Weird Nature-denying Cult Strikes Again. Rome Rulers!

The influence of the bizarre misogynist cult that is the Roman Catholic
Church once again flies its true colours on the battlements of formal
religion. The tangential Mariology that in involved merely adds to the rich
tapestry of absurdity.

It is far safer to recognise the insight in the late Dave Allen’s exit
remarks in his television shows “May your god go with you”. Between all the
various fanatical religions, God must be a very confused being.Anyway the
piece below was published in trhe Irish Independent on Friday 15th July and
is copyright the Daily Telegraph, London.

Add in the gay icon stuff about Cardinal John Henry Newman of the Oxford
Movement and his beatification and its enough to keep a summer school
fulminating for a whole afternoon. That is the same lad with the UCD
connections.

Indo and Telegraph

Vatican says female priests ‘as sinful’ as child abuse

Under the new rules, ordaining a women as a priest is among the church’s
“most serious crimes”.

By Fiona Govan in Rome

Friday July 16 2010

THE ordination of women as Roman Catholic priests has been made a “crime
against the faith” by the Vatican and subject to discipline by its watchdog.

The new rules issued yesterday put attempts at ordaining women among the
“most serious crimes” alongside paedophilia and will be handled by
investigators from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF),
considered the successor to the Inquisition.

Women attempting to be priests, and those who try to ordain them, already
faced automatic excommunication but the new decree enshrines the action as
“a crime against sacraments”.

The unexpected ruling follows the Pope’s welcome to Anglican clergy
dissatisfied with its General Synod attempts to compromise over calls for
the ordination of women as bishops. The first women bishops could be
ordained in the Anglican Church as soon as 2014.

Exodus

A group of 70 disgruntled clergy met with a Catholic bishop on Saturday to
discuss plans to defect and hundreds are said to be poised for an exodus to
Rome. Earlier this year three bishops travelled to the Vatican to talk over
an offer by Pope Benedict XVI inviting disillusioned Anglicans to convert
to Catholicism, while still keeping tenets of their own faith.

Within the Catholic Church here have been growing calls to allow women to
become priests in the wake of the widespread paedophilia scandal. Women
priests have been allowed in the Anglican Church since 1992.

But the Vatican made its stance clear yesterday by comparing such actions
to child abuse crimes and issuing new rules for investigating both by the
same disciplinary body.

Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, underscored how the ordination of
women is “a crime against sacraments,” while paedophilia should be
considered a “crime against morals” and both would fall under the
jurisdiction of the CDF.

The organisation, once known as the Holy Office of the Inquisition, was
previously headed by the current Pope when he was Cardinal Ratzinger.

The raft of new rules from the Vatican includes the fast-tracking of the
investigation process of priests accused of child abuse.

The CDF will accelerate investigations of paedophile priests and extend the
statute of limitations by 10 years to 20 years after the victim’s 18th
birthday.

Defrock

It could defrock priests but would not be forced to hand over abusers to
the civil courts.

“Clergy sex crimes must be reported to police and the Vatican must make
this a binding policy that is uniformly enforced,” said David Clohessy, of
The Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests.

“Today’s action doesn’t do that.”(¬©Daily Telegraph London)