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Catholic cognitive dissonance: Overlooking evil

Posted on January 25th, 2014 at 10:39 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


There was little evidence of a widespread furious reaction to the arrogance and dissembling that Vatican representatives exhibited when confronted with crimes so enormous in their reach and depravity that they’re almost incomprehensible.

Then a cleric was caught red handed in Rome trying to launder millions of pounds in “false donations” through the Vatican bank.

In the USA, the Archdiocese of Chicago has released thousands of pages of documents that reveal how its hierarchy routinely covered up child sex abuse and shuffled abusing priests from one diocese to another. The scale of it beggars the imagination

But no one seems to want to know about it. Catholics are, reportedly, rushing back to church, pouring money into its coffers again and feeling generally quite good about things now that they’ve got Pope Francis.

Ah yes, the smiling old granddad who is so good at making platitudes sound important and staging stunts that draw attention away from real issues.

Why are Catholics so easily seduced by this man? Why have they suddenly lost their concerns about child abuse, attacks on abortion rights, bans on contraception and Vatican gay-bashing? Do they really still think that he is going to do anything about any of the issues that appalled them when the previous Pope was on the throne?

Well, according to one writer – they never cared about those issues in the first place.

  1. Religion doesn’t guarantee a conscience unless god provides it. That’s why I only trust atheists.

  2. Somewhat limited and incomplete article. For example, it doesn’t explain at all the really strong fanbase that this app has among people who only installed it later in life.

    As mentioned, there are apps from the same provider which can be installed at the same time and do appear to play well together: Sexism and Cruelty. Didn’t mention the obvious ones; Nationalism and Racism, though. What wasn’t mentioned in the article was that these can all be run without Religion, although imo their results appear more consistent and their stability seems to be enhanced if they are. (I forget if the Host extension for Religion is needed for this or not.)

    IMO, it would have been more useful if the writer had been systematic in his analysis and had included at least a table of system requirements.

    Lots of important information is missing, for example:
    – Although Religion has very small memory requirements and will fit into the tiniest system, it has a huge capacity for resources.
    – Religion must be uninstalled before any app from the makers of Reason otherwise you’ll never get it out (although Education was mentioned in passing).

  3. @chas that has to be one of the greatest comments ever. It’s right up there with “Science flies you to the moon, religion flies you into buildings.”

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