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Xmas wasn’t late

One of the Mashable Christmas graphs.

December 27, 2009 Posted by | WWW | | Comments Off on Xmas wasn’t late

‘Church falls from grace’ [Updated: More Irish priest resignations]

Reviewing the Irish Catholic Church’s 2009 record, John Burke of the Dublin Post wrote:

Nobody can doubt the prevailing thesis which has emerged thus far – that the Church which purports to live the word of a loving Jesus has utterly failed to do so.

That isn’t the “Irish anticlericalism” the Telegraph’s Will Heaven imagined while with his theory of St Mel’s Cathedral arson.

It’s a straightforward editorial assessment of inquiries into sexual predation and abuse by Irish Catholic clergy:

Counting the two concluded inquiries and the extant Cloyne probe, the three judicial inquiries will have covered a period ranging from the pre Emergency Free State to this year.

For a factually sound view, please read on.

Irish priest resignation numbers grow

Radio Netherlands reports:

On Christmas Eve, auxiliary Bishops of Dublin Eamon Walsh and Raymond Field announced that they had offered their resignations to Pope Benedict XVI. Four Irish bishops have now resigned in the wake of the Murphy Report, commissioned by the government, which found that Roman Catholic authorities in Ireland covered up the sexual abuse of children by priests for decades.

Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan, the fifth named in the Murphy Report, is under growing pressure, Irish Central reports.

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Catholic, Churches | , , | Comments Off on ‘Church falls from grace’ [Updated: More Irish priest resignations]

Longford, Ireland, cathedral burns

A 150-year-old building burns and without evidence some bloggers/commenters (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) insinuate arson, while others accurately explained how easily church fires result from Christmas bedecking, especially in old buildings.

The insinuations were directed at the victims of abuse. For example, a London Telegraph blogger wrote:

Given the recent resignation of a second Irish bishop after a report revealed the cover-up of child sex abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese, it could be that this was a deliberate attack on the Irish Catholic Church. If so, it marks a new chapter of anti-clericalism in Ireland.

The $14.4-million loss of St Mel’s Cathedral, with its records and precious artifacts, may be mourned and without raising unmerited questions about the victims of decades of systematically concealed sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. Raising those questions in the absence of real cause, whether by vague implication or directly, is a libel of those already harmed.

If there is a history of arson resulting from clerical sexual abuse — whether by Roman Catholic clergy, Southern Baptist pastors or other clergy — those making the speculations do not refer to it (as was their obligation). We have tried, and cannot thus far find evidence of such a history.

Groundless allegations which tend to tar the victims of other crimes, as a group, are despicable.

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Churches, Crime | , , | Comments Off on Longford, Ireland, cathedral burns

Graph: Is religion the answer?

Religion cannot answer “most or all of today’s problems” for a slowly but steadly growing minority of Americans, according to a Gallup Poll published on Christmas Eve.

In 1957, less than 10% said that religion “is largely old-fashioned and out of date.”

Last week, it had grown to 29%.

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Religion | Comments Off on Graph: Is religion the answer?

Senate health reform impact graph

Generated using the Kaiser Health Reform Subsidy Calculator and explained by Paul Krugman.

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Health, Politics | , , | Comments Off on Senate health reform impact graph