26th July 2010

“During the middle years of the 20th Century, Ireland's bishops could make or break governments, and until the 1990s and the sex abuse scandals, the Catholic hierarchy held a firm grip on national legislation that banned divorce, limited the sale of contraceptives and criminalized homosexual activity.”

Tom Hundley

18 Responses to “26th July 2010”

  1. Edmond Says:

    Geez louise. Abuse scandal, divorce, contraceptives, homosexuality. See a pattern here? SEX SEX SEX SEX SEX. Considering all the OTHER problems religion has, all this twisted sexual repression CAN’T be helping. Clergy needs to get LAID!

  2. PEB Says:

    Odd when you consider this ….

    “A member of the clergy quoted by the magazine put the proportion of gay priests in the Italian capital at “98%”.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/24/catholic-church-gay-priests-exposed

    I think it’s the pretty dresses… 😉

  3. j sutton Says:

    There is nothing wrong with being gay. However 100% of them are priests. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  4. Atheist MC Says:

    The more insidious part of this quote is

    During the middle years of the 20th Century, Ireland’s bishops could make or break governments

    Ireland is a democracy, and while a guess anybody is entitled to lobby the electorate for their chosen political view, the fact that a handful of Bishops could have so much political influence is telling.

  5. Margaret Says:

    Living in the Bible Belt of the American South, I can tell you with 100% certainty that the Catholic dream of imposing a theocracy would agree with Protestants who live there. The Pentecostals, Church of Christ congregations, and Southern Baptists may object to Catholicism’s reverance for Mary and the Pope, but they feverishly line up with them to support “pro-family” or conservative politics. I cannot understand how they can call themselves conservative and “for small government” when they want to mandate personal decisions away from individuals. How can they call themselves “pro-family” when many of their ideas would hurt families? I see a Orwellian effort by crooked politicians to apply friendly labels to their pet political causes which have the exact opposite results of what the label implies. This is also Machiavellian in the sense that it uses religion to sway the vote, hiding behind the tax-exempt status, counting on the flock of faithful to never question, acting like it is above gov’t, but wanting to take over gov’t, sniping from the sidelines and acting like the believers are persecuted if anyone disagrees with the politican’s hidden agenda. It is a great marketing campaign to bring in the $$$.

  6. solomon Says:

    So much so accusing the religious. What about your lots believe system? Rubbish!
    Hear this…
    Non living entity could produce living species??
    Nature??
    Only bloody fools would believe such —- of a lie.

  7. robb Says:

    you kno sol………….maybe you outta get you OWN website, or even better, your own RADIO SHOW !!!!!

    because really, it’s selfish of us to hog your idiocy !!!!

    MUCH more fun to spread it around, and let others get a laugh from
    youe inane drivel !!!

    have a bad day !!

  8. solomon Says:

    The frail unstable atheists is begining to lose ends.

  9. John Says:

    The important point missed is that the church and its man-handler’s are losing their grip on the countries throat… and Ireland is the better for it.

  10. Margaret Says:

    The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
    Thomas Jefferson

    The grip of the church may be weakening, but it is still reaching for our throats. I am uncomfortable with the political power it still exerts.

  11. solomon Says:

    The Atheists, will be degraded wherever & whenever they are, because they defy God. And in the end, they will face !!HELL!!

  12. CaptainZero1969 Says:

    There’s no hell, Sol, so get over it. Tell your bogey man stories to children.

    Machiavelli? Try Orwell Margaret. 98% of priests in Rome are gay? Man, what a shit sandwich to be a gay priest raised on the lie that you are a disordered sinner. It’s no wonder they are so fixated on it. I wonder why so many become priests. I’m guessing that it’s only partly because of the availability of a large group of similar men. It can’t be that they just like wearing black or they could simply move to New York. I’m guessing they join as a rejection of their nature. Sad, really.

  13. Margaret Says:

    I mentioned Orwell. I also see shades of Machiavelli. Religion and politics are a bad combination either way, because they manipulate each other for their own gain, and are not always honest in their tactics.

  14. solomon Says:

    CaptainZero1969,

    ‘Man, what a shit sandwich to be a gay priest raised on the lie that you are a disordered sinner.’

    You seems to recognize that despicable act is a disordered sin yet your lots performed those despicable acts.

  15. robb Says:

    sol……………..as always, you’re wonderfully entertaining !!!!

    EVERY time you’re in the batters box it’s just one SWING AND A MISS

    after another !!!! please ! dont change a thing ! there’s a kind of innocense in your depthless ignorance that’s really PATHETIC !!!!

    watch out for those curve-balls, SLUGGER !!!!

    have a bad day !!!

  16. solomon Says:

    See…the athests are leading a confused misguided life. Don’t listen to them.

  17. CaptainZero1969 Says:

    “See…the athests are leading a confused misguided life. Don’t listen to them.”

    r(sol) – There’s a qualitative difference between your comments and the rest that appear on the site. You don’t come off well in the comparison. Look up the term non-sequitur, champ.

  18. Godkilla Says:

    Ahoy Captain, a perfect application of the term.

    Sol did you look it up?

    No?