Saturday, October 24, 2009
The Catholics certainly know how to hate. Case in point, the Catholic Diocese of Portland has given another $152,600 to the group that’s trying to overturn Maine’s gay marriage equality law.
A spokeswoman said the new contributions were transferred from a “rainy day” fund to the Stand for Marriage Maine political action committee. I have to wonder if this so-called “rainy day” fund is intended to pay-off and silence victims of predator priests?
In any event, this brings the total Catholic contributions to more than $550,000, including more than $180,000 from the Diocese of Portland, $141,300 from individual parishioners in Maine and $214,000 from other dioceses and bishops across the U.S.
The good news is, reports show that supporters of Maine’s same-sex marriage law had raised $2.7 million versus their opponents, who have $1.1 million to date.
Fuck the Catholics.
The Mormons too. These organized religions and cults are nothing more than thinly veiled hate groups who enjoy tax exemption.
The Catholics are truly sickening.
I read an article that said the Portland diocese is selling church buildings to raise money to fund the anti-gay marriage push back in Maine.
The Catholics are completely out of control and past reason now.
Meanwhile the U.S. is trying to step forward into the 21st century and shake-off 8 years of Bush/Cheney but the Catholic church, under the leadership of their Nazi-loving Pope, is stepping back into the 6th century.
Churches who participate in political activities should be forced to loose their tax exempt status. The Catholic Taliban has got to be stopped, the quickest way to shut them up is with their pocketbook.
Let those who fight against the very principals they preach, throw their money away to a losing battle. Maybe it will stimulate the economy. They certainly aren’t stimulating anybody to join their hypcritical cause.
Hey guys. I blogged the hypocrisy in Maine involving the Catholics in a piece I wrote back on Aug. 29, 2009.
More Catholic Hypocrisy
There appears to be no depth to the hypocrisy of the Catholic church. Case in point, as the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, ME spends itself into fiscal bankruptcy backing the state’s antigay marriage effort, shuttering its churches and listing them for sale on the real estate market, one question looms tall: should Maine’s bishop still be living in a million-dollar mansion?
According to the Portland Press Herald:
Located on Portland’s tony Western Promenade sits a 6,970-square-foot, three-story “mansion” with six bedrooms, 4 baths, an 840-square-foot garage and an assessed value of $1,126,000.
In short, pretty nice digs by anyone’s standards. Too nice, according to at least one perennial thorn in the side of Bishop Richard Malone.
“It’s not about Richard Malone,” said Paul Kendrick, a Roman Catholic who for years has publicly decried the church’s handling of the sexual abuse of children by priests. “It’s about ‘What kind of church is this?’”
Kendrick sent a mass-distribution e-mail this week after hearing that five churches: Notre Dame de Lourdes Church in Saco, St. Mary of the Assumption and St. Andre churches in Biddeford, and St. Joseph and St. Patrick churches in Lewiston, will close this year and next because of shrinking congregations, growing costs to maintain the buildings and the need to protect religious programs and services from ever-increasing parish deficits.
“Bishop Malone wants Maine’s Catholics to cut costs, spend less and do without,” observed Kendrick. “Everyone, that is, but him.”
Of course, what Kendrick doesn’t understand is, Bishop Richard Malone can’t be expected to molest teenage boys in some crappy suburban ranch house in a blue collar district of the city? These youngsters deserve only the best and damn it, Bishop Richard Malone intends to make sure they get it.
Christopher – I remember this piece and I am proud to have commented on it. I just don’t think Maine alone could raise this sum of money. It’s pulling from national Dioceses and perhaps even the Vatican. The hypocrisy of a church like the Roman Catholics and their treatment of gay men is nauseating to me as a Jew and a woman. I have no respect for them.
$550,000 could do a world of good for the victims of child raping priests. They need a lot of counseling and psychological help.
Every group needs a rallying cry, a group to oppose and, manipulate the sheeple.
Religion shamelessly exploits gay people. They don’t even try to hide it — it’s in your face and they’re proud of it. Look at what the Mormons did with Prop 8 in California? The Catholics hope they will achieve similar results in Maine.
It’s little wonder to me that fewer Americans that ever report belief in God and regular church attendance. Who wants to hear this shit Sunday morning?
The Catholic and Mormon churches make me sick. Why can’t they let people choose their own path without imposing their doctrine?
I believe in God. It’s his followers I’m not thrilled about.
All the comments I am reading here are just hateful and dimining of people who do not agree with you.
Please do not try to even justify your behavior.
It invalidates your demands for tolerance. Your are just creating more enemies.
Maine is a poor state. The rural areas outside of Portland are as poor as Appalachia. Yet, the Catholic church has decided defeating gay marriage is the most important use of their means. Don’t tell me they don’t have an agenda.
Pierre – Tolerance? Where is there a comment asking for tolerance? I don’t give a rat’s ass about tolerance. In fact, you can stick your tolerance up your ass. What I demand full and complete equality and if you get in my way, expect to get run over. Is that clear enough?
I hate the State by State approach.
Ultimately, this will wind up in the Supreme court… someone will get married in one State & not have the marriage honored in another State. Ugh!
Pierre…Do you have any semblance of an understanding on just how hypocritical your statement was? Let’s drop all the fluffy verbage…
Not many here like the Catholic Church for two reasons; they allowed their priests to molest and rape young children and proceeded to cover it up, and they are spending vast sums of money to make two people who love each other, unable to show each other that love by getting married. Disgust is a word that sums that attitude up pretty well. You don’t like that, fine, go fuck yourself.
If the Catholics and the bigots lose this one in Maine, I predict even greater push back from Papa and his minstrels in the Vatican.
You see, at the end of the day, this all comes back to control and the fact is, the Vatican has long ago had to accept the fact that they no longer have control over American Catholics.
American Catholics marry, divorce, have affairs, don’t go to church, refuse to take Mass, terminate pregnancies and accept LGBT people as equal. It must drive Papa patso.
To Pierre, tolerance is a quaint, 1970’s term no self-respecting gay or lesbian would use in 2009. It’s something Cleve Jones might’ve used back in 1979 but has no relevance now. So run along and take your tolerance with you.
This shit drives me fucking nuts! Catholics and Fred Phelps talking about what God hates. You have to understand that I was raised a Christian, only our version of Christianity was all about love thy neighbor, love thy enemy, love, love, love. We were taught that God doesn’t hate anyone.
We were taught to help the least among us. We were taught to turn the other cheek. We were taught “blessed be the peacemakers”. We were told that Jesus Christ was “the Prince of Peace”.
Unfortunately, the things the New Testament taught us run counter to certain political agendas.
For Heaven’s sake, it was just a few weeks ago that Republicans started trying to re-write the Bible to remove any liberal notions. I guess their new version will say “Blessed are the Warmongers and Jesus loves everyone …*”
*except: Liberals, Homosexuals, Peaceniks, union workers, blacks, Asians, Muslims, Jews who vote for Democrats, and anyone who does not agree with the Conservative political agenda.
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