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Is Irish Law to blame for the death of Savita?
"In December 2010, the Irish government was told by the European Court of Human Rights to deal with exactly this kind of situation, either by making legislative changes or by issuing clear guidelines which acted to remove any and all ambiguities surround the question of when doctors are required to carry out terminations in order to save women’s lives.

To date, it has done nothing, largely, it seems, because Ireland’s anti-abortion lobby, and the Roman Catholic Church (naturally) have spent the last two years or so trying to shout down any notion that an abortion may be necessary to save a woman’s life in any circumstances.

What this sad case proves, definitively, is that they are lying and the real tragedy here is not just that a woman has died because they were lying but that woman has had to die, unnecessarily and in excruciating pain, to prove them wrong."
medicine  religion  catholicism  ireland  law  abortion 
november 2012 by pw201
On God As The Source Of Being But Not Of Evil | Camels With Hammers
"Very often we atheists are dismissed as ignorant of serious theology and theistic metaphysics or as picking on theologically unsophisticated versions of Christianity because it’s simply an easier target than trying to refute the more profound religious philosophers. In what follows, I will cut to the core of what traditional Roman Catholicism since Thomas Aquinas genuinely thinks is going on philosophically, and not merely metaphorically, when they talk about God’s goodness."
theodicy  metaethics  evil  good  catholicism  catholic  philosophy  thomist  aquinas 
june 2012 by pw201
Penn Jillette Is Willing to Be a Guest on Adolf Hitler's Talk Show | Little Gold Men | Vanity Fair
Penn on why he went on Glenn Beck's show, among other things. Hugely quotable: "Well remember, the Catholic League is just one divorced guy in his garage. Or as Teller and I like to say, the Catholic League and his wife. I love that it's called hate speech when you have the audacity to suggest that pederasty and child rape might not be a good idea."
religion  penn-jillette  magic  media  catholicism  islamism  islam  censorship 
june 2010 by pw201
The Foreign Office's sick attack on the Pope: what did you expect? – Telegraph Blogs
The FO's "brainstorming" session on the ideal Papal visit ("Launch of Benedict condoms") got leaked to the Torygraph. Damain Thompson's always good for a laugh, and he doesn't disappoint here. "the Catholic hierarchy is furious, accusing the FO of “disrespecting” the Pope" The Pope gonna bust a cap in yo' ass, a spokesbishop said today. "NOW do you finally understand what sort of snide, cheap and ignorant prejudice has flourished under this Government and its civil servants – wall-to-wall secularists for whom the Roman Catholic Church is at best an antiquated irrelevance and at worst a sick joke?" I think there's unwarranted assumption here, no?
catholic  catholicism  religion  pope  ratzinger  lolxians  telegraph  damian-thompson 
april 2010 by pw201
Ireland Archbishop stunned by Dr Rowan Williams' criticism of Catholic Church -Times Online
"The Archbishop of Dublin today said he was "stunned" to hear the Archbishop of Canterbury declare that the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has lost all credibility because of the child abuse scandal." Rowan's peeved at the poaching Pope (and sensibly looking to put some distance between the two churches, by the looks of it).
catholicism  catholic  rowan-williams  anglican  anglicanism  religion  christianity  ireland  children  abuse 
april 2010 by pw201
Give us your misogynists and bigots
Dawkins on the Poaching Pope. "Whether one agrees with him or not, there is a saintly quality in the Archbishop of Canterbury, a benignity of countenance, a well-meaning sincerity." How strident!
richard-dawkins  catholicism  religion  christianity  anglicanism  pope 
october 2009 by pw201

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