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MEXICO CITY (AP) June 29, 2014 – Authorities in the northern Mexican state of San Luis Potosi have arrested a Roman Catholic priest on suspicion of sexually abusing a minor, the second priest charged there in a week.
State investigative police say Friday’s arrest of Guillermo Gil Torres was based on a complaint from the boy’s grandmother, who said the child became noticeably sad and nervous and asked never to be sent to church.
The incidents started in November when Gil Torres, pastor of Santa Rosa de Lima church, invited the boy to look at photographs of his travels and allegedly began rubbing his legs, police said according to testimony from the family.
The Archdiocese of San Luis Potosi did not answer telephone calls or emails seeking comment on Saturday. Mexican media reported that Gil Torres had been suspended last month when the complaint was filed.
Throughout the world, in every society, people fear death. It’s a reasonable fear. No one wants to imagine their complete extinction at the end of their lives. However, there is no evidence that any part of us survives death. Sure, there are stories of people having near-death experiences that conform to their already existing religious beliefs, but these visions can be induced by psychedelic drugs, meditation, fasting and exhaustion. These visions are no more real than the hallucinations seen by alcoholics. (please read our posts ‘Descriptions of Heaven’ and ‘Truth’)
Human beings also have a deeply-rooted need to think that someone is in charge of the universe, or at least our world, even if that person or group is seen as evil (the Trilateral commission, the Freemasons, aliens, etc.). Again, there is not a shred of evidence to support this idea but better that, many people think, than viewing the world as chaotic.
In our ancestral environment people had no way to connect cause and effect. Earthquakes, illness, storms, etc. were seen as having supernatural causes. The more science progressed, the more cause and effect were understood, until there are now very few events for which the cause is unknown. That will, one day, probably be reduced to zero without taking any of the wonder away from life.
Many people still cling to the hope that that someone is in control and that they will live forever. It’s not true. It’s a ruse designed by churches to ensure obedience and to amass power and wealth.
There are hundreds of religions in the world. Nearly all people follow the religion of their parents and each person is convinced their’s is the ‘one true religion’. Think about that for a minute. Really. Stop and think about it. It’s absurd, isn’t it?
Religion is a cause of bigotry, hatred, and violence. It has sought to impede the progress of science throughout history. Don’t take our word for it, do some reading outside your religion’s approved literature.
Religion is not a solution, religion is a problem. Without it perhaps we can treat each other with more compassion and make the world a better place.
June 10, 2014
A Catholic priest in northern Mexico is still nowhere to be found after 19 people filed a sexual abuse criminal complaint against him with authorities late last month.
Eduardo Córdova, a clergyman and legal representative for the church in the state of San Luis Potosi, is accused of using his clout to prey upon minors over the course of his 30-year career.
Evidence has been passed on to prosecutors but no formal charges have been filed yet. Cordova’s current whereabouts are unknown.
The Vatican has since stripped Córdova of his clerical functions, following investigations into the alleged sexual abuse of a 16-year-old in 2012.
While 19 people came forward on May 30 to denounce the priest, local activist groups have claimed to have known about Córdova’s alleged abuses as early as 2004.
“There could be 100 victims,” said Alberto Athié Gallo, a former priest and founder of the organization Citizens’ Initiative, which works to bring sexual predators within Mexico’s Catholic Church to justice.
The allegations against Córdova publicly surfaced in April, when Athié said during an interview on a Mexico City radio station (MVS) that “there were many cases of sexual abuse within the church involving Eduardo Córdova.”
In a series of VICE News interviews with Potosinos — state capital residents — the reaction is not of shock or even surprise, but rather of disappointment in a church that is seen as concentrating its efforts on covering up the crimes of one of their own.
“The church is attempting to prevent the full extent of these crimes from coming to light,” said parishioner Salvador Almendro, who was taking his 4-year-old son out to play in the city’s main square.
Alberto Martínez, another San Luis Potosi resident was equally unsurprised by the allegations.
“The whole church is working together to cover this up,” Martinez said. “They’d rather have an embarrassing situation kept quiet within their ranks than save the embarrassment of telling the whole truth to the public.”
We urge anyone who has seen Córdova, or has information about him, to call their local police.
The Vatican has placed its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, under house arrest on charges of sexually abusing children.
The former archbishop was defrocked in June after a Church tribunal found him guilty of abusing Dominican boys.
He will now be tried by a Vatican criminal court, becoming its highest official to face abuse charges there.
Wesolowski, who is originally from Poland, served as a papal envoy to the Dominican Republic for five years.
A Vatican spokesman said the arrest reflected Pope Francis’s wish “that such a grave and delicate case be handled without delay, with the just and necessary rigour”.
Pope Francis has pledged, but done little about, a crackdown on clerics and employees of the Church who exploit minors, comparing their actions to a “satanic mass”.
Last year, he strengthened the Vatican’s laws against child abuse.
The Vatican spokesman said the decision to place Wesolowski under house arrest, rather than hold him in a police cell, was taken on account of his health. The Vatican chose not to inconvenience the bishop with jail after he abused dozens of Dominican children. This is further evidence of Pope Francis’ lack of follow-through on his strong words against child abuse.
It’s business as usual at the Vatican.
Wesolowski is expected to go on trial later this year.
Chicago February 25, 2015
A Catholic priest at Mission San Juan Diego Catholic Church in Arlington Heights faces felony child porn charges following an investigation by the Cook County state’s attorney’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
Clovis Javier Vilchez-Parra, 34, an associate pastor, lives in Palatine in a residence on the 100 block of South Arlene Drive owned by the Chicago Archdiocese. Palatine and Bartlett police searched his house Monday and seized a laptop and media containing child porn involving children younger than 13 years of age, according to authorities.
Bail was set at $175,000 on Wednesday. He’s charged with reproduction of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, released a statement on Wednesday with a direct appeal to Chicago’s newly installed archbishop, Blase Cupich.
“He could go this Sunday to Mission San Juan Diego Catholic Church in Arlington Heights and beg anyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Fr. Clovis Vilchez-Parra to call 911. He could assure his flock that cooperating with law enforcement is the right thing to do. He could help them understand that the church becomes safer and stronger when church staff and employees don’t ‘clam up’ when sex scandals emerge. And he could potentially make it easier and quicker for secular authorities to protect children by convicting Vilchez-Parra. All it takes is a little courage and effort by Cupich,” SNAP’s statement reads.
The Chicago Tribune reports that “images of children as young as 5” were found on Vilchez-Parra’s computer.
A ‘celebrity’ Saudi preacher accused of raping, torturing and killing his five-year-old daughter has reportedly been released from custody after agreeing to pay ‘blood money’.
Fayhan al-Ghamdi had been accused of killing his daughter Lama, who suffered multiple injuries including a crushed skull, broken back, broken ribs, a broken left arm and extensive bruising and burns. Social workers say she had also been repeatedly raped and burnt.
Fayhan al-Ghamdi admitted using a cane and cables to inflict the injuries after doubting his five-year-old daughter’s virginity and taking her to a doctor, according to the campaign group Women to Drive.
Rather than getting the death penalty or receiving a long prison sentence for the crime, Fayhan al-Ghamdi served only a few months in jail before a judge ruled the prosecution could only seek ‘blood money’.
Albawaba News reported the judge as saying: “Blood money and the time the defendant had served in prison since Lama’s death suffices as punishment.”
Fayhan al-Ghamdi, who regularly appears on television in Saudi Arabia, is said to have agreed to pay £31,000 to Lama’s mother.
The money is considered compensation under Islamic law, although it is only half the amount that would have been paid had Lama been a boy.
Despite Saudi Arabia’s famously strict legal system, Women to Drive say fathers cannot be executed for murdering their children in the country. Equally, husbands cannot be executed for murdering their wives.
Formal objections to the ruling have been raised by three Saudi activists.
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A court in Saudi Arabia, bowing to international pressure and outrage, has sentenced Fayhan al-Ghamdi, who tortured his five-year-old daughter to death, to eight years in prison and 800 lashes.
While this is an improvement over the fine, we at FuckThePope.com feel that the sentence is still too lenient.
According to Suhalia Zainalabdeen, a member of the National Society for Human Rights, in all of her career she knows of only one case in which a father was severely punished for torturing and killing his daughter. She says that this leniency is also extended to those who murder their wives.
‘Boko‘ means ‘book‘ and ‘Haram‘ means ‘unclean‘. The underlying beliefs of this religious movement are the similar to those of the Islamic State – that Western learning is evil and that anyone who is non-Muslim, or who disagrees with their fundamentalist Islamist views, must be killed.
Boko Haram has killed well over 10,000 people in the northeast of Nigeria, with recent deadly raids into Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
They have kidnapped hundreds of young girls and sold them into slavery. Abubakar Shekau, to use one his many names, claims that Allah told him to sell the girls they capture. While condemning Western knowledge and education, Abubakar Shekau is a ‘very proficient computer user’.
He may be eligible for our 2015 ‘Hypocrite Of The Year’ award.
Shekau was reported killed in 2009 but reappeared as the group leader less than a year later. The Nigerian army also stated that they killed him during the 2014 Battle of Kodunga that lasted from September 12 to 14th. The Cameroonian military posted a photo[ and also claimed that their forces killed Shekau in September 2014. In response to these reports, security analyst Ryan Cummings commented, “Is this his fourth or fifth death? He dies more often than an iPhone battery.”
In early October 2014, a video was obtained by AFP news agency that showed Shekau alive, in which he mocked the Nigerian military’s allegations that he had been killed.
Local media have suggested that the man killed by Cameroon was a body double used for security reasons.[
The most successful attacks against Boko Haram have been made by the Chadian army who have recently fought them in their homeland and chased them back into Nigeria.
The horrifying possibility is that Boko Haram could take over Nigeria, which is so riddled with incompetence, corruption and lack of military hardware that it lacks the ability to defeat them.
A good way to to ensure a more peaceful and civilized world for future generations is to ridicule religion at every opportunity and thereby dispose of it.
Hashtag activism will not do it. Writing to your Congressman or to the President will not do it.
No god nor any religion can survive mockery. If you think you know a better way to create a better world please let us know. We are open-minded.
Crimen Sollicitationis is a secret Vatican document which sets out a procedure for dealing with child sex abuse scandals within the Catholic Church,
The original document in Latin can be seen at http://www.cesnur.org/2007/Crimen_1962.pdf
The original document in English can be seen at http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/Criminales.pdf
It was enforced for 20 years by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (pictured below) before he became Pope Benedict XVI.
It instructs bishops on how to deal with allegations of child abuse against priests and has been used to evade prosecution for sex crimes. Crimen Sollicitationis was written in 1962 in Latin and given to Catholic bishops worldwide who are ordered to keep it locked away in the church safe.
It instructs them how to deal with priests who solicit sex from the confessional. It also deals with “any obscene external act with youths of either sex.”
It imposes an oath of secrecy on the child victim, the priest dealing with the allegation and any witnesses. Breaking that oath means excommunication from the Catholic Church. In other words, condemns to hell anyone speaking of the abuse.
One of many pedophile priests, Father Joseph Henn, has been indicted on 13 molestation charges brought by a grand jury in the United States. Henn fought extradition orders from inside the Vatican. The Vatican has not compelled him to return to America to face the charges against him.
Henn lost his fight against extradition but fled the Vatican and is believed to be hiding in Italy while there is an international warrant for his arrest.
Colm O’Gorman was raped by a Catholic priest in the diocese of Ferns in County Wexford in Ireland when he was 14 years old. His assailant, Father Fortune, was charged with 66 counts of rape, sexual assault and other serious sexual offences relating to eight boys but he committed suicide on the eve of his trial. Colm started an investigation with the BBC in March 2002 which led to the resignation of Dr Brendan Comiskey, the bishop leading the Ferns Diocese. Colm then pushed for a government inquiry which led to the Ferns Report. It was published in October 2005 and found: “A culture of secrecy and fear of scandal that led bishops to place the interests of the Catholic Church ahead of the safety of children.”
The Catholic Church has 50 million children in its worldwide congregation and no universal child protection policy although in the UK there is the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults. In many countries this means that the Crimen Sollicitationis is the only policy followed.
The Westboro Baptist Church is an American unaffiliated Baptist church is known for its extreme ideologies, especially those against gay people. The church is widely described as a hate group[ and is monitored as such by the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center. They publicly celebrate terrorist attacks, natural disasters and the deaths of homosexuals and American soldiers. As with all other extremist religious groups they believe everyone but their small group of believers will go to hell.
In the UK, the ultra-Orthadox Jewish community in Stamford Hill, north London, recently posted signs imposing dress codes and directing women to walk on a certain side of the street.
December 27, 2011
BEIT SHEMESH, Israel — A shy 8-year-old Jewish schoolgirl has unwittingly found herself on the front line of Israel’s latest religious war.
Naama Margolese is a ponytailed, bespectacled second-grader who is afraid of walking to her religious Jewish girls school for fear of ultra-Orthodox extremists who have spat on her and called her a whore for dressing ‘immodestly’.
Various factions of the Islamic State have murdered tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children because they were either non-Muslims or did not adhere to their extreme interpretations of Islam.
Whether Sharia, Mosaic or Halakha Law, it’s the same hate-filled message of intolerance. Any behavior, whether it’s cursing and spitting on an eight-year-old school girl, beheading ‘infidels’, or publicly celebrating hate, death and destruction, can be justified by some part of scripture. The Bible, the Torah and the Koran both justify and condemn every conceivable human activity. It’s time to call it what it is – bullshit – and move forward toward a more civilized society without the burden of religion.