September 20, 2018

An artefact that connected a Chicago Catholic priest with the church in which he served has been cut to ribbons and reduced to ashes. The “sacrilegious” rainbow banner, incorporating a cross, that once hung in the Resurrection Church was burned in a “private” ceremony. It was to be publicly destroyed on September 29 by Fr Paul John Kalchik, but when the the Chicago archdiocese heard of the plan, it ordered the priest to stop its destruction. Undeterred, Kalchik and parishioners went… Read more

September 19, 2018

To mark America’s national Banned Book Week – an anti-censorship initiative launched in the 1980s – Rumford Public Library in Maine put up a public display of titles deemed unacceptable to censors. Turns out that a trio of Rumsford clergyman found the display offensive – and tried to get it banned. According to this Mombian report the three stooges – Dan Pearson of the Rumford Baptist Church, Justin Thacker of the Praise Assembly of God, and Father Nathan March of… Read more

September 18, 2018

Iben Thranholm,  a right-wing religious extremist from Denmark, is convinced that sexual abuse scandals engulfing the Catholic Church are the result of a communist plot to destroy the church from within. In a Life Site News op-ed she writes: Sexual abuse of minors and the practice of homosexuality is the perfect way to demoralize the Church and cause it to lose its moral authority in the eyes of the public and among believers, and cause people to abandon the faith…. Read more

September 17, 2018

The National Secular Society and Humanism UK have rubbished a suggestion put forward by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth – the Conservative Minister for Faith –  that religious representation in the House of Lords should be extended to non-Christian leaders. After the asinine Bourne, above, said last week that seats reserved for Church of England bishops in the House of Lords should be extended to include leaders of other religions, Stephen Evans, CEO of the NSS, said: The whole practice of… Read more

September 17, 2018

A doomsday cult – the Grace Road Church headed by Shin Ok-ju, above – set alarm bells ringing back in 2012 when it was alleged that a mentally ill man was so badly brutalised at a branch of the church in New York that he lost a leg as a result. Over the course of 10 days, Seungick Chung’s wrist and knees were duct-taped to a chair or bed in the basement, apparently cutting off the blood circulation in his… Read more

September 16, 2018

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, reportedly had to endure a ‘complicated’ meeting in Holland on Friday after he agreed to meet four victims of alleged sexual abuse carried out by Buddhist teachers in several countries. The BBC reports that a spokesperson said the Dalai Lama was “saddened” to hear about the abuse and “constantly condemned” such behaviour. The group had requested the meeting to discuss abuse reportedly carried out by former or current Buddhist teachers in several countries. The… Read more

September 15, 2018

In Zionville, Indiana, a local chapter of the Satanic Temple are engaged in a highway clean-up campaign – and some local Christians are reportedly appalled. The group had been given the green light to  remove trash through the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway programme – and signs were put up along a section of the rural road acknowledging their care for the environment. Trouble is, committed Christian Jill Konija, above, has a property close to the this stretch of road, very… Read more

September 14, 2018

A headline last week in The Scottish Catholic Observer read ‘Lib Dems to consider adopting policy to end Catholic education in Scotland’ – and in the report a church spokesperson was quoted as saying ‘This deeply illiberal motion shows contempt for religious freedom and discriminates against parents who choose to send their children to Catholic schools.’ Sadly, the motion was kicked into the long grass after a heated debate, and Alex Cole-Hamilton, above, the Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for Edinburgh… Read more

September 13, 2018

Free speech advocates gathered in a Madrid cinema last night to protest the detention of Spanish actor Willy Toledo, inset, who stands accused of ridiculing God and the Virgin Mary. The 48-year-old cinema and TV actor , according to the Guardian, is to face questioning by a judge today (Thursday) for posting a message on Facebook last year that said: I shit on God, and I have enough shit left over to shit on the dogma of the sanctity and virginity… Read more

September 12, 2018

A sexual abuse commission funded by the German Bishops’ Conference found that 3,677 mostly male minors had been sexually abused by 1,670 priests between 1946 and 2014. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, above, had intended to make public the results of an independent research team’s probe on September 25, but, according to this report, two major German major media outlets – Der Spiegel and Die Zeit – jumped the gun and today (Wednesday) leaked the findings. Following the same pattern observed in other… Read more

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