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Feb 18 07:15

François Legault says all mosques should be investigated prior to opening

The leader of Coalition Avenir Québec says all mosques should be investigated prior to being allowed to open in the province.

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While we are at it, let's investigate all Christian churches for child sexual molestation before allowing them to open!

Feb 18 06:30

Bishops vow to take on ‘sex appeal’ of Russell Brand’s ‘don’t vote’ message

The Church of England has decided to engage in politics because someone has to counter the “sex appeal of Russell Brand”, a bishop has insisted.
The Rt Rev Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich, said that he had been shocked from speaking to young people at the “profound effect” the comedian and self-styled revolutionary’s remarks encouraging them not to vote had had.

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So now you know who the CofE works for ... and it is not the imaginary playmate in the sky!

Feb 17 08:18

Saudi cleric rejects that Earth revolves around the Sun

A Saudi cleric has appeared in a recent video rejecting the fact that the Earth revolves around the Sun and claiming the opposite holds true, prompting a wave of social media remarks.

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See my comment yesterday about Bronze Age Goat-herders...

Feb 17 08:07

America’s most prominent Muslim says The Atlantic is doing PR for ISIS

The letter is an extended exegesis, heavily salted with quotes from the Koran and the Hadith, arguing point by point about the nature of jihad, the slaughtering of innocents, the taking of slaves, and other not-so-savory elements of the distant past — and in the past they should remain, the text argues. It makes the case not only that ISIS was wrong to commit horrific acts of violence in modern times, but that it was interpreting Islamic law incorrectly to justify such acts.

ISIS not only doesn’t represent Muslims. It isn’t, in fact, Islamic at all, the document argues.

Feb 17 08:03

Advocate calls for global Jewish child-abuse commission

For the past two weeks in Australia, the global Jewish community was rocked by what it heard during public hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Melbourne. Dramatic testimony by victims of child sex abuse, their families and those who worked for the Jewish institutions that covered up the abuse led international media headlines.

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I'll bet the Pope is breathing a sigh of relief!

Feb 16 16:16

FEMA Activates the Clergy Response Teams? Church Pushes Congregates to Submit to Government

Feb 16 07:49

Stephen Fry on God

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I decided to report this because as of today, YouTube has disabled comments on this video. I discovered that when I went to reply to a comment left by Brother JJ Hallen, which was, "Hey mike you have an informative show but you dont know the truth until you know the ultimate truth which is Jesus Christ is Lord and God is real brother, the KJV bible is the true word of God, for someone who knows how corrupt things are in this world and you also arent afraid to criticize israel i cant believe you havent even opened up a bible and read it to compare it to this world and your life, you cant save yourself and when you pass away its not like you probably think that you just rot in...",P.Had YouTube not disabled comments, this would have been my reply.

So, in your view, all of science is wrong, all of geology is wrong, all of paleontology is wrong, all of archaeology is wrong, all of physics is wrong, but a bunch of Bronze Age goat herders got it all right! That being said, I am convinced there was an historical person who is the foundation for the legend of Jesus, but the story has been "modified" and rather severely over the last 20 centuries to suit various political and economic agendas. Even his name got changed along the way, as the English version of "Yeshua" is "Joshua." The name "Jesus" is the result of a less-than-perfect translation from Aramaic into Greek, followed by a less-than-perfect translation from Greek into Latin. Much of the popular image of Jesus, including his divinity, was the creation of the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, more than two centuries after he died; two centuries without benefit of modern information preservation, when the story was passed by word of mouth with everyone embellishing the tale as they went along. The historical "Joshua" was not the son of a Carpenter, but heir to the House of David (the Bible even has his lineage) who married the princess of the House of Benjamin at Canaa to form a dynastic paring that gave Joshua a legitimate claim to the throne of Judea superceding the installed Roman puppet Herod. It was for that challenge to Rome's authority that Joshua was crucified.

Feb 16 07:32

Rabbi Meir Kluwgant, Australia's most senior rabbi, resigns after damning testimony at royal commission

Australia's most senior rabbi, Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, has resigned as president of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia (ORA) after a damning stint in the witness box at the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

Rabbi Kluwgant gave evidence on Friday, and was forced to admit he had sent a text message to a newspaper editor calling the father of an abuse victim a "lunatic" who neglected his children.

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Posted for those who think I only pick on the Catholics!

Feb 14 07:25

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [FEBRUARY 14, 2015]

Feb 13 07:25

17 More St. Paul and Minneapolis Catholic priests accused of sex abuse

Seventeen more priests accused of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis were identified Wednesday by lawyers for alleged victims.

Though some names have surfaced in previous discussions of abuse, none of the clergy had been formally accused of sexually abusing children until now.

Feb 11 12:23

12 Worst Ideas Religion Has Unleashed on the World

Some of humanity’s technological innovations are things we would have been better off without: the medieval rack, the atomic bomb and powdered lead potions come to mind. Religions tend to invent ideas or concepts rather than technologies, but like every other creative human enterprise, they produce some really bad ones along with the good.

I’ve previously highlighted some of humanity’s best moral and spiritual concepts, our shared moral core. Here, by way of contrast, are some of the worst. These twelve dubious concepts promote conflict, cruelty, suffering and death rather than love and peace. To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, they belong in the dustbin of history just as soon as we can get them there.

Feb 11 11:03

‘THOU SHALT NOT STEAL’ … UNLESS YOU ARE ISRAEL’S CHIEF RABBI

As the position of ‘Chief Rabbi’ is an elected position in Israel by Knesset members, this report is tagged as corrupt politics rather than religion.

Ex-chief rabbi Yonna Metzger to face trial for numerous counts of bribery, fraud and money laundering.

Feb 09 07:44

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC): America's alliance with Israel based on God

Feb 08 09:41

Germany jails ex-SA priest for sex abuse

German Catholic priest Georg Kerkhoff, who is alleged to have been inolved in paedophilia in South Africa, has been sentenced in Germany to six years in jail on 25 counts of sexually abusing boys.

Judge Herbert Luczak, sitting in the Krefeld district court near Dusseldorf, gave Kerkhoff, 56, a harsher sentence than the five and a half years that the prosecutor had sought.

Feb 05 12:03

'Held at gunpoint': Scandal rocks biggest Christian network

The former chief financial officer of Trinity Broadcasting, the nation’s largest Christian broadcasting network, has filed a lawsuit against her former company and its top bosses for allegedly threatening her with a loaded gun when she objected to “unlawful distributions” of $100 million to themselves and others.

Feb 05 09:09

Hagee: God Will Destroy American Because Of How Obama Treats Netanyahu

John Hagee says if we don’t change our view of Israel God will wipe us out.

Feb 04 13:46

Watch Alabama politician rant about same-sex marriage in a public meeting

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Blames pre-school measles on pregnant teens and gay marriage!

Feb 04 07:56

Rabbi told child sex abuse victim to 'let it go', royal commission told

A senior religious figure within the orthodox Jewish community, rabbi Baruch Lesches, told a child sex abuse victim that “the proper, clever thing to do” about the abuse “would be to let it go”.

The victim, identified only as AVB, told the royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse about that Lesches also told him that if he spoke up about the Yeshiva Centre Sydney and Melbourne staff who had abused him, he would ruin their lives.

Lesches said: “If you are going to do something to them at a certain stage in their life, you are destroying their whole life and their children and therefore, this is like something ridiculous.”

The conversation happened in 2011 when, as an adult, AVB phoned Lesches to confront him about what he knew about the extent of the abuse that had occurred within the orthodox Yeshivah community.

Feb 03 12:13

Religion will be the death of us all

Wilson’s conclusion about the current state of humanity? Not so great. Not only is humankind driving thousands of creatures both large and small, land and sea to a shockingly rapid extinction – far more quickly and more cruelly than nature would ever allow otherwise – but we have the bizarre chutzpah to believe that we, ourselves, are somehow exempt. We couldn’t possibly be on that list. Could we?

Feb 03 11:13

Stephen Fry on God | The Meaning Of Life

Feb 03 09:53

Rabbi was allowed to keep teaching after admitting abuse of children, inquiry told

Father of two children sexually abused at Melbourne’s Yeshivah centre says he was discouraged from going to the police and given false assurance perpetrator would be sacked

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Posted for those who insist I am only picking on the Catholics!

Feb 02 08:40

Daniel Perez will face trial in 2003 death at Valley Center compound

According to witnesses, Castro worked no job and led a communal “family” who traveled from state to state and lived off large life insurance payouts from “family” members’ deaths. After Hughes died in 2003, in what was originally thought to be an accidental drowning, her life insurance payout was $2?million.

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So, this clown claimed to be psychic, able to predict when members of his cult were going to die, and taking out huge life insurance policies on them weeks before they passed on (meaning he murdered them).

Feb 02 08:07

Images of child abuse found in Vatican City

Two cases of child pornography possession were uncovered within the walls of the Vatican last year, along with numerous other crimes in the city state, the Holy See’s prosecutor general has announced.

Following worldwide allegations of sex abuse by priests, Gian Piero Milano, the Holy See’s Promoter of Justice, said the Vatican was now taking action against paedophilia in the heart of the Catholic church.

Unveiling the Vatican’s justice report, Milano stopped short of naming those accused of possessing child pornography. Holy See spokesman Federico Lombardi however identified Josef Wesolowski, a disgraced former ambassador, as one of the people facing charges.

Jan 31 09:59

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [JANUARY 31, 2015]

Jan 30 10:47

Expect a full airing of the truth, said TRC Chair

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is promising a scathing – and sweeping - report on the federal government and Canadian society.

“Our work of truth telling and truth collecting was not easy. We had challenges throughout,” said TRC Chair Justice Murray Sinclair, at the Special Chiefs Assembly in December in Winnipeg. He said he expected this to be the last time he addressed the Assembly of First Nations since the TRC’s mandate ends July 1, 2015.

Sinclair singled out the federal government’s reticence in handing over documents that dealt with Indian residential schools as one of the TRC’s “significant challenges.” The result was three separate occasions in court, all of which ended with the TRC winning. Sinclair said four million documents, from a variety of sources, have been collected to date, and he expected that number to double.

Jan 30 09:09

5 Satanic Crime Fighting Tips (A Real Police Training Video)

If you were to ask most law enforcement professionals what the biggest problem is in the world today, I am absolutely certain that they would give you the same two answers: knife culture and Satanic cults. It's true, too. I can't tell you how many times I've had my day ruined by the hordes of machete-wielding Devil-worshippers that are stalking our streets in unavoidable millions, and if you're like me you're always looking for tips on how you can help prevent Satan crimes.

Fortunately, as with all things, we can find the answer on VHS. In this case, it's a police training video from 1994 called The Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults, and trust me, it is amazing.

Jan 30 08:46

Controversial C of E vicar faces inquisition after linking Israel to 9/11 attacks

A Church of England vicar is under internal investigation after allegedly sharing an article on Facebook which blames Israel for the 9/11 terror attacks.

Reverend Stephen Sizer reportedly posted a link to an article titled, “9/11 – Israel did it” and wrote: “Is this anti-Semitic? If so, no doubt I’ll be asked to remove it. It raises so many questions.”

Sizer has since taken down the FB post, but the Church of England said on Thursday it would investigate the incident.

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Pope Leo XIII wrote that the Bill of Rights should never have been written because god did NOT give to man freedom of thought, action, and speech.

Jan 28 11:02

Judge in Spain charges 10 priests with child sex abuse

A judge in the southern Spanish city of Granada has charged 10 Roman Catholic priests and two Catholic lay workers with child sex abuse.

The 12 are suspected of abusing four teenage boys between 2004 and 2007, the most serious offences occurring in a house used by the priests.

Jan 28 09:01

Jewish sex abuse victims pressured not to assist police, secret tapes and emails reveal

Members of Australia's Orthodox Jewish community who assist police investigating alleged child sexual abuse have been pressured to stay silent, secret tape recordings and emails obtained by Fairfax Media reveal.

The details of the pressure being exerted on victims have emerged as the Royal Commission into child sex abuse prepares to hold public hearings next week to examine the responses of Melbourne and Sydney's yeshivah centres to alleged offences dating back to the 1980s.

In one secret, legally recorded 2011 telephone conversation, prominent Melbourne criminal lawyer Alex Lewenberg tells a victim of St Kilda Yeshivah centre sex offender David Cyprys he should not have co-operated with police.

Jan 25 11:26

Six depictions of Mohammed

Contrary to media propaganda, the Koran does not forbid the depiction of Mohammed (the purported "messenger" of God). One may not depict "God" (an abstraction, which for this reason cannot be depicted anyway)

Jan 25 09:41

Between 2004 and 2013, the Catholic Church spent $2.7 billion related to clergy sexual abuse

Between 2004 and 2013, the Church spent $2.7 billion in costs related to sexual abuse allegations, including settlements, therapy for victims, support for offenders, and attorneys’ fees, according to the 11th annual report of The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Jan 24 10:48

These are the 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world

I’ve previously highlighted some of humanity’s best moral and spiritual concepts, our shared moral core. Here, by way of contrast, are some of the worst. These twelve dubious concepts promote conflict, cruelty, suffering and death rather than love and peace. To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, they belong in the dustbin of history just as soon as we can get them there.

Jan 24 10:47

Another nun gives birth in Italy

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"IT'S A MIRACLE!!!!!"

Jan 23 08:41

Global warming believers are like a hysterical ‘cult’: MIT scientist compares 'climate alarmists' to religious fanatics

Climate change alarmists have been likened to a fanatical 'cult' by an MIT professor of meteorology.

Dr Richard Lindzen told a Massachusetts-based radio station that people who believe in global warming are becoming more hysterical in their arguments.

'As with any cult, once the mythology of the cult begins falling apart, instead of saying, oh, we were wrong, they get more and more fanatical,' he said.

Jan 21 08:32

Northern Canada sex abuse victim hurls scripture at convicted pedophile Catholic priest

Jan 19 09:45

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: UNCLEAN

If this book was written by the divine creator of the universe, the Earth, and all that lives on it, why does he so revile 99% of the species that he made?

Jan 17 10:29

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [JANUARY 17, 2015]

Jan 16 07:20

Social Justice Warriors Get Atlanta Fire Chief Terminated

Kelvin Cochran, the former Fire Chief and a devout Christian, wrote a book in which two short passages (out of the whole book) professed how he believes the Bible says sex is for procreation purposes. For that absolutely heinous thought crime, the LGBT community was outraged, calling for his termination. In the end, they won: the mayor fired Cochran in order to quickly extinguish the fanning flames of the Social Justice Warriors and get back to business as usual.

Jan 15 09:59

Christian mom alarmed that school bus tail lights form ‘pagan’ pentagram

Memphis’ Action News 5 reported Wednesday that Robyn Wilkins snapped a photo of the tail lights while she sat behind a bus in traffic. To her, the pattern of tiny light bulbs under each brake light’s red plastic lens looked like inverted five-pointed stars, which form the ancient symbol of the pentagram when enclosed by a circle.

“Anyone who fears a God, if not God and Jesus Christ, should be outraged,” the worried mother told Channel 5.

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Rotate the tail lights 180 degrees; problem solved.

Jan 15 09:10

Former Michigan Catholic priest charged in 1980s sexual abuse of boys

Attorney General Bill Schuette’s Criminal Division has charged James Francis Rapp, 74, currently incarcerated in another state, with multiple felonies for his alleged sexual assault of several Michigan boys in the 1980s.

Rapp served as a priest, teacher, maintenance supervisor and wrestling coach at Jackson Lumen Christi (JLC) High School in Jackson from September 1980 through February 1986.

Jan 14 12:44

FROM THOSE WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO BROUGHT YOU THE INQUISITION!

Christopher Columbus

Columbus, having quit the profession of slave trading to become an explorer, sailed for the new world in 1492. Within hours of landing, Columbus had kidnapped 6 natives in order to "christianize" them and make them his servants. Columbus incorrectly reported that the inhabitants of the New World had no religion. After planting a cross, Columbus would say the "Requerimiento", a prayer that officially made the newly found lands Catholic. Since nobody present objected (the natives did not speak latin), the new world became officially the domain of the Catholic church.

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I am reposting this article because we are seeing this coordinated propaganda effort to demonize Islam as a violent religion. Well, on the principle of "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" I would invite people to read through this article regarding the horrors visited on the world by Christians throughout the ages, including the Crusades, the Inquisition, the witch burnings, on up to the current scandals involving mass sexual molestations of children by the clergy.

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Jan 13 10:31

IS THERE A LESSON TO BE LEARNT FROM CHARLIE?

why is it permissible for a devout Jew to enter, or even pray in a mosque but not a church?

Islam, like it’s brother religion Judaism, forbids images for the simple reason that the Prophet Mohammed Himself was aware that if people saw his face portrayed by people, they would soon start worshiping Him. He spoke against such images, saying “I’m just a man.”

Therefore, there are no images or statues of the Prophet in mosques, unlike many churches which prominently display images of their various Saints or of Jesus Himself.

Jan 11 09:51

Victims of the Church care home Dr Mengele: For Teresa and her children, the damage of horrific drug experiments inflicted on girls in Church of England care homes 30 years ago can never be undone

Mother-of-three Teresa Cooper has finally pushed the Church of England into launching an investigation into one of the most cruel and bizarre episodes ever in the grim history of British children’s homes: how scores of children at a CofE institution were force-fed huge quantities of prescription drugs by a Dr Mengele-like charlatan seemingly bent on conducting unauthorised medical experiments.

Jan 11 09:32

Catholic Priest compares child sex abuse priests to bad cops

Jan 11 09:29

Top Cardinal in Vatican Blames Women For Catholic Gay Priests Raping Little Boys

He appeared to blame gay priests for the church’s sexual abuse scandal, say that priests “who were feminized and confused about their own sexual identity” were responsible for much of the abuse.

Burke said he has had “young men telling me that they were, in a certain way, frightened by marriage because of the radical and self-focused attitude of women that were emerging at the time.”

“These young men were concerned that entering a marriage would simply not work because of a constant and insistent demanding of rights for women,” he added.

Jan 09 09:28

Prayer Palace pastor Paul Melnichuk facing sex assault charges

The flamboyant and controversial senior pastor of the Prayer Palace has been charged with sexual assault involving a mother and daughter who are parishioners at the mammoth evangelical church in northwest Toronto.

Paul Melnichuk, 80, known to parishioners as “Pastor Paul,” surrendered to police Thursday morning, after being notified of a warrant for his arrest.

Police say the complainants are a woman in her 40s and a woman who is younger than 20. Both were members of the church, founded by Melnichuk and his wife more than 30 years ago.

The pastor is charged with five counts of sexual assault.

Jan 08 12:32

Hardline Israelis anger Palestinians by trying to reclaim prayer rights at Jerusalem's most famous holy site

Some fear the existence of a long-term plan to overturn Muslim sovereignty and build a third Jewish temple, a topic that is increasingly prominent in the curricula of Jewish religious schools which come under the authority of Israel's education ministry.

Jan 08 08:41

In Brief: Conservatives Need to Be Careful How They Condemn the Paris Shooting

Before you get all smug and superior about how you, a brave Christian conservative, would never be so savage as to want violence to be done to satirists, not like those fuckin' Moo-Slims who are just fuckin' animals who fuck animals or whatever the fuck you think, before you go down that road, you need to accept what exactly the French magazine Charlie Hebdo was publishing that so enraged a trio of gunmen that they shot and killed a dozen people at Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris today.

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Now, if you are Catholic, ask yourself if you are offended by this Charlie Hebdo cover. Be honest with yourself.

Jan 07 09:16

Nun Exposes Shocking Catholic Secrets! She Died Over This!

Sister Charlotte, a former Roman Catholic nun, spent over 22 years in a cloistered convent, hidden away from public scrutiny. She delivers a shocking and gripping testimony of abuse, torture, pedophilia, and even murder, which she says was a daily part of convent life. She disappeared about 2 years after giving this interview.

Jan 03 07:56

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [JANUARY 3, 2015]

Jan 02 10:15

Child abuse: Bathed in disinfectant, whipped with kettle flexes, beaten and forced to eat vomit... victims' harrowing testimonies

Children at Sisters of Nazareth properties in Derry were known by their numbers rather than their names.

Abuse included physical assaults using sticks, straps and kettle flexes.

Another former resident described how nuns' treatment of children at Termonbacca care home "bordered on the psychotic".

He described the home as a "hell-hole" and likened it to a concentration camp.

Dec 30 07:55

Pope Francis Gets Owned by Alex Jones

Dec 29 09:01

Pope Francis: a Curia that is outdated, sclerotic or indifferent to others is an ailing body

This morning in the Clementine Hall the Holy Father held his annual meeting with the Roman Curia to exchange Christmas greetings with the members of its component dicasteries, councils, offices, tribunals and commissions. “It is good to think of the Roman Curia as a small model of the Church, that is, a body that seeks, seriously and on a daily basis, to be more alive, healthier, more harmonious and more united in itself and with Christ”.

Dec 28 09:19

407 Jewish settlers forced way into Al-Aqsa for Hanukkah

At least 407 Jewish settlers forced their way into East Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex during this week's Hanukkah holidays, a Palestinian NGO said Thursday.

The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowments and Heritage said that, from Sunday to Thursday, 407 Israelis – protected by Israeli police – had conducted individual and group tours inside the mosque complex.

Of these, 52 were young Israeli troops who entered the complex in military uniform as part of a so-called "guidance and exploration" program, the NGO said.

"Occupation forces harassed Muslim worshippers at the gates of the mosque complex, arresting 20 over the past week," it added.

It went on to say that detained worshippers had been subsequently released after being subject to monetary fines and barred from entering the Al-Aqsa complex for periods ranging from two weeks to one month.

Israeli officials could not be reached for comment on the issue.

Dec 27 09:52

Religious Circumcision Leaves Another Jewish Baby With Herpes, 17th Case Linked To Controversial Ritual Of Oral Suction

The controversial practice of a Jewish circumcision ritual has led another newborn baby to contract neonatal herpes in New York City - the fourth case this year and the 17th since 2000, city health officials said Wednesday.

Twelve days after undergoing the ancient ritual, known as metzitzah b'peh, which involves cleaning the circumcision wound by oral suction, the newborn baby was rushed to the hospital in November, the Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday.

Although the unidentified boy has recovered in the latest case, two of the other infected infants since 2000 have died, and at least two have suffered brain damage.

Dec 26 08:42

Netanyahu sends formal message to all Christians

Netanyahu has wished Christians in Israel and throughout the world a Merry Christmas.

In a videotaped message, he claimed that Christians are subject to persecution throughout the Middle East, except in Israel. (!!)

“Christian communities across the Middle East are experiencing a particularly difficult time, with violence, persecution and fear,” Netanyahu said.

“Here in Israel, religious freedom is a sacred principle. Israel’s Christian citizens enjoy the full blessing of freedom and democracy. Their equal rights are enshrined in Israeli law. Let us remember the common heritage and values that unite us in the face of extremism and hatred, which we will never accept,” he said.

The reality, of course, is that Christians are routinely exterminated in Palestine, since almost all Christians are Palestinian. (The rest are Armenians, or else they are foreign visitors who worship Jews.) Ten percent of all Arabs in Palestine are Christian. Jews call them “Notzri.”

Dec 26 08:09

Ongoing plight of Palestinian Christians

Back in 1948, when Israel was established, Christians in Palestine made up around 18 percent of the population. Now it is around two percent only.

They have been faced with the same discriminatory policies as Muslim Palestinians, pushing thousands to leave Palestine. In a 2006 poll, Christians living in Bethlehem said Israeli aggression and occupation was the main cause of emigration.

Inside Story discusses the sufferings of Palestinian Christians under the Israeli occupation.

Dec 25 14:02

Key to the Twelve Days of Christmas

According to the Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals by Ann Ball, the famous song about the 12 Days of Christmas was written in England as a catechism song for young Catholics in the days when it was illegal to practice or teach the Catholic Faith. It contains hidden meanings intended to help children remember lessons of faith. Instead of referring to an earthly suitor, the “true love” mentioned in the song really refers to God. The “me” who receives the presents is symbolic of every baptized person.

Dec 25 09:48

Jesus: the Muslim prophet

Christianity is rooted in the belief that Jesus is the Son of God, so is Islam’s version of Christ a source of tension, or a way of building bridges between the world’s two largest faiths?

Dec 24 11:59

Some say pope’s reported claim that 2 percent of priests are pedophiles is too low

Bishop-accountability.org, a Web site that publishes public information about accused priests and their cases, notes that some U.S. dioceses don’t submit regular reports to bishops on such cases. The group alleges that in dioceses where greater information was made available, either by choice or because of litigation, “the percentage of accused priests is approaching 10 percent.”

Dec 24 11:56

Anti-Gay Pastor Arrested For Grabing Man's Junk With Enthusiasm

Surprise! Another outspoken anti-gay Pastor, Gaylard Williams (yes, that IS his real name), was arrested after approaching a man in his car and grabbing the 27 year old's dick, giving it a squeeze. The recipient was not amused and called the police.

Dec 23 13:31

Vatican Reeling As Pope Francis Admits There Is An Army Of Over 8,000 Pedophile Priests

In a BBC interview that the Vatican is struggling to spin, Pope Francis took the highly unusual step of actually admitting that there are thousands and thousands of pedophile priests in the Catholic Church worldwide. By their estimates about 8,000. This mind-numbing admission has sent shock-waves through the highest levels of the Vatican system.

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"Suffer the little children to come unto me" -- Mark 10:14

Dec 23 11:04

A Message From a Protestor and Former Cop: We Are Not Anti-Cop. We Are Pro-Life.

To the police, I say -- come meet some of the protestors. You'll meet people fighting for life and love, and hoping that with their activism, more of their brothers and sisters will be able to live full lives without the threat of violence. We are not anti-cop; we are pro-life.

To the protestors, I say -- come meet the good men and women I served with on the police force. Mourn with them now in this trying moment. Understand that many police officers fear for their lives, too. They want to serve their city and go home each night to their families. Because our movement is fundamentally about preserving and protecting life, we can easily understand how we care for the police safety without giving up our core message that the NYPD must be reformed.

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These are kind, healing words from a former police officer who is a woman of faith, urging protestors and police to come together as human beings.

That may take a miracle, but is certainly not impossible.

Christmas is coming soon, and Christmas... is supposed to be a time for healing, reconciliation, and new beginnings. Community organizers and police outreach workers, how about it?!?

Dec 23 09:21

Pastor who gave up God for a year after getting divorced finds love, attends a skeptics convention and hints he may be ready to leave the church for good

A former Seventh Day Adventists pastor who set out in January to live a year without God could be set to become a full-time atheist when his eventful experiment comes to an end later this month.

Ryan Bell, 43, made headlines in January when just days into his 'intellectual experiment' to explore atheism he was fired from his two teaching jobs at Christian schools near Los Angeles.

Bell was left struggling to support his two young daughters, aged 10 and 13, until an atheist blogger set up an online fundraising site and helped raise over $27,000 to help him support his family.

Dec 22 08:36

Franciscan Order On Verge Of Bankruptcy After Financial Fraud Uncovered

One of the largest Franciscan religious orders, founded on the humble teachings of St. Francis of Assisi more than 800 years ago, announced it is on the brink of bankruptcy after admitting some of its friars embezzled funds from its accounts.

The Italian news magazine Panorama on Friday (Dec. 19) reported that tens of millions of dollars were missing from the Order of Friars Minor and had been invested in offshore companies.

Panorama also claimed Swiss prosecutors had seized Franciscan accounts in Switzerland because the account holders had allegedly invested in illegal operations that could include arms and drug trafficking.

Dec 22 07:25

The War on Christmas

Dec 20 08:15

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [DECEMBER 20, 2014]

Dec 19 08:23

Dominican boy endured 6 years of sex abuse, death threats by priest

"He abused and raped me for six years, forced me to wear women’s undergarments and threatened to kill me," revealed in dramatic and revealing confessions to a local TV station, one of the many abused boys, sodomized and violated by Polish former priest Wojciech Waldermar Gil (Padre Alberto) in the town of Juncalito, in Dominican Republic’s highlands.

The boy identified only as "Juan" in the interview on Univision, said he tried to take his own life several times, after the abuse, which many believe senior Dominican Catholic prelates sought to cover up.

Dec 19 08:21

Priest jailed for sex abuse in boarding school

A retired priest has been jailed for three years for sexually and indecently assaulting two teenage boys while teaching at a Cork boarding school.

Fr Tadhg O’Dalaigh received a five year sentence with two years suspended for the sexual and indecent assault of two boys aged 14 and 16 in the 1970’s and early 1980’s.

Last month, Fr O’Dalaigh, a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart was convicted of sexually assaulting a pupil at Coláiste An Chroí Naofa, Carrignavar, Co Cork, on an unknown date between March 1st and April 30th, 1979. The State alleged the incident took place in the school’s sick bay.

He was found unanimously guilty by a jury of 10 men and two women.

Dec 18 09:02

Sexual abuse allegations: Diocese of Gallup releases names of 30 priests

The Diocese of Gallup has released the names of more clergy members facing what it deems to be credible allegations of sexual abuse against minors.

The list, released Monday, contains the names of 30 priests and one lay teacher. Some of the names date back to the 1950s.

Dec 17 09:41

Cadiz former Salesian college director to be tried for alleged sexual abuse of 12 children

Francisco Javier Lopez, a Roman catholic priest of the Salesian order of Don Bosco, was held by police for a month in 2013 following sexual abuse complaints from up to 30 children from Cadiz’s Salesian San Ignacio College.

Judge Miguel Angel Lopez Marchena charged the priest with sexual abuse of 12 children, between the ages of 12 and 14, and 15 counts of assault.

Dec 17 06:57

Georgia city approves mosque following legal threats

City Council officials in Kennesaw, Georgia, voted to approve the opening of a mosque in a local shopping center, despite some opposition from local residents, after supporters threatened to sue the city for violating their religious freedom rights.

The proposal passed by a vote of 5-0, reversing a 4-1 decision against the mosque that was made in early December.

Dec 16 09:48

6 Things People Get Wrong About the Bible's Christmas Story

The worst role in any children's Christmas play is the innkeeper who gets to lecture the holy couple about how there's "no room for them in the inn." That's the role jerky little kids get to prepare them for a lifetime of managerial positions. Long story short, the holy family ends up in the stable. But wait -- the entire reason they made the trek from Nazareth to Bethlehem was because it was Joseph's hometown. You'd think there'd be at least one family member with a futon they could crash on or something, right? So why did they even need an inn to begin with? The simple answer is that, in the Bible, there is no innkeeper -- and probably no inn. That's because inns were only found on major roads, and Bethlehem was the equivalent of a truck stop outside of a rural town in Wyoming.

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And number 7: The Christmas story has the shepherds out tending their flocks at night (in order to see the star and hear the angels). But the only time Shepherds need to tend their flocks by night is when the lambs are being born, both to deal with difficult deliveries and protect the new lambs from predators. Lambs are not born in the middle of winter but in the Spring, late February to mid-April.

Dec 14 07:05

God is imaginary

It is easy to prove to yourself that God is imaginary. The evidence is all around you. Here are 50 simple proofs:

Dec 13 09:37

Report By Australian Catholic Church erroneously blames priest sex abuse of boys on celibacy

Currently, the Australian Catholic Church put out a report claiming the reason for the pandemic number of priests having homosexual sex with little boys is because priests must take a vow of celibacy.

However, if most Catholic priests are heterosexual, why do they most often have sex with MALE children?

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Because little boys don't get pregnant! :)

Dec 13 06:51

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [DECEMBER 13, 2014]

Dec 12 09:10

Dogs in Heaven? Pope Francis Leaves Pearly Gate Open

Trying to console a distraught little boy whose dog had died, Francis told him in a recent public appearance on St. Peter’s Square, “Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.” While it is unclear whether the pope’s remarks helped soothe the child, they were welcomed by groups like the Humane Society and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who saw them as a repudiation of conservative Roman Catholic theology that says animals cannot go to heaven because they have no souls.

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If dogs don't go to heaven, I want to go where the dogs go! :)

Dec 11 14:30

40 years to ex-Christian radio host for child porn

A former Christian radio host in Grand Rapids has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for sexual exploitation and child pornography.

Grand Rapids federal Judge Robert Holmes Bell says John Balyo's acts were "repulsive." He's a former morning host at WCSG, a popular Christian station heard throughout western Michigan.

Investigators found a storage unit with child pornography and a bondage kit. Bell sentenced the 34-year-old on Thursday.

Separately, Balyo recently was sentenced to at least 25 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a boy in Calhoun County. The state and federal sentences will run together.

Dec 11 08:44

Psychiatry: the modern priest-class

One of the main psychiatric mantras gaining force? “Everyone at some time in their lives will experience a mental disorder.”

But an open secret has been slowly bleeding out into public consciousness for the past ten years.

THERE ARE NO DEFINITIVE LABORATORY TESTS FOR ANY SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDER.

And along with that:

ALL SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDERS ARE CONCOCTED, NAMED, LABELED, DESCRIBED, AND CATEGORIZED by a committee of psychiatrists, from menus of human behaviors.

Dec 10 11:12

WHAT LIVING IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER WILL MEAN FOR CHILDREN IF “WE” DONT DO SOMETHING TO STOP THIS! by Bradley Loves

Suffice it to say that I was commissioned to help tutor this very young man for a brief period of time, and that it was very clear to me that he was distressed about something really huge! Since his lessons were not progressing very well at all, we – or I, “side-lined” his lessons and decided to “talk” about what was really bothering him – and what actually came out, was NOT what I was expecting at all.

For the purposes of this article we’ll call him “Anthony” (although that was not his real name).

Anthony was a very good looking boy, and had an awful lot of talent as far as I was concerned in both art and music. He was also a very talented “sketcher” – and by using only pencils – could produce images on paper that were very worthy of artistic notice.

Dec 06 08:28

Netanyahu’s ‘Jewish state’ bill would be a crippling blow to Israel

Israelis will soon face a primordial decision respecting the future of their country: whether to define Israel as a supra-national state which accords primary rights, both in law and in fact, based solely on Jewish identity. The thrust of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “nation-state bill” effectively discards the long-held (if imperfectly observed) legal assertion that all Israelis, including that country’s Arab citizens, enjoy equality under the law. If passed, it would become part of Israel’s constitution.

Dec 06 07:01

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [DECEMBER 6, 2014]

Dec 05 08:45

Ottawa priest charged with sex offences on young boy

An Ottawa priest who counselled students after the fatal explosion at Mother Teresa High School that killed 15-year-old Eric Leighton has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy.

Stephen Amesse, 56, was charged Thursday by Ottawa police with two counts each of sexual assault and sexual interference on a boy under the age of 16.

“These are painful moments in the life of a faith community,” the Archdiocese of Ottawa said in a statement. “May the parishioners know the spiritual support of our entire Catholic community.”

Dec 05 08:18

Cardinal investigating the Vatican's finances discovers off-the-books stash of hundreds of millions of Euros

Vatican reformers have discovered hundreds of millions of euros that did not appear on the Holy See’s balance sheet, the cardinal charged with sorting out the Curia’s financial affairs has said.

Writing exclusively in the first issue of the new Catholic Herald magazine, Cardinal George Pell says that the discovery means that the Vatican’s finances are healthier than they first appeared.

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The lawyers for those legions of molested children will be delighted to hear that!

Dec 04 08:58

Christian Pastor Wants 'Aids-Free World By Christmas' Through Mass Extermination Of Gays

An American Baptist pastor has called for the mass killing of all homosexuals and transgender people to bring about an “Aids-free world by Christmas”.

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Clergy like this make Atheism look really good!

Dec 02 09:58

Zionism And ISIS: Opposing Forces Or Two Sides Of The Same Coin?

Over the past decade, the Middle East — the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of the three major monotheistic religions — has become a flashpoint for religious extremism and fascism. The general public has grown used to associating radicalism with Islam, even to such an extent that the general notion is that the Islamic faith is the expression of religious extremism par excellence.

Yet such assessments have generally failed to take into account an equally dangerous radical trend that has been unfolding in the region for decades — Zionism.

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I remember, as a kid, watching Khrushchev at the UN, banging his shoe on the table, and the translation of what he was saying was given as, "We will bury you!", which was construed by the "translator" as a threat against the US.

Of course, that was a complete mistranslation, and misrepresentation of what the man actually said. The real translation was "You will bury yourselves."

I think of those Jews, many of whom had escaped death during the Holocaust, who founded Israel.

And I have to wonder: is what Israel has become what they really wanted to see evolve?!?

A viciously apartheid, xenophobic culture, hating Muslim Arabs so intensely that many in government and Jewish faith communities have, sometimes very publicly, advocated their own, "Final Solution" to "The Arab Problem"?!?

There is a term in psychology called "enabling". It is when someone encourages someone else to do something that is bad and risky for that person, but -for their own reasons - continues to encourage this bad behaviour.

When one nation enables another nation's bad behaviour on the world stage, as the US does with Israel, the ultimate outcome cannot be good. And the US has done absolutely nothing to ameliorate the Israeli government's continuous onslaught against the Palestinians. Please note the following, from the Latimes.com, published on 24 July, 2014:

It was supposed to be a place of refuge from a devastating war. Hundreds of people were crammed into a United Nations-run elementary school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday when the converted shelter was hit by a series of explosions. At least 15 people were killed and more than 120 injured, according to local health officials. Survivors said they had packed their belongings and were gathered in the schoolyard awaiting evacuation when the shells hit. But the circumstances remained murky late in the day. The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees said it had asked the Israeli liaison office repeatedly for a window of time in which to evacuate the staff and displaced people who wanted to leave the school. “We got no answer,” said Adnan abu Hasna, a spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA. Survivors said they were waiting to leave when the shells hit.

These actions, coupled with brisk annexations of territories in which Palestinians have lived for generations; the routine torture of prisoners, including children;the daily killing of Palestinians in peaceful protest all lead to one inevitable conclusion: that Israel, as a country, is hell-bent on a complete genocide of all Palestinians, and a complete reconquering of the land, to, at last, create "Eretz Israel", or "Greater Israel."

I would strongly caution both the Israeli government, and certain religious leaders to be very, very careful about what they wish for here.

A physical victory in this regard may well lead to a moral, and spiritual curse upon this nation so intense that it can never, ever be unbroken.

Dec 02 09:36

Dominican Republic expects severe sentence for alleged paedophile priest

The attorney general of the Dominican Republic has met with his Polish counterpart in Warsaw and is expecting a severe sentence for a Polish priest suspected of abusing children.

Father Wojciech G. (full name withheld under Polish privacy laws) is due to be tried at a district court in Wolomin, near Warsaw.

The priest stands accused of 10 offences, 8 of which relate to the sexual abuse of boys below the age of 15.

Dec 02 08:21

Hamilton family left corpse upstairs for six months expecting resurrection

Peter Wald’s family truly believed he would rise from the dead.

They believed it because they had prayed for it, every single day, while his corpse lay rotting for six months in an upstairs bedroom of their north-end Hamilton home.

When neighbours asked about her husband, curious about the 52-year-old man’s seeming disappearance, Kaling Wald would tell them he was “in God’s hands now.”

Dec 01 12:55

Israel's Chief Military Rabbi questions Islamic religious significance of Al-Aqsa compound

Israel's Chief Military Rabbi Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz has claimed that the religious significance of Jerusalem's al-Haram al-Sharif in Islam is an invention, stating that the vast majority of Muslims know nothing about the Quran.

During a lecture at the Otzem Pre-Military Torah Academy in Moshav Naveh, he claimed that Muslims have no real reason to pray at Temple Mount, known as al-Haram al-Sharif (The Noble Sanctuary) in Arabic.

"The only mosque any holiness is attributed to is Al-Aqsa. The rest of the Temple Mount has no religious significance," Peretz claimed.

"What is the Al-Aqsa Mosque?" Peretz asked. "It says in the Quran 'make me a mosque on the edge.' Al-Aqsa is on the edge. The edge of what? Mecca? The edge of the Arabian Peninsula. When they bow, they bow to Mecca but their backside is turned to the Temple Mount, because the edge for them is the edge of the Arabian Peninsula. So what are they doing on the Temple Mount?"

Nov 30 11:54

Letters: Palestinians' suffering

In his Community View, Rabbi Justin Schwartz shamelessly, yet predictably, trots out worn-out holocaust canards and Jewish establishment sloganeering in a pitiful attempt to defend Israel's crimes in Palestine.

Rabbi Schwartz demands more "action." With Palestinians being wasted by the Israeli occupation army and armed Jewish settlers on a regular basis, one wonders what action he demands. Perhaps another genocidal operation, as the one Israel perpetrated in Gaza last summer, in which 2,100 people, including 450 children were slaughtered?

Nov 30 11:22

NEW JERSEY SYNAGOGUE TO ‘OVERSEE’ RABBI’S RACISM

Teaneck Synagogue Taking Steps To Rein in Rabbi Pruzanksy

Nov 29 07:23

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [NOVEMBER 29, 2014]

Nov 29 07:01

50 rabbis call for storming the Aqsa platform

A group of 50 rabbis affiliated with an extremely right-wing Zionist movement have signed a petition calling for the storming of Al-Aqsa the day after tomorrow.

A number of right-wing groups published statements on their websites yesterday evening claiming that this petition comes in the wake of what they described as "terrorist events in Jerusalem and pointing the finger of blame on those who ascend to the Temple Mount [Al-Aqsa]".

The petition signed by the rabbis said: "One of the important ways in which we can demand our right to the Temple Mount is to ascend the Temple Mount. We believe that our presence in the Temple Mount is guided by pure and traditional Jewish teachings and laws and we are proud to uphold these values as we ascend to the mountain of purity."

Nov 28 08:05

Netherlands government says closure of mosques unacceptable

Netherlands Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher has said any closure of mosques in the country would be "unacceptable" after a Party for Freedom lawmaker proposed that all mosques there be shut.

Nov 27 08:26

DEMONIZATION OF ARABS CONDEMNED BY AMERICAN RABBINICAL COUNCIL

“We cannot countenance a response to terror that resorts to wholesale demonization, advocates for the collective punishment of Israeli Arabs, or calls for the destruction or dismantling of Muslim holy places. Such rhetoric is anathema to the Jewish religious tradition and has no place in civil society. Such rhetoric is wrong and must be repudiated, whether it is voiced by lay leaders, community leaders or rabbis.”

Nov 19 08:44

Letter to Pope uncovers pedophile network in Spain

A letter sent to Pope Francis has triggered Spain’s largest clerical sex abuse scandal to date, leading to charges being filed against 10 priests after a college professor wrote to the pontiff to describe sexual abuse he claims to have suffered as a child.

Nov 19 07:08

Why the Internet is slowly strangling religion

Increased access to information is making it more difficult for faiths to exert total control over their followers

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Mea Maxima Culpa!

Again, we are seeing a repeat of the history from when Gutenberg rediscovered movable type printing (the Chinese were using it hundreds of years earlier). Prior to Gutenberg, churches were free to re-write the gospels to suit their own agendas, and the laity were forbidden to even touch the book, let alone read it (as most of them could not read). Gutenberg's technological advance meant books were affordable, and Gutenberg published his first bible in 1454. As literacy increased, people began to notice that Gutenberg's version very often did not match what their local church was saying, with the obvious contradictions harming the credibility of the church as a whole. This forced King James to order a "standard" bible to be adopted by all churches in 1611.

I have no problem with people believing what they want, so long as their beliefs are NOT used as an excuse to inflict harm upon others, extract wealth from them, enslave them, or to justify wars. My problem is with organizations created solely to exploit myths and beliefs for wealth and commercial power. History proves that religion is a tool of human enslavement. Even the Bible approves of slavery.

LEVITICUS 25:44-46

" As for your male and female slaves whom you may have; you may buy male and female slaves from among the nations that are round you. You may also buy from among the strangers who sojourn with you and their families that are with you, who have been born in your land; and they may be your property. You may bequeath them to your sons and after you, to inherit as a possession forever; you may make slaves of them, but over your brethren the people of Israel you shall not rule, one over the other, with harshness."

No religion has ever set its followers free from the oppressions of the organized hierarchy of that religion (with the possible exception of the historical Jesus himself). Religion teaches unquestioning obedience. Religion is slavery. I oppose such slavery as earnestly and staunchly as my ancestors opposed the slave ships and the slave policies of the Confederacy.

I am not anti god (for one can hardly oppose something which does not exist). I simply wish to set people free from all forms of oppression and exploitation.

See also FROM THOSE WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO BROUGHT YOU THE INQUISITION!

Nov 16 07:51

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [NOVEMBER 16, 2014]

Nov 15 09:31

Paedophile priest Daniel Curran in court on fresh child abuse charges

Fr Daniel Curran (64) has already been jailed for abusing more than a dozen boys over a 17-year period.

At Downpatrick Magistrates Court yesterday Curran, of Bryansford Avenue, Newcastle, was charged with four further sex offences committed against a child in the 1990s.

He is accused of gross indecency and indecent assault.

Curran allegedly abused the child sometime between August 8, 1990 and August 7, 1995.

Nov 15 09:11

Priest accused of historic sexual abuse allegations

A Catholic priest has been charged with a string of sex offences dating back 30 years.

Canon Mortimer Stanley returned to Greater Manchester from his home in Ireland to face the allegations at Bury Magistrates court today.

The Crown Prosecution Service authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Canon Stanley, 82, after complaints by former pupils at a Rochdale school.

He is accused of 17 charges of indecent assault on a girl under 14 between 1977 and 1988.

The allegations involve ten victims. All the alleged victims were pupils at St Vincent’s Primary School, which has been historically linked to the parish.

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