Once again, I have to thank Sunday morning television for informing me of an important and noteworthy event. In this case, the information came in the form of a 30-second commercial, not just about a film but yet another salvo against the catholic church and the pedophile priest scandal: Spotlight. This docudrama purports to tell the story of how the Boston Globe newspaper staff researched and revealed the massive child abuse…Continue
It was just one more article from the Huffington Post about Stephen Hawking, the Big Bang, and the fact that no god was necessary to make the whole business happen. I’ve probably seen dozens of such articles over the past four or five years and watched him discuss the matter with people like Larry King. Same stuff, different day,…Continue
I wrote the following back in April of 2005, not long after the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI. I wasn't quite a fully-blown atheist back then, but I was bordering on atheism as I looked at the RC church and the issues it was confronting then. I was well aware of the festering child abuse scandal and the church's poor response to it, as well as other issues related to their absolutist point of view. I look at now and read what I wrote then and can't help but note that…Continue
I have just finished watching a wonderfully done yet singularly disturbing piece: the HBO documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. In it, writer/director Alex Gibney exposes the depravity of the catholic church regarding sexual child abuse by priests, particularly but not exclusively in its defense of one Father Lawrence Murphy, who had a two-decade history of such abuse at the St. John’s School for Deaf Children near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
There is no way…
All right – let me see if I can get this straight:
An assistant coach on the Penn State football team allegedly molested a number of children over a period of time. Result: a previously well-respected football coach – Joe Paterno – and the president of the university both lose their jobs. The media is all over this story like white on rice and a full-on investigation of the entire incident is in process.
Meantime … the story of child abuse within the catholic church has…