The DOJ Report on Ferguson, US Catholic Bishops, and the Failure of Very Sternly Worded Letters

By: Saturday March 7, 2015 10:00 am

I’ve pored over the report from the DOJ about Ferguson, and read and re-read Eric Holder’s remarks upon releasing it. They are powerful documents, filled with page after page of discriminatory and racist behavior, with story after story of specific episodes of documented unnecessary use of force. They paint an ugly picture, and a sadly familiar one to those who have lived in Ferguson, North St. Louis, and North St. Louis County.

It was also familiar to me because it reminded me of the way in which prosecutors handled allegations of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests. And not in a good way.

 

“Let’s not get ahead of the 19th century here or anything…”

By: Monday October 20, 2014 1:30 am

For those of you who’ve been mildly surprised with the almost modern reign of Pope Frank, the week started out pretty well.

Good timing

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 1:30 am

So, a holy crap, really?! moment:

Pope Estimates 2% Of Priests Are Pedophiles, Questions Celibacy Requirement

By: Monday July 14, 2014 2:25 pm

Pope Francis marched into one of the Catholic Church’s most prominent scandals of the last generation, priests molesting children. Pope Francis compared pedophilia in the Catholic Church to leprosy and claimed that it had infected the Church. He went further to offer an estimate, provided in consultation with his advisors, that about 2% of the clergy are pedophiles.

Blown Lines

By: Tuesday March 25, 2014 1:30 am

Well, this certainly is some progress from the Church.

Former Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton priest who was named as a child abuser now is a vicar general in Paraguay

By: Monday March 17, 2014 1:35 pm

Monsignor Carlos Urrutigoity, who was accused of child abuse in a civil lawsuit filed in Federal Court in Scranton more than a decade ago when he was a priest in the Diocese of Scranton, has been transferred to Paraguay, according to Bishop Accountability and Diocese of Paraguay’s websites. He has been a vicar general since [...]

Wall Street Threatening to Withhold Donations After Pope’s Critique

By: Tuesday December 31, 2013 7:31 am

Even when thousands of Americans took to the streets in 2011 protesting inequality and greed in the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations the Wall Street plutocrats appeared completely unshaken in their belief that their power and privileges were legitimate, that they were right and just. To their mind the protesters were just envious of their success and instead of “working hard” as the rich had they wanted to whine.

“Allow me to rewrite and pretend about my remarks”

By: Friday September 20, 2013 1:30 am

As many would have predicted, the statements of Pope Francis posed a bit of a problem for the right-wing dogmatist who have spent the last couple decades driving people out of the Catholic Church while fattening their wallets.

And who more likely than professionally constipated Bill Donohue of the Catholic League.

Mexico’s Abortion Wars, American-Style

By: Saturday September 7, 2013 8:00 am

On May 1, a familiar anti-abortion story line played out on Azteca 13, a popular television channel in Mexico. In the opening scenes of an episode of Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres (What We Women Keep Silent), a Lifetime-like telenovela series about “real-life” stories, a pretty brunette with a heart-shaped face, Alondra, discovers she is pregnant when overtaken by a sudden bout of morning sickness. Her sister Sofía is concerned, but later that night, when Alondra’s boorish boyfriend comes home and she breaks the news, he asks if it’s his, then tells her to abort.

Your Moral Arbiters

By: Thursday August 1, 2013 1:30 am

Thanks to Republican appointee Judge Rudolph Randa: Free touches!

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