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Catholic hospitals prefer death over abortion

Posted in Preliator pro Causa by Skepdude on May 17, 2010


Here’s another example shining some light on how the primarily religious label of “pro-life” is an anvil-sized oxymoron. Sister Margaret McBride, a nun and administrator at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., was part of an ethics committee late last year when they had to make a tough decision regarding the fate of one of their patients. The person in question was a young pregnant woman who was stricken with a serious case of pulmonary hypertension, a potentially deadly condition only exacerbated by her 11-week pregnancy. The only medically (and ethically) responsible decision to make was to abort the fetus and save the mother’s life. The ethics committee agreed, Sister McBride included; the procedure was carried out, and the patient lived. The doctors did their job and a patient walked out, minus a fetus, but alive.

However, in the world of Catholicism, no good deed goes unpunished, especially when such good deeds necessarily violate precious dogma. Bishop Thomas Olmsted, head of the local diocese, declared that Sister McBride was “automatically excommunicated” for her agreement with the ethics committee’s decision to terminate the life-threatening pregnancy. The good nun was also subsequently demoted (though it’s unclear if this is also Bishop Olmsted’s doing, though it’s certainly expected he had a hand in it).

“I am gravely concerned by the fact that an abortion was performed several months ago in a Catholic hospital in this diocese,” Olmsted said in a statement sent to The Arizona Republic. “I am further concerned by the hospital’s statement that the termination of a human life was necessary to treat the mother’s underlying medical condition.

“An unborn child is not a disease. While medical professionals should certainly try to save a pregnant mother’s life, the means by which they do it can never be by directly killing her unborn child. The end does not justify the means.”

He was “concerned” when the hospital asserted that an abortion was necessary to save the mother’s life? Because, apparently, as a non-medically informed peddler of ancient superstitions and oppressive dogma, his opinion about life-saving medical procedures are supposed to matter at all?


So how long has the child-rape problem existed in the church?

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on May 6, 2010

Well they want to blame it on modernity. This video begs to differ! Oh and look at that, the video cites actual documents we can check out for ourselves. Yay!

Church doctrine in a nut shell

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on April 16, 2010

Don’t worry this won’t take long. Apparently Mexico gets it, their education officials that is, and as always the church completely misses it, the point that is.

MEXICO CITY – Mexican educators and officials defended the country’s public school sex education Friday from criticism by a Roman Catholic bishop who said such teachings make celibacy vows more difficult for priests to keep.

Education Secretary Alonso Lujambio told reporters that public-school sexual education texts “seek to make our boys and girls responsible, to take responsibility for their actions, and for that they need information.”

Lujambio said the programs are careful to avoid “hurting any social sensitivities.”

On Thursday, Bishop Felipe Arizmendi said that “when there is generalized sexual licentiousness, it is more common to have pederasty.”

“In the midst of the invasion of so much eroticism, it is not easy to remain faithful in celibacy, or in respecting children,” Arizmendi, the bishop of the San Cristobal de las Casas diocese in Chiapas state, said at a meeting of Mexican bishops.

Of course! Because teaching children to use protection and safe sex when engaging in consensual sex, obviously sends the message to grown up men that raping children, non-consensually, is acceptable.  That makes perfect sense: what better to reduce the priestly carnal desires for young flesh than keeping said kids ignorant about safe sex? Elementary!

God is

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on January 26, 2010

I was taking the subway to work in NYC this morning when an add caught my eye. It was a bunch of words with the large letters “God Is” in the middle of it. The add belongs to the Times Square Church, a church which I attended once at the request of a friend of mine who was trying to save me I guess. Needless to say I was underimpressed by both the preaching and the singing. I particularly didn’t enjoy having to stand up every few minutes or so; made taking a nap hard.

Nevertheless I went to the website of the TSC and found an image of the ad which I am reproducing below:

You can read more about the add campain at the Times Square Church website. Here is a listing of the statements that make up the ad, as shown on the TSC website, with my comments in red.

The ads describe God in just a few of the infinite ways He will prove His presence to you every day.

God is…

  • With you – So are all imaginary friends
  • Willing to help – Tell that to the people of Haiti
  • Able to protect – Tell THAT to the people of Haiti
  • A father – Yes we get it; you’re a patriarchal religion, get over it
  • A husband to the widow – He’ll be in much demand in Haiti
  • Your friend – Would a friend let you get crushed alive by brick and cement? Didn’t think so!
  • For you – I’m not sure what being “for you” means, but I’m sure the PEOPLE OF HAITI would disagree
  • Aware of your struggle – Peeping Tom
  • Powerful – It takes mighty power to destroy Port-au-Prince
  • Merciful – Didn’t even blink to kill over 150,000 in Haiti. Now that’s mercy if I’ve ever seen it!
  • Good – I guess killing hundreeds of thousands within hours can be construed as good in his infinite wisdom!
  • Provider – Of death and suffering
  • A good listener – When he feels like it
  • The one with your answer – But you’ve gotta tithe to get to that answer
  • The one who loved you – Loved as in past tense. So did my ex-girlfriend. I still call her EX!
  • And always will be – What a joy!
  • There when no one else is – Except that he’s not really
  • Power to change – Yeah such as changing the course of events in Haiti?
  • Incredible – Incredibly cruel that is
  • Alive – Unfortunately?
  • Ready to forgive – Are we ready to forgive HIM?
  • Looking at you – Stop it you pervert! I’ve already got enough of that from Santa!
  • Here, now – Where?
  • Jesus – Whatever, you can call him whatever you want. My imaginary friend’s name was Jessy.


Over 150000 Killed in Port-au-Prince by Earthquake

Thank you God!

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Church bans reiki for being superstition and not scientific

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on September 23, 2009

Come again?!?!?! Don’t get me wrong, reiki is both non-scientific and superstitious, but isn’t this a bit hypocritical coming from the folks preaching virgin births and transubstantiation? I just find this too amusing. Listen to some quotes:

But the Catholic Church doesn’t agree with any of this. At its U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this past spring, the Bishops agreed that Reiki is not grounded in science or Christianity, and therefore is not appropriate for Catholic institutions.

Yeah, our own nonsense is more than enough thank you. Take your reiki out of my church. I don’t need it; I pray!

“Without justification either from Christian faith or natural science, a Catholic who puts his or her trust in Reiki would be operating in the realm of superstition, the no-man’s-land that is neither faith nor science. Superstition corrupts one’s worship of God by turning one’s religious feeling and practice in a false direction.’’

Right, because belief in god is not superstition. Talk about special pleading. My superstition is ok ’cause I call it faith, but every other superstition shouldn’t be allowed.

But personally I must say that when it comes to nonsense, the reiki meisters hold their own well against the religious meisters.

“Because Reiki is guided by the God-consciousness, it can never do harm. It always knows what a person needs and will adjust itself to create the effect that is appropriate for them. One never need worry about whether to give Reiki or not. It is always helpful.”

Wow! Reiki “knows” what a person needs and adjusts itself. But then why would you need a “trained practitioner” at all? Shouldn’t we all be able to just wave our hands over our bodies and get all the benefits of reiki? You see this goes in parallel with the “why do you need a priest to act as an intermediary if you can pray directly to God” line of thinking! But I guess the former is superstition and the latter is faith, so somehow it is immune to the rules of logic.


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Church rejects Pope ‘mockery’

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on March 25, 2009

Rome – The Catholic church in Italy lashed out on Monday at what it called a “mockery” of Pope Benedict XVI for rejecting condoms as a weapon against Aids, comments that he made while on a visit to Africa.

“We will not accept the Pope being made the object of mockery and offence, in the media or elsewhere,” said Angelo Bagnasco, the country’s top bishop, citing the “controversy about condoms”.

“He represents for everyone a moral authority, which this journey has made people appreciate even more,” Bagnasco said.

The bishop complained of “heavy criticism of our beloved Pope, which goes on longer than it should”.


Ha….ha ha….ha ha ha ha ha! Oh what a lashing Angelo gave us! Oh poor Angelo, why don’t you instead tell your pope not to go around saying stupid stuff like that huh?

Russia church ‘stolen by thieves’

Posted in News by Skepdude on November 14, 2008

A 200-year-old church building has disappeared from a village in central Russia, officials from the Russian Orthodox Church say.
The building had stood near the village of Komarovo since 1809.It was intact in July but some time in early October thieves made off with it brick by brick, they said.


In Defense of Dignity

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on October 10, 2008

People must accept death at “the hour chosen by God,” according to Pope Benedict XVI, leader of the Catholic Church, which is pouring money into the campaign against I-1000.

The hour chosen by God? What does that even mean? Without the intervention of man—and medical science—my mother would have died years earlier. And at the end, even without assisted suicide as an option, my mother had to make her choices. Two hours with the mask off? Six with the mask on? Another two days hooked up to machines? Once things were hopeless, she chose the quickest, if not the easiest, exit. Mask off, two hours. That was my mother’s choice, not God’s.

Did my mother commit suicide? I wonder what the pope might say.

I know what my mother would say: The same church leaders who can’t manage to keep priests from raping children aren’t entitled to micromanage the final moments of our lives.

If religious people believe assisted suicide is wrong, they have a right to say so. Same for gay marriage and abortion. They oppose them for religious reasons, but it’s somehow not enough for them to deny those things to themselves. They have to rush into your intimate life and deny them to you, too—deny you control over your own reproductive organs, deny you the spouse of your choosing, condemn you to pain (or the terror of it) at the end of your life.

The proper response to religious opposition to choice or love or death can be reduced to a series of bumper stickers: Don’t approve of abortion? Don’t have one. Don’t approve of gay marriage? Don’t have one. Don’t approve of physician-assisted suicide? For Christ’s sake, don’t have one. But don’t tell me I can’t have one—each one—because it offends your God.

Fuck your God.


Pope kicks off Bible-reading marathon on Italian television

Posted in News by Skepdude on October 6, 2008

ROME — Pope Benedict XVI’s “In the beginning” started off a weeklong Bible-reading marathon on Italian television Sunday.

RAI state TV began its program, called “The Bible Day and Night,” with Benedict reciting the first chapter of the book of Genesis — the holy text’s opening verses about the creation of the world.

The marathon will feature more than 1,200 people reading the Old and New Testament over seven days and six nights.


Church Politicking Is Uncivil Disobedience

Posted in FFRF by Skepdude on September 26, 2008

A well-heeled extremist legal outfit is calling on priests and pastors throughout the nation to defy IRS regulations by using their tax-exempt pulpits this Sunday, Sept. 28, to endorse candidates in the presidential race.

The unethical so-called Pulpit Initiative is advanced by the troublemaking Alliance Defense Fund. The Fund seems to be advocating no less than organized crime–uncivil disobedience. The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported some 30 ministers have said they will participate. Rev. Jody Hice, of Bethelehm First Baptist Church in Bethlehem, Ga., told the Journal he will endorse Sen. John McCain: “As a pastor, I have the right to speak biblical truth without being punished for it.” (Just where in the bible can we find that reference to John McCain?)