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  •  Catholics - sex and the environment (4+ / 0-)

    I recently heard the environmentalist David Suzuki speak at Case Western University about the human caused envrionmental biosphere.

    He was born in 1936 when the population of the earth was 2 billion. Now it is 7 billion.

    Birth control is a global, ecological necessity. The Catholic's stance on this issue is enough by itself to lead to a rapid decline in their relevance. That is, if Americans and others in the world understood climate collapse.

    Human civlilzation could be destroyed by what is going on right now.

    It takes hundreds, thousands or some times tens of thousands of years to get carbon out of the atmosphere.

    At least the climate collapse this summer got the attention of a few more people. What will it take?

    Here is a question: how much does the Catholic church get from the 1%?

    •  The Catholic Church gets alot from the 1% (7+ / 0-)

      The first thing Bush did after being elected was institute the Faith Based and Community Initiative which, unfortunately was continued by Obama. The result is:

      The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) received $69,377,785 (a little over 31% of total revenues) from government contracts and grants in 2010, up from $58,327,207 (40% of revenues) in 2009, per their latest financial statement.

      Also controlled by the bishops, Catholic Charities USA, the umbrella organization for all the diocesan Catholic Charities, received $2.90 billion (62% of revenues) from the government in 2010 and $2.64 billion (69%) in 2009; Catholic Relief Services received $517 million (56%) in 2010 from the government and $361 million (61%) in 2009, according to Forbes list of the 200 largest U.S. charities.

      Then they have Republican legislators approving vouchers and other tax mechanisms to maintain their schools.

      Republican legislators also vote to squelch extensions of statutes of limitations which would result in more lawsuits from their victims and disclosure of hidden information from the Church.

      Besides tax breaks, most importantly, the Church gets to keep their finances hidden so no one can see how many of their 400 organizations in this country receive and pass money onto Republican politicians - the greatest SuperPAC in this country.

      Finally they receive Republican obsequiousness to their mysogynist and homophobic charities and political agenda as noted in this article.

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