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Peter Reynolds

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Posts Tagged ‘church

Of Vital Importance

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An extraordinary, incisive and passionate exposition of the truth about the Catholic Church.

Here is the Q&A session from the same debate also featuring Anne Widdecombe, an African Archbishop and Christopher Hitchens.

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December 26, 2010 at 6:02 pm

BBC Proselytises For The Pope

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The Pope's Spin Doctor

Yesterday the Pope made a series of disgraceful excuses for paedophile priests.

Today, the BBC announced that it is to broadcast a Christmas message from him for the first time. This after earlier in the year it granted him extravagant and disproportionate coverage of his vist to Britain.

In a statement the Pope said that he wanted to thank the BBC for its coverage of his visit. I bet he does. For a religious cult that has less than a million regular supporters in Britain he was given saturation coverage on all BBC television and radio for four days.

Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC is, of course, a hard core Catholic. Surely he has gone too far this time?

What should be happening is that BBC journalists should be probing ever deeper into the disgusting cover up of child abuse that the Pope is responsible for. They should also be tearing apart the sordid and corrupt financial affairs of the Vatican.

Mark Thompson has to go.  This is gross misconduct.

Written by Peter Reynolds

December 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Paedophile Priests : It’s Our Fault (via The Mad Hatters)

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I confess defeat. I cannot find the words to express the contempt and disgust in which I hold the Pope and his vile church. I do not understand how any decent person (Tony Blair for one!) can possibly continue to support this wicked and evil cult.

Pedophile Priests : It's Our FaultIn his annual Christmas address to Bishops and Cardinals, Pope Benedict had a few words to say about the sexual abuse of children by priests that gained wide public attention during 2010. The ‘humiliation’ the RC church had suffered worldwide as a consequence of the actions of a minority of priests, he said, should be a spur for the church to re-examine it’s teachings that had allowed such abuse to go on for so long.

The sexual abuse of children by priests, however had to be seen in a wider societal context. It was part of the ‘sexual permissiveness’ of the ’70′s that had made child pornography, drug use, and sexual trafficking to some degree permissible.

Representatives of abuse victims have dismissed the Pope’s comments as “absolute nonsense” – as a further attempt by the Pope to evade full responsibility for the actions of pedophile priests and the failure of the Church to help and support the victims of abuse, choosing instead to protect the perpetrators rather than risk damage to the good name of the church should the crimes be exposed.

Source . . . http://tinyurl.com/2wwf3ro

via The Mad Hatters

Written by Peter Reynolds

December 21, 2010 at 11:46 am

The Public Sector Pay Scandal

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There are very few things in politics that are simple.  This is an exception.  The principle, implied by Panorama, that no one in the public sector should be paid more than the prime minister seems very sensible to me.

I already knew that BBC senior executives enjoy vastly overinflated pay but the fact that Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC, gets £838,000 per annum is shocking.   It is particularly hard to take after the absurd spectacle of the Pope’s visit.  The leader of a very minor church, presently mired in appalling scandal, has enjoyed a bonanza of free, round the clock, TV, radio and internet promotion.  I didn’t know but it turns out that Mark Thompson is a rabid Catholic.  He has a nerve to run his own private campaigns at our expense!  This is too much!

He is at the top and is the very worst of a deeply depressing list of excess and vanity.  I am sure that many of these people are very able and skilled in their profession.  If and when they choose to go into the private sector they may well make millions.  While in the public sector, every single one of them should be very grateful for the privilege to serve.

The argument about market forces, put forward by the leader of Liverpool City Council, is just a weak excuse.  If he really believes it then he needs to think again.  Believe me, real market forces will sort this out, no problem.  We will still get the very best in senior positions if we recruit properly.  Successful people will seek to make their name in the public sector first, in prestige positions, then move on to make their fortune.

I say increase the prime minister’s salary to £250,000.  These gestures of senior politicians cutting their own pay are meaningless and impress no one.  Make that the maximum that anyone in the public sector can earn.  Enforce it immediately.  All salaries to be trimmed to that level from 1st October.  I see everything in favour of this and nothing against.

The BBC’s Absurd Level Of Coverage Of The Pope

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This has been another grave error of judgment by the BBC.

According to the 2001 census there are 4.2 million Catholics in the UK.  According to the 2005 Church census, just 887,000 are regular worshippers.  Does this justify the absurd level of wall to wall coverage we have had to endure over the last four days?

It looks totally disproportionate to me.  More like some sort of subversive attempt by religious zealots to impose their superstitious beliefs on the rest of us.

If any other group can prove nearly a million regular supporters in the UK will the BBC guarantee equivalent coverage?

With 96 straight hours of guaranteed airtime, whoever you are, whatever your “act”, you’ll easily be able to fill Hyde Park and venues all over the country. You’ll make a fortune!

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September 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm

What Else Could £12 Million Buy?

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Irrelevant

Apparently, excluding policing costs (!), it’s going to cost Britain £12 million for the Pope to come here.  Now what else could we spend that on to better effect?

There must be at least twelve million answers to that question.  It is an absurdity, an anachronism, a throwback to an earlier, superstitious age when the masses were controlled by their fear of some nonsensical, supernatural power.

Pope Katzinger, ex-Hitler youth member and embodiment of the ultimate hypocritical idolatry and perversion of God, is not worthy of admittance to our country, let alone such expense.

I’m not sure that the Vatican state is part of the EU so do we have to let him in?  I suppose he will produce a German or Italian passport if necessary.  I would want to see it and ensure it is up to date.  Surely we could arrange a unilateral European arrest warrant or USA extradition request to get rid of him?  Now that would be a useful purpose for unjust and unfair legislation.

Pope Katzinger is not welcome.  That is a fact.  If we must adhere for a little longer to the idea of a church then we have our own.  The Pope’s has already been banned by royal decree and I hold much closer to the United Kingdom than to any kingdom of supernatural power, particularly one of such evil reputation.

If the head of the Catholic Church wishes to visit this country and meet with his congregation then, as a liberal and open society I suppose we must allow him to do so. We should not have to spare one penny from the care of our elderly, our sick or our needy for the pretensions of this old fool and his entourage.  Let them indulge their fairy tales, games and petty diversions at their own expense.

Child Abuse, Bombing – All In A Day’s Work For Catholic Priests

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Devil Incarnate

Are we seriously going to welcome the Pope to our shores next month, the personification of an institution that has been responsible for appalling evil throughout the last 2000 years?

The monstrous scandal of child abuse by priests and nuns continues and so does the Church’s shameful attempts to cover it up.  Today we learn that Father James Chesney was an active IRA bomber.   See here.  There should be no more allowances made.  The cult of Catholicism is evil and beneath contempt.

Terrorist In A Dog Collar

The Catholic Church is an out of date, irredeemable hotbed of wickedness, sin and shame.   It is all to do with the greed and venality of man, disguised in a power mad, money making machine that has no integrity or worth at all.  It has nothing to do with God whatsoever.  It looks more like the devil to me.

We should deny the Pope entry to Britain and proscribe his church from any privileges accorded to charities or religious bodies.  It has proved itself time and time again to be guilty of the worst possible crimes.  Enough is enough.

“Too many have died in the name of Christ for anyone to heed the call”

These are the immortal words of Crosby Stills & Nash.  Substitute “Christ” with any deity you care to mention.

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