I’m sorry, what? Remind me, what kind of sexual conduct apart from no conduct at all is supposed to be the Catholic standard again? At least officially, and ever since it was decreed in CE 1139 at the Second Lateran Council, and last reaffirmed in Canon Law in 1965? To this day, with the exeption of so-called permanent deacons, who are allowed to marry and then not obliged to celibacy if they are married when ordained as deacons, all Catholic clerics have to live a celibate life, and that includes anything from “impure thoughts”, to masturbation, to sex with other people, be they male or female or whatever.
So I’m really confused over the media coverage of this latest admission of sexual misconduct by a high-ranking Catholic priest in Scotland:
O’Brien – who steps down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh – initially denied the allegations, which date back to the 1980s.
“To those I have offended, I apologise and ask forgiveness,” he said in Sunday’s statement. “To the Catholic Church and people of Scotland, I also apologise.
“I will now spend the rest of my life in retirement. I will play no further part in the public life of the Catholic Church in Scotland.”
He confirmed in his resignation statement that he will not take part in the papal election conclave, which has been overshadowed by controversies surrounding O’Brien and other cardinals caught up in sex scandals.
He had been due to resign on his 75th birthday later this month but said on Monday that the pope had decided it should take effect immediately.
The allegations include claims that one priest received unwanted attention from O’Brien after a late-night drinking session, Britain’s Observer newspaper reported last month.
Another priest reportedly claims that O’Brien used night prayers as cover for inappropriate contact.
Seems to me that late night drinking sessions and night prayers as opportunities to get laid may not have been what Jesus would have had in mind, or the Second Lateran Council for that matter. But admittedly, the standards expected from members of the Catholic clergy could hardly fall any lower than what they already are, so this latest news really comes as no surprise anymore. How handy that the allegations will be handled internally by the Catholic Church, and only after the new Pope has been elected. It remains a fact that if you are a sexual predator, your best chance of going free is to join the Catholic Church.
I read the above subject post and its obvious u don’t believe in God or prayer! I am e-mailing you to let you know that God exists and prayer works!! I don’t know who you are and where you are but one thing I’m certain of is that God ‘ll make HIMSELF manifest to you and when HE does I will like to read your experience!!!
Have a blessed encounter with God…x
See, this is a good example of the fundamentally different epistemic approach of religious people. Since there is no evidence for their imaginary friends in the clouds, they are left with assertions. Just like this helpful person wanted to let me know via email that prayer works and his god exists. Well I’m glad to be informed of this of course. Continue reading
Lawrence Krauss has written a decent piece about the Newtown massacre and the USA’s tendency to make events of this kind a praying fest, for CNN online. At the time of my reading it, there were 4140 comments. I read through the first 20 or so, and got to this:
katefromVA • 9 hours ago
I have felt God’s love in my life; it is sad that you have not. I could choose not to believe in China, having never been there, but hearing from so many others that it does indeed exist, I think I will continue to believe in its existence. You, however, could not “prove” to me that it exists.
In logic terms, this is the subjectivist fallacy embedded in a fallacy of equivocation. Something is seen as subjective(here: the existence of China)when it is of course an objective fact that China exists. But it’s also at the same time a powerful demonstration, by ways of the ad populum fallacy, of how the Christian mind works. If my mum and dad and the old guy in the robe in church who likes to tickle my nethers all say that this god exists, surely it must be true.
Add some dumbness for good measure in this case, since yes, I could surely prove to this person that China exists, simply by taking her there and banging her head against a random Mao statue, or by daring her to find a taxi driver who speaks English. And of course there is also the old religious favourite, the argument from personal experience at work here. “I have felt this painting/god’s love/wonderful sunset/cardiac arrest/birth of our child, giving me this powerful emotion or sensual experience that I can’t explain, and therefore Yahweh/Allah/Vishnu/Zeus/Jesus/Thor.”
Heard this one a million times before. I agree with Krauss and his article, it would be nice if Americans could grieve without turning to their imaginary friend for solace, but this seems way too ingrained in their culture at this time to be a realistic option. I just wish at least the damn President could refrain from using god-speak every time one of his citizens kills a bunch of his own people with assault rifles bought from Walmart. Maybe there is something else he could be doing instead.
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