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June 29, 2017

The Catholic church rots from the head down: Top adviser to Pope Francis, Australian Cardinal George Pell, is charged with multiple sex crimes.

In a long overdue move, pedophile protecting Cardinal George Pell has been “charged with multiple historical sex crimes in his native Australia on Thursday, bringing a worldwide abuse scandal to the heart of the Vatican.”

The New York Times reports:

Australia’s senior Roman Catholic prelate, and one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, has been charged with sexual assault, the police in the Australian state of Victoria said on Thursday.

For the record, Pell is a despicable monster who lived with and protected Father Jerry Ridsdale, one of the most prolific pedophiles in Australian history. Father Ridsdale was convicted between 1993 and 2013 of a large number of child sexual abuse and indecent assault charges against 54 children aged as young as four years.

Reports indicate that in 1983 Cardinal Pell knew his friend and colleague was raping children but did nothing about it, casually remarking to another Catholic priest:

I think Gerry has been rooting young boys again.

Yet Cardinal Pell never reported his friend and colleague for raping and sexually abusing young children.

In addition, and perhaps more disturbing, Cardinal Pell himself is accused of sexually abusing at least one child.

Yet the fact is Pell has shown little sympathy for the survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy, and is on record claiming:

The Catholic Church is no more legally responsible for priests who abuse children than a trucking company which employs a driver who molests women.

Despite the overwhelming evidence, Pell claims he is innocent. At a news conference at the Vatican the disgraced 76-year-old pedophile-priest-protecting abomination declared:

I am looking forward finally to having my day in court. I repeat that I am innocent of these charges. They are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me.

Cardinal Pell is Australia’s highest ranking Catholic, the Vatican’s Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, and a close adviser and friend to Pope Francis.

And despite the overwhelming evidence of his heinous behavior in the past, Pope Francis has continued to protect and reward Cardinal Pell with power and friendship.

The deplorable reality is that protecting pedophiles is simply business as usual for Pope Francis and the Catholic church. Cardinal Pell’s crimes are not news, as they have been widely reported for years. The only difference is that now the Australian government has demonstrated the moral courage to charge the monster for his crimes.

As for Pope Francis, questions remain: Why did he reward and protect this monster guilty of such heinous crimes against children? The allegations against Pell are nothing new, and have been widely reported, yet Francis continued to support, protect, and even reward this wicked monstrosity.

Bottom line: The Catholic church is a morally bankrupt institution that continues to rot from the head down, protecting and enabling pedophile priests while leaving the children to suffer.

Australian Cardinal Pell Charged With Sex Crimes (Image via screen grab)
Australian Cardinal Pell Charged With Sex Crimes (Image via screen grab)
May 13, 2017

Pope Francis threatens the godless with hell, but pedophile priests and the nuns who enable them still get a ticket to heaven.

Pope Francis, the religious bigot progressives try to love, claimed that the Godless are on their way to hell while presiding over a magic ceremony honoring two siblings who convinced gullible and ignorant believers that they were in contact with “the Mother Mary.”

ABC reports:

Pope Francis added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints Saturday, honoring young siblings whose reported visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the Portuguese farm town of Fatima into one of the world’s most important Catholic shrines.

Francis proclaimed Francisco and Jacinta Marto saints at the start of Mass marking the centenary of their visions. A half-million people watched in the vast square in front of the shrine’s basilica, the Vatican said, citing Portuguese authorities. Many had spent days at Fatima in prayer, reciting rosaries before a statue of the Madonna. They clapped as soon as Francis read the proclamation aloud.

While presiding over the magic ceremony Francis went out of his way to admonish “the Godless,” even going so far as to threaten them with eternal torture in hell for not observing his silly religious superstitions.

CRUX, a leading Catholic publication, reports:

Speaking at the famed shrine of Our Lady of Fatima on the 100th anniversary of the apparitions that took place here a century ago, featuring secrets and revelations from Mary, Pope Francis warned hundreds of thousands of faithful not to live a life that profanes God, because doing so leads to Hell.

At the event Francis said:

Our Lady foretold, and warned us about, a way of life that is godless and indeed profanes God in his creatures. Such a life – frequently proposed and imposed – risks leading to Hell.

Yet while this week Francis is threatening the Godless with hell, the same Pope declared earlier this year that it’s “better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic.”

However, despite his confusing rhetoric that sometimes seduces weak minded progressives desperate to find something good in the moral cesspool that is the Catholic church, Pope Francis continues to be a major disappointment, and a big moral failure.

Previously, in what can only be described as a stunning bit of ironic hypocrisy, Francis, the head of a notoriously sexist institution that routinely discriminates against women, issued a call for equal treatment of women in the workplace.

More serious, in a scathing report, the UN condemned Francis and the Catholic Church for protecting and enabling pedophile priests engaged in the sexual abuse of children. And there is strong evidence Francis continues the Catholic Church’s reprehensible policy of protecting pedophile priests from criminal prosecution.

Earlier this year, another report revealed that Francis has been refusing to punish pedophile priests, and instead of cracking down on the sexual abuse of children by clergy in the church, Pope Francis is in reality quietly making the Catholic church a safe space for predators.

Indeed, the recent moral failures of Pope Francis range from the sinister to the comical. Earlier a clueless Francis told an audience at St. Peter’s Square that choosing not to have children is “selfish,” apparently forgetting that he is a celibate man without children.

Also, Francis endorsed corporal punishment, a form of child abuse, by making the perverse claim that parents hitting children is “beautiful” as long as the act of violence against a child is done with “dignity.”

Perhaps most disturbing, commenting on the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Francis declared “one cannot make fun of faith” and that anyone who throws insults can expect a “punch,” offering a tacit justification for terror and violence in response to a cartoon making fun of religious superstition.

In addition, Pope Francis also believes that transgender teens should stop complaining, deny their lived experience, and “accept their own body as it was created.”

In short, despite the sometimes friendly facade, the occasional superficial liberal rhetoric, and a humorous joke now and then, Pope Francis is a moral failure guilty of perpetuating the institutional immorality of the Catholic Church.

Bottom line: If pedophile priests and those that enable them are in heaven, then maybe hell isn’t the real threat after all.  

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Pope Francis: Godless Life Leads To Hell (Image via Facebook)

 

February 25, 2017

A new report reveals Pope Francis is quietly making the Catholic church a safe space for pedophile priests.

The Associated Press reports that Pope Francis is reducing sanctions against pedophile priests, and even refusing to defrock priests found guilty of sexually abusing children, all in the name of mercy.

In one particularly egregious case, Francis let off one notorious pedophile priest, Rev. Mauro Inzoli, with just a lifetime of prayer for abusing five young boys.

The Associated Press reports about the Pope’s leniency towards pedophile priests:

One case has come back to haunt him: An Italian priest who received the pope’s clemency was later convicted by an Italian criminal court for his sex crimes against children as young as 12. The Rev. Mauro Inzoli is now facing a second church trial after new evidence emerged against him, The Associated Press has learned.

The Inzoli case is one of several in which Francis overruled the advice of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and reduced a sentence that called for the priest to be defrocked, two canon lawyers and a church official told AP. Instead, the priests were sentenced to penalties including a lifetime of penance and prayer and removal from public ministry.

The report notes that by refusing to punish pedophile priests Francis is going against the recommendations of his advisers in an attempt to show “mercy.”

In an attempt to justify the Pope’s refusal to fully punish pedophile priests in the name of “mercy,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said:

The Holy Father understands that many victims and survivors can find any sign of mercy in this area difficult. But he knows that the Gospel message of mercy is ultimately a source of powerful healing and of grace.

In other words, no justice for victims, no justice for the children raped and abused by Catholic priests, but mercy for the pedophile priests who rape children.

Bottom line: Pope Francis, like the Catholic church he leads, is morally bankrupt. 

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May 21, 2016

A child is more likely to be molested at church than in a transgender-friendly bathroom.

As the transgender bathroom hysteria rages across the nation, it is important to remember where the real danger is for children. And despite the hysteria, a church is much more dangerous for a child than a public bathroom.

Earlier this week a gay Alabama lawmaker discusses the fact that church is a greater threat to children than transgender-friendly bathrooms. In a touching op-ed post, state representative Patricia Todd discussed the difficulties of being transgender, and the myths surrounding the transgender community.

As for “the bathroom issue” Todd notes:

No evidence has been uncovered showing that fears of transgender persons and “the bathroom issue” are warranted. Several states, school districts and corporations have adopted their own policies affirming transgender people’s right to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity and have not reported problems.

As for the plight of transgender people, Todd reports:

In a study from UCLA’s Williams Institute, nearly 70% of transgender people said they had experienced verbal harassment in a situation involving gender-segregated bathrooms, while nearly 10% reported physical assault.

As for the safety of children, Todd observes:

Most child predators are male (The National Center for Victims of Crime) and The Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute notes that 90% of child molesters target children in their network of family and friends, and the majority are men married to women.

In other words, the real danger to children is not strangers in a public bathroom, but people they know, and are taught to trust.

Indeed, anyone who pays attention to the news recognizes that youth pastors are often associated with the sexual abuse of children, and of course there is always the despicable, ongoing, and never-ending sexual abuse of children in the Catholic church.

American News X reports in 2014 the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) came out with a report on sexual abuse in the Catholic church. The report indicates that from 1950-2013, 17,259 victims made accusations and 6,427 clerics had been counted as “not implausibly” or “credibly” accused. In addition, it should be noted that these numbers do not account for underreporting, or include the unusually large number victims who came forward in 2003 in the wake of the Boston Globe‘s eye-opening report on sexual abuse in the Catholic church by their Spotlight team.

American News X also reports evangelical leaders have grown concerned enough about sexual abuse in their ranks that they have launched the “Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment” (GRACE) to train, educate and help faith communities prevent the rampant child sexual abuse in America’s churches.

A presentation titled “Offenders Within The Church: Who Are They And How Do They Operate?” gives an ominous indication of the grave threat facing children in American churches, including the fact that reported child abuse accusations against US protestant churches average 70 per week (GRACE also acknowledges that the actual number is probably much higher due to under-reporting.)

In fact, GRACE even has a name for this phenomenon that contributes to sexual abuse in churches: The Five Exploitations:

  1. Exploitation of “religious cover”: Child molesters’ apparent embrace of religious practices and doctrine gives them access to children while providing cover for their behavior.
  2. Exploitation of faith: “The victim’s own analysis of religious doctrine may result in confusion and silence.”
  3. Exploitation of power: Children are taught to submit to authority “from the earliest age.”
  4. Exploitation of needs: Churches are always in need of volunteers and don’t always have the resources to thoroughly vet everyone. On top of that, churchgoers often come in need of support and spiritual solace.
  5. Exploitation of trust: Churches foster a trusting environment, especially for families with children, and children are taught to trust in God and those whom they see as His representatives.

As for the big myth that transgender people using public bathrooms pose some sort of threat, a report issued by Media Matters cites experts from twelve states – including law enforcement officials, state human rights workers, and sexual assault victims advocates – who debunk the myth that transgender non-discrimination laws have any relation to incidents of sexual assault or harassment in public restrooms.

Bottom line: Children are much more likely to be molested at church than in a transgender-friendly bathroom.

(H/T Patricia ToddAmerican News X)

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February 18, 2016

Donald Trump and Pope Francis go to war over immigration.

Pope Francis condemned Donald Trump on Thursday, claiming the GOP front-runner is “not Christian” for his stance on immigration.

Francis, speaking Italian, told a reporter on a plane back to the Vatican after a six-day trip to Mexico, commented on Trump’s anti-immigration stance, noting:

A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.

Trump has promised to build a wall along the Mexican border from Texas to California and expel 11 million people who are in the country illegally if elected president.

In an interview with Fox Business Network last week, Trump said that he did not believe Francis understood what he called “the danger of the open border we have with Mexico,” saying:

I think Mexico got him to [visit the border] because Mexico wants to keep the border just the way it is because they’re making a fortune and we’re losing.

In a statement, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said:

The pope always talks about migration problems all around the world, of the duties we have to solve these problems in a humane manner, of hosting those who come from other countries in search of a life of dignity and peace.

In response to Pope Francis declaring that Trump is not a Christian, Trump released the following statement:

If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened. ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians.

The Mexican government and its leadership has made many disparaging remarks about me to the Pope, because they want to continue to rip off the United States, both on trade and at the border, and they understand I am totally wise to them. The Pope only heard one side of the story – he didn’t see the crime, the drug trafficking and the negative economic impact the current policies have on the United States. He doesn’t see how Mexican leadership is outsmarting President Obama and our leadership in every aspect of negotiation.

For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith. They are using the Pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant.

In this rhetorical battle, nobody’s hands are clean. Pope Francis is right when he argues that the anti-immigrant stance of Trump and the rest of the GOP does not reflect the teachings of Christ; and in so far as Trump and other Republicans call themselves Christian while demanding the deportation of illegal immigrants they are without question hypocrites, and acting contrary to Christ’s teachings.

However, given that Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church, an anti-gay, anti-woman, and fundamentally immoral institution that continues to protect and enable pedophile clergy who rape and sexually abuse children, his moral judgement is at the least questionable, if not completely worthless.

Bottom line: Being a Christian, or claiming to be a Christian, is no guarantee of morality or civility, and may actually be an indication that such qualities are lacking.

Watch The Pope’s comments and Trump’s response below –

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February 16, 2016

Secular Retribution: In a righteous tune Australian comedian Tim Minchin blasts the pedophile-priest-protecting Cardinal Pell for refusing to return to Australia and testify before a Royal Commission on the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy.

In the catchy song Minchin correctly identifies Cardinal Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric, as “scum,” a “goddamn coward,” and a “pompous buffoon.”

For those unaware, Cardinal Pell actually lived with and protected Father Jerry Ridsdale, one of the most prolific pedophiles in Australian history. Father Ridsdale was convicted between 1993 and 2013 of a large number of child sexual abuse and indecent assault charges against 54 children aged as young as four years.

Reports indicate that in 1983 Cardinal Pell knew his friend and colleague was raping children but did nothing about it, casually remarking to another Catholic priest:

I think Gerry has been rooting young boys again.

Yet Cardinal Pell never reported his friend and colleague for raping and sexually abusing young children.

In addition, and perhaps more disturbing, Cardinal Pell himself is accused of sexually abusing a child.

In fact, Pell has shown little sympathy for the survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy, and is on record claiming:

The Catholic Church is no more legally responsible for priests who abuse children than a trucking company which employs a driver who molests women.

Many Australians are angry because Cardinal Pell is feigning illness, and refusing to leave the Vatican and fly back to Australia and face the music.

The following is a sample of the lyrics from Minchin’s Come Home (Cardinal Pell):

It is just the right thing to do. We have a right to know what you knew. Couldn’t you see what was under your nose Georgie? Back in ’73 when you were living with Jerry. Is it true that you knew but chose to ignore? Did you actively try to keep it buried? And years later when survivors — despite their shame and their fear — stood up to tell their stories.

I mean with all due respect dude, I think you are scum and I reckon you should come home. Cardinal Pell, I know that you are not feeling well, perhaps you just need some sun. It is lovely here you should come home.

You pompous buffoon, and I suggest you do it soon.

My lawyer just rang me to tell me this one could get me in legal trouble. Oh well, Cardinal Pell, if you don’t feel compelled to come home by a sense of moral duty perhaps you will come home and frickin’ sue me.

Proceeds from the sale of Come Home (Cardinal Pell) will go to a gofundme page set up to help clerical abuse victims in Australia fly to Rome and confront Cardinal Pell in person. Readers can can buy the single on iTunes and stream it here.

Watch the video below –

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January 16, 2016

White Christians are less likely to believe and value the experiences of black Americans than non-Christian whites, according to a recently released Public Religion Research Institute survey.

Huffington Post reports the survey shows that while about 80 percent of black Christians believe police-involved killings – like the ones that killed Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald, and so many more — are part of a larger pattern of police treatment of African Americans, around 70 percent of white Christians believe the opposite – that they are simply isolated incidents.

The Public Religion Research Institute reports:

White Christians are more likely than members of other religious groups – or whites as a whole – to say that the recent killings are not part of a broader pattern. More than seven in ten white evangelical Protestants (72 percent), white mainline Protestants (73 percent), and white Catholics (71 percent) believe that the killings of African American men by police are isolated incidents.

More to the point, the survey shows the numbers drop to around 65 percent when all whites, Christians and non-Christians, are surveyed. Thus, white Christians are as a whole less likely to believe the experiences of black Americans than non-Christian whites.

In his new book, America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, Jim Wallis, a progressive Christian writer and political activist, notes that racism is truly our nation’s original sin, declaring:

It’s time we right this unacceptable wrong.

In his new book, Wallis offers a call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society. In so doing Wallis speaks candidly to Christians – particularly white Christians – urging them to cross a new bridge toward racial justice and healing.

And while it is significant that white non-Christians are more likely to believe and value the experience of black Americans, the numbers for all whites are still too high.

The rampant abuse and killing of black people by law enforcement officers, and broader issues of racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system, continues to haunt the nation, and go far deeper than religious affiliation.

Bottom line: Black lives matter. The extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes are not isolated incidents, but part of a larger problem of police corruption and abuse that systematically targets African Americans.

 

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November 20, 2015

In a candid moment, Pope Francis expresses his fear of neurotic, overly pious, fundamentalist priests.

Speaking at a conference on training for the priesthood on Friday, Pope Francis said he is instinctively suspicious of overly pious candidates. Francis said:

I will tell you sincerely, I’m scared of rigid priests. I keep away from them. They bite!

AFP reports Francis resorted to humour to make a serious point: some people that are drawn to a clerical career are fundamentally unstable — and they inevitably create problems for the church if they are not weeded out.

Francis said:

If you are sick, if you are neurotic, go and see a doctor, spiritual or physical. The doctor will give you pills. But, please, don’t let the faithful pay for neurotic priests.

Francis told his audience that as well as assessing the spiritual state of candidates, seminaries should also seek to judge their physical and psychological condition:

There are often young men who are psychologically unstable without knowing it and who look for strong structures to support them. For some it is the police or the army but for others it is the clergy.

Francis warned that such disorders inevitably resurface at a later date:

When a youngster is too rigid, too fundamentalist, I don’t feel confident (about him). Behind it there is something he himself does not understand. Keep your eyes open!

Given the history and teachings of the Catholic Church it should come as no surprise that some Catholic priests are scary and neurotic. And Francis is right to point out that unstable people are often drawn to careers in the clergy. The clerical sex abuse scandal is just one indicator of the deep and profound sickness that festers in the Catholic Church.

What is a surprise is the fact that the 78-year-old pontiff has the good sense to be suspicious and fearful of neurotic, overly pious, fundamentalist priests.

Bottom line: While the Catholic Church is a decadent, debauched, and morally bankrupt institution, sometimes it is hard not to like Pope Francis.

(Via AFP)

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September 28, 2015

Pope Francis says government officials have a “human right” to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses if it offends their sincerely held religious beliefs.

Speaking aboard his flight from Philadelphia to Rome, Pope Francis suggested that government officials like Kim Davis should be allowed to refuse to perform government tasks that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs, claiming that anyone who prevents others from exercising their religious freedom is denying them a “human right.”

NBC reports:

The pontiff was asked: “Do you … support those individuals, including government officials, who say they cannot in good conscience, their own personal conscience, abide by some laws or discharge their duties as government officials, for example when issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples?”

He did not refer specifically to Davis in his reply, saying: “I can’t have in mind all the cases that can exist about conscientious objection … but yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right. It is a right. And if a person does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right.”

Francis added: “Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right, a human right. Otherwise we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying, ‘this right that has merit, this one does not.'”

Asked if this principle applied to government officials carrying out their duties, he replied: “It is a human right and if a government official is a human person, he has that right. It is a human right.”

For the record: It is not a human right to refuse to do your job, and for Pope Francis to suggest otherwise is an obnoxious bit of sophistry that cheapens the notion of human rights.

Nobody is forcing Kim Davis, or any other government worker, to issue same-sex marriage licenses. If Kim Davis or any other government worker is unhappy with the conditions of their employment they are free to resign and find a more suitable occupation.

For the pope to suggest that government workers have a right to discriminate against same-sex couples is to pervert the notion of human rights in the service of ugly religious bigotry. In so doing Francis denies the very real human rights of the same-sex couple wishing to marry.

The fact that Pope Francis endorses bigotry and discrimination in the name of sincerely held religious beliefs should come as a surprise to no one. Francis is an extreme and unsavory social conservative with a pleasant smile, a warm bedside manner, and an awesome public relations machine.

Beneath the telegenic superficialities, Francis is anti-gay, anti-trans, anti-birth control, anti-woman, and anti-free speech. He is, in essence, Mike Huckabee in a dress, just another obnoxious and dangerous religious extremists with a friendly smile and a warm handshake.

Make no mistake: Pope Francis is a man who holds views that should be repugnant to all reasonable people. Yet many reasonable people, including progressives, refuse to acknowledge these hard truths about Francis. The denial, and the excuse making, is depressing.

As for Kim Davis, Republicans cheered this weekend as the anti-gay county clerk was honored for “her determined resistance to same-sex marriage” at the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C.

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September 26, 2015

Pope Crush Blues: Liberals swoon, pundits pontificate, and the media marvels as Pope Francis puts a happy face on the morally bankrupt institution that is the Catholic Church.

The current celebration of Pope Francis in America has been a depressing exercise in media spin. Focusing on the persona of the pope, the ugly truth that is the Catholic Church is whitewashed and sanitized so as to not interrupt the “feel good” moment.

Pope Francis is a marvelous showman – a genius at public relations and media manipulation who has successfully hustled the media, and the public at large. He says nice things like all animals go to heaven; he chastises creationists and other science deniers by noting that God is not a magician; and in a good natured gesture he asks atheists for good vibrations.

Recently Francis has seduced many progressives and liberals with calls to action on climate change, immigration, and poverty. In so doing he has alienated many conservatives, who find themselves in the odd position of rejecting the pope’s progressive politics.

In short, Francis is immensely likeable, indeed he is lovable, and he is loved by many. He pulls on the heartstrings of those who want to believe…

Yet despite the friendly facade, the occasional superficial liberal rhetoric, and a humorous joke now and then, Pope Francis is guilty of perpetuating the institutional immorality of the Catholic Church.

As Dan Arel, writing at Danthropology, notes:

Stop calling Pope Francis progressive, he is still a pedophile protecting, conservative bigot

Arel is blunt, but he is right. While Francis may be correct on climate change, immigration, and the evils of unbridled capitalism, on everything else he is wrong.

Pope Francis is an extreme and unsavory social conservative. Writing for The Humanist, Matt Cerami observes:

this is a man who rejects gay marriage in fear of its potential to destroy the “traditional” family; a man who passionately supports, on theological grounds, and much like his predecessors, an international prohibition on birth control, even in poor and AIDS-ravaged countries; a man who has compared transgender people to nuclear weapons in their ability to wreak havoc on the “natural order of creation”; and a man who, in response to the Charlie Hebdo attack, victim-blamed the dead writers with the suggestion that free speech must end where criticism of religion begins.

In addition to being anti-gay, anti-trans, anti-birth control, anti-woman, and anti-free speech, Pope Francis continues to protect and enable pedophile priests while presiding over a Catholic Church still fighting to keep accused sex abusers from going to trial.

Pope Francis is a man who holds views that should be repugnant to all reasonable people. Yet many reasonable people, including progressives, refuse to acknowledge these hard truths about Francis. The denial, and the excuse making, is depressing.

Bottom line: Pope Francis may be likable, even lovable, but that is no excuse to celebrate the leader of a repulsive and morally bankrupt institution like the Catholic Church.

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