Vatican scandal and local questions

April 2010 What incalculable damage, spiritual and material has been done by the Roman Catholic hierarchy to the church in recent times: to its members, to its children, to the wider society in which it claims to have a positive role to play? Charge after sordid charge of sexual abuse of children by priests in Ireland, the USA, Brazil, Germany, Canada, Norway, Austria, Australia, Malta. The numbers are staggering: thousands of cases in Ireland; in America, 4500 priests charged with child abuse. The protection of priests, not children, was paramount. Superiors simply moved offenders, many to Rome...
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Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Cartoon time with John Chuchman

    We have met the enemy, and it is . . .   It seems no one listens to us on matters of Sexuality;(Have they ever?) People don’t accept our teachings on Social Justice;(perhaps because we don’t practice it?)Few really think that gays and lesbians are objectively disordered;Catholics don’t follow our directives re political elections;No one is really force tube-feeding dying loved-ones;More and more people are envisioning the Divine not solely as Male;(Women are actually getting Ordained!) Regular attendance at Liturgy is abysmal and falling;(They don’t seem to...
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As Hans Kung Sees It

As Hans Kung Sees It Pope Benedict has made worse just about everything that is wrong with the Roman Catholic Church and is directly responsible for engineering the global cover-up of child rape perpetrated by priests. As a result, Missed is the opportunity for rapprochement with the Protestant churches: Instead, they have been denied the status of churches in the proper sense of the term and, for that reason, their ministries are not recognized and intercommunion is not possible. Missed is the opportunity for the long-term reconciliation with the Jews: Instead the pope has reintroduced into the...
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Biblical Christianity and The Great Story A conversation between Michael Dowd and a Christian college student August 15, 2002

Student: Why do you call the universe story The Great Story? I’ve always heard that the Bible was the greatest story ever told. Michael: For millions of people around the world it is true: the Bible is the greatest story ever told. But I’m using the phrase in a different way. Let me explain. The reason I call the history of everyone and everything great is not because this story is necessarily the best or most powerful or most life changing. For some it is for others it’s not. I refer to the 13 billion year epic of divine creativity as The Great Story because it is simply the biggest...
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