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Special Report | Supporting The Catholic Church Means Supporting The Rape And Sexual Abuse Of Children

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  • Part 1: It's time for #MeToo in the Catholic church.
  • Predator priests will only face justice when those they abused find the courage to speak up.
  • Part 2: Supporting The Catholic Church Means Supporting The Rape And Sexual Abuse Of Children.
  • The Catholic Church is a profoundly and irredeemably morally corrupt institution that allows children to be treated as disposable sex toys for predatory clergy.

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Part 1: It's time for #MeToo in the Catholic church

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Predator priests will only face justice when those they abused find the courage to speak up.
David Clohessy, Guardian

Thu 16 Aug 2018 | It’s all about the bishops.” That’s the single most damning line from a new, 1,300 page report, released by the Pennsylvania supreme court on Tuesday, which found that 300 predator priests in the state had abused more than 1,000 children since 1947. It’s the latest scandal in the Catholic church’s continuing child abuse crisis.

The two-year investigation, conducted by Pennsylvania’s attorney general and a dozen grand jurors, involvedhundreds ofinterviews, and examined half a million pages of church records. The probe is the biggest US government investigation into child abuse inside the Catholic church.

David Clohessy is the former executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

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Part 2: Supporting The Catholic Church Means Supporting The Rape And Sexual Abuse Of Children

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The Catholic Church is a profoundly and irredeemably morally corrupt institution that allows children to be treated as disposable sex toys for predatory clergy.

Michael Stone, Patheos

August 15, 2018 | The truth hurts: Make no mistake, if you support the Catholic Church, you support the rape and sexual abuse of children.

Earlier this week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a sweeping grand jury report on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. The report documents the rape and sexual abuse of more than a 1,000 children by more than 300 “predatory priests."

Michael Stone is a Progressive Secular Humanist and the CEO and Founder of the popular Facebook page, Progressive Secular Humanist Examiner.

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Complexity is largely ignored in today's moral judgments: The Meaning Of Good And Evil In Perilous TimesMeaning Of Good And Evil In Perilous Times

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Author James Baldwin, in 1979. His searches for moral clarity included examining intellectual difficulties and ethical complications. Photo by Max Petrus, Courtesy of Dial Press

  • Part 1: Complexity is largely ignored in today's moral judgments.
  • We are quick to condemn, with scant effort to understand.
  • Part 2: The Meaning Of Good And Evil In Perilous Times
  • You can’t stamp out conscience.

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Part 1: Complexity is largely ignored in today's moral judgments.

 

We are quick to condemn, with scant effort to understand. That's a departure from a long history, and a real loss for society. 

Lee Siegel, Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

July 28, 2018 | In his 1963 book, "The Fire Next Time," James Baldwin describes meeting Elijah Muhammad, the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam. Baldwin felt alienated by Muhammad's black separatism and by his universal hatred of white people; at the same time, he admired Muhammad's acute understanding of the countless ways in which institutionalized white power continued to injure and suppress African-Americans.

"I felt very close to him," Baldwin writes about Muhammad, "and really wished to be able to love and honor him as a witness, an ally and a father." Yet, reflecting on the moment when the two men said goodbye, Baldwin writes, "we would always be strangers, and possibly, one day, enemies."

Lee Siegel is the author, most recently, of "The Draw: A Memoir." He wrote this article for the New York (NY) Times.

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Part 2: The Meaning Of Good And Evil In Perilous Times

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You can’t stamp out conscience.

Brandon Smith, Alt-Market.com

July 7, 2018 | Perhaps the most destructive idea ever planted in the minds of the general public is the notion that nothing in this world is permanent — that all things can and must be constantly changed to suit our whims. The concept of impermanence fuels what I call “blank slate propaganda.” The usefulness of the blank slate as a weapon for social control should be explained before we examine the nature of good and evil, because these days it infects everything.

The push for never ending social “evolution” has been called many things over the decades. In the early 1900s in Europe it was called “futurism;” an art and philosophical movement that helped spawn the rise of communism and fascism in politics. The argument that all old ideas and longstanding traditions should be abandoned to make way for new ideas, new technologies, news systems etc., assumes that the supposedly new ways of doing things are superior to the old ways of doing things. Things are rarely this simple, and in most cases the new methods so proudly championed by movements for social change are usually recycled and repackaged old ideas that are notorious for failure.

Brandon Smith, Founder, Alt-Market.com

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Paul McCartney brought James Corden to tears with the story behind 'Let It Be.'

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Watch the full video below, free your tears, feel the full spectrum of your emotions, and then get to work making the‌‌ world the awesome place we all know it can be.

Mark Shrayber, Upworthy

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June 22, 2018 | Imagine you're sitting in a pub and Sir Paul McCartney walks in.

That's exactly what happened when he guested on an episode of "Carpool Karaoke." The legendary performer rolled through his hometown of Liverpool with host James Corden, sharing memories of the city, surprising fans in his favorite pub, and bringing all of us a badly needed emotional release with his music.

Mark Shrayber: I’m a San Francisco-based writer with a love of all thing things pop culture and a background in mental health. My favorite stories to write are ones that center on relationships, identity, and how we can make the world a better place.



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Series | Make America Kind Again.

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Maybe America needs to become kind for the very first time.

Sarah Thebarge, Patheos

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There are more displaced people today than there have ever been in the history of the world.

It’s World Refugee Day.

People are fleeing unspeakable violence, starvation, genocide, rape,

Sarah Thebarge is a speaker, blogger,journalist and author on a journey of bringing emotional, spiritual and physical healing to our broken, beautiful world.

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The end of the affair? 'Humanae Vitae' at 50

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Document further fueled the post-World War II culture wars over the meaning of sexuality.

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Pope%20Paul%20VI.jpgMay 21, 2018 | On July 29, 1968, Pope Paul VI published his encyclical on the regulation of birth, introducing what we call here the Humanae Vitae affair. Now approaching its golden jubilee, the encyclical was published at a time of twofold crisis, one theological, the other cultural. Paul's theological teaching, "each and every marital act must of necessity retain its intrinsic relationship to the procreation of human life" (11), had never been taught before in the Catholic tradition and further fueled the post-Vatican II theological wars in the church. Humanae Vitae ("Of Human Life") itself further fueled the post-World War II culture wars over the meaning of sexuality. The scars from both these wars are still evident. They have inserted themselves into the papacy of Pope Francis, oblivious to the fact that he has moved away from the Catholic obsession with sex and birth control toward the beauty of a virtuous, just and loving marriage. His focus is on the complexity of human experience and relationships, which Humanae Vitae failed to adequately consider.

Todd A. Salzman is the Amelia and Emil Graff Professor of Catholic Theology at Creighton University. Michael G. Lawler is the emeritus Amelia and Emil Graff Professor of Catholic Theology at Creighton University. They are the co-authors of The Sexual Person (Georgetown University Press).

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‘Dying because of hypocrisy’: Ex-megachurch pastor says Trump-loving evangelicals are digging their own graves.

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  • The bad news is that you are dying, Church.

And it’s the very good news, too.

  • Related: Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals.

Brad Reed, Raw Story

 

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https://johnpavlovitz.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/churchroots-1.jpg07 May 2018 | John Pavlovitz, a former megachurch pastor who now serves as pastor of North Raleigh Community Church in North Carolina, took evangelical Christian conservatives to the woodshed over the weekend with a brutal post on his personal website that accused them of digging their own graves by unquestioningly backing President Donald Trump.

At the start of his post, Pavlovitz says that the Christian right in America was slowly killing itself, and he doesn’t shy away from saying why.

 

“You’re dying because of your hypocrisy,” he writes. “People see the ever-widening chasm between who you say you are and what they regularly experience in your presence. They see the great disparity between the expansive hospitality of Jesus and the narrow prejudice you are so often marked by. They see Christ’s deep affection for the poor, hurting, and marginalized—and both your quiet indifference and open hostility toward them.”

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Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals. (1)/2 Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 
 

  • http://lacatholicworker.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/faith-and-politics-sign.jpgPart 1: The Danger of Evangelicals – It’s Not About Hillary Anymore
  • I see very little of compassion in our President and less of it in my sister and brother evangelicals who claim to share a faith tradition with me.Part 2: Barry Goldwater vs. the Religious Right
  • It's "the Godfather of Conservatism" who said: "Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell's ass."

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Special Report | Message to Trump devotees: The dangerous cult of Donald Trump

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  • Part 1: The dangerous cult of Donald Trump
  • If Trump's presidency deteriorates further, expect the religious fervor of many of his followers to reach a fever pitch.
  • Part 2: Message to Trump devotees: Cult members don't often fare well
  • I fear that Trump and his cult will encounter a day of reckoning. Let's pray it doesn't come too late to save our cherished democracy.

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Part 1: The dangerous cult of Donald Trump

If Trump's presidency deteriorates further, expect the religious fervor of many of his followers to reach a fever pitch. That poses a risk for the country. Because the only thing more dangerous than a cult leader is a cult leader facing martyrdom.

Reza Aslan, Los Angeles (CA) Times 

Nov 06, 2017 | I am not the first person to point this out: There’s been a cultish quality to President Trump’s most ardent supporters. He seemed to acknowledge the phenomenon when he boasted that he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” and not lose voters.

Throughout the campaign, and in personal appearances since then, Trump has harnessed the kind of emotional intensity from his base that is more typical of a religious revival meeting than a political rally, complete with ritualized communal chants ("Lock her up!").

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Part 2: Message to Trump devotees: Cult members don't often fare well

Like Aslan, I fear that Trump and his cult will encounter a day of reckoning. Let's pray it doesn't come too late to save our cherished democracy.

Gary Dolgin, Letters to the Editor, Los Angeles (CA) Times

Nov 11, 2017 | Really, has there ever been a time when religious voters have exerted such formidable influence? They seem doubtful of the authenticity and depth of President Trump's palely professed faith. But all's forgiven, so long as he pretends to do their God's bidding.

It's no mystery why Trump, for all his bungling, has seen his approval ratings stay close to 40%. That's about the same percentage of Americans who cling to faith-favored creationism. If one disdains evolutionary evidence to believe that the world, including humans and dinosaurs, was created just 10,000 years ago, then he's credulous enough to believe Trump's lies.

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Republican Insider Explains How Religion Destroyed the GOP, Mike Lofgren, Viking Press / AlterNet

https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/photo_1365284396401-1-0_0.jpg?itok=Wi4tG-dIRick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California, speaks on September 26, 2008 in New York. The youngest son of prominent US evangelical preacher Rick Warren has committed suicide after a long struggle with mental illness.

  • In the book, "The Party Is Over," veteran Republican Mike Lofgren writes about the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism and how the GOP devolved into anti-intellectual nuts.
  • Related: Special Report | Barry Goldwater Warned Us - The Danger of Evangelicals.

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