Pedophilia
Finally! Something that all make these kid-fuckers face justice.
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.
Vatican City: Holy See Critizises US Nuns For Not Being Homophobes & Anti-Feminists Enough
Pink News UK reports:
The Vatican has criticised a group of nuns for challenging settled doctrines and failing to speak out against equal marriage and abortion.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious was assessed by the Vatican and found to have “serious doctrinal problems”, the New York Times reports.
The nuns were accused of “radical feminism” and of challenging what it believes to be settled issues.
The group was formed in 1956 and has 1,500 members.
Sister Simone Campbell is a director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby which was begun by its members and criticised by the Vatican for focusing its work on economic injustice rather than opposition to abortion and marriage equality.
She told the New York Times: “We haven’t violated any teaching, we have just been raising questions and interpreting politics.”
A statement on the group’s website said it was “stunned” by the assessment.
“Because the leadership of LCWR has the custom of meeting annually with the staff of CDF in Rome and because the conference follows canonically-approved statutes, we were taken by surprise.
“This is a moment of great import for religious life and the wider church. We ask your prayers as we meet with the LCWR National Board within the coming month to review the mandate and prepare a response.”
Archbishop J Peter Sartain of Seattle was appointed by the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to lead a five-year reform of the women’s group.
He has also lent his support to a petition in the state of Washington which would see a public ballot on whether to revoke citizens’ rights to marry a person of the same sex. He wrote of treating people with love, but said “sexual intercourse is so intimate and significant that it is intended only for a man and woman in marriage”.
Moron Of The Week: Frank Schubert
Meet Frank, who’s responsible of the most successful anti-gay campaigns in the USA history, including Prop 8. He recently left his namesake firm Schubert Flint Public Affairs, now rebranded as FSB Core Strategies, and has launched his new own PR firm called Mission: Public Affairs, which keeps old clients like NOM.
Oh, and by the way, he has an openly lesbian sister. Lovely, isn’t it?
Ireland: Priest’s PC Autoplays Porn Slideshow To Congregation
Father Martin McVeigh was giving a talk to 26 parents and one 8-year-old kid when computer disaster struck. He connected his USB drive into a PC to start his Powerpoint presentation and, instead of the word of God, a hardcore gay porn slideshow started—thanks to Windows’ autoplay.
Some parents—who were there to hear McVeigh talk about First Communion—were angry. Others were in shock. Just like McVeigh. He was so embarrassed that, according to witnesses, unplugged the USB drive and walked out of the room without uttering a single word. Later he declared to the press:
I don’t know how it happened but I know what happened. There are people making innuendoes who weren’t even there but in this day and age these stories grow.
Well, Father, I think there’s little space for innuendo after showing gay porn in church. McVeigh, however, claims there is an explanation for all this.
The Archdiocese of Armagh, where the parish belongs, called the police and gave them the USB stick for inspection. The police told them there was no crime in gay porn and the drive didn’t contain any pedophilia. It was just normal gay porn.
According to The Ulster Herald, “an emergency meeting was held in the parish last night.” You know, because gay priests are such a rare event that emergency meetings need to be held with the utmost urgency, so everyone can slam someone who mistakenly made his sexual preferences public. Embarrassment is not enough! To the fire with him.
(Tipped by R. King).
Ireland: Marriage Equality Moves A Step Closer
Pink News UK reports:
Members of Fine Gael, a centrist party in the Republic of Ireland, have voted at the party’s Árd Fheis to prioritise the consideration of equal marriages in the country at the forthcoming Constitutional Convention.
According to reports in the Irish media, FG members have approved motions proposed by several branches of the party in Dublin, calling on the government to “ensure that the Constitutional Convention prioritises an analysis of the proposals for same-sex marriage in Ireland.” Among the speakers in favour of the motion were justice minister Alan Shatter and TD for Dublin South-Central, Catherine Byrne.
This is not to say that the call is an official party policy, but it does mean that FG is in favour of reviewing the current legal position, which outlaws civil marriage between two people of the same sex. With Labour and Fianna Fáil already in favour of marriage equality, all of the parties in Ireland are now prepared to look at the law with a view to revision.
So, the Constitution Convention is now likely to make the issue its top priority, which will now have the decision as to whether to allow a referendum on equal marriage.
Both the Marriage Equality Group and the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network have welcomed the move, with the former issuing a statement pointing to public opinion, measured by polls, pointing to almost three in four Irish nationals being in favour of extending marriage to same-sex couples.
Kieran Rose, chairman of GLEN, described the passing of the motion as “a great step forwards in further building a political consensus for civil marriage for same-sex couples.” She added that the vote also built on “the widespread acceptance and support for the Civil Partnerships that are taking place all across the country”.
“All we need now is for the legislation to catch up to public opinion,” said Moninne Griffith, director of Marriage Equality. “We will be engaging in debate with the members of the Convention, and other stakeholders, as to how marriage equality can be introduced as quickly as possible.”
KANSAS: House Approves Catholic-Backed Bill Which Legalizes Anti-Gay Discrimination
The Kansas House on Wednesday advanced legislation that would allow a religious defense to discriminate against gays.
Two Lawrence representatives attacked the bill, called the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act, as an attempt to destroy a city of Lawrence anti-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation.
In an impassioned speech, state Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, said, “I am very proud of my Lawrence community, and I’m very proud of the ordinance that we passed.” Ballard added, “Discrimination is an injustice. It is an injustice to everyone.”
House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said, “I don’t believe it is ever right to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation.”
But State Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, defended his bill, saying it was meant to make sure government could not infringe on an individual’s religious beliefs.
“Free exercise of religion is at the core of who we are as a people,” Kinzer said.
Davis asked Kinzer if under Kinzer’s bill an apartment owner could cite his religious beliefs to fight a complaint if he refused to rent to a same-sex couple.
“That is generally correct,” Kinzer said.
Davis said that was unfair to the city of Lawrence, which is the only city in Kansas that has an anti-discrimination ordinance designed to protect people based on sexual orientation.
State Rep. Charlie Roth, R-Salina, said that Kinzer’s legislation was “homophobic” and that it will hurt Kansas’ image. “It sends the message that Kansas is not welcoming. Kansas will become known as the land of the pure as defined by the few,” Roth said.
But Kinzer said local units of government should not be allowed to engage in religious discrimination against its citizens.
The bill was approved 89-27. Ballard, Davis and state Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, voted against it. State Reps. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, and TerriLois Gregory, R-Baldwin City, voted for it.
The bill would prohibit state and local governments from substantially burdening a person’s religious beliefs unless the government can prove that the burden is advancing a compelling government interest and is the least restrictive way of advancing that interest.
The measure is supported by Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, the Kansas Catholic Conference and Concerned Women for America of Kansas. It was opposed by Lawrence officials, the Kansas Equality Coalition and the state chapter of the National Organization for Women.
Right before advancing the Kansas Preservation of Freedom Act, the House gave preliminary approval to putting a chapel for prayer and meditation in the Statehouse.
Both proposals will require a final vote before going to the Senate. Those votes will probably be taken Thursday.
“Moron Of The Week” Inductee Child Rape, Inc. CEO (aka Pope Benedict XVI) Visits Mexico
And fortunately for Mexico City, he won’t be paying a visit to the capital because he apparently has a heart, which can’t handle the city’s altitude given his delicate health situation.
Millions of pesos are being spent to make his visit as comfortable as possible, and of course from our taxes. And protests are of course making its way onto the mainstream media:
Ratzinger is quite unpopular in Mexico because soon after becoming pope, Pope Benedict XVI acted too little, too late when he removed child rapist Father Maciel from active ministry after an investigation that started under John Paul II, ordering him to just retire.
Mexico has the world’s second largest Catholic congregation after Brazil.
He’s schedule to leave Mexico To Cuba today.