The collapse of faith in Catholic priests

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What do Catholics think about Catholic Priests? Roughly one month ago, in the lead up to Christmas 2018, Gallup conducted a poll of people that asked about the categories of professions that they trusted the most. They have been doing that every year for some time now. From that one we learned the following … Nurses … Read moreThe collapse of faith in Catholic priests

The Success of Silent protest against Pope’s visit in Ireland

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If you read some reports of the visit to Ireland by Pope Francis  you perhaps get the impression that the visit was a resounding success. We have headlines such as … Irish Times: Up to 500,000 expected at Pope Francis’ Phoenix Park Mass Telegraph: Live: The Pope holds mass for 500,000 in Ireland The official website also … Read moreThe Success of Silent protest against Pope’s visit in Ireland

Catholic Sexual Abuse on an Industrial Scale

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The Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has formally published a 1,400-page report into the sexual abuse of little boys and girls. It is such a common story from almost every corner of the planet touched by Catholicism that you might perhaps expect to be immune to shock, and yet the scale of this still delivers quite a … Read moreCatholic Sexual Abuse on an Industrial Scale

Top 3 Weird Religious News items for the week

Last week I posted my top three items of religious craziness that had happened during the previous seven days. OK, so let’s have another go and see what has popped up in the last seven days. Item 1 – Pope claims it is better to be an Atheist It feels odd to reading stories about the leader of … Read moreTop 3 Weird Religious News items for the week

Daft Claim: “Atheists slaughtered millions”

Over on the National Catholic Register Angelo Stagnaro rants for a bit on the claim that Atheist’s are vile evil people who did truly vile things. It is worth mulling over for a bit because it reveals how our use of language can and does enable some to fall into a bit of rather flawed thinking. His article is entitled …”Atheist … Read moreDaft Claim: “Atheists slaughtered millions”

Is Mother Teresa really a Saint?

Today, in fact 40 minutes ago as I write this, the Pope conducted some official Catholic PR by declaring the culturally popular icon, Mother Teresa, is now a Saint. He announced … “After due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother bishops, we declare and … Read moreIs Mother Teresa really a Saint?