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US puts Vatican on list of money laundering hubs

US puts Vatican on list of money laundering hubs | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

DRUG enforcement chiefs have for the first time identified the Vatican as a possible centre for money laundering from criminal activity.

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Lent: New Year’s Resolutions for Jesus | Friendly Atheist

Lent: New Year’s Resolutions for Jesus | Friendly Atheist | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

As I’m sure we all know, Lent is in full swing and we have successfully survived Ash Wednesday.

As a former Catholic, who always wiped off my ashes as soon as church was over, I have to say that Lent seems to be a bit of a publicity stunt. Wear ashes on your head all day on Ash Wednesday. Tell everyone within earshot how close to Jesus you are by gloating about what you are sacrificing for Lent. Proclaim you just can’t eat meat on Friday — though the flesh of sea creatures is totally acceptable.

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Catholic Food Shelf Rejects Food From Planned Parenthood

Catholic Food Shelf Rejects Food From Planned Parenthood | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
A Catholic food shelf willingly turned down 50 lbs of food because it came from Planned Parenthood.
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Popes Gone Wild: What the Catholic Church Would Rather You Forget

Popes Gone Wild: What the Catholic Church Would Rather You Forget | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The man pictured above is the poster boy for Catholic debauchery. His name was Pope Alexander VI. He wasn't the first, nor the last, of a string of simply sinful popes.

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Italian Church Chased on Property Tax as Debt Crisis Leaves Nothing Sacred

Italian Church Chased on Property Tax as Debt Crisis Leaves Nothing Sacred | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Nothing may prove to be untouchable in the European debt crisis.
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Polish court slaps fine on singer for insulting the Bible

Polish court slaps fine on singer for insulting the Bible | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

A Polish court slapped a fine on a popular singer who bad-mouthed the Bible _ the latest episode in which authorities grapple with religious defamation in a traditionally Catholic country that is growing increasingly secular.

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Masturbation is Abortion says Sen. Enrile

Masturbation is Abortion says Sen. Enrile | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The latest RH Bill plenary debate has enlightened millions of Filipinos as the Honorable Senator Juan Ponce Enrile labeled the act of masturbation as a form of abortion, Enrile says, it comes from his belief as a Roman Catholic.

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German priest admits 280 counts of abuse

German priest admits 280 counts of abuse | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
A ROMAN Catholic priest in Germany has admitted to 280 counts of sexually abusing three boys over a several-year period.
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The pope's entire career has the stench of evil about it.

The pope's entire career has the stench of evil about it. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Concerning the most recent revelations about the steady complicity of the Vatican in the ongoing—indeed endless—scandal of child rape, a few days later a spokesman for the Holy See made a concession in the guise of a denial. It was clear, said the Rev. Federico Lombardi, that an attempt was being made "to find elements to involve the Holy Father personally in issues of abuse." He stupidly went on to say that "those efforts have failed."

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Church sex abuse widespread – and leaders knew about it - Scotsman.com

Thousands of children suffered sexual abuse in Dutch Catholic institutions over the past 65 years and church officials knew about the abuse but failed to stop it or help victims because they feared sparking scandals, according to a long-awaited report published yesterday.

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How We All Pay For the Huge Tax Privileges Granted to Religion - It's Time to Tax the Church

How We All Pay For the Huge Tax Privileges Granted to Religion - It's Time to Tax the Church | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Beside Wall Street bankers and stock traders, there's another group of the mega-wealthy that's often overlooked. By some estimates, the property tax exemption alone removes $100 billion in property from U.S. tax rolls, and that's only the tip of the iceberg.

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Preview: Richard Dawkins interviews Christopher Hitchens

Preview: Richard Dawkins interviews Christopher Hitchens | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

As we revealed earlier this week, this year's New Statesman Christmas special is guest-edited by Richard Dawkins (copies can be purchased here). Among the many highlights is Dawkins's interview with his fellow anti-theist Christopher Hitchens, who began his Fleet Street career at the NS in 1973.

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ICC Vatican Prosecution | Center for Constitutional Rights

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Clergy Victims File International Criminal Court Complaint: Case Charges Vatican Officials with ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

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It’s Not Muslims Who Are Trying To Impose Their Religion On Everyone: It’s The Catholic Church

It’s Not Muslims Who Are Trying To Impose Their Religion On Everyone: It’s The Catholic Church | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The more I engage, challenge and debate sensitive issues of the day with social conservatives, the more aware I become of how authoritarian governments and religious institutions obtain power and impose their will on others.
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UK Christians are not "persecuted", says England's top Catholic

UK Christians are not "persecuted", says England's top Catholic | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, the Rt Rev Vincent Nichols, has responded to the recent debates over "militant secularism" by saying that he does not believe Christians in Britain are the victim of persecution. "I personally don't feel in the least bit persecuted," he told the Guardian. "I don't think Christians should use that word."

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Catholic hypocrisy at its worst

Catholic hypocrisy at its worst | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Bishops condone much more direct contradictions of church dogma. The birth control uproar is a cynical power play.

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What’s The Real Reason The Catholic Church Wants To Keep Gays Oppressed?

What’s The Real Reason The Catholic Church Wants To Keep Gays Oppressed? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The Catholic Church is the world’s single largest anti-gay hate group. If we are to minimize its pernicious influence, we must educate societies about the Church’s financial motivations for keeping gay human beings oppressed.
The Church’s business model depends on the cheap labor of priests and nuns, without whom the bullying theocrats at the top of the Church hierarchy would not be able to continue living their lavish and decadent lifestyle.

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Voluntary 'De-Baptism' Rising in Europe

Voluntary 'De-Baptism' Rising in Europe | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
European Christian clergy grapple with wave of so-called 'de-baptisms' among Protestants, Catholics who want their names deleted from the baptismal registry.
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Tainted Saint: Mother Teresa Defended Pedophile Priest

Tainted Saint: Mother Teresa Defended Pedophile Priest | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The death of journalist and polemicist Christopher Hitchens last month gave those familiar with his work a chance to revisit one of his more controversial subjects: the Albanian nun Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, better known to the world as Mother Teresa. In his 1997 book, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, Hitchens argued that the "Saint of Calcutta," who founded and headed the international Missionaries of Charity order, enjoyed undeserved esteem.

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BishopAccountability.org - Documenting the Catholic Sexual Abuse and Financial Crisis

BishopAccountability.org - Documenting the Catholic Sexual Abuse and Financial Crisis | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Documenting the Abuse Crisis in the Roman Catholic Church. It is a matter of public record that U.S. bishops have knowingly transferred thousands of abusive priests into unsuspecting parishes and dioceses, placing fear of "scandal" ahead of the welfare of children. The bishops themselves have apologized for what they call their "mistake," but they say nothing about the crucial actions that constitute accountability.

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Nicolas Steno: The saint who undermined creationism

Nicolas Steno: The saint who undermined creationism | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Celebrated with a Google doodle on his 374th birthday, Nicolas Steno set in motion a revolution that would ultimately unseat the Bible as an accepted scientific authority on the age of the earth. Now he is on the path to Catholic sainthood.
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Bishop's child porn collection included Catholic imagery

Bishop's child porn collection included Catholic imagery | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Child pornography in the collection of disgraced Catholic bishop Raymond Lahey included graphic images of young boys wearing crucifixes and rosary beads, a Crown prosecutor told a judge Tuesday.
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Rogue Catholic Group Vandalizes Anglican Church Billboard | Friendly Atheist

Rogue Catholic Group Vandalizes Anglican Church Billboard | Friendly Atheist | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

“This is Satanic, this is the ultimate Satanic attack, when Lucifer attacks his worst enemy, the Blessed Virgin. This particular church — so called — is run by a gay, feminist-type lobby. They claim to be Christian and yet they put up a blasphemous image of the Blessed Virgin, attacking her virginity and the fact that she was the mother of Christ, the God-Man.”

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Church Office Failed to Act on Abuse Scandal

Church Office Failed to Act on Abuse Scandal | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Before he became pope, Benedict XVI held a position that had authority over abuse cases but did not assert it for many years.
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SNAP: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
We are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others).
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