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|The Pope's Treasure
“The Vatican, a 10 billion euro treasure - Investments in property, stocks, gold, hard currency,” is the title and lede of an article published last July by Italian journalist, Emiliano ...
|Pope Francis: Junipero Serra “was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States”
Yesterday, Pope Francis led a celebration for the soon-to-be canonized Junípero Serra by praising the 18th century Spanish Franciscan friar who founded the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in ...
|Catholic School Teacher Reinstated After Anti-Gay Rant While LGBT Faculty Remain Jobless
Patricia Jannuzzi, a religion teacher at Immaculata High School in New Jersey, posted on Facebook that gays "want to reengineer western civ (sic) into a slow extinction " as part of their "agenda." ...
|Jeb Bush Learns From the Pope How to Become President
During an interview conducted “Easter Monday,” Jeb Bush admitted that, while the pope might be a “real disappointment” for people who expected “big changes,” the pontiff’s “attitude”
|Pope Francis and the Dirty War - Part I
Hagiographies of Jorge Mario Bergoglio may soon obliterate what was written before the media -created Pope Francis Superstar. This is an effort to preserve this information along with some ...
|Pope Francis and the Dirty War - Part II
Hagiographies of Jorge Mario Bergoglio may soon obliterate what was written before the media -created Pope Francis Superstar. This is an effort to preserve this information along with some ...
|Essential Catholicism for Kossacks – Clearing Up the Most Common Misconceptions
The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue is fully sanctioned by the Catholic Church. Cardinal Raymond Burke is not the “highest ranking U.S. cardinal," not even close. Some Jesuits are neocons . ...
|Religious Freedom Day: Catholic Right Still Tied to Big-Money Republicans
The last time anyone counted, “about one-in-five religious advocacy organizations in Washington D.C. have a Roman Catholic perspective,” the biggest spender being the United States Conference of ...
|Pope Refused Meeting with Dalai Lama, Rebuffed Tutu to Increase Vatican Influence in Asia
Pope Frances refused the Dalai Lama’s request for a meeting on December 11, 2014, because “the Holy See’s relationship with the Chinese government is currently going through a very delicate - ...
|Duped by the Media on Pope Francis, Progressives Wonder How Republicans Get Elected
“Americans will vote for Republicans even though they disagree with them on everything. [O]n the biggest issues facing Congress, they still agree with Democrats on ... almost everything. That ...
|Why Pope Francis Is Seeking Reconciliation with European Fascists
The head of the notorious Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, met with Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on Sept. 23, 2014, “...
|Pope Francis and Sex Abuse: Time for Another* Reality Check
“Pope sacks Paraguay bishop accused of protecting abuser priest” or some similar headline was carried by newspapers and news agencies around the world yesterday, unanimously praising Pope ...
|The Vatican Sets Their Sights on Asia
Pontificates have common and particular geopolitical aspirations for increasing the power of the Catholic Church. The current pope and his two predecessors formed and maintain the U.S. episcopate as ...
|Media Still Withholding Critical Information About Pope Francis
Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga was named by Pope Francis as head of a group of cardinals to help him govern the Church one month after the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was ...
|Pope Francis Met With the Head of the Family - the Secretive Politicians Based in DC Townhouse
On June 5, Pope Francis met in private with Doug Coe , one of the most influential evangelicals in the US and head of the Family, tea-party ally Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and former U.S. Interior ...
|Pope Francis: Is this Victory for the Corporate Media Predictive of this Year’s Campaigns?
“What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.” ---Bertrand Russell Big Money Republicans learned from their mistakes in 2012. They “plan to ...
|What Democrats Need to Learn from Pope Francis
Almost unknown outside of Argentina, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named the fourth “Most Powerful Person in the World/People Who Rule the World” by Forbes seven months after his election ...
|A Holy Week Reflection on Church and State and Pope Francis
The Gospels tell us that the religious leaders were the only people Jesus reprimanded and chastised. They were hypocrites and didn’t set a good example. In turn, they paid Judas 30 pieces of ...
|Opus Dei Influence Rises to the Top in the Vatican
Opus Dei, an official institution of the Catholic Church, at the top is a secret society of international bankers, financiers, businessmen and their supporters. Their goal is the same as other ...
|Pope Francis and Clergy Sexual Abuse in Argentina
The following was posted on the BishopAccountability.org website yesterday: Jorge Mario Bergoglio was archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998 to 2013 and president of the Argentine bishops’ ...
|Pope Says No Change on Sex Abuse, Women’s Health, Gay Rights. OKs Business as Usual for US Bishops
Pope Francis marked the first anniversary of his pontificate by stating he intended to continue unchanged the Church’s policies regarding ongoing child sex abuse, abortion, same-sex marriage, ...
|For the Sake of Our Children, President Obama, Please Cancel Your Meeting with Pope Francis
Because there should be consequences. Mr. President, please stand with the hundreds of thousands of children who have been raped, sodomized and sexually assaulted, the children now being similarly ...
|Vatican Inc.’s Future Secured by Pope Francis
(As posted on Open Tabernacle) “ Worldwide banking and financial activities ” is a Vatican industry as noted in the CIA Factbook. While the pope has announced one commission to study his Church��
|Sex Abuse – Just Another PR Opportunity for Pope Francis
A Vatican delegation received what was widely reported as a “grilling” at a hearing conducted by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on Jan. 16. They feigned concern ...
|Pope Francis Packs the Vatican with Vulture Capitalists
Pope Francis has urged world leaders to end the “cult of money” and the “tyranny” of free market economics but he has filled the Vatican with proponents and practitioners of the same immoral ...
|How Pope Francis Endangers Our Children
Pope Francis has signaled his officials that his Church's response to the sytemic and global crimes of sexual torture remain unchanged by apppointing and promoting prelates regardless of their ...
|Pope Francis: “Son of the Church”
On the July 28 flight back to Rome from Rio de Janeiro’s World Youth Day and in a widely publicized interview in September with a Jesuit magazine, when asked for his opinion on abortion and same-...
|Putin to Meet with Pope Francis
Among those "who truly rule the world," Vladimir Putin is No. 1 and Pope Francis No. 4 behind Barack Obama and Xi Jinping according to Forbes . How much of the pope's influence derives from widely ...
|Stephen Colbert: Tell Cardinal Dolan Sex Abuse, Denying Gay and Women's Rights is NOT Funny
Colbert headlined a charity gala hosted by New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan in the Waldorf-Astoria on Thursday night. Brian Thomas Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America, was the honoree at this Alfred E.
|Pope Francis Concealed His Actions Against Two Prelates. Now Both “Whereabouts are Unknown.”
A “dossier" accusing papal nuncio Archbishop Josef Wesolowski of sex abuse of minors was sent to Pope Francis sometime in July by Santo Domingo Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez. The ...
|American Plutocrats Take the Vatican
“The Church needs to have a good public profile because there are a lot of people out there who would like to exclude the Church from any type of public witness and we can’t let that happen,” ...
|No Prayer Vigil for the Church's Victims
The Catholic Church held a huge demonstration in St. Peter's Square on Saturday ostensibly to pray for peace. If Pope Francis was the moral world leader he claims to be, his first action as pontiff ...
|“Masonic Lobbies” Remark Reveals Pope Francis’ Darker Side
The media continued its adulation of Pope Francis by hailing his pronouncement that gays are OK as long as they’re chaste and unmarried. Fewer noted that, since all public positions of power and ...
|Two Attorneys and the Vatican’s Sovereign Immunity
Dan Shea brought suit against Pope Benedict XVI for directing bishops around the world to cover up the sexual assault of children. Jonathan Levy represents Holocaust survivors who want an accounting ...
|What is Pope Francis Hiding?
On Thursday, Francis issued a new law “ criminalizing leaks of Vatican information.” A leader with nothing to hide might encourage his employees to speak the truth rather than threatening them ...
|What Would St. Francis Do?
St. Francis of Assisi is quoted as saying, “Spread the gospel at all times, if necessary, use words.” We’ve heard a lot of words from Pope Francis. Now we see his choices of people and ...
|The Pope Preaches to the G8 Leaders
The day before the G8 summit, Pope Francis sent British Prime Minister David Cameron a letter , urging him to convey his instructions to the other participants. Francis preached to the world ...
|The Ersatz Pope
Ersatz - a lower quality or artificial substitute – is how Pope Francis was described by Horatio Verbitsky, a leading Argentine investigative journalist and human rights activist, the day after ...
|In France and Ireland, Catholics Back Violence and Death to Support the Plutocracy
Before and after passage of the “marriage for all” legislation in France on Tuesday, protests backed by the Catholic Church turned violent. There has also been an increase in anti-gay hate ...
|Media Lesson: Pope Actually Recommended No Change in Cases of Sex Abuse
We received an excellent lesson this past Friday on how the mainstream media distorts the truth. First, here's the Vatican's press release : FRANCIS: ACT DECISIVELY AGAINST SEXUAL ABUSE Vatican ...
|A Pope Too Good To Be True
"How I would like a Church that is poor and for the poor," Pope Francis told about 5,000 journalists on March 16. What he means is “paternalistic handouts that are equated with evangelization. To ...
|Business as Usual in the Catholic Church
After 35 years of being lied to by the Church of the Plutocracy, like Charlie Brown, we’re all expected to try to kick the football yet again and believe what the pope and his men tell us. Like, ...
|Conclave: U.S. v Italy
Pope Paul VI appointed the American Archbishop Paul Marcinkus as president of the Vatican Bank (aka IOR, the Institute of Religious Works) in 1971. Marcinkus allowed a group of criminals under the ...
|Two Cardinals and a Conclave
Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who was forced to resign last week by Pope Benedict XVI, admitted on Sunday that he had had homosexual relations since he became a priest even during his ten years ...
|What You Don't Know About Catholic Charity or Social Justice
The goal of Catholic charity in this country is to advance the mission of the Church and the majority of funding comes from U.S. taxpayers. On June 25, 2011, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal ...
|Vatican Gay Sex Lobby “Hardly News” but the Amount of Bad Publicity is Unprecedented
In the aftermath of Thursday’s blockbuster account by the Italian newspaper La Repubblica of a gay sex lobby in the Vatican “being blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes who worked at a ...
|The Vatican Bank and Money Laundering
Several of you have asked that I write with more clarity on this topic which I will try to do. First, a very condensed history is helpful to understanding Vatican finances, but if you don't like ...
|Opus Dei in Charge - For Now
The secular plutocracy has already jettisoned the U.S. Catholic episcopate as unwanted baggage. Post-election, no national Republican leader has mentioned birth control, “religious freedom,” ...
|Mahony Rebuked: PR, Politics and Who Is Really in Charge
I am not defending Cardinal Mahony’s record of aiding and abetting the sexual torture of Los Angeles children. I am explaining why, for the first time in the history of the American Catholic Church,
|Implosion at the Vatican - One Can Only Hope
Two Vatican experts have used the word “implosion” to describe the current state of affairs at the Holy See: Robert Mickens , Vatican correspondent for The Tablet published in Britain, and ...
|Vatican and Goldman Sachs - A "One-World Government" Aimed at Africa
" A true world political authority " was called for by Pope Benedict XVI during his Dec. 3, 2012, remarks to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, citing his 2009 encyclical Caritas in ...
|Shocking Catholic Misogyny
For anyone who thinks that the Catholic bishops’ opposition to contraception is about “religious freedom,” or that their assaults on women’s healthcare and reproductive rights is about ...
|Accused of Crimes Against Humanity, Pope Still Treated by Media as “Spiritual” Leader
Every Christmas and Easter, my heart aches for the millions of people around the world who were brutalized and tortured by Catholic priests, brothers and nuns, their families and friends, and the ...
|European Plutocrats Covered Up Vatican Money Laundering
Holocaust survivors want an accounting of the gold and assets stolen from them, then deposited in and laundered through the Vatican Bank. Their complaint was blocked by the EU Commission. ...
|Bishop Jenky’s Blasphemy
We are habituated to hyperbole, disingenuousness, dishonesty, deceit, falsehoods and deceptions of every kind from Catholic bishops (like child sex abuse, even more inexcusable when done by men who ...
|Catholic Leaders Frantic to Get Their Benefactors/Protectors Back in Power
The Catholic Church is Orwell’s future incarnated as we head towards the closing days of the 2012 Presidential Election campaign. “Religious Freedom” means obeying the pope. “Pro-life” ...
|Bishops’ Deafening Silence on Romney’s Support for Abortion and Contraception
As if anyone needed any further proof that the U.S. Catholic bishops are political hacks for the GOP, their collective silence this past week after a Romney ad stated the candidate thinks “...
|Marriage Amendments: Understanding Republican “Religion”
Logically, if conservative Christians were really concerned about “attacks on traditional marriage” or “Christian families” or the “sanctity of marriage,” they would be trying to reduce ...
|“Catholic Church revving up its ‘beat-down the Democratic vote’ operations” WITH GOV'T FUNDS
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) received $67,862,160 from the federal government in 2011, down from $69,377,785 in 2010, but a larger percentage of their income – 34.6 percent in ...
|The "Catholic Vote": No Longer a National Bellwether
In the past, Catholics were 25% of the U.S. population. Catholics now constitute 19.1% of the population according to the 2010 U.S Religion Census conducted by the Association of Statisticians of ...
|The Religious Right - Now less than a third of U.S. population
Now that the Values Voters Summit has ended, it’s time to take note that damning demographics are facing the Religious Right as well as the Republican Party as a whole. When the coalition of ...
|Todd Akin “meets frequently with the archbishop to coordinate activities.”
Congressman Akin - infamous for his statement that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape” - coordinates his activities with Catholic Archbishop Robert J. Carlson ...
|Dark Money PACs - Change the Tax Code to Require Full Disclosure
Karl Rove’s Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies and the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity are social-welfare nonprofits, also known as 501(c)(4)s or c4s for their section of the tax ...
|The Romney/Ryan/Vatican Doctrine
While the progressive media fret over the Koch brothers, Adelson, Super PACs, and “ dark money PACs ” they ignore the largest and most secret Political Action Committee in this country – the ...
|7th Most Powerful Person in the World and a Formidable Opponent of Obama (Part 2)
A huge white sheet was raised to cover the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Salvador’s façade on Monday, December 26, 2011. Behind it, workers began removing the 2,700 pieces of the mosaic titled “...
|7th Most Powerful Person in the World and a Formidable Opponent of Obama
Pope Benedict XVI is the seventh most powerful person in the world; Charles and David Koch combined were #45 according to Forbes Magazine which bills itself as providing “Information for the World��
|The Threat of the Catholic Church to America
(Many comments on my recent diary indicated that some Daily Kos readers aren’t aware of the negative impact the Catholic Church has in this country or the role of the Vatican, so this diary is ...
|New Information Emerges on Pope John Paul II
Most news items this year about the financial corruption in the Vatican conclude with a reference to the early 1980s Vatican Bank scandal. This past week, though, an Italian journalist nonchalantly ...
|Vatican Resembling Nixon White House
The Washington Post recently published a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in. It was a reminder of how, among other factors, President Nixon’s paranoia and suspicions ...
|Victims of Nun's Sex Abuse Need Our Compassion, Too
Imagine the reaction of the thousands of men and women sexually abused by American nuns to the continuous media coverage lauding their tormenters and torturers as the ultimate practitioners of virtue.
|The Butler Didn't Do It
Most of you have at least read the headline that the pope’s butler was arrested on Friday for stealing confidential documents. And I think most Daily Kos readers had the same initial reaction: Yeah,
|My Friend Jesus - No, the One in Prison Awaiting Deportation
My friend, an undocumented immigrant, was arrested for driving to work without a license which he cannot legally obtain. With no public transportation available, he was risking his freedom, like ...
|Dowd, Dionne, Matthews Give Bishops a Pass
Maureen Dowd in today’s New York Times and E.J. Dionne and Chris Matthews on Thursday’s Hardball laid blame for the attacks on Georgetown University’s invitation to Secretary of Health and ...
|Stop Government Funding of Catholic Plutocrats
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)
|Why the Pope Doesn't Care What We Think About the Nuns
God’s Rottweiler and Panzer Kardinal are the sobriquets which won Joseph Ratzinger the papacy. He earned them by squelching not only internal dissent but also Liberation Theology, a movement in ...
|Bishop: Obama like Hitler and Stalin. War Against Obama Continues
“This is not a war where any believing Catholic may remain neutral,” exhorted Peoria Bishop Daniel R. Jenky during the April 14 “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith.” Inciting his followers, the ...
|"Apostolic Journeys" or Trade Junkets?
After Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to both countries, Mexican President Felipe Calderon met this past week with Cuban President Raul Castro and Havana Cardinal Jaime Ortega to “discuss possible ...
|Santorum and Opus Dei - the Real Story
Maureen Dowd made a comment in her New York Times column today that Rick Santorum is attracted to Opus Dei’s asceticism. Few Americans know anything about Opus Dei because it was founded in Spain ...
|The Mightiest SuperPAC of All
There is a non-profit political action group with affiliates in every state and metropolitan area which campaigns for ballot initiatives, legislation and indirectly for political candidates which ...
|Santorum IS a "Real" Catholic
Ever since Rick Santorum surged ahead in recent GOP primaries, pundits and journalists have been quick to point out how Santorum isn’t a “real” Catholic in the mold of former American Catholic ...
|The Corporatocracy Changes Tactics
“In the eyes of Obama backers, the Democratic incumbent was handed a political gift when Limbaugh…called Fluke a ‘slut’ because the 30-year-old Georgetown University student has been a vocal ...
|An American Catholic Theocracy
Yesterday, the Senate held a floor vote on a proposal to allow employers to decline to provide health benefits which conflict with their religious beliefs. With a twitch of their collective noses, ...
Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon (money)."
|Dear Zell "Christocrat" Miller: Be Careful What You Wish For
In his latest move to garner support from the Religious Right, Newt Gingrich announced his selection of former Senator Zell Miller as co-chair of his presidential campaign this past week. In response,
|Sex Abuse by Priests: "Blame Woodstock"*
“The rise in abuse cases in the 1960s and 1970s” was due to the “social and sexual turmoil” in “society in general” according to ...
|Torturing Children and the Separation of Church and State
The United Nations Committee Against Torture received a formal submission on Good Friday by the Justice for Magdalenes (...
|The Catholic League IS Officially Sanctioned by the Church
There was an excellent posting earlier today, "Catholic League Sets About Redefining Rape, ...
|Bishops want taxpayers to pay for their charity
A letter asking for legislation “protecting the lives and dignity of those who are poor and vulnerable” was sent ...
|Attempted Balkan Arms Deal Brokered by Priest and Why it Matters
In November 2008, a London-based friar of the Franciscans of the Atonement, Fr. Michael Seed, using “American corporate strategist” Kalman Sporn as a go-between, approached Israeli arms dealer, ...
|Brilliant Response to "Tea Party Socialist-Free Purity Pledge"
The following "All-American 'Original Intent of the Founding Fathers' Purity Pledge" is a brilliant response to the Tea Party's Purity Pledge. It was written by an attorney who "found that a lot of ...
|Catholic Bishops v. Immigration Reform
Encouraged by their near-success in sinking health care reform , the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has now set its ...
|Vatican Names GOP Convention Speaker to Lead Miami Archdiocese
While the mainstream media is focused on the sex abuse scandal, for the second time in two weeks another dependably Republican prelate has been appointed to head a major US archdiocese. Bishop ...
|Opus Dei Money Will Rain On California
With the media focused on the sex abuse scandal, little notice has been given to the Vatican announcement this week naming Opus Dei Archbishop Jose Gomez as the new leader of the largest Catholic ...
|Glenn Beck and the Catholic Bishops
When the New York Times ran a series of articles this week connecting Pope Benedict XVI to the practice of moving pedophile priests to new assignments and the failure of the Church to ...
|Please, No More Excuses for the Pope
Following a series of reports in the New York Times linking Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI directly to the ordinary practice of bishops to move pedophile priests to new ...
|Pope Blames "Society"
What Pope Benedict XVI did or didn't do when he was Archbishop of Munich and Freising and the powerful head of a Vatican department has been the subject of numerous news stories this past week. ...
|The Biggest Losers: Catholic Bishops
The biggest losers in this week's health-care reform vote are the U.S. Catholic bishops. Unlike other opponents of the legislation who had none to begin with, the bishops lost much of the respect ...
|The Resurgent Catholic Right
Two recent speeches by prelates, a moral justification for Bush torture policies, renewal of the infamous wafer watch and the presentation of a pro-life award to the former president are sure signs ...
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