Category: Catholic Church

The Catholic Church in Ireland has been partic…

The Catholic Church in Ireland has been particularly unpleasant to women in a variety of ways. If you are an Irish woman and still an observant Catholic, I can only assume you have some sort of Helsinki Syndrome.

I don’t know if we should be taking sex advice…

I don’t know if we should be taking sex advice from a group of people who are professionally committed to understanding nothing about it. I don’t know if we should be taking marriage advice from a group of people professionally prohibited from being married.

Most religious people don’t believe everything…

Most religious people don’t believe everything they think they believe. They wouldn’t be able to function if they followed all the recommendations of their religion. Despite espousing an ostensibly superior moral code, these people choose their own morality and retroactively justify it using their religion.

To everyone else, it’s indistinguishable from hypocrisy.

Religion? Catholicism?

Religion? Catholicism?

Forcing other people to live by laws inspired by your religious beliefs?

Indoctrinating children into Bronze-Age belief systems?

Religious people all over Ireland are starti…

Religious people all over Ireland are starting to understand that being religious makes you sound stupid and hypocritical. 

Conservative Catholics all over Ireland are starting to understand that the history of the Catholic Church in Ireland is nothing to be proud about.

That’s funny, because you were fine with it wh…

That’s funny, because you were fine with it when your colleagues in the Nazi Party were fighting the filthy atheist communists.

Taken from a “secret", members-only, pro-…

Taken from a “secret", members-only, pro-life Facebook groups.

Even religious people are starting to understand that the mere fact of being religious makes you sound like an idiot.

Please please talk about your god and your religion as much as possible when you’re trying to talk people into your bullshit.

In Ireland, the Catholic Church controls 96% o…

In Ireland, the Catholic Church controls 96% of the primary schools. They claim, as they must by law, that they show no favouritism in admissions, however they are entitled under the same law to prioritise families which share their “ethos” when dealing with over-subscriptions. 

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If you’re wondering why this is a problem, please refer to the first sentence of this post.

Inevitably, schools have been accused of under-resourcing their needs, and many non-religious parents have baptised their children just to make sure those kids can get into a school four years later. This has the effect of wildly exaggerating the number of “real” Catholics in the country, with knock-on effects for any public policy using those figures. 

Last year, 

Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced that he planned to end what has become known as the “baptism barrier”. At the time, the church reacted with “a shrug”, but this week, they are threatening “a series of legal challenges from parents and religious bodies”. 

Their argument is that other religions will not be subject to this secularisation, which is a fair point, but to see why it’s perhaps not as immediately relevant as they might think, I would again refer you to the first sentence of this post. The idea that the Catholic groups are suddenly interested in making sure all religions have the same rights and responsibilities, privileges and duties is ludicrous for obvious reasons. 

You should have the right to adopt any religion you like, and teach your children about it any way you want, but keep it out of state-funded schools (and all other public institutions).

Atheist Ireland has been running a campaign for some time to make this happen. Help them out if you want to.

In 1942 a Roman Catholic cleric led a brutal m…

In 1942 a Roman Catholic cleric led a brutal massacre against the ethnic Serb residents of Banja Luka.

Friar

Miroslav Filipović

headed Croat forces of the pro-Nazi, fascist Ustaše

regime as they rampaged through the streets of

Banja Luka, killing more than 2,000 people.

He later went on to become commandant of the Ustaše concentration camp at Jasenovac, where he continued to murder.

Like many Roman Catholic Nazis and fascists, he was not excommunicated, or in any other way censured, by the Catholic Church. However, in 2003, Pope John Paul II did apologise for his actions, around 60 years after it would have been useful. 

Josef Goebbels was excommunicated; not for any of his human rights abuses or war crimes, but for marrying a Protestant.

[via John Hamill] The fallout continues from …

[via John Hamill]

The fallout continues from the Atheist Ireland campaign (which was crowdfunded) to secure ETB foundational documents under Irish Freedom of Information legislation.  

The first extract is what Cavan / Monaghan ETB circulated to all school principals in relation to their religion classes. 

The second extract is the how the same ETB described the same religion classes when a non-religious parent asked.