Ohio bishop makes a right tit of himself over an Ohio breast-cancer charity

Ohio bishop makes a right tit of himself over an Ohio breast-cancer charity July 22, 2011

A ROMAN Catholic bishop in Ohio has called on supporters of a breast cancer foundation to suspend donations because the charity may, in the future, turn to stem-cell research in its fight against the disease.
Said Bishop Leonard P Blair of Toledo, Ohio:

While we want to do everything possible to support the search for a cure (for cancer), sadly the landscape of medical research today is sometimes marred by the erroneous belief that research is not bound by moral norms rooted in faith and reason, as reflected in the teaching of the church.

Bishop Blair

According to this report, the charity at the centre of a controversy sparked by this posturing blockhead is the Susan G Komen for the Cure.
In a letter earlier this month Blair said Catholic bodies should not support the non-profit organisation because of the foundation’s contributions to Planned Parenthood. He also noted the foundation does not exclude the possibility of funding research that uses embryonic stem cells.
While acknowledging that Komen does not currently fund research using embryonic stem cells, he said Its policy does not exclude that possibility.
A 2007 document from Susan G Komen for the Cure said:

Embryonic stem cells are currently considered to have the most potential for use in the regeneration of diseased or injured tissues [and can also provide] a better understanding of cancer development.

However, Andrea Rader, a spokeswoman for Komen at its Dallas headquarters, said she wanted to make it:

Very clear that we do not fund embryonic stem-cell research. There is little application for embryonic stem cells in breast cancer research. It’s not likely that we will use embryonic stem cells.

But she added:

We do not want to preclude that possibility, so we do not shut that door … We are attempting to meet with the bishop. We are going to reach out. The work that we do has so much value; we don’t just fund research, we take care of access to health care for uninsured and poor women.

The bishop said in later a statement:

Individual Catholics who want to contribute to Komen locally can continue to do so on the basis of Komen’s assurance that no local funds go to Planned Parenthood or to embryonic stem-cell research.

Currently, Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the United States, but it also offers offer free breast exams and mammograms, considered key to early detection of breast cancer. While Susan G Komen for the Cure said it intends its contributions to go toward these exams, it cannot control how funds are allocated at Planned Parenthood.
The diocesan clarification said the Catholic bishops of Ohio want Catholics to direct money raised for breast cancer research elsewhere because:

There are some, who in good faith, continue to have misgivings about Komen’s association with Planned Parenthood and its openness to embryonic stem cell research.

Earlier this year, a similar statement about Susan G Komen for the Cure was released by Archbishop Dennis M Schnurr of Cincinnati, and in April, the Archdiocese of St. Louis reissued one of its previous policy statements on the Komen foundation:

Due to its policy allowing affiliates to offer financial support to abortion-providing facilities, its denial of studies showing abortion as a cause of breast cancer, and its endorsement of embryonic stem-cell research, the Respect Life Apostolate neither supports nor encourages participation in activities that benefit Susan G Komen for the Cure.

Mary Westphal, Executive Director of Komen’s Northwest Ohio Affiliate, and board chairman Angie Ash said here that they were “extremely disappointed” in the bishop’s decision. They said the bishop and other diocesan leaders had not called or met with local Komen officials before the decision’s announcement and gave no opportunity to discuss his concerns.
Hat tip: John Blackburn


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  • stargraves

    Scum

  • Broga

    Seems on a par with this global criminal organisation withdrawing support for funding from Amnesty because Amnesty supported raped women having abortions. When you think of these decisons, and look at the activities of the RC Church in the Cloyne Report, the stomach churns, the gorge rises and you know you are hearing from some of the most repellent, contemptible and stupid humans on the planet.

  • Har Davids

    “Moral norms rooted in faith and reason, as reflected in the teaching of the church” is a great one. Time for the bishop to catch up on his reading; there’s plenty of information about which gives a nice insight in the workings of his mob.
    Is it me or does the guy really look a bit feeble?

  • sailor1031

    “They said the bishop and other diocesan leaders had not called or met with local Komen officials before the decision’s announcement and gave no opportunity to discuss his concerns.”
    Well, when you know the absolute truth of everything you don’t need to discuss or negotiate…..I suspect that a lot of catholics, wiser and more intelligent that these “leaders” will just ignore these pratings, as they ignore so much else from the bishopricks.

  • The Woggler

    Anybody who juxtaposes faith with reason is clearly not worth listening to. He doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about.

  • Pete H

    Hah, “faith and reason” – two words that really go together. What a fool.

  • Broga

    I too loved the “moral norms” bit. Are these the moral norms that allow out of control paedophiles who, after abusing children, are spirited away by their church.
    Bishop Blair does look a bit wan. That simper doesn’t do much for him. I wonder if he has read the Cloyne Report? Seems Ratzi and co haven’t yet come up with a response. I think this time they need to do better than, “Terribly sorry, won’t continue to allow priests to abuse children and we have measures in place.” Kenny hit too hard, too accurately and with too much support for anyone to buy that one again.

  • Newspaniard

    The words “lunatic” and “asylum management” come to mind.

  • So, when great advances are finally made in the treatment of cancer through stem cell therapy, will the Catholic community refuse to avail themselves of it? I think not too.

  • Angela_K

    I agree Dave Gilbert. Apart from the odd loon who insists on ‘faith healing’ the religious ignore their superstition and will avail themselves of any cure, rather than gamble on meeting their sky daddy. You’d think with the catholic dogma of being cleansed of your sins when you die the Mary worshippers would be chucking themselves off cliffs in droves.

  • Stuart H.

    Shades of Birdshit Green and that Scottish kids hospice.
    By the way, if the Catlickers have such a problem with actually making an informed choice to be a parent, are they condoning only becoming a parent as a result of drunken fumbles with someone you haven’t seen since, rape….etc., etc?
    I know, silly question (see Amnesty, neutral stance on abortion/family planning/sex education and pouty-lipped priests for typical example)

  • AngieRS

    Well, if I were to reach out, it would be to give that pillock a good hard slap. I don’t know why these organisations which are so viciously libelled by idiots like this aren’t more robust in defence of their policies.

  • tony e

    Dave Gilbert/Angela K,
    You would think that religious people would want to be with their god as soon as possible, but it appears thay will use all medical interventions to avoid just that. Gives the impression that they know it’s all bollocks.
    It was strongly suspected that JP2 suffered from Parkinson’s disease. Which, ironically, could soon be curable, thanks to stem cell research.
    Now, what are the chances of the rc church changing their stance on stem cells should Benny start to show symptoms? They will have to dress it up as a ‘re-evaluation’ of course, but that’s what they do so well – hypocrisy.

  • JW

    The Catholic church is the world’s largest and best funded terrorist organisation. The time for tolerance and understanding is OVER. Atheists need to start organising, and fighting the insidious disease of religion on all fronts. No more tolerance. No more understanding. No more respect. Religion is the most dangerous cancer. And it’s time it was expunged.

  • barriejohn

    JW sounds like one of those “militant atheists” that we’ve been warned about. Can’t have that sort of thing, can we?
    Logic is not the religiot’s strong point. I well remember an aged Christian brother in Wiltshire years ago – earnestly anticipating the day when he would finally be “with his Lord” either through death or the “Rapture” – who informed anyone who would listen to him of the amazing number of tablets he took every day, without which he would be dead! Also, it never ceases to amuse me that when medical experts want to withdraw support from someone who is patently being kept alive by their intervention alone, the religiots immediately scream that they are “playing god”. Surely, it is “playing god” to keep people alive when they would, naturally speaking, have died!

  • Broga

    @tony e: You mean the way they decided they didn’t want to burn Galileo after all and he was an OK guy? If they don’t approve of stem cell research why use doctors at all? Why not just pray? We are still, when last I checked, waiting for the first amputated limb to sprout after a trip to Lourdes.

  • Paul

    “It is unfortunate when leading supporters of medical research are undermined based on hypothetical scenarios and oversimplifications of the research”
    -Sean Morrison, director of the University of Michigan Center for Stem Cell Biology
    From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110713/METRO/107130353/Bishop-discourages-funding-for-Komen#ixzz1Sqg3bhkR

  • Stuart H.

    ‘We are still, when last I checked, waiting for the first amputated limb to sprout after a trip to Lourdes.’
    The college I went to started out as a Catholic teacher training college, and ran an annual trip to Lourdes. One year the priest organising it came back a little embarrassed after one of his parishioners – a guy with a slight limp – fell down the steps and ended up a permanent wheelchair user.
    Shouldn’t laugh at the poor sod’s plight, but I defy anyone not to.

  • JohnMWhite

    “There are some, who in good faith, continue to have misgivings about Komen’s association with Planned Parenthood and its openness to embryonic stem cell research.”
    Bullshit – you don’t get to pretend you are acting in a reasonable or acceptable manner by just shoving the words ‘good faith’ in there. It is not acting in good faith to decide that your own petty prejudices are more important than the lives of women. It is also not acting in good faith to make up crap about what an organisation is actually doing.
    The RCC really does get more disgusting by the day, which is impressive, given its very, very low baseline.

  • barriejohn

    Broga: What backwater of civilization do you inhabit? Surely you realize that Jesus guides the surgeons’ hands!
    http://picturesofjesus4you.com/505.html
    (Don’t know who we blame when it all goes wrong though.)

  • tony e

    Broga,
    In the case of Galileo the rc church was only 350 years too late.
    They do pray (loudly and publicly), but, in the likelihood that the prayer may not work, back it up with conventional medicine, which shows exactly how much faith these people have in the power of prayer.

  • barriejohn

    The Islamists are refusing to allow aid into Somalia. Religion is such a force for good in the world!
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14246764

  • Broga

    Barriejohn: When the operation goes wrong I suppose one of the medical support team was a (shock, horror) militant atheist – they get in everywhere. Or they were not praying hard enough.

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    RIOT ALERT!!
    Beware, christian fundies could start rioting any moment now!
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-14241857

  • Stephen Turner

    I’ve just noticed that RC bishop “Leonard P. Blair” and the well-known RC “Tony Blair” share the same surname and silly expression. Could they by any chance be related? I think we should be told.

  • AgentCormac

    When I started writing this post I was intending to call Bish Blair a twat. But actually he’s just a twit. A silly, stupid little twit.
    One day stem cell research may well make breast cancer a thing of the past. But hateful little shits like Blair will do everything they can to make that day as long away as possible.
    And is it just me, or does he look like he should have come out years ago?

  • Mark Richards

    The “church” has far too much sway on scientific matters. As in Ireland it’s time to throw them out of the affairs of our government. After all, our government is corrupt enough as it is.
    In the early 1600’s they nearly burned Galileo on a skewer. In 2000, almost 400 years later, they managed a weak apology, apparently now acknowledging that the Earth is indeed quite round.
    The day they can claim moral authority is the day the Earth will stop rotating altogether and really go flat.
    With them still on it.

  • Pete H

    @ Stuart H
    a guy with a slight limp – fell down the steps and ended up a permanent wheelchair user.
    Shouldn’t laugh at the poor sod’s plight, but I defy anyone not to.

    I’m a wheelchair user and I thought it was bloody hilarious.

  • Pete H

    @ barriejohn,
    Regarding “Playing god” and euthanasia, I’d recommend the HBO film “You Don’t Know Jack” about the American euthanasia pioneer Dr Jack Kevorkian. Very good.

  • CriticalEyeYayeye

    Bishop Blair is made from the SLIME at the bottom of a tank of SHIT!

  • Broga

    @Graham Martin-Royle: I read your link, thanks. Now there is a first: a clergyman who has actually read the bad bits in the bible and wants to expose them.
    I hear that the man accused of slaughtering all those young people in Norway is (a) a christian fundamentalist and (b) extrememly right wing. Sounds a bit like Blair’s best friend Bush.

  • JohnMWhite

    I read that link too, and was struck by the bishop’s response that apparently he’ll have to investigate because some people would find cutting the bits out of the bible that we don’t like to be ‘offensive’. Pointing out how offensive the bible is… is offensive? What a sick and warped mentality these people have.

  • Scott Huard

    I can just imagine that if this nitwit was NOT a bishop of the Buy-Bull and he managed to stay married long enough to have kids (shudder!!) that, when one of them came down with cancer….he’d be screaming about allowing stem cell research in all facets of life….baskets, baskets, baskets, baskets. Its all about control, power and money extraction…kill most of them…..Pope john paul was supposed to be this super duper pope -e-ness, yet he reigned over the WORST cover ups of the cc. Dog help us all to remove the blinders of rote religion and ‘faith’ to the realities that we are being fleeced by these baskets.

  • Cindy

    Using this bishops logic, someone should tell him he should be arrested now, because being a Roman Catholic Priest, he ‘might’ molest a child down the road!

  • The word for a woman’s breast is not “tit”. Use the right word, not some disrespectful slang for a woman’s breast.
    Also, your lawsuit over the cross at the world trade center is petty. There is freedom of religion in the United States, so please learn somehow, if you can, to respect that. From what I have read here not many of you giving your opinions are very kind or respectful in your biting words. Atheists seem to bitter angry people.

  • Arleen Alleman

    Well, not only am I an atheist without question, I also have breast cancer. Needless to say, I consider the self-righteous, superstitious, reality-blind attitude of the poor normal-life-deprived Bishop as a direct attack on my wellbeing. I know the statistics are unrealiable, but I just can’t understand why more human beings don’t shed the superstition and folklore of the ancient god notion and come to understand what life is really about, so we can move on to fixing this world.