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Francis cardinal George and pedophiles in the Roman Catholic Church’s clergy

Francis cardinal George (Chicago, 2012)

Francis cardinal George (Chicago, 2012)

Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has issued a letter (read here and here) stating same-sex marriages are “a legal fiction” and that gay people must live celibate lives or risk the vengeance of a hate-filled, holocaust sanctioning and murderous God whose idea of love is sadistic: complete with the killing of babies and fetuses, denial of education to the masses, and demands that the poor give the godhead their wealth in exchange for salvation gained only by caving into eternal extortion, robbery, and mutilation.  Among the most biblically ignorant men in the Roman Catholic Church who possesses no stellar academic credentials, Cardinal George, published the abhorent birlling letter New Year’s Day in advance of an upcoming Illinois bill that would make same-sex marriages legal.  The craven cardinal added that the Church will refuse to bow to the will of the majority on marriage equality, but falsely foreswears that the Roman Catholic Church is not anti-gay—it cannot be—as there are too many priests, nuns, bishops, cardinals, and popes throughout history who have been homosexuals and lesbians—and are today.

Francis cardinal George of Chicago

Francis cardinal George of Chicago

“Civil laws that establish ‘same-sex marriage’ create a legal fiction,” George wrote. “The State has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible,” the Cardinal schizophrenically stated, apparently forgetting that corporations are people and states are corporations and therefore can perform marriages at will.  George argued that marriage between a man and a woman follows “natural law”.  Six auxiliary bishops: Francis J. Kane (two bachelor degrees) Vicariate II, John R. Manz (M. Div.), Vicariate IV, Joseph Nathaniel Perry (M. Div. with coursework in canon or church law) Vicariate VI, George J. Rassas (MA) Vicariate I, Alberto Rojas, Vicariate III (originally educated in seminaries in Mexico); Andrew P. Wypych (M.Th, Poland), Vicariate V), none with any exemplary education or respectable publications showing in-depth research or investigation, and their sermons being plagiarized for the most part, penned: “Marriage comes to us from nature [sic; animals mate and plants cross-pollinate, but nothing in nature but mortal beings marry; read here and here and here and here for a legal challenge]. The human species comes in two complementary sexes, male and female. Their sexual union is called marital. It not only creates a place of love for two adults but also a home for loving and raising their children [sic: not all of nature cares for its young, as with salmon spawning, as do turtles, cukkoos, butterflys, frogs, flys, worms and rattle snakes, etc.]. It provides the biological basis for personal identity [sic]”.

University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey R. Stone wrote in The Huffington Post: Cardinal George insists that same-sex marriage is incompatible with ‘nature.’ One might just as easily say the same about celibacy. There is such a thing as right and wrong, but invocations of what ‘nature’ commands is no way to get there.” 

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki (Chicago)

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki (Chicago)

Chicago’s auxiliary bishops quickly sided with the cardinal, as their own tarnished history of removing pedophile (defined as any adult who is sexually attracted to children (male or female) priests has dulled any luster their ministry might have had. Thomas J. Paprocki, one of George’s auxiliary bishops in Chicago who heads the Springfield diocese, wanted to be a bishop as a child and played at saying Mass, had a priest Father Tom Donovan from Springfield, Illinois, an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriages, get caught gagged and in handcuffs in his rectory.  Paprocki, who has a degree in secular law degree and a church license in canon law, gave a sermon October 15, 2007, for the Red Mass: a gathering of lawyers and jurists, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The bishop scorned the church’s escalating financial losses to victims of predatory priests. “The church is under attack,” Paprocki declared, comparing the civil litigation to Henry VIII’s seizure of “church property and kill[ing] those who did not accept his notion of the supremacy of the crown” and warned all listeners of “intrinsic evils” in the Democratic Platform.  Paprocki also examined the Republican Party platform and found that it has “nothing in it that supports or promotes an intrinsic evil or a serious sin.”  The platform’s support for allowing courts the option of imposing the death penalty in capital murder cases is not inherently opposed to Church teaching, the bishop claimed in agreement with Thomas Aquinas’ stand (following the Holocausts prescribed in the bible, especially the bloodthirsty Ps. 100:8, Aquinas argued that the death penalty (Summa Theologiae, II, II, q. 64, art. 2) was merited in cases of heresy (Summa contra gentiles, Book III, chapter 146) in the same manner as Sharia law mandates death for heretics, apostates and unbelievers, following Augustine (De Civitate Dei contra Paganos, Book 1, chapter 21), that would be used by Pope Pius V in his demonic Horrendum illud scelus (August 30, 1568, in Bullarium Romanum, Roma:  Typographia Reverendae Camerae Apostolicae, Mainardi, 1738, chapter 3, p. 33) that demanded that all homosexual priests be put to death (cp. Fifth Lateran Council chap. 4, X, V, 31), and would be followed my Martin Luther (Vom Schem Hamphoras und vom Geschlecht Christi), and other “reformers”), and cravenly cited the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s teaching that the death penalty is permissible if it is the only possible way to defend human life that has nothing in common with any teaching by the Jesus of the New Testament, but fulfills Pauline Christianity as invented by the Emperor Constantine I in 325 CE. Jesus of the New Testament was forgotten by the end of the First Century CE.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue

Catholic League president Bill Donohue

Priests who sexually molest little boys and little girls are not defrocked unless there is sufficient public outcry, an arrest, and a trial—but even these civil and criminal actions do not always lead to the Roman Catholic Church exiling, expelling, defrocking, or denying pedophile priests access to children because, as Bill Donohue of the Catholic League stated: “The refrain that child rape is a reality in the Church is twice wrong: let’s get it straight—they weren’t children and they weren’t raped … the most common abuse has been inappropriate touching (inexcusable though this is, it is not rape).” Those who are “post-puberty”, according to Bill Donohue’s definition, is that they are “young adults” who seek to entrap priests, bishops and cardinals in carnal knowledge and satanic sex (read here and here in following and defending despotic denials by Father Benedict Groeschel

Father Benedict Groeschel claims children seduce priests for sex (2012)

Father Benedict Groeschel claims children seduce priests for sex (2012)

Groeschel told the National Catholic Register that in a “lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer.”).  Little girls are especially dangerous as the Daughters of Eve who lead the Sons of Adam into sin (read here and here). Priests, bishops, and cardinals actually molest more little girls than boys (read here and here and here and here and here and here for Father Uriel Ojeda confessed to sexually molesting a teenage girl:  while Father Jaime Duenas admitted to giving “massages” to teenage girls; the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) hired a priest (Thomas Harkins) who was accused of sexually assaulting two school girls in the Philadelphia archdiocese) convicted of molesting girls to pat down” children before it completed a thorough background check. 

Father Felix Owino (West Virginia)

Father Felix Owino (West Virginia)

Father Felix Owino, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, is a member of the Apostles of Jesus missionary congregation, an African congregation of priests and brothers and a philosophy teacher at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia and as an associate pastor at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Weirton, West Virginia attacked an eleven-year-old girl who reported the assault to her parents.  Young boys receive more news coverage (read here for a conservative response that disagrees and here for more information).

Bishop Paprocki with John Paul II

Bishop Paprocki with John Paul II

Displaying the callousness that has cursed so many Catholic bishops for so long, Paprocki insulted the victims of the scandals, as well as the attorneys and judges in their cases, with these words: “We must use our religious discernment to recognize that the principal force behind these attacks is none other than the devil.”  It was as if Paprocki was living in the cloistered world of Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose and is even more vile than John Paul II.  The speeches match those of Roman Catholic bishops who supported Adolf Hitler, as when Hitler greeted Ludwig Müller the “[Protestant/Lutheran] Bishop of the Reich” and the Roman Catholic bishops, led by Michael cardinal Faulhaber, praised Hitler “as a man of peace” (October 2, 1938)  in the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the Nazi Party (cf. Billig, Joseph (1964).  Alfred Rosenberg dans l’action idéologique, politique et administrative du Reich hitlérien, Paris: Editions du Centre; Piper, Ernst (2005).  Alfred Rosenberg: Hitlers Chefideologe. Munich: Blessing).

Bishop Juan Arzuba (d. January 11, 2008)

Bishop Juan Arzuba (d. January 11, 2008)

Chicago underground papers list three of the auxiliaries in Chicago as being frequent visitors to gay bars within the city. Interestingly, as of 2009 the bishops who have been publicly alleged for sexually abusing minors include Juan A. Arzube of Los Angeles was accused of molesting an 11-year-old boy and forced the Church to pay out one of its greatest settlements.  Tod D. Brown of Orange, CA repeatedly sexually abused a 12-year-old boy in the name of giving the juvenile “faith”. Robert Brom from Duluth MN to San Diego CA,  molested a seminarian to teach the consequences of sin.  Paul Dudley was accused of molesting a woman in Florida. 

Bishop John McCormack (Manchester) and NH Attorney General pressing charges

Bishop John McCormack (Manchester) and NH Attorney General pressing charges

John McCormick of NH won a distinction from the NH GOP leader who referred to the bishop as a “pedophile pimp”.  Thomas Dupré, himself a pedophile, introduced his victims to pornography prior to sex; he retired a day after being accused of sexually assaulting 12- and 13-year-old boys.  Joseph Ferrario of Hawaii who covered up Rev. Arthur O’Brien, the pedophile pastor’s penchant for ten-year-old boys (read here and here).  Louis E. Gelineau of Providence RI, similarly ignored accusations against pedophile priests including one suffering from schizophrenia.  Francis Joseph Green of Tucson, Arizona, had a keen fondness for youth as did Timothy Harrington (read here and here

Bishop Joseph Hart

Bishop Joseph Hart

Bishop Joseph Hart of Cheyenne, Wyoming had six sexual assault charges filed against him, filed by victims who were attacked when they were pre-teenagers, with at least one assault taking place at St. Regis Church in Kansas City, Mo.  There were at least two charges officially launched against the bishop.

Bishop Joseph Hart (1975-1976 at the time of the sexual assault)

Bishop Joseph Hart (1975-1976 at the time of the sexual assault)

Hart also molested three children while bishop of Wyoming and though retired still has access to small children.  Hart’s crimes were covered up from 1977 – 2004 by Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Raymond J. Boland, and its Vicar General the Rev. Patrick Rush.

Howard Hubbard of Albany, NY molestation led to the exposure of Edward cardinal Egan whom Father Robert Hoaston, a priest, declared was an “active homosexual” and consistently covered up pedophile priests.  Anthony J. O’Connell (10 May 1938 – 4 May 2012, last diocese was Palm Beach, FL) allowed known pedophiles to serve on vocation committees, and admitted to molesting boys at St. Thomas Seminary in Hannibal, MO, where he served as rector or more than two decades, before resigning his bishopric in 2002.

Bishop James Rausch

Bishop James Rausch

James Rausch, bishop of Phoenix was named with two priests in pedophile cases and molested Brian F. O’Connor (whose drug addiction was halted by Msgr. Robert C. Trupia).  Later O’Connor and Trupia had a sexual relationship while O’Connor was growing into adulthood.

Msgr. Robert C. Trupia

Msgr. Robert C. Trupia

 Trupia had a history of child sexual abuse that Rome covered-up for eighteen years at the demand of John Paul II.  John Paul II sought “forgiveness” for pedophiles and only toward the end of his pontificate began to feel any pain for the suffering of the victims of pedophile priests that preyed upon young boys and girls from Ireland to South America, the USA to the Philippines.

Rev. Paul R. Shanley entering San Diego courtroom.

Rev. Paul R. Shanley entering San Diego courtroom.

The Rev. Paul R. Shanley, who was indicted for child rape, kept quiet until recently about his own experience of being raped by a cardinal (Bernard Law).  George E. Rueger an Auxiliary Bishop of Worchester MA was the subject of a civil suit for running a pedophile ring and covering for pedophile priests (read here and and here.  It is claimed that Rueger was especially adept at getting young boys to go to clerical cottages and homes to offer “services” to “desperate priests”.  Rueger expected to get a “kickback” from any revenues the young received for their time and talents.

Bishop Daniel L. Ryan

Bishop Daniel L. Ryan

Bishop Daniel L. Ryan of Springfield, IL (read here and here) was especially active.  He liked males of any age, especially priests and male prostitutes.  He had no fondness for females and was always willing to pay using donations ot the church or save as funds for the poor.

 

Bishop William S. Skylstad greets students

Bishop William S. Skylstad greets students

William Skylstad, had been a parish priest since 1974 where he had been a co-pastor with Father Patrick O’Donnell.  Father O’Donnell was accused of sexually abusing young children, and some of O’Donnell’s victims claim that they had informed then-Father Skylstad in the 1970s that they were sexually abused by Father O’Donnell.  Skylstad took no action, but the memories and whispers about the abuse grew and filtered out of the parish and across the state. 

When sex abuse became common knowledge in the Spokane diocese where Skylstad was its fifth bishop, and had taken an active role in reaching a financial settlement with the victims, Skylstad was asked to resign by prominent Spokane, WA,  Roman Catholics Donald Herak, Thomas Tilford, James Workland, and Ronald Caferro.  The four pillars sustaining the church of Spokane informed the prelate that they refused to pay “one dime to this unfortunate, costly and mistaken mediated settlement of $48 million dollar settlement” that led the diocese into bankruptcy for covering-up pedophile priests in the diocese. Skylstad claimed that the laity were the blame for the “sins of the clergy”.
 

Iowans want answers from Catholic Church

Iowans want answers from Catholic Church

Iowa’s Roman Catholic clergy and bishops have a long history of sexual abuse of little boys and little girls, and of women almost exceeds that of Pentecostal pastors in the state. Laurence (also spelled Lawrence) Soens of Sioux City, IA, himself a pedophile (read here and here). 

Bishop Lawrence Soens (Sioux City, Iowa)

Bishop Lawrence Soens (Sioux City, Iowa)

Bishop Lawrence Soens was charged with 31 cases of sexual abuse against young boys (read here page 2 middle of chart with allegations of sexually abusing students at Iowa City Regina High School in the 1950s and 1960s, and at St. Ambrose Seminary).  

Joseph Keith Symons of Palm Beach, FL, resigned his diocese after admitting to sexually abusing five boys during his 40 year ministry.   Many in the diocese stood behind him and claimed that the accusastions were false, despite testimony from the youths that the bishop attacked.  There was the mentality that youth encourage priests and nuns to abuse them as another means of demonstrating their own vulnerability to sin.

Bishop Christopher J. Weldon

Bishop Christopher J. Weldon

Christopher J. Weldon, Springfield, MA, abused William E. Burnett three times when Burnett was between ten- and 13-years-old at St. Michael’s Cathedral before Burnett committed murder and accused the bishop of molestation when he was nine years old.  There is a problem with the Burnett account, as the molestation occured in the 1950s, and was by more than one priest.  Other priests named include Revs. Bernard L. Doheny, George A. Berthiaume [deceased 12/3/1985], James T. Walsh and Oscar Gatineau, and a relative: Msgr. Raymond Page who, it was alleged, introduced him to the other priests.   J. Kendrick Williams of Lexington, KY, abused no less than 100 under-age males. 

Archbishop Rembert Weakland

Archbishop Rembert Weakland

Archbishop Rembert Weakland, Milwaukee, resigned over sex scandals on May 23, 2002, paying $450,000 in hush money to cover up long-term abuse allegations and resigned. He admitted to being gay in 2009 and did nothing to stop pedophile priests in Milwaukee (read: Weakland, Rembert (2009). A Pilgrim in a Pilgram Church: Memoirs of a Catholic archbishop. Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co; Weakland is also the author of Faith and the Human Experience: a Post-Vatican II Vision. Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, 1992), and three books on Catholic teaching and US economic policy).

Father Francisco Xavier Ochoa-Perez ministered to Latino Catholics in Sonoma County (2000-2006).

Father Francisco Xavier Ochoa-Perez ministered to Latino Catholics in Sonoma County (2000-2006).

Daniel F. Walsh brought to his Santa Rosa, CA, diocese a self-admitted pedophile priest:  Jesuit Father Xavier Ochoa.  Ochoa told the bishop he had engaged in rape and oral sex with young boys.  He had given full details of the encounters, but did not state that the youngest was age 5 or the oldest age 14–and he had been arrested with child pornography and cocaine.  They did not bother Bishop Walsh, who worried more about the priest than the victims.  Instead of turning the priest over to the legal authorities, Bishop Walsh allowed Ochoa to flee to Mexico. Lawrence Welsh spent most of his energy in protecting pedophile priests whom he ordered to undergo counseling and prayer. 

Bishop Bad Boy (cover)

Bishop Bad Boy (cover)

George Patrick Ziemann, who was known in gay circles known as Bishop Bad Boy and was arrested for “shaking down a priest for sex” in Santa Rosa, CA, has been considered for higher offices in the Roman Catholic Church by the Vatican and John Paul II, even after stepping down for several other dioceses.  A police report reveals that Ziemann had a young priest orally copulate him on the eve of their joint celebration of a special Sunday Mass, while continuing to have the support of San Francisco Archbishop William J. Levada and Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony who was elevated to the cardinalate by John Paul II in 1999. In clerical circles of pedophiles Ziemann, Levada and Mahony, who all went to St. John’s Seminary College in Southern California, were known as the Tricking Trinity, with Ziemann passing on to his South American toy boys who he took to seminaries in California to study for the priesthood while he was plagued with venereal infections. 

Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann (before resigning 1999)

Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann (before resigning 1999)

Carefully plotting, in order to cover up seductions, Ziemann began to pay out, on a grand scale, to those who threatened to report the preying prelate to the authorities.  One-night trysts were rewarded with $50 or $100 notes, despite having a long-time lover: Father Jorge Hume Salas who he brought into California from South America and raised to the priesthood. Father Hume Salas won a settlement from the diocese of Santa Rosa in the amount of $535,000 when Father Jorge Hume Salas claimed that Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann demanded sex in return for covering up Salas’ theft from his Ukiah church.  Hume Salas’ theft was ignored.

When professionals put together a learned study on how to end pedophilia in the clergy, the Doyle Manual was ignored.  Instead bishops, archbishops, and cardinals throughout the USA began to clamor against gay marriages since, homosexuality was only considered “friendship with benefits” as intoned by Chicago’s pseudo-primordial primate Francis cardinal George while letting pedophiles stay in his house, with the claim that the unsaintly John Paul II (read here and for the Amnesty International report here and on the connection with Pope John Paul II here and Benedict XVI here).  More vile, vitriolic  and criminal than Opus Dei founder Jeanmarie Escrivá or his pathetic pandering protégé Juan Luis cardinal Cipriani Thorne of Lima (Perú), John Paul II did nothing, and appeared to have approved of his actions (read here and here and here).  On Benedict XVI’s connection, read here.

Cardinal George declared that gays “invited obvious comparison” with the KKK since they did not follow the Roman Catholic Church’s objections. George told Chicago Fox affiliate: “You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.”  The Chicago cardinal wrote:

the organizers invited an obvious comparison to other groups who have historically attempted to stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church. One such organization is the Ku Klux Klan which, well into the 1940′s, paraded through American cities not only to interfere with Catholic worship but also to demonstrate that Catholics stand outside of the American consensus. It is not a precedent anyone should want to emulate

The Chicago Church’s handling of priestly cases with cardinal George ignoring complaints from parents (read here and here) . This short survey does not include bishops accused of sexual misconduct with adults, such as Archbishops Robert F. Sanchez, Eugene Marino, or Theodore Mc Carrick nor Bishops Manuel D. Moreno or James F. McCarthy (read here and here and here and here and here). The crass cavernous of Christianity in general reflects, embeds, and reduces homophobic religion to an absurdity that many will leave. The greatest error is the lack of knowledge of pedophilic overtures, actions, and results, as most victims and their abusers are unwilling to discuss their afflictions and inflictions. This must stop. The Roman Catholic Church’s regular release of statements on pedophile priests and pedophile nuns and protecting the young of the church are worthless (read here and here with the Irish government’s Commission report here:  cp. here and here).

What has not been said or printed by the mainstream media is the number of gay and lesbian “confessors and martyrs” who have been raised to the altar by popes as saints within the Roman Catholic Church.  This goes back to the original founding of the Christian Church (Paulinity) in the fourth century with recognition of same-sex marriages back to the first century CE.

The youth protection charter says that a priest accused of child abuse must be removed until his case is resolved. For bishops who conceal or move or condone such priests, there is no penalty. Bishops, archbishops, cardinals and auxiliaries serve at the pleasure of the pope. The problem has been that many popes throughout the history of the Roman Catholic Church have been pedophiles and/or homosexuals (i.e. John XII (r. 955-964) , Benedict IX: (r. 1033-1045; 1047-1048), Paul II (r. February 23 – August 30, 1471 who died in a homosexual activity (he was being sodomized by a teenage page in the Vatican); Deschner, Karlheinz (2007). Storia criminale del cristianesimo (tomo VIII), Ariele, Milano, p. 216.  Cawthorne, Nigel (1999).  Das Sexleben der Päpste. Die Skandalchronik des Vatikans, Benedikt Taschen Verlag, Köln, p. 171. Kühner, Hans (1977). Das Imperium der Päpste, Classen Verlag, Zürich 1977, p. 254. Rendina, Claudio (1983)  I Papi, Storia e Segreti, Newton Compton, Roma, 1983, p. 589), Sixtus IV (Francesco Della Rovere, 1414-84; reigned 1471-84; his nephew, who was his lover, persauded the pope to build the Sistine Chapel that, ultimately Michelangelo would paint passages from the Bible on the ceiling and walls).

Pope Benedict IX, age 20

Pope Benedict IX, age 20

Benedict IX (c. 1012 – c. 1056), born in Rome as Theophylactus of Tusculum, he was a nephew of Pope Benedict VIII and Pope John XIX and was Pope on three occasions between 1032 and 1048, the first time being a gift from his father,  Alberic III, Count of Tusculum.  One of the youngest popes in the official list ofpopes (he was 18 or 20, in the Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913–although some records have him being age 11 or 12 (Russel, Bertrand (1945).  History  of Western Philosophy. New York: Simon and Schuster, p. 412)–the first time he was enthroned).  Benedict was known for repeated sodomies that he “forced him” to proclaim it was proof of his election as a superior man given his “staying power”, and “other irregularities” that included the actual sale of the papacy.  The pope had a desire for any one who was sufficiently “ample”; cf. Damian, Liber Gomorrhianus; “Cuius vita quam turpis, quam freda, quamque execranda extiterit, horresco referre”), Pope Victor III (1934). Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Libelli de lite (Dialogi de miraculis Sancti Benedicti Liber Tertius auctore Desiderio abbate Casinensis ed.). Hannover: Deutsches Institut für Erforschung des Mittelalters. pp. 141, cf. Bishop Benno, “Post multa turpia adulteria et homicidia manibus suis perpetrata, postremo, etc.” Dümmler, Ernst Ludwig (1891). Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Libelli de lite. I (Bonizonis episcopi Sutriensis: Liber ad amicum ed.). Hannover: Deutsches Institut für Erforschung des Mittelalters. pp. 584).  He flaunted his homosexuality and delighted in orgies in churches, “adulteries and murders” making himself unwelcomed everywhere (“Post multa turpia adulteria et homicidia manibus suis perpetrata, postremo, etc.”Dümmler, Ernst Ludwig (1891) (in Latin), Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Libelli de lite, I (Bonizonis episcopi Sutriensis: Liber ad amicum ed.), Hannover: Deutsches Institut für Erforschung des Mittelalters, pp. 584).
 

Pope Benedict XII

Pope Benedict XII

Benedict XII (de Rosa, Peter (1988/2000). Vicars of Christ: The Dark Side of the Papacy. Dublin:  Poolbeg Press, pages 211-215), like other Pope Benedicts, Benedict XII preferred to hide his sexual excesses.  Born at Saverdun in the province of Toulouse, France, and christened with the name of Jacques Fournier (he is also known as Jacques Bertrand de Got).  Son of Pope John XXII and grandson of Pope Clement V, Jacques became a Cistercian, and ultimately the third of the Avignon Popes, when his father Pope John XXII died on December 4, 1334.  Jacques the younger was made Pope by the now dominant French Cardinals fourteen days later on December 20th 1334 at the age of 27 and reigned from 1334 to 1342, dying at the age of 35.  Benedict XII  issue papal bulls that were heretical on previous well established doctrine of the Catholic Church including a Papal Bull (since destroyed) denouncing the concept of Immaculate Conception since it has no biblical foundation. Contemporary records note that he opened churches for sexual orgies, and enjoyed the torture of children as an entertainment while he dined and was known for sexual exploitation of very young girls and boys. In  1337, Benedict XII sent soldiers into Bavaria, Austria and Poland to attack 51 Jewish towns. 

Pope Julius II (by Titian)

Pope Julius II (by Titian)

Julius II (r. 1503-1513) the warrior Renaissance pope who commissioned Michelangelo and other artists, sculptors and silverworkers (read here and here) had a fondness for soldiers in uniform. Julius was universally known as a passive sodomite and the quickest way to rise in both the armed forces of the Vatican states or in the hierarchy of the church was to be active in all things, especially in bed. Most of the cardinals he appointed “came from the papal bedchamber” after “suitable and audible” groaning.  One characteristic that most pedophiles have had in the past and today, is Julius always kept a choir of young male voices in his bedroom to sing to him when he was weary or wanted company.

Pope Leo X

Pope Leo X

Leo X (r. 1513-1521; Falconi, Carlo (1987).  Leone X: Giovanni de’ Medici, Milano: Rusconi, 1987) who was pope at the time of Martin Luther (who also had at least one male friend), and believed Luther to be a “mad monk” who could be enticed with Vatican “appeal” to denounce his own theses.  Leo X was convinced that he could win the allegiance of Luther with well-placed gifts.  He was the last “non-priest” (he was not a priest at the time of his election, only a deacon) to be elevated to the papal throne.  Francesco Guicciardini, considered one of the major political writers of the Italian Renaissance (cf. Gilbert, Felix (1985). Machiavelli and Guicciardini: Politics and History in Sixteenth-Century Florence (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press), wrote, “At the beginning of his pontificate most people deemed him very chaste; however, he was afterwards discovered to be exceedingly devoted – and every day with less and less shame – to that kind of pleasure that for honour’s sake may not be named”.  Bishop and writer, Paolo Giovio, explained that Leo seemed to have “an improper love for some of his chamberlains” especially the very young and those with a “well turned [muscular] thigh” (McCabe, Joseph (1939). History of the Popes. London, UK: Watts & Co., p. 409).

Pope Julius III

Pope Julius III

Julius III (1550-1555; Burkle-Young, Francis A., and Michael Leopoldo Doerrer. The Life of Cardinal Innocenzo del Monte: A Scandal in Scarlet, Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen, 1997) was a a homosexual pedophile who  preferred males 11 to 13 year of age, unlike many of his crony heterosexaul pedophile cardinals who preferred young girls.  One notable scandal surrounded his adoptive nephew (“nephew” was a title, not a family distinction in the Renaissance), Innocenzo Ciocchi Del Monte, a 13 or 14-year old beggar-boy whom the future Pope had picked up off the streets of Parma some years earlier and with whom he had allegedly fallen in love.  The pope showered the youth with gifts and found no place too sacred to have sex.  Julius III ultimately making Innocenzo a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church and primary pimp in the Vatican.

Throughout the sordid history of the papacy, the popes have protected themselves by protecting other pedophiles. While traditional marriage advocates cite Scripture as the basis of their objections to civil unions and gay marriage (while in the Bible there is no rule that marriage is reserved for one man + one woman; read here and here), Roman Catholic leaders have been highlighting their belief that same-sex relationships violate natural law, which it does not as more than 1500 species practice homosexuality regularly and repetitively (read here and here and here; cp. Sommer, Volker & Paul L. Vasey (2006). Homosexual Behaviour in Animals, An Evolutionary Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press) and is especially common among herding animals (where both genders are available). According to the tradition of “natural law”, every human being must seek a fundamental “good” that corresponds to the natural order to flourish and propagate, that Francis George bases on Tomas Aquinas Dark Ages ideology (Summa Theologica IaIIae 91, 2, 94, 4; 94, 6, but were modified by Thomas Hobbes (Leviathan, xv, ¶35, ¶36, ¶41).  Natural-law proponents say heterosexual intercourse between a married man and a woman serves two intertwined good purposes: to procreate and to express a deep, abiding love. Based on that absurd definition and there are species that experience “virgin births” (parthenogenesis: παρθενος, “virgin”, + γενεσις, “birth”.  The primary objection by religion is that it takes away the necessity of there being a male in the birth cycle; theologically it means that no man would have been necessary any more than any deity for Mary to conceive and give birth as it would be a dividing and evolution of cells), they say, homosexual relationships are not equal to heterosexual ones.  That fact is that there are fewer gay divorces than there are straight divorces. “It is physically impossible for two men or two women to consummate a marriage, even when they share a deep friendship or love,” George writes in psychological and intellectual ignorance (Kurdek, Lawrence A.; Schmitt, J. Patrick (1986). “Relationship quality of partners in heterosexual married, heterosexual cohabiting, and gay and lesbian relationships”. doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.51.4.711 Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 51(4), October, pp. 711-720; the stagnation between differences (heterosexual and homosexual) are the focal point of Greenberg, Leslie S. Goldman, Rhonda N. , (2008). “Emotion-focused couples therapy: The dynamics of emotion, love, and power,” (pp. 111-134), in Greenberg, Leslie S.; Goldman, Rhonda N. Culture and Gender. doi: 10.1037/11750-006 Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association, x, 405 pp.  Cp. Kurdek, Lawrence A. (1992). “Assumptions versus standards: The validity of two relationship cognitions in heterosexual and homosexual couples”. doi: 10.1037/0893-3200.6.2.164. Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 6(2), December, pp. 164-170) in his letter, meant for inclusion in parish bulletins distributed on the weekend.  At the same time, Chicago’s cardinal George, President of the US Council of Roman Catholic bishops in 2007 (he retained the post until 2010 when Timothy Dolan was elected because of his open denunciation and extreme denunciations that are reminiscent of the speeches of senior NAZIS from 1933-1945 of the LGBT community (Rector, Frank. Nazi Extermination of Homosexuals. New York: Stein and Day, 1981. pp. 105-107; Giles, Geoffrey J. (1992), “‘The Most Unkindest Cut of All’: Castration, Homosexuality and Nazi Justice,” Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 27 (1992): pp. 41–61; Giles, Geoffrey J. (2002). “The Denial of Homosexuality: Same-Sex Incidents in Himmler’s SS”, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol. 11, No. 1/2, Special Issue: Sexuality and German Fascism (January – April), pp. 256–290 and cp. here and here and here); on Dolan’s lack of canonical qualification for the episcopacy and contempt for those who report pedophile priests, read here), continues to cover up the increasing number of cases against pedophile priests.

When Father Andrew D. McCormick of Philadelphia was arrested for molesting one boy and later confessed to molesting five boys, the cardinal of Philadelphia did nothing, but followed precedent. McCormick made a number of trips to Poland with parish boysMcCormick made a number of trips to Poland with parish boys, and it is believed he molested several.

Father Patrick G. McCormick of Philadelphia was arrested for “patronizing a prostitute.”  The priest tried to bully parishioners into “forgiving” abusive clergy, but many would not.

The same is true when Father Daniel McCormick of Chicago was arrested in 2007, for molesting boys (plural), but in the case with the cardinal of Chicago involved, George fired the principle, Barbara Westrick (read here and here and here), who reported the abuses to the police since the cardinal refused to do anything (but later said he was not informed of the molestation), and changed the name of the school from Our Lady of the Westside School to St. Agatha’s School (named after a lesbian saint).  Daniel McCormick was ultimately transferred to a mental health center as a sexually violent person in Rushville, IL. This came after October 2005, when George ignored his own archdiocesan review board’s recommendation to remove McCormack.

George allowed the self-admitted pedophile priest to continue teaching and coaching. George’s ever increasing ignorance and pretense of lack of knowing what was going on in schools to his own house cost the Chicago archdiocese $3.2 million to one victim, another $1.5 million to pay off one of the young male victims, with some declaring that the cardinal was in bed with an altar boy while the money from congregations continued to hemorrhage for more than 186 victims from the torn tithing extorted from ignorant faithful who supported their cavorting cardinal.

George’s payoffs were quickly matched or exceeded by other bishops throughout the USA, including Bishop Tod Brown of Orange County paying $100 million to 90 victims, Cardinal Roger Mahoney of Los Angeles paying $660 million to settle 500 cases, Bishop Robert Brom of San Diego paying $198 million to 140 cases, Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane paying $48 million to settle a non-disclosed number of victims, Bishop Martin Amos of Davenport, Iowa, paying $37 million for 157 cases, and the Society of Jesus in Oregon paying $50 million for 110 cases (read: Jason Berry “Is the Church really this blind?” Los Angeles Times. 11-11-07 on-line.  Paul A. Likoudis (2002).  Amchurch Comes Out – The U.S. Bishops, Pedophile Scandals and the Homosexual Agenda,” Petersburg, Illinois: Roman Catholic Faithful, Inc, inside cover. The New York Times online, February 2, 2005). George still refuses to admit the seriousness of the problem of pedophile priests, and even invited several to stay in his house in Chicago over the protest of parishioners who knew what the guests had done in previous. “People live out their sexual identity in different ways, but the Church offers the means to live chastely in all circumstances, as the love of God both obliges and makes possible,” George’s letter states, meaning gay people should live celibate lives or risk going to Hell.  John Paul II rejected the existence of a literal (real) hell. On July 28, 1999, Pope John Paul II noted that the Scriptural references to hell and the images portrayed by Scripture are only symbolic and figurative of “the complete frustration and emptiness of life without God. ” He added, “Rather than a physical place, hell is the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy.” He said hell is “a condition resulting from attitudes and actions which people adopt in this life.”  Benedict XVI brought back a physical hell to further intimidate dissenters.

Curiously, Cardinal George’s letter, which was also signed by six Illinois Bishops, adds that if same-sex marriage becomes legal in Illinois, it will be challenging for him and, supposedly, all Catholics, to maintain their respectability. George is worried same-sex marriage equality will make the public label Catholics who don’t support the new law “bigots.” The dictionary defines “bigot” as “a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.” (Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition 2009). “We will all have to pretend to accept something that is contrary to the common sense of the human race. Those who continue to distinguish between genuine marital union and same sex arrangements will be regarded in law as discriminatory, the equivalent of bigots. This proposed legislation will have long term consequences because laws teach; they tell us what is socially acceptable and what is not, and most people conform to the dictates of their respective society, at least in the short run.” George, mocking the very concept of civil rights, also pretends that the Bible gives him this authority (this is a rank misreading of Matthew 16:18: κἀγὼ δέ σοι λέγω ὅτι σὺ εἶ Πέτρος καὶ ἐπὶ ταύτῃ τῇ πέτρᾳ οἰκοδομήσω μου τὴν ἐκκλησίαν καὶ πύλαι ᾅδου οὐ κατισχύσουσιν αὐτῆς, a verse that was transmogrified in a ninth century monastery in Dark Europe with a papal reinforement of the nineteenth verse: καὶ δώσω σοι τὰς κλεῖς τῆς βασιλείας τῶν οὐρανῶν καὶ ὃ ἐὰν δήσῃς ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἔσται δεδεμένον ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς καὶ ὃ ἐὰν λύσῃς ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἔσται λελυμένον ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς), and that his bigotry is merely “God’s law,” and the law of nature: “If we ignore in law the natural complementary of man and woman in creation, then the natural family is undermined. Our individual lives become artificial constructs protected by civil “rights” that destroy natural rights. Human dignity and human rights are then reduced to the whims of political majorities. When the ways of nature and nature’s God conflict with civil law, society is in danger. It is to that danger that we direct your attention.” He adds: Marriage [defined as a social union or legal contract] comes to us from nature (but animal: fowl, beast, fish, etc. do not marry, and 90% of all observed birds (especially trumpeter swans) do mate for life as a source of sex and because of altricial offspring, which require large amounts of parental care for survival (like humans), demand the efforts of two parents and therefore are more likely to be found in monogamous species, but marriage is not natural as there is no record of any observation of a ceremony being performed by or for any animals, save the one case in Lima, Peru, where former Congresista and erotic dancer Suzy Diaz married had her dog marry another dog. Marriage is manmade). The human species comes in two complementary sexes, male and female. Their sexual union is called marital [sic; it actually means “married man”. Haviland, William A.; Prins, Harald E. L.; McBride, Bunny; Walrath, Dana (2011). Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge (13th ed.). Cengage Learning. Bell, Duran (1997). “Defining Marriage and Legitimacy”. Current Anthropology 38 (2): 237–254. Bell describes marriage as “a relationship between one or more men (male or female) in severalty to one or more women that provides those men with a demand-right of sexual access within a domestic group and identifies women who bear the obligation of yielding to the demands of those specific men.” This inbreeds the ignorance of the writers of the Letters of “Paul” and early misogynism as in Colossians 3:18 Αἱ γυναῖκες ὑποτάσσεσθε τοῖς ἰδίοις ἀνδράσιν ὡς ἀνῆκεν ἐν κυρίῳ, cp. mulieres subditae estote viris sicut oportet in Domino and Nevestelor, fiţi supuse bărbaţilor voştri, cum se cuvine în Domnul, and Жены, повинуйтесь мужьям своим, как прилично в Господе] or the 1569 version of the Sagradas Escrituras Casadas, estad sujetas a vuestros propios maridos, como conviene en el Señor. It not only creates a place of love for two adults but also a home for loving and raising their children. It provides the biological basis for personal identity.” Exposing extreme ignorance of the reality of psychology and science, George finalized: “It is physically impossible for two men or two women to consummate a marriage, even when they share a deep friendship or love.’ George ignores that LGBT people engage in sexual intercourse and have the same commitment and emotions as heterosexual couples (Herek, Gregory M. (2007). “Science, public policy, and legal recognition of same-sex relationships”. doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.62.7.713b. American Psychologist, Vol 62(7), October, pp. 713-715; Thyer, Bruce A. (2007). “Psychologists’ advocacy for the legal recognition of same-sex relationships”. doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.62.7.713a. American Psychologist, Vol 62(7), October, p. 713.; Herek, Gregory M. (2006). “Legal recognition of same-sex relationships in the United States: A social science perspective”. doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.61.6.607.  American Psychologist, Vol 61(6), September, pp. 607-621; Solomon, Sondra E.; Rothblum, Esther D.; Balsam, Kimberly F. (2004).  “Pioneers in Partnership: Lesbian and Gay Male Couples in Civil Unions Compared With Those Not in Civil Unions and Married Heterosexual Siblings”. doi: 10.1037/0893-3200.18.2.275. Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 18(2), Jun 2004, 275-286; and on relationship interchange, read Kurdek, Lawrence A.; Schmitt, J. Patrick (1986). “Relationship quality of partners in heterosexual married, heterosexual cohabiting, and gay and lesbian relationships”.  doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.51.4.711.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 51(4), October, pp. 711-720).  There is no substantative evidence or information by psychologists or psychiatrists that support the Chicago cardinal Frances George after 1979, except among reparative therapists all of which are discredited by the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Pediatric Association and numerous other professional groups that require peer review of articles before publishing, unlike the Regenerus Report published in the Journal of Marriage and Family that was printed without peer review (read here and here where studies show that gay parents tend to be more motivated that heterosexal parents, and here on studies showing that academic scores are higher in same-sex parents’ households, and Kate Kendell Esq.’s comments “It was financed by a staggering $785,000 in grants from two far-right foundations, the Witherspoon Institute and the Bradley Foundation. Even Regnerus himself acknowledges he wasn’t comparing apples to apples: “I realize that one same-sex relationship does not a lesbian make, necessarily. But our research team was less concerned with the complicated politics of sexual identity than with same-sex behavior.”‘ are elaborated here).

What the Roman Catholic Church in the USA is doing, is what is happening in Germany today–with the German hierarchy stopping all investigations into child abuse by its religious leaders: priests, nuns, bishops, archbishops and cardinals.  In an interview with public broadcaster “Deutschlandfunk,” Christian Pfeiffer, the head of the KFN institute accused Church officials of hampering his team’s research efforts by continually attempting to intervene in and control the investigation. In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper he spoke of censorship.In an interview with public broadcaster “Deutschlandfunk,” Christian Pfeiffer, the head of the KFN institute accused Church officials of hampering his team’s research efforts by continually attempting to intervene in and control the investigation. In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper he spoke of censorship.

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Roman Catholic Church attack on Human Rights and Benedict XVI’s cover-up

Savita denied abortion

Savita denied abortion

On October 28, 2012, Savita Halappanavar, a dentist by profession, died in Ireland at University hospital in Galway.  She shouldn’t have.  While the death was listed as resulting from pregnancy—it is a lie—that was exposed quickly.  Ms. Savita Halappanavar’s death was cold-blooded, premeditated murder as the doctors knew that she would die, executed by the government of Ireland controlled by the criminal element led by the odious odoriferous opportunist, the Primate of Ireland, controlling the Roman Catholic Church. (cf. here). The longer the senile Sean cardinal Brady

Sean cardinal Brady Primate of All Ireland

Sean cardinal Brady Primate of All Ireland

stays in place as Primate of All Ireland, loathed by many for his relentless cover-up of pedophiles in the Roman Catholic Church, and his rigid stand against abortion in all cases, the greater the damage inflicted on the people of Ireland will be and the greater will be the number of needless deaths, maiming, and waste of human potential (cp. “When There’s a Heartbeat: Miscarriage Management in Catholic-Owned Hospitals.” American Journal of Public Health, vol.98, no.10 (October 2008).

Savita Halappanavar

Savita Halappanavar

Savita was a 31-year-old married woman, four months pregnant.  She went to the hospital with a miscarriage in progress that developed into a blood infection. She could easily have been saved if the already doomed fetus was aborted. Instead, her doctors did nothing, explaining that “this is a Catholic country”. Savita replied that she was a Hindu and the laws for Catholics should not apply to her.  She was 17 weeks pregnant  and no fetus could survive outside of the uterus at that age; she contracted septicaemia (the presence of pathogenic organisms in the bloodstream; it is characterized by a whole-body inflammatory state (called a systemic inflammatory response syndrome or SIRS) caused by severe infection, and is usually accompanied by high fevers, hot, flushed skin, elevated heart rate, hyperventilation, altered mental status, swelling, and low blood pressure) and

Meningtococcal Septicaemia (blood poisoning) has a rash

Meningtococcal Septicaemia (blood poisoning) has a rash

died a most cruel and painful death that need not have occurred (read about it by: Levy, Mitchell M.; Fink, Mitchell P.; Marshall, John C.; Abraham, Edward; Angus, Derek; Cook, Deborah; Cohen, Jonathan; Opal, Steven M. et al. (2003). “2001 SCCM/ESICM/ACCP/ATS/SIS International Sepsis Definitions Conference”. Critical Care Medicine 31 (4): 1250–6).

Joseph Ratzinger as Pope and NAZI youth leader

Joseph Ratzinger as Pope and NAZI youth leader

Ireland is a Catholic country quite like Spain and other nations cannibalized by a rogue religion that, throughout its terrible history, whipped women, castrated men, burned babies and worse during the days of the unholy Inquisition—a reality that still exists thanks to the twisted mentality of the German pope Josef Ratzinger.  India, where the woman was born, has already done away with such insane laws demanded by the Roman Catholic Church. The complicit dragoons in the medical field more akin to the Nazi torture-doctors in Third Reich Germany than any respectable medical association today left Halappanavar to suffer in agony for days.  These devout draconian Roman Catholics  only intervening once it was too late. The medical “team” of doctors and the pathetic priests and corrupt clergy must be held and tried for no less than manslaughter in the first degree.  That the doctors deliberately refused to help Savita could elevate the charges to premeditated murder on orders of the Irish Catholic Church following the rules of the Vatican.  Religion must never be allowed to dictate to medicine again!

Savita’s death is just the latest in a long line of tragedies directly attributable to the doctrines and beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church. It is certainly a knowledgeable truth that there are many good, progressive Catholics, but the problem is that the Roman Catholic Church nor most evangelical extremists’ churches, isn’t a democracy.  Not only are women silenced, the poor ignored as they are passed over by self-serving schizophrenics such as the Albanian nun, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. 

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Albanian nun Agnes Bojaxhiu devoted her life to increasing the misery of the sick and hunger of the poor, but gave the grapes of wrath garnered from her own duplicity in money laundering money, offering no hope for progressive changes in her church no adding her voice or vote in its governance.  She protected self-acknowledged, tried and convicted pedophiles arguing that they were misguided and their ministry to the Roman Catholic youth (upon whom they preyed) and to her own group of religious nuns was an insult to her god and her community of sisters.

Mother Teresa with Father Donald McGuire, a convicted child molester who ministered to her nuns. Courtesy Tyrone Cefalu

Mother Teresa with Father Donald McGuire, a convicted child molester who ministered to her nuns. Courtesy Tyrone Cefalu

Like ancient trees immobilized, ossified and incapable of growth or the flowering of saplings or leaves in dead areas, as with Arizona’s Petrified Forest known for its Late Triassic fossils, the Roman Catholic Church is a petrified oligarchy, a dictatorship like the medieval monarchies it once existed alongside. 

Moscow billionaire Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church enriched by illegally selling cigarettes

Moscow billionaire Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church enriched by illegally selling cigarettes

As ignoble and repugnant as the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, Russia, who enriched himself with more than $2 to 4 billion in sales of illegal cigarettes to Russians to buy himself a villa in Switzerland, a penthouse in St. Petersburg, a fleet of cars and a yacht among other luxuries while preaching the poverty of his Christ (read Yuri Mamchur’s article here and here and here and watch here), the Roman Catholic Church, not just in Ireland but universally, is run by a small circle of conservative, rigidly ideological old men who make all decisions and choose their own successors.  None has been more reprehensible than today’s mulligrub, menacing, Mephistophelean, unpropitious calamitous corrupt and baneful Benedict XVI who was far happier carrying books out of libraries as a Nazi youth and burning them in salute to the Nazi cause (Stratz, Hans-Wolfgang. “Die Studentische `Aktion wider den undeutschen Geist’ im Frühjar 1933,” Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte Vol. 4, 1968, pp. 347-372). 

Nazi Youth burn books from German librariesThe German book burning under the Nazis was repeated by Young Americans (Republican Youth Corp) in the USA who burned books that argued against racism, for religious tolerance and the pursuit of knowledged, especially the investigation of evolution, science, and further advance of mathematical studies. 

Young Americans burn comic books in Nazi fashion

Young Americans burn comic books in Nazi fashion

Evangelical groups, primarily Southern Baptists and Adventists in Texas, in the 1960s-1970s rallied youth to burn tapes of rock-and-roll and comic books. Crucifixes, religious statues and other symbols were similarly burned in Lima, Peru, in the early 2000s.  What was not known was that many evangelical groups, and those that would become megachurches (especially in Oklahoma) would be as corrupt and filled with as many pedophiles as existed in Roman Catholic parishes: all promising victims “eternal rewards”.

On December 21, 2012, the former Nazi youth exposed his ignorance of science and psychology with another raw rant against human rights when addressing a papal audience of those caving into pontifical pressure and pretenses. Ratzinger’s Christmas address was more ignominious and detestable, setting the stage for more human carnage in the name of Christ. 

Benedict’s hypocrisy rising with his appointment of the least intelligent and morally bankrupt clergy to bishoprics, archbishoprics and the cardinalate means that, whatever individual Catholics may do today or tomorrow, the resources of the repressive and irresponsible church as an institution are bent toward opposing social progress and positive change all over the world. Every dollar put into the church collection plate, every Sunday service or daily Mass attended, every hour of time and effort put into volunteering or working for church organizations, is inevitably a show of support for the institutional church and its abhorrent mission. When a person has no voice, there’s only one thing the thinking individual has left is to boycott the beast denounced by Luther and other reformers before their own institutions became animals devouring the flesh of those who opposed them, or like Jean Calvin in Geneva burning Servetus for having a doctrine contrary to his own, or marching them to Tower Hill in England to chop off, however crudely, their heads, or hang them in the wasteland of Uganda run by the former street-walker, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga blessed by Pope Benedict XVI as the twenty-first century clone of Adolf Hitler who will protect his bible and religious intolerance, now inched up the legs of male supporters to be the Speaker of Parliament.

Theocrat Speaker of Parliament of UgandaRebecca Alitwala Kadaga bases her government on Old Testament and Pauline hate.

Theocrat Speaker of Parliament of Uganda
Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga bases her government on Old Testament and Pauline hate.

Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is of  one of the most intolerant nations who backs its attack on marginalized people by claiming foundation found in the Bible to “protect the children”.  A literalist who is ignorant of all Biblical languages but is in the pay of Scott Lively of Abiding Truth Ministries, uses the Old Testament to support her rant against human rights. Kadaga’s rant is the same mantra mouthed by orange juice representative in Florida Anita Bryant who has made the hate crimes of Iran and other Sharia-controlled nations seem mild.

Juan Luis cardinal Cipriani Thorne (Lima, Peru)

Juan Luis cardinal Cipriani Thorne (Lima, Peru)

Throughout the world, Catholic bishops, especially the narcissistic Timothy Dolan of New York City (USA), the viciously vulgar, vitriolic, venomous viper Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima (Peru; born December 28, 1943), who has been accused of murdering his predecessor and who has never been elected president of Peru’s Council of Bishops. 

Cipriani Thorne campaigning for Alberto Fujimori and ending dissent in Peru

Cipriani Thorne campaigning for Alberto Fujimori and ending dissent in Peru

A member of Opus Dei (as were his parents), Cipriani Thorne has done more to stifle education in Peru than any predecessor and has sided with the Fujimori dictatorship.  Cipriani Thorne congratulated Fujimori and super-spy Vladimiro Montesinos and their paid assassins known as Las Colinas on “rooting out communism” by kidnapping and slaughtering teachers and their students, decapitating and dismembering the victims bodies and burying them in isolated areas, while accepting laundered narco-trafficking illegal drug money and sanctioning death squads in quest for totalitarian rule in Peru.

Scott Lively (2d left) in Uganda with other USA evangelical ministers pushing for Kill the Gays legislation

Scott Lively (2d left) in Uganda with other USA evangelical ministers pushing for Kill the Gays legislation

The entire councils of Roman Catholic Bishops of Ireland and of the USA, have engaged in a systematic, organized effort going back decades to cover up for priests who molest children, pressuring the victims to sign confidentiality agreements and quietly assigning the predators to new parishes where they could go on molesting. Tens of thousands of children have been raped and tortured as a result of this conspiracy of silence, not just in the Roman Catholic Church but increasingly in evangelical (Pentecostal, Adventist, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc) extremist exhorted congregations, especially in the Sovereign Grace Ministries (30-year-old family of churches with more than 80 congregations), Ted Haggard Ministries, Bishop Eddie Long, etc., matching the increasing pedophile pastors practice in Nigeria and Uganda.   Although these crimes against humanity are not exclusively within the Roman Catholic Church as there are certainly as many in the evangelical community from the ministries of Ted Haggard (and his boy toys), Tony Perkins, Scott Lively and his Abiding Truth Ministries (a certified hate group) campaigning for the slaughter of ten percent of all Ugandans, the Roman Catholic hierarchy gets more publicity because of its insane and unbiblical demand for the unnatural and abnormal act of clerical celibacy—even though thirty-eight popes were married and at least seven popes admitted to supporting and even raising to the cardinalate their young male lovers to shower favor and favoritism on them.

The worse offender against the dignity of the individual is the engorged evangelist Joseph Ratzinger, the current pope, but is representative of the German clergy where 24 dioceses out of 27 were found to maintain pedophile priests, with 94 priests and church employees directly identified as active pedophiles—with Ratzinger saying nothing and was supported by the scandal-riddled Irish episcopacy and clergy with the Bishop of Limerick Donald Murray, and the Bishop of Kildare Jim Moriarty, two of the Prelates who concealed clerical abuse of children for over more than three decades being the first to resign, and then followed on Christmas Eve with the demanded resignation of two Auxiliary Bishops of Dublin, Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field. 

Father Stephen Kiesler

Father Stephen Kiesle

When he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, this pernicious prelate was personally implicated in a case from the 1970s in which at least three sets of parents reported that a priest in his diocese had sexually abused their children. Ratzinger registered shock but did little more than assign the pedophile priest, Father Stephen Miller Kiesle, who tied up and molested two preteen boys in the rectory of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Union City, California, to therapy. 

A 1985 letter, written in Latin, to the Diocese of Oakland signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The letter said that a California priest accused of molesting children should not be defrocked without further study.

A 1985 letter, written in Latin, to the Diocese of Oakland signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The letter said that a California priest accused of molesting children should not be defrocked without further study.

Ratzinger broke German law and cast out all claims without notifying law enforcement, washing his hands of the matter, with a whispered affirmation that as a cardinal, Ratzinger was merely following the blind bigotry of the invidiously iniquitous John Paul II who rejected any “aspersions” cast on priests—until they became “too public”. That priest, Father Stephen Miller Kiesle, was back on duty in just a few short days and went on to molest more children. Ratzinger was defended by then Oakland Diocese Bishop Salvatore Cordileone (who was appointed to the diocese by Ratzinger), who later became the cardinal bishop of San Francisco and is better known for his public drunkenness and lewdness than any spirituality.

Pope John Paul II with papal nuncio Pio cardinal Laghi

Pope John Paul II with papal nuncio Pio cardinal Laghi

By 2001, Ratzinger was officially defined by a Texas court as an accomplice in several pedophile cases. Ratzinger’s prestige and power in Houston, ultimately exempted him from the charge of complicity and he was not required to testify especially with the intercession of the insidious Condoleezza Rice who needed Vatican help to strip nations of corridors to crude to benefit her employers ExxonMobile and other oil big business.  Benedict would later snub Rice when the duplicity, the war in Iraq after snubbing John Paul II’s special envoy, Cardinal Pio Laghi, and other “troubling issues” became common knowledge (read here and here).

Ratzinger ignored a detailed letter against Kiesel, first written in 1981, and several follow-up letters, for four years. Finally, in 1985, he wrote back saying that more time was needed, and that they had to proceed very slowly to safeguard “the good of the Universal Church” in light of “the young age of the petitioner” — by which he meant not the victimized children, but the pedophile priest. It was blatantly stated that Kiesel was a good priest, and some cardinals even argued that he could not be laicized (declared not to be a priest) since he was under the age of 40.  However, by contrast, when the rogue archbishop Emmanuel Milingo of Zambia ordained married men as priests, both in New York and New Jersey, he was laicized six days later.  In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI fired an outspoken Australian bishop William Morris of the Toowoomba diocese, west of Brisbane who called on the Church to ordain women and married men, as vehemently as his pandering predecessor John Paul II.

William Morris of the Toowoomba calling for moral courage from bishops on the scale exhibited by Jesus

William Morris of the Toowoomba calling for moral courage from bishops on the scale exhibited by Jesus

In 2001, Cardinal Ratzinger wrote a letter, De Delictis Gravioribus, to all Catholic bishops advising them how to handle accusations of sex crimes by priests. Ratzinger rejected repeated calls to notify legal authorities but told all bishops that they were to report such cases only to the Vatican and tell no one else: “Cases of this kind are subject to the pontifical secret.” Ratzinger’s letter is precisely the smoking gun—as he recognized pedophilia and was prepared to stop the exposure of any Roman Catholic priest or prelate from public or media scrutiny in defiance of the laws of any area, state, or nation.  Like the molester of young males in the sixteenth century, Pope Julius II (like Pope Julius III and others), Ratzinger believed the Roman Catholic Church was above all civil laws and the Roman Catholic Church should rule over all nations in the same draconian fashion as the religious stranglehold of Christianity has on the government of Uganda.

John Bonny bishop of Antwerp, Belgium

John Bonny bishop of Antwerp, Belgium

The rebellion is growing in the Roman Catholic Church, to the dismay of the German pope, with Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Belgium, who was elevated to the position of being the 22nd bishop in the wake of revelation of sexual abuse by a bishop, openly announcing that he would be ready to ordain married men, believing that non-celibate clerics could contribute to the pastoral needs of the Church.

Benedict’s supporters have unique backgrounds, as is the case of the American friar Benedict Groeschel who blamed the epidemic of child molestation on sexually wanton boys (read here and here) who tempt priests into assaulting them.  Other clergy threaten to cut off funding for immigrants’ rights advocates because they sometimes work with gay-rights advocates. Preventing immigrants from getting legal and medical aid is less important than ensuring the church isn’t contaminated by even indirect contact with anyone who helps gay people.

Roman Catholic bishop endorsed fascist Spain's Franco

Roman Catholic bishop endorsed fascist Spain’s Franco

In a stellar sign of how ridiculously wretched,  disproportionate and unhinged the church’s martyrdom complex is, the current pope has compared expanding the rights of women and gay people to the murderous anticlerical violence of the 1930s Spanish civil war.  Yet it was the Roman Catholic Church that endorsed and blessed Franco and hailed Fascism in Spain.  Other supporters included the unsaintly Jesusmaria Escriva, who in April 1946, preached to Franco and his family, and from the fascist dictatorship built the basic foundation of Opus Dei (Allen, John L. (2005), Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church, Garden City: Doubleday, p. 58). 

Blessing of Franco by the Roman Catholic Church

Blessing of Franco by the Roman Catholic Church

Opus Dei, following the design of Franco, is a paramilitary, pro-fascist, antimodernist, integralist (reactionary) organization that does not tolerate dissent–and became a trump card for reactionary popes through the twisted times of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.  On the alleged sanctity of John Paul II, read here and here and here.

The Roman Catholic Church, like its Eastern Orthodox “brother church”, has long lied about its own role in the atrocities of the Franco regime that it helped gain power and murder countless innocent people with the blessing of Jesusmaria Escriva, who was never a saint or holy man, and his odious opportunistic Opus Dei and other totalitarian dictatorships from Hitler and Mussolini to the impoverishment of Peru and other Latin American countries, and secret donations to religious political funds in Spain, the USA (where it secretly funneled money into the campaign by the dubiously devout Rick Santorum) and Uganda. At the same time, under the direction of Ratzinger, the Vatican used its official UN observer status to team up with Islamic theocracies like Iran (where Ratzinger was represented by Msgr. Romeo Panciroli; Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Hashemi Rafsanjani, the brother of President Hashemi Rafsanjani, declared  Iran’s full endorsement of this collaboration and said there were many avenues for co-operation between religious states which were not confined to the prohibition of abortion) and Libya to oppose calls for family planning services to be made available in the world’s poorest nations with Libya claiming that any form of birth control was not only detrimental to the state but against the will of the god of Islam. Libya and the Roman Catholic Church were joined by Peru dictator Alberto Fujimori who had hundreds of mountain people in Peru forcibly sterilized with the encouragement from his daughter Keiko and son Kenye (both of whom sit in the 2012 thoroughly corrupt Peru Congress that is battered by neo-Nazi leader Martha Chavez) seeking to overthrow their father’s conviction for crimes against humanity.

Like the pandering Polish pope, John Paul II, Ratzinger has sent emissaries to desperately poor, AIDS-ravaged regions of Africa to spread the life-destroying lie that condoms do not prevent transmission of HIV. This papal absurdity was accepted and applauded by the Russian Orthodox Church that is run by a womanizing, child abusing clergy led by Patriarch Kirill who found nothing wrong with the Romanov family’s murder of innocent peasants and apostates (and were declared saints in the Russian Orthodox Church after well-placed bribes were placed with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow) and claimed that “attacks” on the church were identical to those by people who overthrew the scandalous Romanov dynasty; his words and that of Ratzinger were glorified by the statement of the deputy chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin.

Roger Vangheluwe, Bishop of Brugge

Roger Vangheluwe, Bishop of Brugge

Roman Catholic clergy and bedecked bishops in white lace flounces over flowing dresses of crimson, in the mid-20th century appointed a special papal commission to study whether Catholicism should permit the use of birth control. The commission, to no one’s surprise was composed almost completely of men chosen from their members. Theologians Anthony Kosnik, William Carroll, Ronald Modras, James Schulte, and Agnes Cunningham (the token female) took on the task. In 1977 they published Human Sexuality: New Directions in American Catholic Thought—not a woman of the general laity was involved, consulted, or considered.  The men, none of whom could become pregnant even after being raped, held the final card by claiming spiritual authority found nowhere in the Bible, yet as a few wags wrote: if men could become pregnant abortion would be a sacrament—bring a scowl from the German dragoon.  When the commission almost unanimously recommended that women should be allowed contraceptives, the church led by Ratzinger ignored the recommendation and doubled down on their absolute ban on contraception.

The Roman Catholic hierarchy has long preferred the death of a pregnant woman, impregnated even by rape or incest, over the removal of dead, deformed or damaging fetal tissue that can cost the woman her life.  The doctrine espoused by predatory prelates in countries where Roman Catholicism is the main force, such as in Latin America, Italy, Ireland and Poland, is that every zygote is a human baby in defiance of all medical logic and research to the contrary.  

Brasilian cardinal Cardosa Sobrinho in political cartoon.

Brasilian cardinal Cardosa Sobrinho in political cartoon.

The patronizing pastors and predatory prelates, such as Jose Cardoso Sobrinho who has been characterized as being key-hole spies, have excommunicated the doctors who performed an abortion on a pregnant 9-year-old who’d been raped by her stepfather.  He went so far as to excommunicate the child’s mother for agreeing to the abortion but did not speak out or condemn the incestuous father who had been regularly raping the child since she was six years old. No charges, ecclesiastical or secular were filed against the father, although the mother was reprimanded for not having sufficient control over her daughter.

Brasil’s anachronistic Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho (born in Caruaru, June 30 1933- ) of the coastal city of Recife announced that for the Vatican he was excommunicating the entire family of the child who medically would not have been able to deliver a baby since her hips were too narrow but not the child since she was a minor.  The doctors who performed the abortion were hailed for their efforts, the Brasilian Minister of health Jose Gomes Temporao referred to the doctors’ work, performed March 4, 2009, as “brilliant”.

Cordoso Sobrinho excommunicates doctors and families who tolerate necessity of an abortion.

Cordoso Sobrinho excommunicates doctors and families who tolerate necessity of an abortion.

Temporao declared that doctors were required to put law before religion, a statement that the majority of Brasil agreed with, since, on the average, 8700 women die each year because of the lack of professional abortion providers and follow-up examinations. 

A war of words ensued between the popular President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the archbishop over the church’s decision.   The President said:”As a Christian and a Catholic,

Brasil questions Catholic tradition and authority

Brasil questions Catholic tradition and authority

I find it deeply lamentable that a bishop of the Catholic Church has such a conservative attitude,” Lula said on Globo TV. “In this case, the medical profession was more right than the church. One of the doctors involved in the procedure, Dr. Olimpio Moraes, said he thanked the archbishop for his excommunication because the controversy sheds light on Brasil’s restrictive abortion laws. He said women in Brasil’s countryside are victimized by Brazil’s ban on abortion in the same way as they are in all Roman Catholic controlled countries (more than one million women undergo abortions each year in Brasil, and doctors treat more than 250,000 of them because of botched abortion techniques; read here and here and here). 

Dom José cardinal Cardoso Sobrinho of Brasil

Dom José cardinal Cardoso Sobrinho of Brasil

Cardinal Cardoso Sobrinho has had other spurious accolades to his credit: he is among those who protect pedophiles throughout Brasil and has been seen in gay clubs.  Brasil’s (O. Carm.) of Recife and Olinda, has been portrayed in cartoons and tabloids not only as a peeping-tom: an alter ego of Brasil’s Roman Catholic Church but as a viper determined to extract confessions of presumed guilt from women in the same manner as

Dom José Cardoso Sobrinho cartoon

Dom José Cardoso Sobrinho cartoon

the Spanish Inquisition interrogated women with threats and force of diabolical designed machinery.  Among the least qualified for the cardinalate, it was Cardoso Sobrinho’s vehemently violent rhetoric that won him the beret that announced his ascension to the college of cardinals and left dread in the decaying family structure in Brasil that the prelate continuously attacked from pulpit and public squares.  As the clerical clown crowed, there was never a human right that he regarded or respected.

Every diocesan member had to fall to the miscreant mind-numbing murmurs of Mother Church.  The theological troglodyte retired on July 1, 2009; even the President of Brasil declaring that the prelate pushed beyond the borders of fairness and mercy with his senseless multiple excommunications.

The Roman Catholic episcopacy in Ireland is as savage and senseless as Cardoso Sobrinho in sanctioning the unnecessary deaths of women who cannot successfully or willingly give birth to products of rape, incest, and malformation. Savita Halappanavar wasn’t the first to die at Catholic-run hospitals that are willing to let women die rather than having a therapeutic safe abortion, even when a miscarriage is already in progress and no possible procedure could save the fetus.  Similar fate was in store for Americans whose closest hospital was Roman Catholic and where doctors forgot their Hippocratic Oath written in Ionic Greek (late 5th century BC),  that requires a new physician to swear upon a number of healing gods that he will uphold a number of professional ethical standards and look after the welfare of a living mortal.

A majority of Roman Catholic priests and prelates refused to provide contraception or abortion to women who were abducted and forced to work as prostitutes. Roman Catholic clergy have even gone as far as filing a frivolous lawsuit—that they lost—complaining that contraceptives were violating their religious freedom in telling women how they could control and manage their reproductive rights and bodies when the government took away their contract.  US District Judge Richard Stearns explained why the bishops were in the wrong, writing:

To insist that the government respect the separation of church and state is not to discriminate against religion; indeed, it promotes a respect for religion by refusing to single out any creed for official favor at the expense of all others…This case is about the limits of the government’s ability to delegate to a religious institution the right to use taxpayer money to impose its beliefs on others [who may or may not share them].

It is worse in Poland, the land of Polish extremism where hoodlums run free in the streets to deny individual rights of choice with praise from pastors to priests in their stand against what they see as corruption.  In Poland, the Roman Catholic Church, using tactics of the medieval Inquisition of the Christian religion in the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries, ordered Polish politicians to vote for a law banning IVF and threatened to excommunicate any who didn’t comply.  Those who did not capitulate immediately to the carnivorous clergy were mocked publicly and churches launched broadsides against the government as being “set against god”.

The Vatican with the entire episcopacy in lockstep as if all were hailing the return and revitalization of Ratzinger’s Third Reich, quickly went after women’s right of choice, specifically targeting the Komen Foundation and its organization better known for its “race for a cure” for breast cancer than its support of Planned Parenthood. It was the Roman Catholic Church that was the major source of the pressure on the Komen Foundation that led to its disastrous decision to cut ties with Planned Parenthood, with many claiming that the Komen Foundation was a front for the Roman Catholic Church.  As Reuters news agency noted:  “In recent years, Komen has allocated at least $17.6 million of the donations it receives to U.S. Catholic universities, hospitals and charities”–definitely not without ties to the Roman Catholic Church.  The veil of secrecy that shrouded the fund-raiser was removed.  Komen’s quickly lost favor when its support of Planned Parenthood became public knowledge and Church opposition reached dramatic new proportions in 2011, when the 11 bishops who represent Ohio’s 2.6 million Catholics announced a statewide policy banning church and parochial school donations to Komen.  Being a covert hand of the Roman Catholic Church, Komen within a few days reversed itself and withdrew its financial support of Planned Parenthood.

Forever the Grand Inquisitor, worse than that defined by Dostoevsky in his Brothers Karamazov, Benedict XVI feels he has a god-given right to interfere in politics in all nations.  Through the frigid mask of the Roman Catholic bishops of the USA, the Roman Catholic Church announced an inquisition into the Girl Scouts to get to the bottom of its association with morally suspect groups like Doctors without Borders and Oxfam.  The vile arm of the Roman Catholic Church is investigating the Girl Scouts because of the Girl Scouts alleged support for reproductive rights and freedom of choice for women.  Nationally, American Roman Catholic nuns are being charged with subversion as the villainous Vatican ordered a “doctrinal investigation” of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.  The organization represents approximately 80 percent of American nuns, and can be sanctioned since they are a Roman Catholic organization.  The Girl Scouts are not affiliated with the cantankerous Church of Rome and are not welcome for promoting safe-sex and not abstinence.

The malevolent Vatican has bared its fangs frantically against Doctors without Borders because the administer medicine not ministry and offer equal care to all people.  The Roman Catholic hierarchy harangues the group because it not only supports the right of a woman to elect an abortion but states its willingness to offer therapeutic abortions without cost to the poor of the world.  Oxfam was denigrated by the Roman Catholic episcopacy and Ratzinger because it offers food to women who had abortions.  Yet the Roman Catholic Church gets over a billion Euros in property tax exemption to spread its hate and deny human rights worldwide.

R. Walker Nickless and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstadt reject separation of state and church.

R. Walker Nickless and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstadt reject separation of state and church.

Roman Catholic bishops in the USA, with the most notoriously sinister located in the Midwest, especially in Iowa with Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa taking the most extreme stand calling it a line to vote on, Minnesota led by Archbishop John Nienstedt of Saint Paul & Minneapolis, and Wisconsin Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay who have long been against the US Bill of Rights when it comes to free choice, and Indiana’s Father Sammie Maletta of St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, who argues that the Roman Catholic Church has a right to instruct its followers on how to vote and live as a sign of religious liberty (funded by the Republican controlled Heritage Foundation; for more on this lie read here), and the majority (98%) of Roman Catholic women use contraceptives; and Obama won the majority of the Roman Catholic vote: 52% – 45%), that are cavalierly cannibalized by crass clergy, have been one of the major forces attacking Obamacare, filing lawsuits arguing that non-church Catholic employers should be able to decide whether or not employee health insurance plans will cover contraception. This is an unfurled and effective argument that a woman’s employer should be allowed to force her to pay more for medical coverage, or even place it out of her reach altogether, based on his religious beliefs. It is rank misogyny and gynophobia richly rendered by Benedict XVI and his gaggle of gospel geese that has little if any knowledge of what the original scrolls contain.  The Roman Catholic Church in the USA does not speak for all Roman Catholics in the USA.

Father Frank Klep

Father Frank Klep

In Australia, Roman Catholic clerics derailed police investigations of accused pedophile  priests.  The Australian Roman Catholic episcopacy has escalated putting pressure on higher-ups to get investigating officer removed from cases, especially in the case of the Rev. Frank Klep (read more here).

A direct assault on academic freedom occurs daily within the Roman Catholic Church and its schools, especially at San Augustine’s in Chiclayo (where I taught) and Lima, Perú, and the various Opus Dei schools, such as Colegios Cibos and  Fontanar, throughout Peru (it took over the Pontifical University in Lima to make it more “church oriented; Opus Dei runs Universidad de Piura, destroying its academic freedom and creating robots of its student body) are mindless institutions where obedience is more critical than objectivity, and where indoctrination is considered more worthwhile than is investigation and education.  Opus Dei schools have the singular intent of taking over the world and refashioning it in a way identical Hitler’s goal of controlling Europe and beyond (for the Spanish, read here), its crimes, especially in Perú, are legendary as it spins its tangled web throughout Nigeria and the rest of Africa. Far from being “spiritually based” its hidden agenda is to make as much money as possible and with it rule; its main apologist is Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and has negligible difference from the group in Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code. The Roman Catholic Church demanded that Sunday school teachers sign a loyalty oath agreeing to submit “will and intellect” to the proclamations of church leaders (read here, and rational is here and here).

Father Edmund Walsh (McCarthy's priest)

Father Edmund Walsh (McCarthy’s priest)

Some top church officials, including the current pope, have advocated denying communion to politicians who support progressive and pro-choice political ideas.  As occurred in the days of US Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) who was openly controlled by the Roman Catholic Church in the USA, through the priest Edmund Walsh (when McCarthy died, over 100 priests met for the funeral mass and urged the Wisconsin senator to be declared a saint for his pursuit against “communism” and “enemies of religion” in which we find the foundation stones for Opus Dei and other organized hate groups) the Roman Catholic Church in the USA openly opposed President Barrack Obama on his social stands for the liberty of all and the right of choice (read here and here).  Throughout its petrified parsimonious past pushing to the present and into the future, the Roman Catholic Church also opposes preemptive war and the death penalty, no conservative politician has ever been denied communion on this basis.

Nuns on the bus (USA)

Nuns on the bus (USA)

From the bishops of New York to the most pathetic of patriarchs perched on the platform of religion as Pope Benedict XVI, Roman Catholic clergy have initiated an unprecedented unholy war against the Sisters of the Church (especially for Nuns on the Bus that toured the USA in quest of fairness for everyone) for showing too much compassion and charity to “fallen women”, the poor, victims of rape and violence, and those who seek the end of unwanted fetal tissue generation.   The mentality of the ministers of the faith is nearly Neanderthal in their cracked down on American nuns by Benedict XVI and American cardinals for doing too much to help the poor and not enough to oppose gay marriage, condemning them for displaying a seditious “feminist spirit“. 

Tebartz-van Elst, 52, bishop of Limburg

Tebartz-van Elst, 52, bishop of Limburg

In Germany, where parishioners pay an officially assessed tax rate to the church, they’ve tried to blackmail people who don’t want to pay the church tax, threatening to fire them from jobs in church institutions. In some cases, if the person opts out but later loses the paperwork, they demand on-the-spot repayment of decades of back taxes.  Priests and bishops generally live more luxuriant lives than their parishioners and detail that their ministry demands more creature comforts (as with the German bishop Tebartz-van Elst, 52, of Limburg read here and here).

Daniel Jenky bishop of Peoria IL

Daniel Jenky bishop of Peoria IL

In the USA, the Roman Catholic bishops are worse than their continental compatriots.  They have compared Democratic officeholders, including President Obama, to Hitler and Stalin (read here for the comments of Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Illinois; cp. here for those made by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki from Springfield, Illinois) and have

Thomas John Paprocki bishop of Springfield IL

Thomas John Paprocki bishop of Springfield IL

said that it jeopardizes a person’s eternal salvation if they don’t vote as the bishops instruct them to vote.  They are supported by the most evil encampment of enemies to the US Constitution and to freedom: the Becket Foundation, a far-right group organized to fight any separation of state and church (read here and here) and is a quasi-official arm of the Roman Catholic Church and the Republican Party.

Benedict XVI and Roman Catholic bishops fight against equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. Not only does the Catholic Church hierarchy refuse to officially perform church weddings for gay and lesbian couples (many priests do perform them privately or semi-privately and I have attended two of them); they want to write that prohibition into the civil law and deny marriage equality to everyone who doesn’t fit their religious criteria.  The Roman Catholic Church as a single entity, plus various bishoprics and archbishoprics has invested vast amounts of money and effort into doing so. In the 2012 election cycle alone, the church spent almost $2 million in an unsuccessful fight to defeat marriage-equality initiatives in four states amounting to more than $11.3 million from donations to the church by parishioners but without getting any parishioner’s consent for the expenditure

Like many evangelical ministers who, when not wife-swapping or having boyfriends and boy toys on the side, Roman-Catholic bishops and clergy are kept busy  comparing gay sex to pedophilia and incest and called for it to be forbidden by law, saying that “states can and must regulate behaviors, including various sexual behaviors.”  These accusations continue even though 10,969 Roman Catholic clergy in the USA admit to being pedophiles.

The fear of homosexuality that is rampant throughout the Roman Catholic (studies do not agree as to numbers, but estimates are between 23% – 58%; read here), Orthodox (there are no studies since most priests refuse interviews or paper surveys, but the various churches from Russian to Bulgarian, Ukrainian, etc argue that homosexuality is a sin and one who is homosexual cannot be a priest) and various Protestant ministerial groups (it is accepted in the ELCA of the Lutheran Church but not the Missouri or Wisconsin synods), has led especially Roman Catholic organizations, on strict order by the Vatican, to  shut down adoption clinics rather than consider gay people as prospective parents. The church’s quasi-official position is that it’s better for children to remain orphans or in foster care than to be placed in a loving, committed same-sex household (here and here and here for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology based on scientific studies).

Matthew-Shepard-Scholars, of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa:  The Eychaner Foundation

Matthew-Shepard-Scholars, of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa: The Eychaner Foundation

More gruesome is the Roman Catholic Church’s stand against any gay group that is working to end Church and School efforts to ban any anti-LGBT bullying group, anti-teen-suicide foundation from any Catholic school ceremony.  The Roman Catholic Church explained it that the group’s mission is “contrary to the teachings of the Catholic church” as was the case in

Martin J. Amos, 8th bishop of Davenport, Iowa

Martin J. Amos, 8th bishop of Davenport, Iowa

Davenport, Iowa, where its bishop, Martin Amos, retread to fifteenth century thought trumpeted by the Inquisition of the Roman Catholic Church suffering under its most corrupt pedophile popes in its ecclesiastical history in denouncing the group at Prince of Peace Catholic School.  Sectarian politics played a major role in this attack on human freedoms, when the prelate complained that unspecified groups awarding scholarships were not in accord with Roman Catholic Church teachings, then backtracked by noting that both the Roman Catholic Church and the scholarship were against bullying and defamation of character.  This issue had not arisen in any previous statement nor at any earlier time.  It came out only when one Roman Catholic high school

Keaton Fuller received a Matthew Sheperd scholarship, initially rejected by the archdiocese of Davenport.

Keaton Fuller received a Matthew Sheperd scholarship, initially rejected by the archdiocese of Davenport.

senior Keaton Fuller, Clinton, Iowa, won a $40,000 scholarship named after martyred Matthew Shepard who was tied to a fence with barbed wire in Wyoming and left to die for being gay. 

On April 27, 2012, the Diocese intervened and told the recipient that a member of the would not be permitted to present the award at graduation, but that it would be presented by a school staff member in fear that some molecules from the award would infect the other graduates and turn them gay. The bishop, Martin J. Amos, through the diocese office, issued a statement that it was a “long-standing policy” regarding guest speakers that the school “cannot allow anyone or any organization which [sic] promotes a position that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church to present at a diocesan institution”.  The Des Moines Register later printed:

Fuller and the Eychaner Foundation’s founder, Rich Eychaner, both thanked Bishop Amos for finding an acceptable resolution. The script to be read on graduation day will say the scholarship ‘is granted to distinguished Iowa high school seniors who are openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender’ and that Fuller ‘gradually shared his story with friends and classmates … and was embraced by the Prince of Peace community.

“ ‘As I leave Prince of Peace, it’s comforting to know that this experience may make it easier for the next gay student who attends this school,’ Fuller said in a statement issued Friday. ‘Please know that this week has not been about me. Rather, it has been about recognizing that everybody deserves to be treated equally, regardless of any differences we may have.’ ”

The Roman Catholic Council of USA Bishops is even more reactionary that Iowa’ Bishop Ames, with many of the bishops self-confessed pedophiles.  They told a teenager he wouldn’t be allowed to go through confirmation because he posted a pro-gay-rights status message on Facebook, and they expelled a preschooler from a private Catholic school because his parents were lesbians. This was true both in Grand Forks and throughout Minnesota

Rachel Mike, who won a settlement in a case involving Father Poole, at her confirmation in the summer of 1975. Behind her is Father George Endal, accused of raping or molesting several boys and allegedly walking in on another priest performing oral sex on a 6-year-old boy and doing nothing to stop it.

Rachel Mike, who won a settlement in a case involving Father Poole, at her confirmation in the summer of 1975. Behind her is Father George Endal, accused of raping or molesting several boys and allegedly walking in on another priest performing oral sex on a 6-year-old boy and doing nothing to stop it.

as with the Jesuit priest Donald J. McGuire. Oregon’s dioceses paid more than

Pedophile Jesuit priest Donald J. McGuire, friend of Mother (St.) Teresa of Calcutta

Pedophile Jesuit priest Donald J. McGuire, friend of Mother (St.) Teresa of Calcutta

$166 million (the third largest settlement to sex abuse survivors who were Native Americans and Alaskan natives, boys and girls, who were abused by priests at Catholic schools throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.  The settlement covered more than 450 victims raped by Jesuit priests of the Roman Catholic Church.  Most rapes occurred in remote villages and on reservations, and when the Jesuits filed for bankruptcy in 2009, the victims responded noting that the province remained wealthy because it controls and owns Gonzaga University, Gonzaga Preparatory School, Seattle University and other schools and properties with Opus Dei prevalent in most institutions. The Jesuits made Alaska a “pedophile paradise“.

Timothy cardinal Dolan (New York City) pedophile cover-up in Milwaukee and NYC

Timothy cardinal Dolan (New York City) pedophile cover-up in Milwaukee and NYC

To cover-up their own pedophile propensities and seduction of women, the Roman Catholic Council of Bishops in the USA have a history of dumping known pedophile priests in isolated, poor, rural communities, where they apparently assumed that local people wouldn’t dare to complain or that no one would listen if they did.   Adding insult to injury, the attackers of the victims were give payouts  — as much as $20,000 in some cases — to pedophile priests, to buy their silence and quietly ease them out of the priesthood, after specifically denying in public that they were doing this with such payouts being orchestrated and pushed by New York City Timothy cardinal Dolan (read here) who was, then, archbishop of Milwaukee.

When the legislature of the State of Connecticut proposed extending statute-of-limitations laws to allow older child-abuse cases to be tried, the bishops of Connecticut ordered a letter to be read during Mass instructing parishioners to contact their representatives and lobby against it.  The bishops claimed that they were worried about frivolous lawsuits.  To fight back against and intimidate abuse-survivor groups like SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), the church’s lawyers have filed absurdly broad subpoenas demanding the disclosure of decades’ worth of documents.  

Bill Donahue of the Catholic League against SNAP

Bill Donahue of the Catholic League against SNAP

William Donahue, an arch-conservative Roman Catholic, calls SNAP “a menace to the Catholic Church” for exposing rampant pedophiles in its membership.  While Donahue argues that the bishops are in league together to fight charges, the US Council of Catholic Bishops has rejected such a claim.

Similar problems occurred throughout the USA. No diocese was exempt.

Monsignor William Lynn kept predators in ministry in Philadelphia

Monsignor William Lynn kept predators in ministry in Philadelphia

 When Monsignor William Lynn, a Catholic official from Philadelphia, was charged with knowingly returning predator priests to duty, his defense was to blame those decisions on his superior, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua (read here about Romano Ferraro, and here for Father Peter J. Dunn who was judged “a very sick man” and was psychoanalyzed as an untreatable pedophile, and a narcissist with an obsessive-compulsive personality disorder; and here for Rev. Stanley Gana who collected nude photographs of his victims) ultimately judged competent to stand trial.  His statement acknowledged that the corruption reaches to the highest levels of the church. 

Forcible castrations were justified as a means to keep youth from homosexuality and to punish young males who were not "cooperative".

Forcible castrations were justified as a means to keep youth from homosexuality and to punish young males who were not “cooperative”.

In the Netherlands, ten boys were castrated in church-run hospitals after complaining to the police about sexual abuse by priests (many young males were castrated on orders from bishops who feared they were homosexuals, and were told that castration cures a male of homosexual tendencies).  The archbishop used the same excuse as given by the Nazis to justify his silence.  Several months later, it was reported that this same cardinal had personally arranged to move a pedophile priest to a different parish to shield him from accusations. 

Ad cardinal Simmons of Utrecht transferred a paedophile priest to a parish in Amersfoort where the priest repeatedly sexually abused children

Ad cardinal Simmons of Utrecht transferred a paedophile priest to a parish in Amersfoort where the priest repeatedly sexually abused children

While he was Archbishop of Utrecht, Cardinal Ad Simonis shielded a paedophile priest.  This was neither the first nor the last time that the Church in the Netherlands covered paedophiles, both priests and nuns.

Even alleged saints have been implicated in sex abuse cases.  In one case, Mother Teresa successfully persuaded the church to return a later convicted pedophile priest, Father Donald McGuire, to duty because he was a friend of hers (read here and here). Eight additional complaints of child abuse were later lodged against Father Donald McGuire, justifying Christopher Hitchens original indictment of the Albanian born nun in his 1997 book, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice (London and New York: Verso, 1995). Among other “oversights” Teresa had set up a worldwide system of “homes for the dying” that routinely failed to provide adequate care to patients.

Kaligat (Mother Theresa's home for sick and dying, Calcutta)

Kaligat (Mother Theresa’s home for sick and dying, Calcutta)

There is money to be made by the Roman Catholic Church is raising dead people to sainthood, as with Mother Teresa.  They canonized Mother Teresa for doing little more than offering a squalid place for people to die; it was called Kaligat; starvation is one of the main sources of death, despite that there is an abundance of food for those who can pay for it, next to none is given in charity, with children being the primary victims). Outside observers who visited her “Home for the Dying” reported that medical care was substandard and dangerous, limited to aspirin and unsterilized needles rinsed in tap water, administered by untrained volunteers. The millions of dollars collected by Mother Teresa and her order, enough to build many advanced clinics and hospitals remain unaccounted for.

Father Martin P. O'Loghlen

Father Martin P. O’Loghlen

Never troubled by appointing pedophiles to church offices, the Roman Catholic Church appointed Martin O’Loghlen, to a church-run sexual abuse advisory board – even though O’Loghlen himself was a known abuser who molested a teenage girl, Julie Malcom (she later filed legal action against him), in the 1960s and admitted to having a “sexual addiction”.  When this was discovered, it was poorly veiled, still the Roman Catholic Church had the audacity to plead for money and ask parishioners to pick up the tab for legal costs and settlements.

The Australian and New Zealand nuns in the Roman Catholic Church followed precedents established in Europe, especially in Ireland, by its nuns and priests abducting  tens of thousands of babies from unwed mothers who gave birth in Catholic-run hospitals all.  They also forced drugged or helpless women to give their newborn children up for adoption against their will.

The list is endless.  The atrocities, barbarities and evil of the Roman Catholic Church is tantamount to the disdain and disregard of all other churches including the Russian Orthodox Church and its attack on dissent in the case with Pussy Riot.  Like the Taliban and Islamic extremists, the Roman Catholic Church also strangles dissent and dissenters (literally and metaphorically) as when it tried to have the Indian skeptic Sanal Edamuruku charged with blasphemy and imprisoned for debunking a claim of a miraculous weeping statue (read here and here and here and here).

The Roman Catholic Church’s finances are a disorganized mess.  The operate their own bank with ATMs, all mired in money laundering, but lack strong accounting controls and clear internal separations, which means parishioners who give to the church can have no assurance of what the money will be used for.  According to an investigation by the Economist, funds meant for hospitals, cemeteries and priests’ pensions have been raided to pay legal fees and settlements in several diocesan bankruptcies.

Vatican ATM is in Latin

Vatican ATMs are in Latin

The Roman Catholic Church is one large scandal and at the top of this scandal is the bankrupt papacy, the worse in history: Benedict XVI is implicated with two top associates in money laundering.  His life-size portrait hangs over all ATMs with all instructions for use in Latin.  Benedict XVI has never been a saint, as new information surfaces on the predatory pope daily (read here and here and here where Ratzinger is given the title of God’s Rottweiler, while placing “the devil” (not the pedophile priest) as the source of evil in child abuse cases).

Stop supporting the church with your money and your time. Such action, however it may seem is more than justified by a cornucopia of reasons showing that the church as an institution is beyond reform, and the only meaningful response is to part ways with it and let it die in the filth of its pedophile priests, greed for enrichment of a few while millions starve, and the lack of a mission to truly educate rather than indoctrinate new generations of soon-to-be Roman robots.

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When religion triumphs over reason, faith, psychology, investigation, and research, learning dies

Calvin burns Servetus

Religion is a destructive and totally negative force in life as defined by all official “Church Fathers”, Protestant leaders, and emerging Muslim clerics.  John Calvin wrote: “We cannot think of ourselves as we ought to think without utterly despising everything that may be supposed an excellence in us.  This humility is unfeigned submission of a mind overwhelmed with a weighty sense of its own misery and poverty; for such is the uniform description of it in the word of God [i.e. the Bible]. (Johannes Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Christian Education, 1928), p. 681.)

Lake of Fire adopted from Arabian mythology into Constantine’s Christianity (c. 335 CE)

The Calvinist faith, like the all Protestant religions, birthed in the sixteenth century, was a revision of the hell-fire and brimstone theology of the Roman Catholic Church that was dragged into the world 1200 years earlier.  The scattered closed communities of the followers of the Jesus captured in the numerous gospels–before they were decreed and canonized as four–had no need of anger or debasement.  With Constantine I at Nicaea, everything changed for the worse with horror and fear replacing peace and hope.

Threats of torments (200 BCE – 285 CE) a part of most world religions as pictured in this mosaic

Everything was bad in this world, and in this environment that mortals lived, people were plagued with temptations and anger.  All they could do was waiting impatiently for a better world (a “world to come” (עולם הבא) a term or phrase that appears nowhere in the Hebrew Bible)–promised, but one that never would come (Matthew 12:32, Hebrews 2:5, both written more than one generation after the Jesus of the New Testament had, according to various gospels, died).  Antecedents stem from older hieroglyphic writing and cuneiform inscription and are directed toward marginalized people as well as individuals who are seen as “opposing the will of god” or “defying the ruler” who usually was the same authority figure.

Acts of faith? Self-flagellation before crucifixion in The Philippines (2012 CE)

It was the impact of thinking of perdition, rejection, and self-abasement that made people willing to die in the folly of religious wars and suffer various forms of martyrdom in body and spirit as well as mind from enduring church-sanctioned torture of the Inquisition to self-flagellation and crucifixion—giving over to the terrorist tactics of ecclesiastical eunuchs preying for misery who determined rubrics of ritual and righteousness. With this hortatory hounding by the dogs of faith, the psychology of man was cannibalized carnivorously.  The strength of good intention was left circumspect for others to glean fruit from with ritualistic rapiers and capture and mutilate the essence of the original thinker.

John Calvin (Tyrant of Geneva)

John Calvin (French: Jean Calvin, born Jehan Cauvin: 10 July 1509 – 27 May 1564), being trained as a humanist lawyer found his faith uncertain.  Wide fluctuations in the faith gave little stability to a man whose mind was fixated on absolutes.  He broke from the Roman Catholic Church in 1530, and causing an uprising by denouncing the religion of his parents, fled to Switzerland where he attempted to set up a Kingdom of God—a belief that many shared hoping that the Jesus of the New Testament would return to the water planet Earth with a sword to kill unbelievers (Matthew 10:34).

Michael Servetus (drawing c. 1509-1511)

To this end, Calvin, when he took over the canton of Geneva, agreed with the murder of Michael Servetus (also known as Miguel Servet, Miguel Serveto alias Revés, or Michel de Villeneuve and in Spanish as Miguel Serveto Conesa).   Servetus was born 29 September? 1509 or 1511 and was executed for questioning the existence of the Trinity, as he could not find Biblical evidence of this novel idea that originated in ancient Egypt, on 27 October 1553.  Servetus was an Aragonese cartographer, physician and theologian, but most damning to his contemporaries was that he was neither a loyal son of the Roman Catholic Church nor a believer in many of the pagan innovations within the Roman Catholic faith as he had become a Renaissance humanist who put mortals before mythology.  For this the Roman Catholic Church and all existing Protestant sects determined that he had to die.

Calvinist text used in Colonial New England schools

Vilifying Servetus was easy for Calvin who seldom had a kind word for anyone. Calvin was determined that he would be recognized as a priest of a god similar to the ones his parents had worshiped–but without the trappings of Rome and the papacy.  To accomplish this feat, Calvin revamped the concept of education, taking it backward in time, rejecting research and exploration, and identical to the Taliban (the singular is talib and must be translated as a theological student or a student at a religious Islamic school: طالبان .  Initially they were Afghans of Aghanistan–until 1993.  After 1993, the rigid Calvinistic-like religion of Muslim Taliban students of the Qur’an spilled over into Pakistan and spread like a noxious virus throughout the Muslim world with the primary purpose to keep the sexes separated–a goal of Calvin in his schools, and like Calvin stop the enjoyment of music, arts, and refined clothing).  Calvinists modified some of their austerity, but not the Taliban of the twentieth and twenty-first century who commanded that learning be based on and around and on the Qur’an as Calvin had demanded that his version of education be centered on the Protestant Bible and the articles of faith that he invented and wrote down to be printed.

Calvin’s adoption of faith was unique inasmuch as he was the center of that faith, although he always demurred before the godhead as the absolute sovereign.  His faith was monarchical without a shred of democracy anywhere–a prototype for evangelical extremists of today.  Calvin mused on his own “conversion”—giving two different accounts in conflict with one another.  Later in his life, John Calvin wrote two different accounts of his conversion that differ in significant ways. In the first account he portrays his conversion as a sudden change of mind, brought about by God. This account can be found in his Commentary on the Book of Psalms: “God by a sudden conversion subdued and brought my mind to a teachable frame, which was more hardened in such matters than might have been expected from one at my early period of life. Having thus received some taste and knowledge of true godliness, I was immediately inflamed with so intense a desire to make progress therein, that although I did not altogether leave off other studies, yet I pursued them with less ardour” (Calvin, J[ohn] J. Calvin, preface to Commentary on the Book of Psalms, trans. James Anderson, vol. 1 (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1948), pp. xl–xli).

In his second account he speaks of a long process of inner turmoil, followed by spiritual and psychological anguish.  He wrote: “Being exceedingly alarmed at the misery into which I had fallen, and much more at that which threatened me in view of eternal death, I, duty bound, made it my first business to betake myself to your way, condemning my past life, not without groans and tears. And now, O Lord, what remains to a wretch like me, but instead of defence [sic], earnestly to supplicate you not to judge that fearful abandonment of your Word according to its deserts, from which in your wondrous goodness you have at last delivered me” (Gordon, Bruce (2009).  Calvin. New Haven, CT; London, England: Yale University Press, p. 34.)  The difference between the accounts strongly suggests that the epiphany was over a period of years, as contended by Ganoczy, Alexandre (1966) in his book Le Jeune Calvin. Genèse et evolution de sa vocation réformatrice, Wiesbaden, Germany: F. Steiner, p. 302.  He argues that Calvin conversion took place over several years and that it was not a biographical or chronological event. Many factors played a role: economic, social, family, and personal desires both mental and physical.

Rejecting oneself as “each person is a sinner and evil” requires separating the genders to avoid temptation.

By despising the self as Calvin chortled, the mind impoverished itself by failing to strike out and learn that which was forbidden or prohibited by clerics thriving fat on the ignorance of their followers.  Religion became a new form of authoritarianism, and the gods of each ontology became the symbol of power and force that shadowed the denizens of despair and death of individuality.

Priests, bishops, and the pope or patriarch of Orthodoxy became the sacrosanct soothsayers for deities clouded in marble and painted on wood, with saints who had been ancient gods clustered around them in whittled or chiseled relief.  The Führer—the beloved “father of his people” since 374 BCE—became the temporal overlord and determined everything from whom had sex with who and at what time (with the overlord frequently claiming the “right of first night” (droit du seigneur or jus primae noctis is found only in the literature of the 13th to 16th century in Europe, but there are no written laws or statutes that exist today to prove its authenticity, and is sourced only to the epic of Gilgamesh in 1900 BCE) to know that the woman was a virgin before handing her over to a waiting bridegroom), what was eaten by whom, what hours were worked, what taxes were collected, and when belfry bells tolled tidings that thought was to be forsaken, the individual self was to merge into a sterilized community of like-thinkers, and all pawns and serfs would grovel their way to the churches supported by flying buttresses as if the arms of each were holding up the roof so that the unseen god could perch like a bird and listen to praises of his divine name since he was uncertain if mortals truly knew his magnificence and glory.

The gods of the past were never strong enough to protect themselves.  They required spiritual warriors who would pick up swords and later shoulder guns to fight in defense of the names that mortals gave the deities to assure that conformity was (frequently masqueraded as with the Moors of fifteenth century Spain) devotion.

Caravansarai, ca. first half of 8th century BCE. Drawing on a potsherd of Yahweh and the goddess Asherah and her consorts (she would ultimately marry Yahweh).

The young calf nursing at the teat of the great cow became the Yahweh of future generations, and the bastard son of a young girl would be sacrificed on a poll in imitation of the would-be slaughter of another youth who was tied to an altar to prove his devotion to a god (Genesis 22:1-12, where the Jews claimed the youth was Isaac; in Islam, it is Ishmael, the first born of Hagar: Qur’an XXXVII: 100-107; the story is found in many ancient Semitic cultures including early Babylonia and Minæn) all became beams holding up the decaying timber supporting air that was the heart of religions.  The gods in each tale were not omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, nor unique. They were much like the great Arabian desert barbarian would punch his seven year-old bride in the chest for mirth and pleasure and laugh at her anguish and horror (Qur’an Sahih Muslim 4:2127).

Inbred into this are the false submission of matter or holy books over mind and the conduct of free inquiry that furthers the enslavement of the thought process behind a prison of contrived regulations and rules, commandments and pronouncements from pontiffs and pastors who demand uniform submission to the word of their particular god(s) (Erich Fromm (1941). Escape from Freedom. New York, NY: Farrer & Rinehart, p. 441 f).  The surrendering of personal prerogatives and rights to another is a sign of insecurity and masochism.  Self-renunciation was adopted by many as a means of pain, but by rejecting reality lead and continues to lead people into an unnatural world and a breakdown of human consciousness as pleasure and pain that are both motivators for the individual, like aging, agony and other normal experiences including death (that must be accepted as a part of living) leads to additional neurosis and further complicates adjustment to self and society (ref. Maudsley, Henry (1902), “Pain–life–death” in Life in mind & conduct: Studies of organic in human nature (pp. 394-435). London, Great Britain: Macmillan and Co. xv, 444 p).

John Wycliff (14th century) celebrated pain as surrender to god.

The antithesis of these mortal-created religions is humanism.  Humanism centers on the individual and the individual’s strength of mind, purpose, and being. A strict code or list of prohibitions of what can be read, studied, or done limits the individual and the individual’s growth toward personal self- actualization and contribution to society as a whole.  This idea was repugnant to Wycliffe (14th century translator of the Bible into English, and theologian), Calvin, Luther and other reformers, as well as the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches, repeating the actions of the ultra-orthodox Jews who argued that life was a testing ground to show the individual’s worthiness for eternal life and to win the favor and forgiveness of the “fearful Lord” who was supreme judge and one who would cast the non-repentant into Hell to experience eternal damnation.

Modern psychology sides with the early humanist movement, but goes further. The individual, alone, develops a sense of power of reason, first to understand the self, then to comprehend those people near and far.  Truth is realized as limited, both in understanding the limitations on the self as well as the potentialities of the self, and reaches out to others in solidarity and friendship.

With the hand extended forward, not raised up in salute to violence as used in ancient Rome, the Second and Third Reich, or to invoke the despicable image of a means of torture, be it pillar, pole, or cross, the mind realizes strength and does not recede into a learned sense of powerlessness and subjection. Virtue becomes self-realization and self-actualization, not groveling in obedience to the whim or will of another: parent, sibling, teacher, governor, religious leader or would-be god of a cult.

Faith is not a memorized or read from catechisms or other holy texts of a brand or branch of theology.  Faith is internal and separate from sectarianism and sadism. Instead, the certainty of one’s conviction based upon experience of thought and action by the body attuned with nature that is the divine brings enlightenment and knowledge of the self and the rights of others.

The epiphany that a person experiences when he or she discovers the inward self arrives with joy and renewed quest for additional knowledge, not labored under a whip and chain plied to the torn skin in a frenzy of self-flagellation as was the custom of Josemaria Escrivá de Balaguer who beat himself severely until his bathroom was anointed with his blood in a feigned sense of religiosity to purge his vile and venal thoughts of the flesh of young women in his quest to understand and create cult-practices in an elitist movement known as Opus Dei in the name of a false sanctity.  There are many priests, especially in Opus Dei, who justify, defend, and encourage physical mortification and abuse of the body, citing” “I pommel my body and subdue it” (1 Corinthians 9:27), but it is translated in Catholicism’s New American Bible as “I drive my body and train it” referencing to a spiritual, not physical, exercise.  It is the same with the Opus Dei credo that mistranslates other words of the legendary Saul of Tarsus: “I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church” (Colossians 1:24). The Opus Dei affirmations (read here and here and here being a call to give up personal values, interests, growth, and identity: read here) gave rise to Dan Brown’s historically accurate (although, as far as I know, there are no albinos in the mummery at least at this time) book The DaVinci Code (Brown, Dan (2003). The DaVinci Code. New York, NY: Doubleday) that is a measured account of the secretive organization, and its practice of self-flagellation that even Pope John Paul II practiced regularly.  Mortification of the body through starving, thirsting, or flagellation serves no good and causes paranoid behavior.  Many times such paranoia arises, especially among older people, who see personal physical abuse as tantamount to being in a war zone: this time an eternal war between good and evil. Psychologists have studied post-traumatic stress disorders especially among those returning from war fronts that the sufferer equates as being in a near Armageddon situation, and finds it difficult to relate to the traditional family or a more conventional life-style. The perceived evils of the earth and people on the planet are seen as being near to devils, and only by mortification can the PTSD find release from presumed entrapment (ref. Roberts, William R.; Penk, W. E.; Gearing, M. L.; Robinowitz, R.; Dolan, M. P.; Patterson, E. T. (1982). “Interpersonal problems of Vietnam combat veterans with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.” doi. 10.1037/0021-843X.91.6.44. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol 91(6), Dec 1982, 444-450).

Mortification and harm to the body is the sign of mental illness, and those who practice it out what they consider to be religious zeal, are excusing their masochism under the guise of religiosity.  Masochism is the surrender to a dominant authority, and when the authority is one in religion, the religion becomes a god by itself and the individual surrenders personal identity and individual growth.  Masochists seek to atone for transgressions by accepting abuse of any nature by anyone in a position of authority, especially in religion (ref. Inbar, Yoel; Pizarro, David A.; Gilovich, Thomas; Ariely, Dan (2012). “Moral Masochism: On the Connection Between Guilt and Self-Punishment.” doi: 10.1037/10029749. Emotion, September 17).  If the one being punished is attacked by the religious authority, the victim sees himself or herself as being a surrogate for the artificial Christ in Mel Gibson’s fantasy “The Passion of Christ” (ref. Hoffman, Thomas (2005). “Freud and Gibson: ‘A child is being beaten’ and the Passion of Christ”. doi: 10.1037/0736-9735.22.1.107. Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol 22(1), 2005, 107-112).  Such actions, especially being the subject of abuse or mortification, frequently are surrogates for repressed sexual desires, and lead to unbalanced thinking and the rejection of self-actualization and give way to masochistic fantasies and frequently have masochistic-themed dreams (cf. Silverstein, Judith L. (1994). “Power and sexuality: Influence of early object relations.” doi: 10.1037/h0079513. Psychoanalytic Psychology, Vol 11(1), 33-46; cp. Bears, Michael; Cartwright, Rosalind; Mercer, Patricia (2000). “Masochistic dreams: A gender-related diathesis for depression revisited.” doi: 10.1023/A:10094800907418.  Dreaming, Vol 10(4), December, 211-219).

Giles Tremlett of The Guardian

Escrivá is a prime example of the Janus complex of faith, as detailed by British journalist Giles Tremlett, who wrote: “biographies of Escrivá have produced conflicting visions of the saint as either a loving, caring charismatic person or a mean-spirited, manipulative egoist” (Giles Tremlett, “Sainthood beckons for priest linked to Franco“, The Guardian (UK), 5 October 2002).  French historian Édouard de Blaye concurred with Tremlett’s analysis noting that Escrivá was a “mixture of mysticism and ambition” (Blaye, Edouard de. (1976), Franco and the Politics of Spain, Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books, p. 262).  All

Escrivá with Pope John XXIII

biographers have noted that Escrivá labored to be a part of the world and exercise the strengths that he and his discipleship had, but remained torturously tied to Roman Catholicism that unleashed the schizophrenia in his mind, as Spanish architect Miguel Fisac, who was one of the earliest members of Opus Dei who remained close to Escrivá for nearly twenty years before breaking with him and Opus Dei, gave in his summation–a very different picture of Escrivá than what John Paul II wanted the public to read.

Miguel Fisac

Fisac painfully detailed the obscure mentality of what many considered to be a pious man who in secluded times and places and even at times in public was a vain, secretive, and ambitious man, given to private displays of violent temper.  Fisac wrote that this split personality lead the self-sacrificed soul to demonstrate or offer little charity towards others or genuine concern for the poor who he claimed he served and loved (Fisac, Miguel (1992).  “Nunca le oí hablar bien de nadie”, in Escrivá de Balaguer – ¿Mito o Santo? (Madrid: Libertarias Prodhufi).  Using this criteria, neither Escrivá nor John Paul II would qualify as saints.

While many theists attempt to make humanism a theology, it is not.  Humanism glorifies the magnificence of mortals and what they do for others, their community, and the world, for whom a god is not necessary.  When this is the case any and all gods are ignored along with the various strains of theology that support deities. At the same time, while not wishing to waste moments speculating on that which cannot be known or determined scientifically, humanists do not preoccupy their time with speculation for or against the existence of such a being as a god.  Like Stephen Hawking, the true humanist concentrates on what can be determined and see in such wondrous evolutionary epochs as the unrecorded time of the Big Bang, the emergence of black holes that consume stars and universes, and the unabridged expansion of the universe (Stephen W. Hawking (1990). A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. New York, NY: Bantam Books; I am using the Spanish edition: Historia del Tiempo del Big Bang a los Agujeros Negros (trans. Miguel Ortuño, esp. p. 180-181, chapter 8 as the English edition is not available here).

“God” is but a symbol of the powers of the individual.  It is the individual who creates god, not god creates the mortal.

Stephen Hawking and Benedict XVI

Even though Pope John Paul II warned the renowned astrophysicist and Cambridge scholar not to research too deeply into the origins of the universe, the professor ignored the pontiff and continued his investigation–upsetting many in the Roman Catholic and other religious communities (read here and here).  Hawking quoted the pope as saying, “It’s OK to study the universe and where it began. But we should not inquire into the beginning itself because that was the moment of creation and the work of God.”  Later, Hawking noted, no god was necessary to start the universe or anything within it. Gravity and collision did that. Hawking found a slightly more cordial greeting with Benedict XVI.  No friend of “modernism” nor liberty of the individual and individual thought, Benedict XVI, who has been charged with crimes against humanityat the World Court at the Hague, leagued with royalty as had past popes to silence dissent as with

Baroness Warsi meets Pope Benedict XVI (Photo: EYEVINE)

Baroness Warsi (the first female Muslim Cabinet member in the UK and leader of the Conservative Party who gave the Ratzinger a Qur’an) who has criticized the writings and speeches of Richard Dawkins and others.

Hans Kung, senior Swiss Roman Catholic theologian officially silenced by the Roman Catholic Church

The German pope has come out against those who differ with him, and demands obedience in all things, including the closure of schools and societies (such as the Society of St. Pius X), and has written a book on the infancy of Jesus–for which there are no historical records but is conjured from old myths and pseudo-apocrypha secreted in questionable Pseudepigrapha.  The German pope also wants to restore the Latin Mass (that had kept millions of people away from the worship service and sent millions more seeking a more modern responsive church) and a free standing altar (that permits priests to face the people), use of pop[ular] music and guitars, and banishing women from actively participating in the rites and rituals of the church and silence opponents, especially gifted scholars and researchers like Hans Küng who criticized the pope as isolated and out of touch with reality as did Cardinal Martini of Milan who told reporters that the Roman Catholic Church is 200 years out-dated; Küng furthermore accused Pope Benedict of direct responsibilty for “engineering the global cover-up of child rape perpetrated by priests“, and others who are still entitled to opinions no matter how wrong they are when faced with facts (cf. Küng, Hans (2007). Umstrittene Wahrheit. München, Deutschland: Piper, and Kung, Hans (1988). Theologie im Aufbruch: eine okumenische Grundlegung. München, Deutschland: Piper).

Benedict XVI crusades for a return to a pre-Vatican II church

Benedict’s attacks on free and universal education, secular education, and definition of who is qualified to teach further limits individual choice, the ability to conduct research unhampered, and the degradation of scholarly debate ending individual intellectual advances.  It is tantamount to returning to the days when the Roman Catholic Church tried Galileo for affirming the thesis of Copernicus, and marks the current pontificate as a return to the Dark Ages when god ruled cruelly over all people as a tyrant and not a benefactor or protector.

Hesiod: Theogony

Benedict uses outdated theology yet expects total conformity to what he has ordained as definitive, silencing dissent. Even the ancient Greeks recorded that the gods were created by mortals (Hesiod, Theogony).  Socrates did not believe in any god, but visited the Oracles as required by law–before Athens City Council demanded he die: drinking hemlock, on the charge of insulting the gods.

Mortals create gods to explain what they are too lazy to discover for themselves.  It is the irresponsibility of mortals, like most students who do not enjoy reading or read for knowledge, to seek the easiest escape from having to think.  Most people want a job with the least work, like students who do as little as possible to  obtain recognition (a degree or a position).  What is sought is immediate gratification that is sought out not a long-term enlightenment.  This occurs because teachers do not challenge students sufficiently.  Teachers do not constantly demand questions and answers from their charges for fear of dismissal, yet demand that their students pass rigorous state-sponsored examinations without having learned the information required.  This is the modus operandi of organized religion: follow others, do not question, just obey. Blind obedience by indoctrination is stifled propagandization and it is child abuse, regardless if the indoctrination is done by parent, teacher who makes a major impact on a student as the teacher is seen as the fountain of knowledge and corrupt the learning process (cf. Torrance, E. Paul; Mason, Raigh (1958). “Instructor effort to influence: An experimental evaluation of six approaches.”doi: 10.1037/hoo47830. Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol 49(4), Aug 1958, 211-218 and Torrance, E. Paul; Mason, Raigh (1958). “Instructor effort to influence: An experimental evaluation of six approaches.” doi:10.1037/h0047830. Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol 49(4), August, 211-218), military leader (Johnson, W. Brad; Wilson, Ken (1993). “The military internship: A retrospective analysis.” doi.10.1037/0735-7028.24.3.312. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 24(3), August, 312-318) especially when it is covert racism or pits race against its own ethnicity (Loo, Chalsa M.; Singh, Karam; Scurfield, Ray; Kilauano, Bill (1998). “Race-related stress among Asian American veterans: A model to enhance diagnosis and treatment.” doi:10.1037/ 1099-9809.4.2.75. Cultural Diversity and Mental Health, Vol 4(2), 75-90), clergy, or others to insure conformism (Kuenzli, Alfred (1952). “Conformism in Contemporary Psychology.” doi:10.1037/h0053921. American Psychologist, Vol 7(10), Oct 1952, 594-595). Collective (or group) indoctrination, especially in the case of religion, can lead to selective or collective suicides, murders, rapes, and other acts of violence in times of conflict, war, and doctrinal disputations (Grimland, Meytal; Apter, Alan; Kerkhof, Ad (2006). “The phenomenon of suicide bombing: A review of psychological and nonpsychological factors”  doi:10.1027/0227- 5910.27.3.107.  Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, Vol 27(3), 107-118).

Many students remain mere shadows of what potential they could have and become if they furthered the advance of their mind and worked to better their civilization by rejecting old gods and worn-thin truths to be responsive to new ideas and arguments.  Students at every age are eager to obtain a score that is recognizable and laudable, but few students have the willingness (although many do have the capacity) to study independently, read broadly and thoroughly, write copiously,  and question authority.  This is a reality learned as small children tied to priest, pastor, rabbi, mullah or other authority figures in the world’s religions as it is easier to memorize and repeat that which is expected than to proffer new concepts and dispute established facts.  Unfortunately leaders are seldom (if ever) examined for leadership qualities and sound psychology, as seen with the election of the last two popes and the first two presidents of the USA, most South American nations (especially in Perú),  or prime ministers in the UK, in the 1980-1990 period (cp. Lambert, Lisa Schurer; Tepper, Bennett J.; Carr, Jon C.; Holt, Daniel T.; Barelka, Alex J. (2012). “Forgotten but not gone: An examination of fit between leader consideration and initiating structure needed and received.” doi: 10.1037/a0028970. Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol 97(5), Sep 2012, 913-930).

Ancient Assyria: home of the myth of Daniel

Authority figures, especially those who promise peace in times of conflict, or suggest that learning takes a different avenue when academic standards are diminished, know that it is easier to indoctrinate than educate, and for that reason all theologies and all religions start off with texts written by an authority figure (a deity, plural or singular): either with his/her/their hand or finger, as found in the Babylonian myth of Daniel and His Companions that was copied into the canon of the Old Testament (Daniel 5:5).  The account of lions was a symbol of ancient Assyria where a pair of lions were stationed at the entrance of an Assyrian temple dedicated to Ishtar, the goddess of warfare, and fertility: Daniel was understood to be a portrayal of the people, and the lions guardians of sexuality and sexual pleasure.

The Ishtar gate (the Lion Gate) was the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon

The Daniel myth began as pornography but was later sanitized and made “wholesome” by adding subjection to the will of the gods (accepting sex) but was redacted in its present format hundreds of years after the original writing by Assyria’s mercenary soldiers (Apiru–who become the Hebrews) and was  later plagiarized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Book of Mormon (Alma 10:2-3).  Both tracts give answers that others refuse to speculate on: a mythological happening that has no proof and original documentation to support the story.  This leads to mental collapse rather than vigorous inquiry, as the student is exhausted quickly if not accustomed to the rigors and riches of real research that demands investigation, analysis, and projection.

Knowledge is both desirable and despised.  This truism has been recorded as a fact for over 5000 years, as learning has become private property of wealthy interests and education has transmogrified into elevating the id of ownership and partisanship over objectivity as seen in the dramatic case of the censorship of Hans Küng of Switzerland, and the rise of  pseudo-scholars such as Stephen C. Meyer, David Barton, Bob Vander Plaats, and other revisionists who lack any credentials.  Much of this temerarious in dishabille of education is because of the lack of desire to achieve more than what is expected; to this end trite and barren words are repetitively used, vocabulary is underdeveloped, thinking truncated to that which is accepted by authority figures, and the conduct of inquiry abandoned for a cheap and worthless grade.  This is especially true in languages, interpretation and translation courses, and the study of roots and origins of words and concepts.

In Genesis (3:4-5), “woman” (Arabic: امرأة, Greek: γυναίκα, Hebrew: אישה, Armenian: կին that refers to a helpmate), and later “man” (3:22; Arabic: رجل, Greek άνθρωπος, Hebrew גבר, Armenian մարդ) is promised knowledge but forbidden to sample it (eat the forbidden “fruit”–a word for obtaining an education–of the Tree of Knowledge). This is Teutonic (in the broad sense

Tree of Knowledge from an Assyrian cylinder, showing its god-priests

primordially antediluvian) religion: offering the temptation but rejecting any attempt to obtain what is extended by a Tempter or Temptress. The mythological Eve was actually the superior being (far surpassing the cowering man), arguing scripture (before it was written, thereby demonstrating that Genesis was written after the Torah so that “she” could incorporate parts within her debate) with the “Serpent” (Ide, Arthur Frederick (1982). Woman in ancient Israel under the Torah and Talmud, with a translation and critical commentary on Genesis 1-3. Mesquite, TX: IHP). The watchman faulted the man, reflecting the patriarchy of the time, but man, weak and obsequious to the authority figure blamed the superior and copacetic woman for the transgression that the Serpent knew would free mortals.

The Serpent, in all ancient religions, is the Guardian (and sometimes the author) of Knowledge.  The Serpent is the greatest of the gods for it is λογος , from λέγω lego “I say”: meaning the voice of god or wisdom–god was never considered in the earliest days a divine mortal but a teacher) than the garden keeper, or watchman, who walked through the garden in quest of delinquents who were stealing that which was forbidden: knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17, a reference to peace and strife or conflict: the unquestioning acceptance of gods or the rejection (conflict) with superstition that comes with ignorance from lack of learning and obtaining knowledge).

If the garden keeper was a god, that deity in the denizen of superior beings (man and woman) had no god-like characteristics but was more like the ancient pontifex maximus of pre-Republic Rome.  The watchman was not omniscience, omnipresence, or omnipotent.  At best the watchman was an interrogator in quest of information that the watchman failed to note.  The prowess the watchman did not possess belonged to the mortals who learned by “eating the forbidden fruit” that was, by various definitions: an apple (the fruit appears nowhere in Genesis, and its first use is in Proverbs 25:11 in referring to apples of gold in a setting of silver; more significantly, in the sexually charged and erotic Song of Solomon the apple is an erotic symbol indicating sweetness, desire, and the female breast), a pomegranate (going back to Greek mythology), a fig, the carob (the word is a pun for “destruction”), an etrog (in Hebrew a pun on ragag, “desire” or sexual arousement) or citron, grapes (that made Noah drunk and sin) and a pear, and, more recently, the datura and grapefruit; wheat is also denounced by some as a forbidden fruit as it was/is used in making beer and is khitah in Hebrew and thus a pun on khet, “sin” (Genesis 2:16-17;  however, in the Qur’an both Adam and Eve are considered equally culpable: Surah Al-A’raf 7:19-22): a euphemism for study, debate, dialog, and mastery of information.  This “fruit” (פרי a word for “result” or “gain” as in the obtaining of wisdom from the “Tree of Knowledge” another euphemism for “learning center” since a tree was the base and to advance in knowledge the student had to climb into the branches–taking a risk to obtain enlightenment) was only relinquished in exchange for a more placid and less commanding life that ignorance affords: no teachers, no debate, no dialog, no learning required, no questioning demanded; all that was necessary was blind obedience.

Iraq’s Garden of Eden marshes in 2003

The ignorance of the watchman (one of the many אֱלֹהִ֔ים) in the garden comes to fruition when the servant of the Serpent realizes that mortals no longer need a god (a trickster who offers mortals an immediate gratification rather than the ability and encouragement to progress to understanding) and conduct themselves as equal to any savant or sage such as the Serpent. This causes the guard to regret “creating” (actually watching after) mortals and in an hysterical fit vows vengeance and promises to erase all trace

Iraq’s Garden of Eden marshes in 2012 after they dried up.

of his mistake  (Genesis 6:5 ff) with a giant holocaust: a Great Flood.  The actual text notes that the Serpent god does not make mistakes:  The Serpent as the teacher instructs, debates and weighs what the student says.  It is the watchmen who fell asleep, misjudged the wards he was to oversee, and failed in numerous way (Genesis 3:9, proving the absence of knowledge by asking “Where are you?” as well as admitting the lack of omniscience and other godly attributes that come with learning).

Ur of the Chaldees outside of Eden (fertile crescent in Iraq)

It is only after the slaughter of the innocents in the Great Flood that the watchman steps down (Genesis 9:5, 11) and realizes that mortal are equals (Psalm 8:5, plagiarized by the writers of Hebrews 2:7).  This action takes place only after the mortals (people, not one man plus one woman–a mistranslation carried since 331 CE) questioning the watchman with the protestation of the Akkadian created myth of

People of Ur worshiped the moon and a golden calf

Abraham (from the Ur of Chaldees: (אוּר כַּשְׂדִים) in modern day Iraq) accusing the gardener/watchman of violating his own principles: “That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee. Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25 KJV).

Even the ancient Jews knew that the Law was not written in heaven.  It was commonly understood that mortals wrote the Torah, not Moses, as no mortal could write of his own death and burial (Deuteronomy 3:23-29; Numbers 27:15-23), but by man.  This was forcefully articulated by Rabbi Jirmijahu who told a congregation of rabbis (teachers) that it was no longer essential to pay attention to the voices from heaven “because it is written: You make your decision according to the majority opinion.” (Talmud, Baba Meziah, 59b).

Humanism demands democratic methods, unlike the totalitarian plutocracy that the reprehensible Congresista Martha Chavez attempted to create as a permanent government in Perú for the scandalous rogue and mass murderer Alberto Fujimori, his graft-accepting colleague and chief spy and extortionist Vladimiro Montesinos, and their death squads of Las Colinas who murdered children, students and teachers without any compassion.  It surprised many that the thoroughly corrupt and contemptible Peruvian Supreme Court, led by the monstrously mercenary court President César San Martin, in a 3-2 decision, cut back their prison time in a distorted and unjustifiable act of compassion. The Perú court ultimately overturned its own ruling and annulled the diminution of the sentences after a public outcry.  What happened with justice in Perú proves that there is no justice in Perú until the people make their voices heard. Power, wealth, and authority speaks louder than fairness, ethical treatment, or responsibility for what is right for the churches in Perú control its politics, police, and government–the people of Perú are as impoverished today as were the Inkas after the arrival of Pizzaro and his band of Franciscans, Dominicans, and other cut-throats and brigands.

Jesus with weapons on evangelical mailings

Today the Christian churches have nothing in common with the teachings of the Jesus of the New Testament.  Simple statements such as “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9) are smothered under the bellicose promises of Matthew 10:34: Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν· οὐκ ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἀλλὰ μάχαιραν; the Latin Biblia Sacra Vulgata reads: nolite arbitrari quia venerim mittere pacem in terram non veni pacem mittere sed gladium.   Religion has become an increasingly prevalent neurosis. Instead of enabling people to think and be freed from their own grief and self-abasement, the majority of early followers of Jesus who were poor Am aarez (slaves) the Imperial “catholic [universal] church” of Constantine I was reserved for the wealthy that continued to enslave the poor and rule over them as authority figures once they were entrenched as the guardians of the new state (military imposed)

Bible verses on USA military weapons

religion (325 CE).  Ultimately the authority figures claimed to be intercessors of Constantine’s god, the beginning of numerous lies pushed on the believers that culminated in the nineteenth century when at Vatican Council I, Pius IX was acclaimed a god: infallible, primary, and supreme in matters of faith and morals, removing the last of free will from the people and furthering the

British prelate Newman flip-flops on Infallibility

neurosis of those who claimed to be Roman Catholic.  Infallibility was heatedly contested, but papal politics played passionately among dissenters, many of whom won promotions and a few the cardinal’s hat.  Those who suffered were those struggling to understand reality through thorough investigation and study and did not accept the novel idea that a mortal was as infallible as a god. Dissent was not new in Constantine’s church, but the Doctrine of Infallibility intensified the debate that began in 325 CE at Nicaea.

First Council of Nicaea – 325 CE – Cannon 8 Concerns Cathars (the damned do not have halos)

After the notorious Council at Nicaea, the bishops began an open assault on dissent that would increase yearly to the present day.  The former pagan and later self-proclaimed bishop of Hippo: Augustine who had a child out of wedlock with a whore (and wrote to stifle intellectual growth, citing only established canons and writings that did not offend the empire, glorifying a city no one had visited and of which there was no empirical evidence, and harmonizing his rants with others who blasted dissent as attacks against the Imperial Church) attacked the monk Pelagius (ca. CE 354 – c. CE 420/440) an ascetic who opposed the idea of predestination championed by Augustine but received its greatest boost under the misrule of Jean Calvin in Geneva and John Knox in Scotland, and asserted a strong version of the doctrine of free will.

Pelagius of Wales

Pelagius, a tonsured Culdee Monk from the British Isles who was known as a dedicated ascetic,  was far more “Christian” than Augustine (cf. Pelagius. The Letters of Pelagius: Celtic Soul Friend; edited by Robert Van de Weyer. (Little Gidding books.) Evesham, UK: Arthur James, 1995, and Pelagius’s Expositions of the Thirteen Epistles of St. Paul; edited by A. Souter. (Texts and Studies; 9.) 3 vols. in 1. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1922-1931 1: Introduction – 2: Text – 3: Pseudo-Jerome interpolations).  Pelagius argued that humans were not wounded by Adam’s sin (the eating of the fruit: the acceptance of knowledge) and were perfectly able to fulfill the law apart from any divine aid–a theme Augustine coveted and wrote at lengths on calling on “sinners” to perform good works (a thesis that Martin Luther would reject in the sixteenth century, when he followed Pelagius in arguing that all that a human needed was faith).  He denied the more specific doctrine of original sin as developed by Augustine, but was declared a heretic and felt the weight of the church crush him, while the writings of Arius were burned at the feet of the Emperor.

While Pelagius encouraged studying and intellectual growth (he was fluent in Greek, Latin, and theology, and was even called “saintly” by Augustine) to rid oneself of being robots to rigid religion, Augustine wanted blind faith and good works that increased the wealth of the church and set clerics apart from those they served.

Tridentine Index defined three basic classes of prohibited books

Burning books and silencing dissent is always the sign of tyranny–one that the Roman Catholic Church elevated to an art with its Index of Forbidden Books.  Censorship is not scholarship but a sign of a threatened institution determined to maintain its prerogatives and rule over others by lowering standards and forbidding true scholarship and the conduct of inquiry.  Discovery of the self, the very foundation of psychology and psychoanalysis, was forbidden and mortals have ever since 325 CE been commanded by priests and potentates to follow the rigorous writing of self-proclaimed leaders of “the church”.  The acceptance of definitive forms of censorship, such as book burning, is a collective adherence by an irrational society to drab and erroneous beliefs or doctrines and leads to the lowering of expectations, desires to advance, and rejection of sound scholarship that is especially true in nations and states under religious control (Jahoda, Marie (1956).  “Psychological Issues in Civil Liberties.” American Psychologist, 11, 1956, pp. 234-240).  While Donofrio concurs in part with Jahoda (Donofrio, Anthony F. (1957). “Conformity–Good and Bad”. doi: 10.1037/h0047469. American Psychologist, Vol 12(1), Jan 1957, 37-38), he attacks “liberals” as being nearly anarchists who reject all conformity in government, religion, and other places where rules maintain civility; this I disagree with because rules are valid only for specific times since eternality is not possible for any mortal and thus there must be revisions to constitutions, laws, applications, and so forth as time grows and with it there must be a modification, change, or deletion in rules (something that Antonin Scalia disagrees with emphatically, claiming that the wording of the Constitution of the USA is chiseled in stone and cannot be deviated from: a reason he, like Texas Governor Rick Perry, want to eliminate the 14th and 17th amendment from the US Constitution).  If rules do not change, then Jews, Christians and others who pattern themselves after the Torah and Prophets cannot eat shell fish, wear mixed fibers (such as rayon), and so forth. This will stifle society and intellectual growth.  Similarly, Drenth (Drenth, Pieter J. D. (1993). “Prometheus chained: Social and ethical constraints on psychology”. doi: 10.1027//1016-9040.4.4233.  European Psychologist. Vol. 4(4) December, 233-239), argues that the psychologist and other researchers do not have the freedom to amass knowledge at any price and without any restrictions.  Again, I disagree, as when knowledge is guarded, limited, denied, then society and individuals cannot intellectually, morally, or socially evolve to a high plateau.

In the early days of reformed Judaism that had been the faith of those who proclaimed themselves followers of Jesus, presbyters and women priests nourished and watch grow a strong anti-authoritarian principle especially against political power rejected the “church.  This changed in 325 CE, when bishops were ordered to be men (although there were women bishops in the Roman Catholic Church as late as the fifteenth century) and the term “church” was not used by the embryonic community.  The earliest followers of Jesus referred to their meeting places in gardens, alleys and private homes as αρχοντικού, Κυριάκος (lord’s house) where meetings were held to celebrate life (Matthew 18:20), not to recite prayers and endow the pockets of priests and bishops. What few records exist, these followers were more humanists than religious disciples, as their goal was to help the poor, feed the hungry, give drink to those who had thirst, comfort those who grieved, and fulfill the injunctions given in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).  All that mattered was that they loved each other regardless of gender or other outward qualifiers (John 13:34-35: [34] ἐντολὴν καινὴν δίδωμι ὑμῖν ἵνα ἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους, καθὼς ἠγάπησα ὑμᾶς ἵνα καὶ ὑμεῖς ἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους. [35] ἐν τούτῳ γνώσονται πάντες ὅτι ἐμοὶ μαθηταί ἐστε, ἐὰν ἀγάπην ἔχητε ἐν ἀλλήλοις).  Marriage was a private celebration and not a part of the church; sacraments had not yet been defined.  What counted was to be charitable with and toward all people.  There was no rush to martyrdom–that is a later invention; there was no priestly hierarchy (Matthew 20:16) and there was no pope.  Emphasis was on each person reaching his or her fullest potential.

While the early Jesus communities in Rome, Antioch, Jerusalem, Alexandria, and elsewhere were satisfied with meeting in Κυριάκος (homes filled with the lord [spirit]), with the rise of an exclusive and exclusionary state religion it became “church” or εκκλησία.  Church/ecclesia meant “gathering of those summoned” and represented a court or at least an assembly or law court/government as found in ancient Sparta and other Greek states, Rome and throughout the Roman Empire.  With the formal support of the Emperor, the “church” (ecclesia: εκκλησία) was elevated to novel level of being where “bishops” sat (cathedrals) to sit in judgment against heretics—in total contradiction to Matthew 7:1 and Acts 10:34.  By 331 CE, any semblance of Christianity to the teaching of Jesus were obscured, transmogrified, or deleted.  Books, scrolls and tracts denouncing the abandonment of the message of the New Testament Jesus were publicly burned.  Those who dared question the authority of the Church faced Socrates fate by state or church.  Numerous popular and widely copied and read gospels were refused canon (authenticity) including major gnostic works: Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Peter, Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and so forth.

As the church grew in power, freedom diminished, and popular delusions, illusions, hysterics and signs of mental illness appeared with “talking in tongues” that were gibberish and not the Glossolalia in the Jerusalem community where the brothers of Jesus followed the beloved brother James and their mother, Mary, sat with the Apostles in the upper room and received (or realized) the ability to “speak in the tongue of each person who had gathered” with them (Acts 2:1-11).  The “descent of the Spirit” was an opening to learning, in this case simple language so that all people could understand (The Greeks recognized five languages but 70 “tongues” or dialects–so the speaking was not difficult as most of the people understood some form of Greek; it was similar to an elementary language course at most universities).  The Church in Rome created a new universal language–Latin–that few of the poor or those enslaved understood: it was the lingua franca (or working language of the wealthy that kept them apart from the people), and thus the Mass became a “mystery rite” and the sacraments were born where blind faith was required if a person was to be saved.

With this reinvention of religion as a rope to strangle dissenters—an act that took place regularly with state sanction.  All aspects of divinity were exchanged for writs of power and tyranny.

Constantine’s Christianity quickly became an exercise in mind control.  Constantine’s bishops and priests theological terrorists demanding blind obedience in everything, similar to the autocracy of John Nienstedt bishop of St Paul / Minneapolis, and the German Pope Josef Ratzinger.

As the minority (the new Christians) gained in power, the masses of believers were forced into subjection.  This subjection led to the spread of acute mental malaise.

Worship became a punishment if prayers were not recited carefully and according to religious rubrics.  Striving to select one’s own destiny was forbidden under penalty of death (a penalty realized with the forced introduction of the unholy Inquisition, that was abandoned until it was restored by Joseph Ratzinger (read here and here  and here and here).

Individuals became dependent upon the Roman Catholic Church for everything from food and drink to psychological comforting from sadistic and dominating authoritarian structures.  Given the impoverishment of the economy the early reformed Jews accepted the novel title of “Christian” (a word that suggested a magician) and role of masochists bowing to the greater authority of bishops who replaced presbyters and with their submission accepted their own mental collapse to the point of losing basic motor skills including speech as speech was not welcomed unless voices were raised in prayer and praise.  The poor were told that Jesus wanted people to follow a man, misquoting a mistranslation of Matthew 16:18, and relate only to the power source: priests and bishops.

Giving up the need to relate oneself to and with others is a classic form of insanity (Erich Fromm (1950). Psychoanalysis and Religion. (New Haven, CT and London, England: Yale University Press, p. 54).  This classic form of insanity, the inability to relate to others outside of the self, led to the invention of saints and the worship and adoration, clothing and anointing, bestowing of flowers upon or around statues of various people the official church considered holy.  Many of these were declared to be “virgins” (a mistranslation of people who had not engaged in coital intercourse; the word means a young girl or a young boy in most situations–as with Mary the mother of Jesus, who the church Greek styles as παρθένος and is later styled Μήτηρ Θεοῦ or Mother of God, a term originally used 3000 years earlier as a reference to the goddess Isis)–who had other sons (Acts 1:14) disproving the claims that Mary remained “ever virgin” (Coogan, Michael (October 2010). God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says (1st ed.). New York, NY and Boston, MA: Twelve. Hachette Book Group. p. 39; Tabor, James D. (2006). The Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity. New York, NY and other cities: Simon) & Schuster, pp. 46-47, 73-75 sqq). Sex is a part of the psychology or all living beings; the Christian God is conceived of as a God of love, and chastity and continence are regarded as states of perfection, yet sexual fulfillment and experience is a part of self-actualization and leads to a normal and psychologically balanced life as there exists a connection between the emotions of affection and love, on the one hand, and sexual activity on the other; to that end Moses and most of the Prophets had wives and sex, and led to Coptic writers of the fourth century CE to pen that Jesus had a wife.

Sex is a normal function and experience for all people.  To deny anyone sexual expression and pleasure is tantamount to denying its normality and claiming sex is abnormal and dangerous to the psyche of the individual (Leuba, James H. (1924). “The sex impulse in Christian mysticism”. doi: 10.1037/hoo65o91. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology, Vol 19(4), January 1924, 357-372).  A reading of St. Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castlereveals

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Ecstasy of St. Teresa, 1645-52 (Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome)

subliminal references to sex as with her comment “my heart was pierced and I felt strangely warmed” (a phrase used later in Wesleyan theology) that the sculpture Bernini captured in marble.  The Interior Castle also has the pregnant line: “Here also forces of evil are felt more deeply” with illustrative phraseology defining penetration. Studies show that the younger the person is who engages in sex tends to have a negative attitude toward sex if it was abusive or unwelcomed by a older person/parental figure, and lowers psychosocial adjustment in selected domains in young adulthood and inhibits educational quests and mastery of attaining knowledge (Haase, Claudia M.; Landberg, Monique; Schmidt, Christoph; Lüdke, Kirsten; Silbereisen, Rainer K. (2012). “The later, the better? Early, average, and late timing of sexual experiences in adolescence and psychological adjustment in young adulthood.”doi: 10.1027/1016-9040/a000082. European Psychologist, Vol 17(3), 2012, 199-212).  The only plausible excuse to avoid sexual intercourse is if the penetration was traumatic and unwelcomed (Petry, Nancy M.; Ford, Julian D.; Barry, Danielle (2011). “Contingency management is especially efficacious in engendering long durations of abstinence in patients with sexual abuse histories.” doi: 10.1037/a0022632. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Vol 25(2), Jun 2011, 293-300); there is no record in any sanctioned gospel that Mary approved or rejected the sexual advance of god (similar to the rape of Europa by the god Zeus in the form of a bull, etc.) and follows numerous far older legends from Crete to Egypt and the Middle East.  To deny the reality of sex and its desirability is to reject the psychology of mortal beings.

By cherishing the virgins, lkerwanderung (wandering, or migration, of the peoples), and enforced celibacy, Europe nearly extinguished itself until the absence of labor forces required the church to reinvent the rubric on celibacy and chastity only for those men and women who took positions in the church hierarchy (holy orders)—even though there were no less than 38 married popes (Jean Mathieu-Rosay (1991).  La véritable histoire des papes. Paris, France: Grancher; Rendina, Claudio (1983).  I Papi, Storia e Segreti: dalle biografie dei 264 romani ponteficirivivono retroscena e misteri della cattedra di Pietro tra antipapi, giubilei, conclavi e concili ecumenici. Roma: Newton & Campton, p. 589), and at least eleven homosexual popes, many of whom raised their male lovers to the cardinalate (Burkle-Young, Francis A., and Doerrer, Michael Leopold (1997). The Life of Cardinal Innocenzo del Monte: A Scandal in Scarlet, Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen). Education declined with the rise of scriptorum that copied deteriorating texts and inserting words, phrases, and sentences that were out of character with the author and now found to be falsifications by contemporary scholars, as with the claim by the Roman Catholic Church that Tacitus argued for the person Jesus of the New Testament, and other ancients, such as Josephus, gave evidence to support the existence, life and ministry of Jesus.  Education further deteriorated with emphasis on memorizing the Bible, and the rejection of science, mathematics, and secular arts (Pierre Riché, Education and Culture in the Barbarian West: From the Sixth through the Eighth Century, (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1976), pp. 100-129, 307-323).

Rationalize behavior is the counterfeit of reason and is a form of paranoia.  Rationalization has no place in psychoanalysis or psychology as it denies some facts and taints others thereby not giving a true picture of what happened or what the mind was thinking.  People, like cattle, follow a leader; this is known as herd psychology and is a form of mental illness as the German people exhibited from 1933 to 1955 spanning the years of Hitler whom most ignored but did understand what was happening—and said nothing.  With racism rampant in the USA, people excused the KKK not for excess but for outcome: the slaughter of Black people, Jews, LGBT people, and marginalized minorities (Brown, S. (1921). “The herd instinct”. doi: 10.1037/h0072279. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology,Vol 16(4), October-November, 232-242.; MacCurdy, J. T. (1921). “Synthetic view of ego, herd, and sex instincts”. doi: 10.1037/h0075069. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology, Vol 16(4), October-November, 249-268.  Also see the problems of collective behavior: Swann Jr., William B.; Jetten, Jolanda; Gómez, Ángel; Whitehouse, Harvey; Bastian, Brock (2012). “When group membership gets personal: A theory of identity fushion”. doi: 10.1037/a0028589. Psychological Review, Vol 119(3), July, 441-456. The problem with collective behavior is the character (strength and weakness) of the leader, as detailed by Johnson, Russell E.; Venus, Merlijn; Lanaj, Klodiana; Mao, Changguo; Chang, Chu-Hsiang (2012). “Leader Identity as an Antecedent of the Frequency and Consistency of Transformational, Consideration, and Abusive Leadership Behaviors”. doi: 10.1037/a0029043. Journal of Applied Psychology, Jun 25 , 2012).

Both psychoanalysis and psychology are applicable to an understanding the facts as they occur and in the order that they occur.   When a person attempts to rationalize behavior it is essential to minutely investigate the rationalization to obtain a complete understanding of the individual and what happened.  This seldom occurs, and mental illness grows especially among those most hate-filled, such as the Tea Party, the Birthers and the men and women who are violently anti-Latino/Latina in Arizona in the twenty-first century and are opposed to all Middle Easterners as if they all were Muslims and jihadists.  The psychoanalytic approach to religion must work at understanding mortal reality behind thought systems. It must understand emotional matrices from which opinions develop and determine the strength or weakness of those opinions.  Rick Perry’s mass hysteria at his Day of Prayer shows the significance many feel when they are a collective group and cannot be held responsible for what they do or how they act.

Many of those who are preoccupied with concepts of the soul declare that they find living difficult.  This is a reflex towards uncertainty and the fear that if they live in any way that is not ordained by religion they will go to some imaginary uncomfortable place such as purgatory or hell—which for those in hot lands is a place of eternal fire, but in winter-cold lands is a place of ice.

Pope Paul V forced Jews into a ghetto that flooded regularly

Jews were especially singled out as “Christ killers”.  Jews were restricted to ghettos (the giudecca), work variances at lower wages, and discussion with Christians (save for the “opportunity of conversion”–which many did to escape drudgery of life and poor living conditions, but continued their Jewish celebrations at night in the darkness of their homes and in whispers). The papal Bull Cum Nimis Absurdum created a second ghetto known as Vicus Iudacorum in Rome, consisting of a few narrow, dirty, and unhealthful streets that soon became painfully overcrowded.  The ghetto was an intentional, understood by the pope and curia, and the Christians of Rome as a death trap as it was flooded each year by the Tiber.  As the Jewish population grew, the only way to accommodate it was to build taller and taller buildings, which shut out the light in the narrow streets.  The Jews were restricted from learning as learning was memorizing the New Testament (primarily the writings of Paul), but in the evenings, Jewish families read and recited the Torah (first five books ascribed to Moses created the preface for the Old Testament; they are followed by the writing/sayings of the later Prophets).  On the Jewish Sabbath, the Jews of the Rome ghetto were forced to hear Catholic sermons and recite Catholic prayers under penalties ranging from excessive fines and beatings to death of the one not praying and his or her family.  With the advent of Protestantism (that also turned against the Jews), the corpus Christianorum (body of all believers in Christ [Jesus]) became even more violent and exclusionary toward Jews, with Pope Paul V(17 September 1552 – 28 January 1621), born Camillo Borghese, issuing, on February 26, 1569, the Bull Hebraeorum gens sola. This nefarious document restricted Jews in the Papal States to Rome and Ancona.  Hebraeorum gens sola was made more painful with the printing of Caeca et Obdurata Hebraeorum perfidia – (Blind and obdurate is the perfidy of the Hebrews) of February 25, 1593.  It expelled the Jews from all Papal states and territories other than Rome, Ancona and Avignon, and in particular from Bologna and several other cities.  Similar assaults on the Jewish population of Europe occurred in the North, as seen in the open hatred and antisemitism of Martin Luther and his preamble to the writing and legislation of Adolf Hitler:  Von den Juden und Ihren Lügen (On the Jews and Their Lies) and Vom Schem Hamphoras und vom Geschlecht Christi (Of the Unknowable Name and the Generations of Christ), being under the convert to Christianity, Anton Margaritha, who wrote the grotesque (a word that originated in ancient Greece as κρυφό (hidden place) that took the definition of κρύπτη  (crypt, meaning dark and forbidding) book Der gantze Jüdisch Glaub (The Whole Jewish Belief) whose book was discredited in 1530 leading to Margaritha’s expulsion from the Empire–but Luther used it anyway in the same manner Hitler used the works of Luther with the purpose of retrenching and destroying the conduct of inquiry similar to that of Bryan Fischer and the Tea Party in the USA that champions the unhistorical works of David Barton who has had no formal education in history, and the pseudo-science of Stephen C. Myer and his Intelligent Design Institute.

Hitler was supported by many western powers, including the United Kingdom and the USA with US Senator Prescott Bush helping to finance Hitler’s death camps (read here and here).  The UK refused refuge to Jewish emigrants, and boarded many on planes to Warsaw, Poland where they were arrested and sent to death camps.

While Europe was marginalizing Jews and proceeding down the path of ignorance, the same Jews, along with Muslims (who were Christians by day) maintained many ancient texts, including Plato and Aristotle along with Greek mathematicians and scientists, that the Roman Catholic Church was damning and consigning to the flames to erase “pagan influences” (Lebedel, Claude (2006), Les Croisades, origines et conséquences, Editions Ouest-France, p. 109).  For this reason, the Jews and Muslims of Europe rose to be the intellectual class, and by the seventeenth century began to number among the greatest authorities and authors of the age leading into the Age of Enlightenment from Baruch Spinoza (he later changed his name to Benedict de Spinoza (24 November 1632 – 21 February 1677) to .

What is essential is to enable the person distressed by the “difficulties of life” to understand that life is what the individual makes of it and how the individual perceives life.  In most cases, these difficulties are the result of an irrational fear of death—a fear generated by an uncertainty that there is a life after death even though the individual religious adherent professes to believe in a heaven or other-worldly place. To conquer this fear is to engage in a discussion on whether or not such a positive or negative place can be proven, and whether or not the test or provability even has value for living today.  Too many people suffer dread from that which no one has proof and that which cannot be proven.

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Freud, Jung, Obama, Romney, Religion & the 2012 election

Sigmund Freud by Max Halberstadt, 1921

Sigmund Schlomo Freud (an Austrian neurologist who became known as the founding father of psychoanalysis; born 6 May 1856 in a rented room at a blacksmith’s house at Freiberg in Mähren, Moravia  (now part of the Czech Republic) to an extremely poor family – died 23 September 1939 in London, England at the age of 83) saw religion as an illusion. Freud used the word illusion (Täuschung is more precisely translated as “deception” indicating that religion was mortal-defined and not divine), claiming “[when the] mask is fallen: it leads to denial of God and of an ethical ideal” (Freud, Sigmund (1949). The Future of an Illusion. New York, NY: Liveright Publishing Company, p. 64; a German edition was published in London by Hogarth Press in cooperation with the London Institute of Psycho-analysis; it is in vol. 21 (1927-1931) of Freud’s Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud with Future of an Illusion being authored in 1927).  This quote, so often used, is not reflective of Freud’s opinion or his psychoanalysis.

In the original text, Freud argues that ethics are inherent and are not dependent on a deity, but on the quality of goodness a person learns in life. Freud’s full sentence, taking from the original text, reads: “The mask is fallen; it leads to the denial of God and of an ethical ideal, as indeed we have always supposed. To keep us from the discovery, we have been made to believe that psycho-analysis neither has, nor can have, a philosophical standpoint. [emphasis mine, to show what anti-Freudian thinkers delete deliberated to degrade what was written and meant]”. 

Original page of Future of an Illusion 1927 (ms. in Library of Congress)

A linguist and philologist as well as medical doctor and philosopher, Sigmund Freud was proficient in German, French, Italian, Spanish, English (he read Shakespeare throughout his life), Hebrew, Latin and Greek.  Not once, in any of his writings did the Austrian founder of psychoanalysis deny an ethical ideal as motivating people.  While Freud had little time for the sophistry of organized religion and what he termed the fiction (or imagination) of a god or supernatural creator he was convinced of the immortality of ideas giving birth to natural ethics.

A Godless Jew by Peter Gay (Yale University Press)

Ethics, Freud argued, were learned and not the result of divine intercession or a code based on tablets, scrolls or other religious writing that were mandated

Auf der Ehrentrib ne begr át Hitler den evangelischen Reichsbischof: reason Freud fled Vienna for UK (religion supporting tyranny when Hitler met with the Reich’s bishops)

by some elusive, exclusive and exclusionary being. For that reason Freud has been libeled as “the godless Jew”–a phrase that did not cause the doctor any discomforture (he fled Nazi-occupied Vienna in 1938 at the age of 82)–he found it only half-true, as in his own writing he saw himself as “a completely Godless Jew“: one who was secular and related to his historical past, but did not recognize a divine being, as in the Torah what is mistranslated as “god” really is a multiple of deities: elohim (אֱלֹהִ֔ים).  Its singularity or plurality is determined by the verb.

Freud always saw himself as a secular Jew–one who believed in the conduct of inquiry, one who read omniverously, a man who found nothing unapproachable, as he wrote in his Autobiographical Study (Robert, Marthe (1976). From Oedipus to Moses: Freud’s Jewish Identity. New York, NY: Anchor, pp. 3-6) but it was the opposite for the Nazi Youth who found objections to books, especially those on sex, that their priests, pastors, bishops both Evangelical (Lutheran) and Roman Catholic shunned, forbade people to read, and sent the Nazi Youth (including Josef Ratzinger) to burn in public fires after storming libraries, clinics and other repositories. 

With Nazi and episcopal approval, German university students began burning books especially those focused on the scientific inquiry of sex and religion.

For Freud, religion was to be an ethic–not a rule or law.

Freud saw religion as a repetition of the experience of a child.  Religion was but a toy that is too comforting to be given up even as an adult as it salves pain, worry, and sense of wrongful interactions. Compare this with 1 Corinthians 13:11: ὅτε ἤμην νήπιος, ἐλάλουν ὡς νήπιος, ἐφρόνουν ὡς νήπιος, ἐλογιζόμην ὡς νήπιος· ὅτε γέγονα ἀνήρ, κατήργηκα τὰ τοῦ νηπίου compared with the 1550 translation: ὅτε ἤμην νήπιος ὡς νήπιος ἐλάλουν ὡς νήπιος ἐφρόνουν ὡς νήπιος· ἐλογιζόμην ὅτε δέ γέγονα ἀνήρ κατήργηκα τὰ τοῦ νηπίου, where the writers of the First Letter to Corinth predate Freud even though the text is transmogrified by copyists in the pay of Constantine I at his Council of Nicaea with additional damage done in medieval scriptorium.   For Freud, this mean blind obedience to authority, a subservience that Socrates rejected and died for to prove the  necessity to question all things including the gods and religion (Plato, Apology 24-27; the official charge was insulting the gods [by questioning their existence]).

Canada – Kamui Mintara (Playground of the Gods), Japanese Totem Poles

Religion, in short, Freud wrote was but a symbol of mortal fear of insecurity.  Religion was equivalent to the mask of misery and apprehension that crystalized in the caricature of Linus’ blanket.  Religion was never considered by Freud to be a permanent entity that would be there to comfort the child growing into manhood and ultimately old age–even though it had survived for more than ten thousand years.  Its survival, Freud contested, was the result of mortals unwilling to think for themselves and surrendering their personal freedom and choice to those they were told or taught to be higher in skills, knowledge, and closeness to the totem of definitions of godhood: the gods of water, earth, fire, air, fecundity (especially the deity of masturbation that Freud termed the most lasting addiction to mortals), and so forth.

The singular greatest tragedy of religion is it is a face for collective neurosis, caused in the same way that childhood neurosis is formed: being told what to do, believe, how to behave and so forth. The goal of religion, in this regard, Freud argued passionately is not only surrendering individual and collective free will but also individuality and the uniqueness that it brings, the right to think, act and express one’s true personality, and the developmental system of the mind to raise above mythology: it rejects self-actualization that will not be defined until the writing of Abraham Maslow, (April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970) an American psychologist.

Maslow’s Pyramid of Self-Actualization

The illusion or deception of religion is not based on individual wishes, Freud facilitated in his speeches, letters and articles, but the fantasies and dreams of those who seek power over another by pretending to have a supernatural or spiritual authority that is greater than that of the individual. The most absurd of these is the concept of infallibility that actually raises a mere mortal to divine status in keeping with the initial holy trinity of ancient Egypt.

Egyptian Trinity (4230 BCE – c. 200 CE)

The ancient Egyptian Trinity included Osiris, Isis, and Horus whose priests had headresses similar to beehives and titles equaling Father.   This Trinity was, as pointed in various writings, no different from the Trinity worshipped by the ancient Serbians or

Trinity worship by ancient Serbians and Hindus (c. 4000 BCE – 800 CE (Serbians) or to present (Hindus).

Hindus, and is found in every culture that has existed and left records with the “holy group” equated with fertility rituals and “creation” as well as irresponsible actions causing pain and suffering for nonadherents and nonbelievers with similar mythologies of Great Flood, death and judgment, heaven and hell, demons and angels, devils and protectors, and other tales of terror, warfare, final days and warfare (Armageddon) that were used like horror stories to fighten children and their parents to keep people from questioning their leaders and officiants at sacrificial rites and riturals so that none would be able to reach his or her full potential, expose the deception and aid civilization to move out of the darkness of mythology into the light of learning. 

Codex Sinaiticus (Vatican Library) fragments.

The earliest bibles were written by Eusebius in 331 CE (Eusebius, Vita Constantini, IV, 36, 37; this led to the composition (although there is the argument of how many columns made up each text) of the Codex Vaticanus and the younger Codex Sianiaticus: both originals exist only in fragments, fragments that were later copied and redacted). 

The same is true concerning the holy books written by the followers of Muhammad who claim that the Qur’an was written by Remembrancers who were commission by Muhammad who had been ordered to use such people by the angel Gabriel (the Qu’ran has numerous variations within early scripts. Since the kufic script in which the Qu’ran was originally written contained no indication of vowels or diacritical points, variant readings are recognised by Muslims as of equal authority but there are various scholars who disagree that those that appeared within a generation after the death of Muhammad are authentic (cf. Tisdall, William St. Clair (1912). A Word to the Wise. Being a brief defence of the “Sources of Islám” [against the criticisms of Maulavi Muhammad ‘Alí in “The Divine Origin of the Holy Qur’an” and those of Imám Fakhru’l Islám]. N.p. n.p., 76 p.), but are like the scrolls and other texts determined in a political contest at Nicaea to be political defined by the authorities. 

Oldest (alleged) copy of the Qur’an, written c. 19 years after the death of Muhammad

The same is true with the various generations of Caliphs of Islam one of whom claimed to have the oldest copy of the Qur’an written in 651, only 19 years after Muhammad’s death, but today its custodians refuse to allow any carbon dating or testing as it is rapidly disintegrating (uniquely, the faithful claim that Allah [god] promised to keep the Qur’an from “corruption” but that word means “changes” and not “disintegration”. The text is written in Kufic: the antecedent to Arabic. The word “Qur’an” means “dictation” and is believed by Muslims to be the very dictation and final revelation of Allah (God), as it was with the Emperor of the East who created what he called his “catholic [universal] church”.

Artist conception of Joseph Smith reading the seer stones in the base of his hat, with his face pushed deep into the hat. The stones have never been found.

The same is true with the invention of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) whose founder (Joseph Smith, Jr.) was a self-proclaimed prophet revealing secrets written on golden plates and by putting his head into a heat to read for seer stones when not dictating from behind a curtain (read here and here).  The golden plates that the angel allegedly gave Smith have never been seen, nor is there any record of anyone seeing the special glasses lent to Smith so that he could read the golden plates on which the faith in Mormon rests. 

Even though  Smith  lacked any ability to read any ancient language and had no formal education in linguistics, translation or interpretation, Smith corrected the Bible authorized by the Emperor Constantine in 331 CE.  Even though Smith attended tent revivals, common in the first half of the nineteenth century, there is no record that Smith could read or write, nor define the differences in word order, word choice, textuality (textual criticism), or the date of invention and introduction of a word into the vernacular or vulgar (common) language; worse yet, Smith did not know that the Bible is by various hands as seen in the differences in poetry incorporated with prose. 

Joseph Smith corrects the Bible

The fact that it is claimed that he translated and corrected the existing Judeo-Christian Bible is troubling, as it would mean that Smith was redacting existing translations: a person translates from an original language, but redacts (refines) from a language that is known and used by putting it into an acceptable and literary format (such as was the fate of the King James Version in 1611, that used Shakespearean English over the more dated pre-seventeenth century English, as the Bible had been translated into the vernacular by many English clergy, including Wycliff, Mary Tudor, etc.). 

Why it is highly unlikely that Smith corrected the Judeo-Christian Bible is because he knew no foreign language and barely understood and used nineteenth century English.  This is seen in his alleged translation of scraps of Papyrus he used (he claimed he received them from an carnival man) to translate (D&C 73:4; 76:15; 90:13; 94:10; 124:89) hieroglyphic text (an art not yet perfected) to create what he declared to be the Testament of Abraham, even though he did not use any Greek, Hebrew texts nor Akkadian cuneiforms. Today’s scholars have the fragments and reject Smith’s translation, noting that the fragments are part of a manual on breathing.  The sources Smith plagiarized to prepare his “translations” are available here.

Fragment 1 Smith used for his Book of Abraham

Facsimile 1 references the various aspects of preparing the soul for its afterlife.  This includes cleansing with special liquids, embalming with herbs and spices, and laying the cadaver out so that it can be properly wrapped by eunuchs charged with protecting the body on its final journey to its ultimate resting place (for higher status people this would be a wooden box).

Facsimile 3: Osiris (Smith claims it is Abraham) judging from his throne.

Facsimile 3 is a graphic representation of the god of creation: Osiris, who married his sister Isis (a practice that was common throughout the known Middle East, and is the foundation for the myth of Abraham marrying his sister Sarah, whom the patriarch would sell to noble kings to enrich his treasury with coins, animals, “maid servants and man servants” as wealth was that which could be controlled: living beings as well as gold and aromas. The text at the bottom defines the judgment is absolute and is that of a god–not of a man: Abraham.

Papyrus IV Joseph Smith used by Smith to create his Book of Abraham

Papyrus 4 is a composite of various illustrations and commentary on the issue of breathing.  It reflects the advancement of medicine in the ancient world that was centered in the capital cities of Egypt and was unknown in what was known as Canaan (Palestine) that included Phoenicia and its tributory states.  There is no mention of the name of Abraham nor of any of his exploits, including the common practice of sacrificing the first born son to the gods to ensure that his wife would be fertile and produce more sons.  The first born son is heatedly debated, with Jews and Christians arguing that it was Isaac since the infant was born of the first wife (Sarah); however, the Muslim faithful assume that the first born was Ishmael, since he was first born even though his mother was the maidservant of Sarah and the concubine of the patriarch. Concubines were still considered part of the harem and thus wealth, and the arrival of a boy baby was hailed with the same gusto as if it had been born of the first wife. The text does not mention Abraham nor any of the myths that surround Abraham including the mission to Sodom or Lot’s incest with his two daughters in the mountain caves outside of the city of Zoar.

Papyrus X Joseph Smith (Smith used this fragment for his Book of Abraham)

Papyrus X is the most damning evidence against Joseph Smith Jr.’s claim to have translated the “long lost” (it is barely mentioned in the Old Testament) tract attributed to be the Book of Abraham.  It is a manual on breathing and has no reference to any divine breath as found in Psalm 150:6.  The word has been transmogrified to mean “dictation” as well as “inspiration” but this is taking extreme liberties with the ancient text.

While the Bible details that people should not hide their faith (1 Timothy 4:12), Joseph Smith Jr. had a difficult time not hiding his as a would-be evangelist at open-air revivals, or later when he claimed to be reading from golden plates or using the seer stones to read secret messages.  Smith always was in hiding when translating the Book of Mormon, usually behind a curtain that is the subject of the fantasy The Wizard of Oz.  To create an illusion or deception that something is special, throughout history the inveigler junque would use the word “divine” or “inspired” or even “holy” to give it a semblance of authenticity as being god-created or god-written–a fantasy from Babylon found in the Book of Daniel 5:5.  It is not found in the Torah. It is not surprising that Romney still claims that the Book of Abraham is original and reflects the fictional patriarch. His knowledge of this book, the Book of Mormon, and the Bible are note even marginal but badly lacking basics.

Freud was not as concerned about the illusion of religion as he was about the dangerof religion and its cannibalistic consuming intellect as well as the body of those who turn to it for succor. Freud’s concern was that religion would mandate and use bad human institutions (such as occurred during the Roman

Spanish Inquisition

Catholic Inquisition, the Protestant (especially the burning and hanging of witches both in Europe and the New World), Greek, Bulgarian, Russian and Serbian Orthodox, Roman Catholic Council of Bishops, the Grand Gathering of Ayatollahs (التجمع من آيات الله الكبرى), and so forth) to control mortals.  Religion’s control was always buttressed by the ruse of its necessity to protect “the morals and faith” of the sinner and all others, leaving little for the individual to determine as popes became infallible toward the end of the nineteenth century.

Religious institutions only thrive and accelerate when they prohibit critical thinking.  When this occurs it leads to the impoverishment of intelligence. This is especially true in units set aside for studies, debate, discussion, and research: schools, universities, seminaries, and so forth.  These opportunities disappear when they are controlled by religion regardless of its name or branding. Freud calls this tragedy Denkschwäche: the impoverishment of reason. 

What has been repeatedly proven in psychological tests is that controlled thought impedes the power of reason. When the faculty of reasoning disappears or is denied, the result is the devastating decline of judgment and a further the debasement of self-acceptance.

Religion is mind control

The idea that ethics and righteous living is a product of religion is absurd, Freud argued. Instead, Freud noted, if mortals reject religion they will still be and remain ethical beings.  Ethics are universal and ethics do not require any divine being’s intervention, authorship or politics and interference of  a god (or a goddess if the actual words were followed, noting verbs to define and distinguish between singular and plural nouns).

Freud carefully, craftly counters the claims of religious groups and institutions, citing their histories as being filled with great cruelty that increased human suffering rather than reducing it, and advancing mortality (death) rather than working for a longer life as seen in the forced conversions of American natives put to the sword with the invasion of Spaniards in Central and South America (Francisco Pizarro destruction of the highly developed Inka civilization in Perú beginning in 1531 and executed Atahualpa, the emperor of the Inkas, on 26 July 1533 after Atahualpa filled a room with gold to pay for his freedom; Juan de Betanzos, Narratives of the Incas ed. Dana Buchanan, tr. Roland Hamilton. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1996), the movement of Christian crusaders against Jews, Greeks, and fellow Christians during the period 1095-1492 (Runciman, Steven (1951-1954). History of the Crusades. Cambridge [Eng.]: University Press; three volumes), and Muslims from the rise of the armies of Muhammad attacking from Arabia to Spain and beyond (Hilliam, Paul (2004). Islamic weapons, warfare, and armies : Muslim military operations against the Crusaders. New York, NY: Rosen Pub. Group; Ibrāhīm Farghalī, Ibrāhīm (1998). المؤرخ السوري أبو شامة، ٥٩٩-٦٦٥ ھ/١٢٠٣-١٢٦٨ م : دراسة في المؤلفات والمنهج / ابراهيم فرغلي. al-Qāhirah : al-ʻArabī).

Without religion or its god(s), the individual has in his or her better interest to ascertain and insure that the individuals (collectively) work for the common good so that all can share in the rewards of ethical behavior. These ethics include brotherly love (for Freud this was Menschenliebe), truth, and freedom. Once mortals renounce the concept of the existence of a god, they longer turn to a heavenly Father, but see the earthly father and fatherhood (protective, caring, generous, sharing, and so forth) in all people.

Freud argued that the infantile fixation on an imaginary father must be removed from the psychology of people so that they can aim for greater human development and educate the self in face of reality.  The human father as a guide and guardian enables mortals to see pollution as real and work to end it, to see the assault on nature and enforce laws that nourish nature, to comprehend the finiteness of worldly resources and use them sparingly while working for alternative sources of energy, food, and so forth. When mortals realize that they have nothing to rely upon but themselves, collectively, then mortals will use their powers properly for the good of all.  When the earthly father is recognized as a husbandman maintaining the fruits of the planet so that there are resources for future generations and not obscene wealth for a few, there will be no William, Edward, or Charles Koch squandering the resources of the world nor will people allow themselves to be bullied by Mitt

A photo of Mitt Romney and a band of dark-haired, middle-aged, white gentlemen holding money after outsourcing USA citizens’ jobs overseas.

Romney repeating his Bain Capital attacks on private entrepreneuralships and businesses by immediate gratification decisions and open ballots as he did on June 6, 2012, when the former governor told CEOs to tell their people to vote for him if they wish to keep their jobs (read here and here and here). That is bullying and is in character with the prescribed role of a bishop in the Mormon Church—a roll that Mitt played before and still holds the key card (read here and here).

New York’s rich and super-rich convened in the Hamptons on Sunday for a trio of fundraisers for Mitt (2012).

Only when mortals are free—emancipating themselves from all forms of uninvited forms of control—especially the authority that threatens to grasp the world and reduce its objectivity and the rights of its citizens—will mortals ascend to the level of self-realization and self-actualization. Religion represents unparalleled powerlessness and dependence: on a god, a priest, a pope, a rabbi or pastor—but the rejections of religion gives mortals power and independence—along with the responsibility and obligation of working for the common good.

Carl G. Jung (1910)

Freud’s successor and colleague, Carl Gustav Jung (a Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology and did not share Freud’s views nor interpretations; born July 26, 1875, Kesswil, Switzerland and died June 6, 1961, at Ksnacht), was not as astute or insightful a psychologist as Freud. Jung’s presentation of psychology was far narrower and thus more acceptable and adaptable to religions that persecute in the name Truth and the quest for it—by any means: lies, distortions and fantasies. Jung claimed that anything that exists is true because it exists, stating that “truth is a fact and not a judgment” (Jung, Carl G[ustav]. (1938). Psychology and Religion. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press; London, UK: H. Milford, Oxford University Press”).  In reality, truth is relative as it depends on the individual affirming its truthful nature, but can be rejected as fiction by those who find problems with any statement or word.

Group photo (1909) in front of Clark University. Front row: Sigmund Freud, G. Stanley Hall, Carl Jung back row: Abraham A. Brill, Ernest Jones, Sándor Ferenczi. Both Freud and Jung traveled to the USA to present papers.

Jung wrote in his introduction, in direct opposition to Freud psychological and philosophical works: “I restrict myself to the observation of phenomena and I refrain from any application of metaphysical or philosophical considerations” (p.2). This means that as unethical as Mitt Romney’s secret broadcast to the Koch Brothers and other billionaire CEOs that they have a right to order their employees to vote

Joseph Smith wrote polygamy is the wish of God.

Republican, it is justified because it occurred (read here and here). It is equal to the argument made by Joseph Smith that polygamy was a right of man even without the consent of the woman (Smith was ultimately divorced and left by his first wife who did not tolerate Smith’s second marriage while she was stilled married to the founder of the Mormon religion;  Roberts, B. H. (Brigham Henry) (1912), History of the Church, 6, Deseret News, pp. p. 411; Anderson, Richard Lloyd (1998). “The Prophet Joseph Smith and His Plural Wives“, FARMS Review of Books (The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) 10 (2): 67–104), or the erasure of souls in Black people based on a corrupt reading of Genesis 3 that was forged from ancient Akkadian mythology into Hebrew fables. What Jung selected to ignore is that an idea exists—regardless if it is a delusion or corresponds to fact.  Romney sees corporations as families and therefore have a right, if not a duty, to tell the family members (employees or workers) not only what to think but for whom to vote (read here and here and watch here).

Rick and Karen Santorum family

The existence of the idea does not make it true in any sense, although this absurdity reached its zenith under the Santorums of Pennsylvania (Karen, who had been living with an abortion provider before moving out to be with her future husband, Rick) who took a dead fetus to their home for their children to play with it as if the mortality was not final and the cadaver was their brother. Jung’s approach is not tenable from a psychiatric standpoint—it exists only in the area of relativism (cf. Dunne, Clare (2002). “Prelude”. Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul: An Illustrated Biography. New York, NY: Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 3 f).  Large families are urged by both the Roman Catholic and Mormon churches–despite the reality that there is insufficient resources to sustain life on this water planet we call Earth.

Bryan Fischer

Carl Jung’s attempts to differentiate between “subjective” and “objective” existence is the weakest link in the chain he forged.  This is seen in the defense of bullies and bullyism in the speeches of Bryan Fischer (of the certified hate group American Family Association), Billy Graham (who scrubbed his website that had declared Mormonism a cult after he announced his endorsement of the Mormon bishop (whose faith Billy Graham blasted) Romney after the Mormon bishop promised to sign into legislation stronger ties between church and state, “protect

Billy Graham’s website calling Mormonism a cult (2005)

Christianity” and outlaw LGBT same-sex marriages, abortion, and other pet projects of the original Elmer Gantry), Ann Coulter (who tells parents to disown their sons if they are LGBT and not conservatives), and others in their opposition to workers rights (with Scott Walker, the billionaires candidate who bought the office, in Wisconsin being among their favorites), LGBT rights in Washington state, Minnesota, Maryland, and Maine with the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) funding hate to drive people to the polls. Hate is a unique mental illness: it is the deliberate negation of intimacy, rejection of passion, and avoidance of commitment. Hate originates from stories people create about the target: a person, place, thing, etc: such as hatred towards a skin pigmentation, a sexual orientation, age, weight, and so forth.  It is irrational, and in most cases, as with Maggie Gallagher and Bryan Fischer more than Billy Graham who peppers his sermons with vitriol of hate, hate is a statement that the person does not truly like himself or herself, and thus to compensate must strike out at a marginalized person or group (cf. Halperin, Eran (2012). “Review of The nature of hate.” doi.1037/a0026863. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, Vol 18(1), Feb 2012, 101-103; Leader, Tirza; Mullen, Brian; Rice, Diana (2009). “Complexity and valence in ethnophaulisms and exclusion of ethnic out-groups: What puts the ” hate” into hate speech?” doi: 10.1037/a0013066. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 96(1), Jan 2009, 170-182). To this end Jung argues that the essence of religious experience is the submission to powers higher than the self. Jung wrote: “[religion] is a careful and scrupulous observation of what Rudolph Otto (born September 25, 1869 – died March 6, 1937, he was an eminent German Lutheran theologian and scholar of comparative religion [comparative is not technically correct, as Otto measured the religions of the world against that of the Lutheran Church to find all wanting in substance and coverage in his work The Idea of the Holy (the actual title of the 1917 work published in 1918 is Das Heilige – Über das Irrationale in der Idee des Göttlichen und sein Verhältnis zum Rationalen (The Holy – On the Irrational in the Idea of the Divine and its Relation to the Rational) Breslau, Germany: Trewendt & Granier, to discuss the idea of the “Non-rational factor” in religion) aptly termed the ‘numinosum,’ styled by Otto as “numinous”, that is, a dynamic existence or effect, not caused by an arbitrary act of will (cf. Mok, Daniël (2012). Rudolf Otto: Een kleine biografie. Preface by Gerardus van der Leeuw. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Uitgeverij Abraxas) had written: on the need to accept faith to make sense out of what seemed to be senseless.. On the contrary, religion “seizes and controls the human subject which is always rather its victim than its creator” (ibid., p. 4).

Rudolf Otto

With Otto’s study at the forefront, Jung argues that a religious experience is seized by a power outside of the self: it is a concept of the unconscious being that is religious. Jung argues that the influence of the unconscious upon the conscious “is a basic religious phenomenon” (ibid., p. 46). While Jung bows before the altar of immediate reality, Freud stood sentry over the aim of human development, if unchecked by religion, would lead to the achievement of ideals: knowledge (reason, truth, wisdom: logos), brotherly love (λόγος, from λέγω lego“I say”), reducing suffering, independence of and for the self, and the acceptance of responsibility (these are the teachings of Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, The Prophets, etc.).   While the denial of responsibility is quite human, it also shows inadequacy in the mind of the person denying responsibility and a flaw in that individual’s character (cf. Schwartz, Shalom H. (1974). “Awareness of interpersonal consequences, responsibility denial, and volunteering.” doi: 10.1037/h0036644. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 30(1), Jul 1974, 57-63).

Freud spoke out against the theistic-supernatural concepts as stages in human development that were once, in an embryonic civilization, necessary to ensure initial growth. However, once growth began, it would have accelerated faster without the burden of theocracy.

Ayn Rand

For Jung, religion was an emotional experience that he defended, claiming that people need emotional ties and releases; in short, for Jung it is the psychology of the individual that is elevated to religious phenomenon. Ayn Rand (born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum; February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982) was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter whose philosophy is “objectivism”; she was an activist atheist who advocated reason as the only means of acquiring knowledge and rejected all forms of faith and religion arguing for wealth and power, regardless of how gained, was the true strength of mortals (she actively supported laissez-faire capitalism that she believed was the only social system that protected individual rights, and found any form of state control or help for the poor to be antithetical to the needs of those striving for ultimate wealth–her writings being denounced by most literary and economic theorists and critics). Paul Ryan is dedicated to Rand’s ideology) would fit comfortable into Jungian psychology. 

It is from the writings of Rand that Paul Ryan gained his initial  Weltanschaung working against the teaching of the Jesus of the New Testament fitting comfortably with Jung, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and George W. Bush. While Romney has attempted to distance himself from the Bush legacy, the Mormon bishop uses most of the same words as Bush, and his proposed policies match those of Bush and his cabinet: especially the stand taken by Condoleezza Rice and Dick Cheney.  Both Rice and Cheney have publicly sided with the CEOs since the CEOs control the jobs even though salaries frequently exceed the salaries of all of their workers.

Freud would have stood with the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters and, most likely, would vote for Obama.  Freud preferred a reality that can be judged by each person for what benefits the individual.  This philosophy that strengthened his psychoanalytic writings is in line with the politics and philosophy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson, all of whom worked for an open society, a right to education and political discourse and who rejected discrimination. 

Lilly Ledbetter and President Obama (January 29, 2009)

Obama has gone the farthest: fair pay for equal work (the Lilly Ledbetter Act (Public Law 111-2, S. 181) that was signed into law on January 29, 2009–Obama’s first official act as President–that Romney vigorously opposed, claiming that male bosses have the right to underpay women for work that men did but they are tasked to do as women), a woman’s right to determine her destiny and what she will do with her body (read here and here), the right to health care, the right to a good education, revitalizing the economy and more.

The fact that religion plays an ever-increasing role in contemporary politics (everywhere) shows Jungian influence. This is especially true among the craven and crass American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops (especially the bishops of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (John C. Nienstedt), and Peoria, IL (Daniel Jenky who compared Obama to Hitler, exposing his ignorance of Hitler and his Third Reich), both of whom are using church tithes for personal political agendas).  Nienstedt and Jenky are set to attack like a pack of hyenas President Obama and “Obamacare” as dividing religion.  The Roman Catholic Church in the USA, led by Dolan of New York City and Francis Cardinal George, OMI, wrongly states that Obamacare (Universal Health Care) requires churches to provide birth control, death panels and similar measures, but none appear anywhere in the legislation), and with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Knights of Columbus that both claim they are formed for purposes of charity yet use their gifts and contributions (in defiance of IRS regulations) to fight against the right of choice from abortion to same-sex marriage.

To stop voters from exercising free choice at the polls in November 2012, billionaire CEOs warn workers that if Obama wins the workers will lose their jobs, banks will foreclose on their homes, and poverty will strangle the economy.  The most odious, deceitful and duplicitous states whose Republican/Tea Party controlled governments who have attacked voters with the most vile voting restrictions are: Alabama, Florida (a judge later tossed out most of the draconian restrictions), Georgia, Iowa whose Tea Party Republicans in the legislature are among the least educated and most vitriolic vote deniers in the nation and is under the strangling control of Secretary of State Matt Schultz, Mississippi, Ohio created by Secretary of State Jon Husted, Pennsylvania whose current restrictive laws are worse than they were in 1960 when the KKK and neo-Nazi groups had the ear of Pennsylvania legislators and whose legislation surpassed that of those of segregationist Mississippi in the 1960s, Nebraska where gun owners have more rights than those who do not possess firearms, North Carolina where potential voters can use a National Rifle Association (NRA) membership card or a NASCAR ticket stub as proof of eligibility to vote, Rhode Island that allows a person to vote if he or she shows a bank statement, South Carolina that requires a photo ID among other qualifiers (although the law has been suspended until 2013), South Dakota that questions the rights of women as not being able to make a decision for themselves without the guidance of a male especially in the area of birth control and family planning, Tennessee where the Republican secretary of state, Tre Hargett, rifles in to disenfranchise minorities and the poor requiring proof of citizenship, Texas enacted legislation to bar or limit Latinos/Latinas and disabled people from voting, Virginia that (among other draconian dictates) is aimed at disenfranchising women from their right to vote, in keeping with Mormon philosophy that women are subordinate to men and need the guidance of men to function–similar to Islam and Sharia law, West Virginia, and Wisconsin led by  the governor, Scott Walker, to disempower union activists, teachers, and retired–while allowing (and encouraging) corporate executives to exert pressure on labor to vote Republican.

Not only has government attacked voting rights, but religion has spent more money on suppressing human and basic civil rights than any other group.  The most sinister sanctimonious services are those of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and the Roman Catholic Church (read here and here), with such organized hate groups as the Knights of Columbus (the Roman Catholic version of the KKK, of which more than 50% of its members belong to the Klan) spending millions to defeat marginalized people in opposition to the majority of Roman Catholics in the USA who denouncethe Knights of Columbus as a fascist group that does evil and little good and complain that the bishops are daily demanding they vote in league with the nation of Vatican City that has throughout its history been vocal in its opposition to democracy, support of monarchy and dictatorship as seen in its blessing of the twentieth century tyrannies of Franco in Spain, Peron in Argentina, Fujimori in Peru, Ferdinand and Imalda Marcos of the Philippines, and Pinochet in Chile. Its record throughout history has even been more

An Eyewitness Account of the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre by François Dubois (1572)

blood-stained, as with a Te Deum sung in the Vatican on hearing of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacrein France (August 24-25, 1572), the rape of

Atahualpa infamously chose to be strangled to death with a garrote after hearing he was to be burned alive. He suffered both penalties at the hands of Franciscan monks.

Perú in the sixteenth century, and the slaughter of native people of Mexico by its priests sent to “preach to those you find.”

The most viciously vile of all Roman Catholic bishops in the USA is Joseph J. Tyson, the bishop in Yakima, Washington, who told the clergy that they must ask Catholics for a give a “generous donation” to the campaign trying to reject Referendum 74 (equality in marriage) in defiance of IRS code. 

Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, prefers to protect pedophiles than support loving committed couples in Washington state (2012).

The theological terrorist, Tyson told the priest under his jurisdiction: “I am asking you to announce a special parishioner financial appeal at each Mass on the weekend of August 25/26 or September 1/2—whichever one you choose—to promote the September 8/9 in-pew collection for the Preserve Marriage Washington campaign,” Tyson wrote in a letter earlier this month (.pdf).  Tyson added a postscript to protect himself from an IRS audit and tax exemption repeal, “Please Note: This is not a parish collection. Please be sure that parish staff knows that these envelopes are NOT to be opened or recorded by the parish.”  Read Tyson’s blog.  Tyson has classic symptoms of irrational thought and mental conflict in a study of his words, and makes him dangerous to himself and to his community.  He openly callas for money, then diminishes the significance of his words to caution parishoners not to put in any bill / check that might identify the giver or the recipient. This increased the anger of the congregation and their ultimate rejection of the plea (cf. Juvonen, Jaana (1992). “Negative peer reactions from the perspective of the reactor.” doi: 10.1037/0022-0663.84.3.314.  Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol 84(3), Sep 1992, 314-321; cp. McCreary, John K. (1948). “The psychology of morality.” doi: 10.1037/h0084074. Canadian Journal of Psychology/Revue canadienne de psychologie, Vol 2(4), Dec 1948, 212-223).

Worse than Tyson or any Roman Catholic bishop is the knavish Knights of Columbus–named after a rapist, soldier-of-fortune, and mass murderer.  Headquartered in New Haven, CT, the KC labels itself as a charitable institution seeking to bring solace and comfort to those in need.  It does not.  According to the Internal Revenue Service, the Knights of Columbus donated $6.25 million to fight same-sex marriage initiatives between 2005-2012. Close to $2 million of those funds went directly to NOM, with the approval of the pope whose agents are working to overthrow democracy in all nations where tolerance is practiced and enshrined in law.  Its Seattle, WA, chapter shows how sumptuous and discreditable the KC is in the West, spending millions on furnishings while people go for want of food, water, and shelter. Compare it with the Marian Council 3827 at Bloomington.  The Knights of Columbus are as corrupt as the medieval papacy.

Knights of Columbus misuse of contributions since 2005

Rigidly stalwart in support of the corrupt clergy and hierarchy of bishops, archbishops and cardinals in the USA and abroad, the Knights of Columbus remain quiet on pedophiles within the church, and actually support bishops such as Dolan of New York City who attempted to silence legal claims against the Roman Catholic Church with money.  The inordinate amount of money held and used by the Knights of Columbus is spellbinding and awesome.

Knights of Columbus corporate headquarters in New Haven, CT

The Knights of Columbus, founded by  Father Michael J. McGivney (a “Venerable” in the Roman Catholic Church, meaning he is considered holy and may some day be declared a saint), are among the richest groups (insurance, and other capital ventures) in the USA and regularly are investigated for money laundrying at their national headquarters both in the USA and abroad as far as the Philippines.  Rather than spending money on charitable deeds, the Knights of Columbus have a long and stained history of working to suppress human and civil rights(read here for Minnesota, here for the US Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops, and here), to fight against women seeking equality with men and self-determination, and protecting pedophiles within the Roman Catholic Church.

Dolan enjoys a glass of wine

Dolan’s duplicity has been repeated frequently, especially among bishops in the Midwest (Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and boardering states), such as the crimes of Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, Bishop John R. Gaydos, and those who have worked in concert to cover up those crimes against children in the Middle West.  The problem is that the Knights of Columbus is an insurance agency masquerading as a charitable organization headed by laity and bishops, with $80 billion in assets; $40 billion is devoted to insurance–and pay no taxes since it claims it is a charitable organization.  In truth it is organized hate.  In 2008, the Knights of Columbus Corporation paid chief executive officer Carl A. Anderson $1.17 million. 

Sean cardinal O’Malley of Boston

The Knights of Columbus Corporation makes no effort to support worker benefits, a living wage, or affordable healthcare for the citizens of the United States. Boston, Massachusetts Sean Cardinal O’Malley identified 159 pedophile priests 25 August 2011 in Boston whose salaries were paid with pension funds earmarked for the Daughters of St. Paul, who had to sue the church conglomerate to get their retirement fund restored. Knights of Columbus could not be bothered as numerous complaints were being filed against the organization itself, that, like the Boy Scouts of America that has admitted keeping on over 1250 pedophileswhile at the same time denying openly gay scouts their right to earn the Eagle badge (the hypocrisy is startling! When I complained about being molested in the 1950s, I was told to “shut up” or the camp attendants at Camp Ingawanis in Iowa would drown me; when I told my mother, she refused to believe that the older males, whom she knew, would rape a small child–a mindset in Iowa that last to this day), is riddled with

Archbishop Harry J. Flynn

pedophiles and forced homosexual acts. Pedophiles are subject to acting out fantasies for various reasons, but it occurs during different mood swings; psychologists must help pedophiles recognize their mood-temperment and not hide it or attempt to compensate for it, as compensation or denial leads to more aggressive mood swings (cf. Gillies, Laurie A.; Hashmall, Judith M.; Hilton, N. Zoe; Webster, Christopher D.  (1992). “Relapse prevention in pedophiles: Clinical issues and program development.” doi: 10.1037/h0078714. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, Vol 33(2), Apr 1992, 199-210; the article is in French). Archbishop Harry J. Flynn (ret.) of St. Paul-Minneapolis raided funds ($3.1 million) from a priest retirement account and another fund ($700,000) earmarked for charity and social services to settle child molestation claims. This is religion?

The tainted Iowa executives are (top row, left to right): Michael P. Laake, State Deputy Director; Joseph A. Ramirez, State Secretary, and Lawrence G. Mayer, State Treasurer. The miscreant bishops are (bottom row, left to right): Archbishop Jerome Hanus, OSB, Dubuque; Bishop Richard E. Pates, Des Moines; and Bishop Martin J. Amos, Davenport.

Iowa is a particularly troubling case study and a state where excellence is equated with athletic prowess and not intellectual ability, leading many craven politicians to forgive “transgressions if the transgressor is hailed as an athlete” or a religious person, but rejects the same for the academic or one not athletically engaged; the Knights of Columbus push athletics more than academic advances, and thus fund activities where performance on a court or ball diamond is hailed and indiscretions occur, but not in the classroom or arts as more insurance is sold to those who watch or participate in games than attend lectures or classes.  Pedopiles in the pulpit or on the game-field are forgiven and their peccadillos pushed behind a curtain of self-righteousness.  The same is true in politics–the more fervent the politician is in broadcasting his affirmation of a religious belief or membership in a religious organization, the quicker the Knight of Columbus and churches are to grant him or her special status and endorsement (as with Bob Vander Plaats) regardless of the candidates mental state or performance for the good of all constituents, with those who interview or associate with the religious affirming candidate quick to internalize behavior, while visiting with or being seen with a politican who is not prone to expressing religious views is seen as a threat (cf. Houts, Arthur C.; Graham, Kenton (1986). “Can religion make you crazy? Impact of client and therapist religious values on clinical judgments.” doi: 10.1037/0022-006X.54.2.267. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol 54(2), Apr 1986, 267-27).

The Iowa Knights of Columbus leadership have been regularly tainted with scandals from sex to money laundrying, and its bishops with pedophile cover-ups and pay-offs.  Davenport disbursed $37 million to 156 claimants molested by 24 priests and then filed bankruptcy in 2008. Dubuque paid $5 million to 20 survivors victimized by pedophile priests over the last 50 years.  Bishop R. Walker Nickless remains a cipher in the current phase of pedophile priest scandal, although his predecessor, Bishop Lawrence Soens is the central figure in the Iowa settlements.  This cover-up and payment of predatory pedophile priests show mental instability among the bishops who are directly contributing to mood swings of the pedophile who internalizes that if he “confesses his sin” he is somehow exempt from behavior modification. Parsimonious religious-based behavioral activation intervention for depression in college students can be beneficial, but not covering-up continued cases of misbehavior (cp. Armento, Maria E. A.; McNulty, James K.; Hopko, Derek R. (2012).  “Behavioral activation of religious behaviors (BARB): Randomized trial with depressed college students.” doi: 10.1037/a0026405. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Vol 4(3), Aug 2012, 206-222; on covering-up psychopathic predators, ref. Erickson, Steven K.; Vitacco, Michael J. (). “Predators and punishment.” doi: 10.1037/a0024607. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, Vol 18(1), Feb 2012, 1-17).

Freud claimed that over actions were the result of an overactive libido, building on the work  of Karl Abraham.  Freud pointed out that these libidinal drives can conflict with the conventions of civilized behavior, represented in the psyche by the superego, requiring the need to conform to society and control the libido.  If the control is extreme or misunderstood, those whose libido is overly active can experience tension and variouos psychological disturbances within the psyche of the individual leading to aggression, violence, withdrawal, bullying, and suicide.  The disturbances prompt the use of ego defenses to dissipate the psychic energy of these unmet and mostly unconscious needs into other forms or result in neurosis. When society puts an emphasis on a form of sexual behavior or denies people the right to express themselves in that behavior style (such as LGBT), it can have catastrophic effects:  usually seizures, withdrawal, or suicide.

A primary goal of psychoanalysis is to bring the drives of the id into consciousness.  This is done by allowing the drives to be understood directly without judgment, reducing the patient’s reliance on ego defenses. The problem here is religion that limits what a person can do or how it can be done; for example: denying sexuality’s force to be expressed by teaching abstinence (an unnatural sexuality), preaching chastity as if it was normal, and discouraging sexuality altogether (Froböse, Gabriele; Froböse, Rolf and Gross, Michael (trans) (2006). Lust and Love: Is it more than Chemistry?  Cambridge, UK: Royal Society of Chemistry).

While Jung argued that the libido was “psychic energy”, that has proven too marginalized to be an effective response.  Jung, feverishly working to retain his elevation of ontology into the realm of reality wrote that the libido expresses itself only through symbols: “It is the energy that manifests itself in the life process and is perceived subjectively as striving and desire”  (Ellenberger, Henri (1970). The Discovery of the Unconscious: The History and Evolution of Dynamic Psychiatry. New York, NY: Basic Books, p. 697). Recently,  philosopher and psychologist James Giles has argued that human sexual desire is neither a biological instinct nor something learned or constructed by culture. Rather, sexual desire is an existential need based on the awareness of the individual that he or she has a gender and that gender requires satisfaction (sex)–which is one of the basic needs detailed by Maslow.  Gender without sexuality leaves the individual in a state of incompleteness and thus the individual can become restive, aggressive, withdrawing from society at any level, and makes the contemplation of suicide as a viable alternative to continuing living in an unfriendly, unloving, nonresponsive and hateful homophobic or heterophobic world (cf. Giles, James [2004]. The Nature of Sexual Desire, Westport, CT: Praeger).  To remove the sense of incompleteness, the individual will attempt to bare the body and soul, engage in carressing a loved object as if to ellicit a response, but frequently is rebuffed by the object of attraction who is equally chained to the ropes of religion that forbids select acts (even though those acts are found in the literature of the religion).  This is most clearly seen in the Mormon religion that, until Utah sought admission to the Union, ruled that a man could have any number of wives, but a wife could only have one husband. There are no recorded statistics (that I am aware of) on the number of mental breakdowns, murders and suicides were committed because of this, although we do know that Joseph Smith’s first wife divorced him and later spoke out against polygamy.

Bob Vander Plaats (Iowa) invented his own religious organized hate group to make money (he sold his endorsement to Santorum for $1 million)

The challenge in the Mormon community is to free itself from the primitive patriarchy that is the foundation of the religion, and enter into a real world where men are not always dominant (a theme, tragically, detailed by Bob Vander Plaats of West Des Moines, Iowa, in his e-mails and mailings on his program The FAMiLY, where he celebrates the mistranslations found in the Pauline letters where the man is to dominate; it was a great money making scheme, but not as lucrative as when the Iowan sold his endorsement for the Republican presidential candidacy to Rick Santorum for $1 million (read here and here and here and here).  Bob Vander Plaats lies when he claims he is an educator (he was a coach), and a biblical authority, yet has no formal education and shows no independent knowledge of Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek (any form), etc., but depends on bad English translations–without the least comprehension of the text of Colossians 3:9:  μὴ ψεύδεσθε εἰς ἀλλήλους, ἀπεκδυσάμενοι τὸν παλαιὸν ἄνθρωπον σὺν ταῖς πράξεσιν αὐτοῦ, or more simply: nolite mentiri invicem expoliantes vos veterem hominem cum actibus eius (Biblia Sacra Vulgata) that is firm in the Armenian: Մի՛ ստէք իրարու. հանեցէ՛ք ձեր վրայէն հին մարդը՝ իր գործերով or even in his native Dutch: Liegt niet tegen elkander, dewijl gij uitgedaan hebt den ouden mens met zijn werken.  It is obvious that Vander Plaats either is unfamiliar with, or choses to ignore, Leviticus 6:1-2:  וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר׃  נֶפֶשׁ כִּי תֶחֱטָא וּמָעֲלָה מַעַל בַּיהוָה וְכִחֵשׁ בַּעֲמִיתֹו בְּפִקָּדֹון אֹו־בִתְשׂוּמֶת יָד אֹו בְגָזֵל אֹו עָשַׁק אֶת־עֲמִיתֹו׃ 

These letters were written by a group (or if you wish to be literal, by one man) who never met the Jesus of the New Testament, never was a part of the original ministry, and was using strained reality to elevate patriarchy where women were to be silent (1 Corinthians 14:34-35; actually it is an invocation that women were not to sing so as to distract men from prayers) and be obedient (submissive; Colossians 3:18: Αἱ γυναῖκες, ὑποτάσσεσθε (upotassesthe)and it appears only once in the New Testament; it does not mean “to yield” as in Hebrews 13:17:  ὑπείκετε and does not include the Old Testament concept of feigning (pretense: יִתְכַּֽחֲשׁוּ־) self being obedient, as in 2 Samuel 22:45:  בְּנֵי נֵכָר יִתְכַּחֲשׁוּ־לִי לִשְׁמֹועַ אֹזֶן יִשָּׁמְעוּ לִי׃) τοῖς ἀνδράσιν ὡς ἀνῆκεν ἐν κυρίῳ, and 1 Peter 3:1: Ὁμοίως αἱ [αἱ does not appear in the original text] γυναῖκες ὑποτασσόμεναι τοῖς ἰδίοις ἀνδράσιν, ἵνα καὶ εἴ τινες ἀπειθοῦσι τῷ λόγῳ, διὰ τῆς τῶν γυναικῶν ἀναστροφῆς ἄνευ λόγου κερδηθήσονται,; submission does not mean being coerced, but to be within a “willing conciliation” where both parties make decisions jointly out of a willingness to maintain peace, open communication and mutual respect; the problem is the extraordinarily bad translations of scripture that fundamentalists have no idea, nor any desire to learn, what was really written or meant) to the male figure (primarily the husband, but afterwards to the father, and so forth–a patriarchy that populates the injunctions in the chapter (sutra) Cow in the Qur’an).  Women in the Qur’an have less value and can be beaten by their husband (Qur’an 4:34) that Muslims came from Allah’s [god] instruction originally imposed on the Babylonian Job (Qur’an 38:44).  Women have a less favorable role in the Hadith: Bukhari (72:715), Bukhari (72:715) where Muhammad’s child-bride  Aisha complained that Muslim women sufferred more than women “of non-believers”, as she was beaten by Muhammad who struck her in the chest: Muslim (4:2127) as did his father-in-laws who saw it as funny Muslim (9:3506) as beatings were considered “necessary” Abu Dawud (2141-2142).

Polygamy in the Book of Mormon is sanctioned

In each case, where a man was the chief (bishop, ayatollah, etc), he was sanctioned in all of his actions. To this end, Romney had the right according to his office as bishop in the Mormon church not only to take another wife (or several), but to control her, and control all businesses–including telling corporation executive officers what to tell (instruct) their employees: to vote for him.  Jung would have agreed; Freud would have rejected such a contention as demeaning the psychological rights of the individual.

Joe Jessop’s brood together for a group photo is a challenge

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Love and Marriage–and the Bible

Most of the problems in the contemporary word come because of bad translations and even worse interpretations.  This is easily seen in the graphic accounts of same-sex love and marriage in the Old Testament.

I offer these contemplations because of a letter that I received from my friend Nora in Georgetown, Texas, USA.  She wrote:

Since when does the law of the United States have to limit itself to what is allowable in The Bible?  If there is a separation of Church and State, then why is gay marriage banned because The Bible forbids it?
 
The Bible condones polygamy [1 Kings 11:1-3, Solomons 700 wives, Genesis 4:19; Lamech “took unto him two wives. Genesis 16:1-4 discusses Abram who had two wives and sold one (Sarah)  into prostitution and cast away without water the other (Hagar)–this author’s note to original comment].  Using the same standards, why then does the US prosecute polygamists? 
 
It seems to me that The Bible is used as a guide for our legal standards only when a certain group of people decides it should be.   Doesn’t seem like much of a “separation of Church and State” to  me.
 
I responded instantly.  Writing back to her, I typed rapidly:  “The Judeo-Christian Bible does not ban nor deny gay marriages.  On the contrary, the Bible talks of marriage as a commitment of two people over a bowl of wine. That is why the New Testament Jesus changed water into wine as did over 103 saviour gods throughout history (John 2:1-11).” 
 
Bacchus by Michelangelo (16th century)

Bacchus by Michelangelo (16th century)

There is nothing new to this myth as it is a part of the theology of the Greek god Bacchus whose cult began in 1500 in Mycenae (and survived until 1100 BCE) before traveling throughout Europe and Asia, Mesopotamia and Egypt.  Bacchus (who is also known as Dionysius; he was born from the thigh of Zeus and thus considered to be “born of a virgin birth” since there was no copulation, no impregnation nor planting of sperm or ova) was universally recognized as He is a god of epiphany, “the god that comes”, and his “foreignness”; he preached to people and told them not to stop children from approaching him, and for his audacity was ultimate hung and died on a tree in the same manner as Jesus (see my post on why Jesus was never crucified on a cross; cp. Burkert, Walter (1985). Greek Religion, pp. 64, 132; cf. Kerényi, Karl (1976). Dionysos: Archetypal Image of Indestructible Life (Princeton, NJ, USA: Bollingen) 1976).  Dionysius was “born again” so that on his second re-entry into the world of life he could greet women and men along a high way before his celestial father caused him to rise on a cloud and ascend into heaven (Diorodus V 75.4, noted by Kerényi, Karl (1976). Dionysos: Archetypal Image of Indestructible Life.  Princeton, NJ, USA: Princeton University Press:  “The Cretan core of the Dionysos myth” p 110 note 213 and pp 110-114.).

Paul Oestreicher

Paul Oestreicher

Today, many canons (scholars of the bible), such as Paul Oestreicher, Canon Emeritus of Coventry Cathedral, in the Anglican Church have publicly stated that all biblical references about Jesus shows that he was homosexual (as I have also written).  David did love Jonathan (1 Samuel 18: 1 ff) and lived with him for fifteen years (the Hebrew words note a marriage: Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.  “Became one in spirit” actually translates as “the two became one” directly inferring sexuality, commitment, and charity [cp. 1 Corinthians 13]).  Ruth loved Naomi (Ruth 1:14 ), and the word for this attachment in Genesis 2:24 is the very same word on how spouses are supposed to feel toward each other: compassionate, caring, erotic, sexual, and so forth. Instead of putting 15th through 20th century interpretations on the words, it would be better to translate them using the interpretation of when the passages and books were written–that is scholarship, and we find that no marriage was denied to any two people who made a lifetime commitment.

David loved Jonathan (medieval manuscript marginalia)

David loved Jonathan (medieval manuscript marginalia)

The word bible means book, and includes the Old Testament, New Testament, Koran, Upanishads, etc.  To cherry pick a verse out of context is idiotic, as the word homosexual does not appear in the English lexicon until 1895, the German in 1901, etc.  The word before that in English was “inversion” but the ancient Hebrew and Greek reads qadesh and refers to using sex to experience a deity.  The Mormons took it farther by adding polygamy as a god ordered lifestyle, and when the saved die, they go to other planets to have sex and repopulate/populate those planets. 

Pope Julius III

Pope Julius III

Psychology shows us, through repeated verification research, that those who are homophobic and oppose homosexual marriages most likely are homosexuals. They are afraid of their own sexuality and refuse self-actualization, becoming their worse enemy and the greatest threat to civilization as is the case with numerous pedophile priests, bishops, cardinals and popes (at least Pope Julius III had courage to add his boy-toy ( Innocenzo Ciocchi Del Monte, age 13) not only to his bed chamber but to the cardinalate (cf. P. Messina (1990). ‘Del Monte, Innocenzo’, Dizionario biografico degli italiani, Vol 38, Rome) with many noting how many homosexuals had been appointed cardinals and became, in time, popes [the first openly gay pope was John XII 955-964, while Paul II {in 1471} had a “most embarassing death” while having anal sex with the preteen active boy) throughout history as well as an ever-increasing number of pastors, rabbis and mullahs.

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Josef Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) and Crimes Against Humanity

An outspoken enemy of human rights and individual choice, former NAZI youth leader Josef Aloisius Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) has boldly distanced himself ahead of and in front of Der Fuehrer Adolf Hitler by disallowing dissent, banning any writing that does not conform to the unholy Inquisition, and relegating women to a subordinate role (read here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here). Benedict XVI is unable to express himself clearly or to offer a single message of hope, recognition, inspiration, or education. 

Ratzinger seeks indoctrination in total stupidity, arrogance, and ignorance–not education of the people.  The German pope is in the world of Augustine of Hippo.  He struggles to answer the problems of this world based on ancient philosophy–especially in areas of health and health care.  This is especially true when it comes to women and the LGBT community.

Protest against Benedict XVI

Protest against Benedict XVI

In January 2011, the former NAZI youth leader, Josef Ratzinger confused many of his cult’s followers with his lack of even basic understanding of science or medicine by suggesting condoms might be acceptable for male prostitutes (read here and here), but not for HIV protection in general.  Like the self-styled evangelists terrorizing Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda and the USA, Ratzinger argues that HIV affects only gay males.

Spread of HIV and AIDS worldwide

Spread of HIV and AIDS worldwide

This audacious papal ignorance rejects the established fact that HIV is most common among females in sub-Sahara Africa and the Carribean (53%) due to gender inequality, discrimination, and stigma–and the lack of and use of condoms especially among Roman Catholics.  HIV and AIDS spreads most rapidly with the use of illicit drugs consumed in desperation by women and men who see no hope for a better future.

Women (and young girls) are especially blamed for the disease, are abused, and even killed, with the blessing of the priests in their illiterate communities; many pass HIV and AIDS (SIDA in Spanish) on to their unborn and are told by parasite priests and evangelical pandering preachers that they cannot have an abortion even if the pregnancy leads to the host’s death.  This disease has many effects on women, including:

  • Added responsibilities of caring for sick family members
  • Loss of property if they become widowed and/or infected
  • Violent abuse when people find out about their HIV status
  • Murder especially in religiously controlled nations such as New Guinea and island nations.

Biologically women are twice more likely to become infected with HIV through unprotected heterosexual intercourse than men. In many countries women are less likely to be able to negotiate condom use and are more likely to be subjected to non-consensual sex (Allen. C.F et al (2006, September) ‘Sexually transmitted infection service use and risk factors for HIV infection among female sex workers in Georgetown, Guyana’, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 43 (1): 96-101).  Contrary to the US Catholic Bishops Conference, heterosexual sex (sex between a male and female) is the most common way of getting HIV (or mode of transmission) among women in the US.

The second highest rate of HIV/AIDS is among heterosexual males.  Lesbians have the lowest percentage of HIV/AIDS.  Lesbians with the disease contract it from bisexual women. Ratzinger does not take any of this information as fact.  Like his predecessor, the German pope believes that HIV and AIDS are a sign of sin.  When parishoners, priests, and even a few brave bishops in sub-Saharah Africa, the Caribbean, and the USA have called for condoms for those who are sexually active, the German in the Vatican is like the ghoul in Lima, and flatly says “No!” claiming, without scientific foundation, that condoms spread AIDS and “aggravates the crisis.”  For Ratzinger, the only solution is sexual abstinence and fidelity within marriage–that has never worked or was proven successful. 

Within one week after making his outlandish comments on HIV/AIDS, the NAZI Youth Leader gay marriage penalizes traditional couples and distorts the true nature of the family: to have more babies, even though the world’s resources are limited as is space, fresh water, clean air to breathe, and housing. The Pope said, “forms of unions, which distort the essence and purpose of the family end up penalising those who, with much effort, commit themselves to living a life whose bonds are marked by stable intimacy, have juridical guarantees and are recognised publicly”; yet, only 25% of all households are run by two-parents of opposite gender.  

Ratzinger has neither empathy nor sympathy for any woman raped. He is indifferent to callousedly cruel when he, like other miscreant ministers of the faith insist that a woman carry a fertilized ova or a zygote or developing fetal tissue that is the product of rape.  The pope has no understanding of the psychological effects of rape. Not only must the woman carry unwanted fetal tissue that breeds in her psychology a painful burden remembrances of the rape, but ordered to keep the fetus until it is either expelled naturally or is removed when it is proven to be biologically dead in the uterus, or is forced out during the birthing process or with Cesarean dislodgment.

The pope’s stand is popular in Roman Catholic countries ruled by dictators that were propped up or installed by the Vatican, as with the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco that ended with his death in 1975. During Franco’s rule, however, the Vatican ruled the nation and made life for women a living hell. It is Ratzinger’s goal to turn back the hands of time and restore the nightmare of the medieval church. There is, fortunately, open defiance in Ratzinger’s church. Male bishops have ordained female priests, sanctioned same-sex marriages, and have called for the right of choice.

Some bishops ordain women as priests.

Some bishops ordain women as priests.

Feigned attempts to hide his secret agenda to destroy democracy worldwide, the tyrant of the Vatican has tapped Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Washington State to soldier a growing militant army of papal devotees to attack what Benedict sees as an open mutiny against the usurpation of the Holy See. Benedict needed someone without empathy and with as little ascertainment as he exercises.  He found his man in one of the worse prelates to preach in the Roman Catholic Church.

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain Washington State

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain Washington State

Sartain was appointed to the post of chief head-knocker by the unholy father Ratzinger because of his high-profile resistance to marriage equality, insisting that same-sex couples were inherently different from opposite-sex partners and therefore did not need to be treated equally. Sartain is not just mouthing arguments but is actively engaged in secretly bankrolling (using Roman Catholic church tithes) Referendum 74 to get it on the ballot for a November vote against equality. Acting identical to a NAZI Storm Trooper, the archbishop has made it clear that no church in Washington was to refuse to get out the vote against equality and commanded priests, brothers and nuns ex cathedra to speak out against equality from pulpits and at all public meetings to gain signatures for the Referendum. Six courageous Catholic parishes refused—with their congregations greeting the news with a standing ovation.

There remain some Roman Catholics in Washington State with intelligence, an understanding of the true meaning of the word democracy, and the courage of conviction to fight the evil slurry swilling from the Vatican. The predatory prelate Sartain slavishly savors each moment in attacking American nuns who are not openly critical of those who teach the children of same-sex parents without public criticism.

Sartain finds suicides among the “sinners” (homosexual youth) to be his god’s will, and rejects the talk of married male priests and women as priests. Sartain believes, like any fundamental pentecostal, that women must “toe the line” and give way to men.  In a speech early this year, Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s highest court, decried “the public and obstinate betrayal of religious life by certain religious.”   Burke, identical in thinking matching Adolf Hitler and his Kinder, Küche, Kirche, and the most monsterous misogynist in the Vatican’s twisted history demanded sanctions “and serious steps” be taken against women who do not show “modesty” and “preference” to the alleged wisdom of men.  In this regard Burke and Sartain are equal to the odious opportunist from Germany who slithered into the Vatican decades ago with the secret aspiration of taking control of the imaginary keys to the kingdom of the New Testament Jesus–who, in his autobiography saw himself as a bishop–and with the prodding of siblings–a cardinal while only age 5.

Josef Ratzinger, as Benedict XVI has ranted publically about American Roman Catholic nuns promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the [Roman] Catholic faith.” While Ratzinger commands that all bishops and priests condemn same-sex marriages and unions claiming that such tolerance “undermines humanity itself”.  Ratzinger said nothing about the pandora box bulging with pedophile priests undermining humanity, the family, or the mental health of the young girls and boys sexually molested and raped by clergy: priests, brothers, bishops and nuns).  The NAZI pope has gone on a raving rampage against women as minions of evil in a manner similar to the Norwegian mass murderer.

Ratzinger’s knowledge of feminist themes in Christianity is zero.  He ignores the early female bishops in the Christian communities (cf. 2 John 1: Ὁ πρεσβύτερος ἐκλεκτῇ κυρίᾳ καὶ τοῖς τέκνοις αὐτῆς, οὓς ἐγὼ ἀγαπῶ ἐν ἀληθείᾳ, καὶ οὐκ ἐγὼ μόνος ἀλλὰ καὶ πάντες οἱ ἐγνωκότες τὴν ἀλήθειαν; the translation of a “chosen lady” is presbyter or bishop and in both cases it means “leader”), the role of women as priests as late as the fifteenth century in Spain, and elsewhere, while praising the “modesty” of the “Virgin Mary” who is but a replica of the goddess Isis who ancient Egyptians portrayed with the moon at her feet and stars circling her head.  What the Vatican and its current occupant deliberately ignores is the stylized image of “a woman” wearing an

Woman as priest or bishop wearing pallium

Woman as priest or bishop wearing pallium

ecclesiastical pallium: a cloth reserved only for priests and bishops.  This image appears at

  • San Vincenzo in Rome, 6th century
  • Parenzo, Croatia, 6th century
  • San Venanzio in Rome, 7th century
  • Santa-Maria-in-Porto, Ravenna, 6th or 7th century
  • Archbishop’s Chapel, Ravenna, 11th century
  • the Basilica at Torcello, 12th century
  • Serbo Campagnano, Italy, 13th century
  • Santa Maria Antica, Rome, 14th century

Ratzinger has repeatedly ignored cries for him to step down as pope and has disregarded the charges of his crimes against humanity as anything more than a whimsical outcry by the disgruntled who filed the complaints at the World Court in the Hague. Ratzinger’s own senior advisor’s advisor on “reaching out to youth” to inspire religious vocations, who is HIV positive (it originally appeared in the Italian La Stampa). Father Riccardo Seppia, a former seminarian and barman is accused of exchange cocaine for sexual intercourse with boys over 18, has been arrested in a pedophile sting in his quest to secure boys under the age of fourteen, and complaints are now ledged that the pope himself is a pedophile.

The Vatican fought back against the police investigation with Cardinal William Levada, the head of the Congregation of the Faith (formerly headed by Ratzinger and overseen by John Paul II) declaring that child abuse cases within the Church “belongs in the first place to bishops”, blaming the victims for having committed the “sin”, despite the fact that many bishops are under investigation for pedophile with youth under age 13. Father Seppia was “suspended” but not disciplined nor discharged.

The Vatican, like the illiterate former US Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) and numerous current US Senators and organized hate groups, claim that the crime is “the sixties” when laxity became a part of contemporary society—and indirectly blamed John XXIII for creating a “spirit of modernism” with the calling of Vatican II and doing away with the rigid codex of the fascist church of Pius XII that still has a stranglehold on the cardinals who will continue to elect miscreants to the Chair of Peter. The reason more boys than girls were/are abused is because priests, bishops and more than half of the cardinals (with the highest concentration being in Latin America) have easier access to young boys than to young girls. What the report shows is that pedophile was not exclusively among gay priests, but was equally prevalent among heterosexual priests, while the number of gay priests involved in pedophilia actually decreased in the 1970s and onward, while heterosexual priests and bishops increased their molestation of both genders, the hearing and physically impaired as well as those with terminal diseases. This should come as no surprise when the papacy was known to be a hotbed for child abuse since the revelation of Pope Julius III’s toy boy and “chamberlain of the papal bedroom” was brought in to “serve” the pope while a pre-teenager until he was in his early twenties when he was made a cardinal. As the John Jay College of Criminal Justice researchers reported in 2004, being funded by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, “vulnerabilities, in combination with situational stresses and opportunities” raise the risk of abuse.”

The arrogance, duplicity, and cover-up by Benedict XVI has led to charges of crimes against humanity, with the note complaining that “The Pope, along with other top Vatican officials, ‘tolerate and enable the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and child sex crimes throughout the world.’ The complaint was filed by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a New York City-based organization.”  Lawyers for the victims say that rape, sexual violence and torture are considered as crimes against humanity as described in the international treaty that spells out the court’s mandate.

As of September 13, 2011, over 9000 complaints have been filed against the German pope and against the Curia in Rome and the Vatican in general. Benedict’s crimes against humanity go beyond pedophilia.

Bill Donohue

Bill Donohue

In the USA, the rogue Pope has unwavering support from the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue who argues that victims do not exist—but that pedophile claims are mere attacks upon the sanctity of Mother Church, and that there are no true victims but “professional victims,” who are ”a pitiful bunch of malcontents”. Donahue, who has next to zero knowledge of the history of the Roman Catholic church annually publishes an ad in support of pedophile priests in The New York Times at a minimum cost of $52,030, as and who helps himself to a salary over $340,000 a year to spew hatred. The Catholic league is basically a one-man organization: Donahue. 

Archbishop Timothy Dolan

Archbishop Timothy Dolan

It is supported by the most devious denizen within the Vatican and frequently referenced many young men in New York City as a pedophile, archbishop Timothy Dolan.  Dolan, draconically, argues that there are no true pedophile victims. Benedict XVI has an unfavorable rating of 65% of Americans, and 35% among Roman Catholics, leading the Vatican to whine before the UN Council on Human Affairs that the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope are being vilified by critics for its anti-gay stand. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi complained that the Roman Catholic Church should be treated as a person and that “These attacks [by its critics] are violations of fundamental

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi

human rights and cannot be justified under any circumstances”.  The Vatican’s complaint came on the same day the Obama administration introduced a declaration to the UN that calls for improved treatment and protections for LGBT people internationally. That declaration already has more than 80 cosponsors. In the USA, a majority of Roman Catholics support same-sex marriages.

LGBT issues and Roman Catholics in the USA

LGBT issues and Roman Catholics in the USA

Taking a leaf from Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf, the Vatican and Benedict XVI argue that international pedophile scandal and attacks on Mother Church were the result of homosexuality and Jews.  Bishop Giacomo Babini, age 83 (b. February 22, 1929), had the audacity to proclaim Jews to be “Christ killers” in keeping with medieval Catholicism’s calumny (read here; cp. here) even though this predatory prelate has frequently been denounced as a pervert. Babini’s bellow matched the mincing of Martin Luther in the sixteenth century when the former Augustinian monk wrote feverishly against the Jews and became the spiritual grandfather to Adolf Hitler with his publication of Von den Jüden und jren Lügen where the Protestant “reformer” described the Jews of medieval Germany as a “base, whoring people, that is, no people of God, and their boast of lineage, circumcision, and law must be accounted as filth.” Luther wrote that the Jews were “full of the devil’s feces … which they wallow in like swine,” and the synagogue was an “incorrigible whore and an evil slut”.

Bishop Giacomo Babini

Bishop Giacomo Babini

Once that Babini’s words were reprinted worldwide, the bishop now claims his words were taken out of context.  For his protestation he won the admiration and backing of the curia that long had harbored hatred for the ancestors of the New Testament Jesus.  Unfortunately for the Vatican and its supporters, there existed reporters who kept the original comments, and released them as  evidence to prove the opposite of the preachificatorial pastor and to counter his slanderous and calloused claim.  Babini was quickly exposed as the fraud that he is today–a man with marginal intelligence, little linguistic ability, and a modern day man filled with hate surpassing that of the ministers of the New Apostolic Reformation.

Babini, like Benedict XVI who said in a year-end message in 2010 to his Cardinals, “In the 1970s, pedophilia was theorized as something fully in conformity with man and even with children” and added that pedophilia wasn’t even considered an “absolute evil” (read here and here).  Babini has a long, unbroken history of lying and Jew-hatred.  The choice for future cardinals had to match their own self-loathing, and one was close at hand and oversaw one of the richest and largest dioceses in the world:  New York City.  To this end, Josef Ratzinger elevated Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, to the cardinalte. 

Rembert G. Weakland archbishop of Milwaukee, WI

Dolan had earlier succeeded Roman Catholic Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Weakland had been a popular administrator and a man who saw in that which was modern a good deal of beauty and good.  Unfortunately, Weakland had two weaknesses:  the first was his desire to rebuild the church that would meet the needs of the modern community of believers, and offer them churches matching the times, and the second was a strong attraction to and interest in young males.  He ultimately confessed to having had sex with at least one underage male and paid him $425,000 (the victim, Paul J. Marcoux, claims that the amount was $450,000) out of the Church tithings to avoid a lawsuit  to protect himself, based in many ways after his letter penned in 1984 to the nuns of Milwaukee in which Weakland had threatened nuns in the archdiocese with a lawsuit if they wrote anything libelous about pedophile priests.

Jorge Arturo Augustin Cardinal Medina Estévez Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Cardinal-Priest of S. Saba

Jorge Arturo Augustin Cardinal Medina Estévez

Weakland had been vilified by the Vatican for being “too modernistic” especially in destroying old artifacts in favor of new art.  Jorge Arturo Augustin Cardinal Medina Estévez Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Cardinal-Priest of San Saba objected to the new construction, noting: “…it would seem to this congregation that the ancient and venerable high altar together with its baldacchino should be retained, given also that it is a most suitable location for the reservation of the Most Blessed Sacrament.”

 Weakland responded, writingWe are not a corporation with head offices in Rome … it is my obligation to insist on the rights and duties of the local bishop in the Catholic Church“.  That was Weakland’s greatest mea culpa.

Dolan replaced Weakland, and stayed closeted in his private life, but was a vocal defender of Roman Catholicism.  Dolan fought proposed legislation that would have lifted the statute of limitations on child rape, in part because of accusations against Dolan and various Wisconsin priests, and in response of the rising problems within the Roman Catholic Church in Massachusetts where pedophile priests were regularly called down by their victims. Dolan, like all conservative prelates in the Roman Catholic Church blame the victims of sexual attacks and see the priests as those victimized.

Cipriani Thorne (Lima, Peru)

Cipriani Thorne (Lima, Peru)

Dolan, Benedict XVI, and the majority of new Cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church, especially the closeted Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne (who was accused of murdering his predecessor, but the evidence was, as many Peruvians expected, suppressed by the Vatican—most notably by Ratzinger) of Lima, Perú. 

Cipriani Thorne tartly espouses and expresses rank homophobia at every opportunity, equating homosexuals in Peru with human feces. Cipriani Thorne’s passionate pasttime is to waft wretched words against those “liberation theologians” who do not support him (the Perú Council of Bishops refused to elect him as their leader) that, by all measurements, tests, and psychiatric research, is a cover for latent homosexuality as found in the homophobia of latent lesbians such as Michele

Monica Crowley Fox News

Monica Crowley Fox News

Bachmann (R-MN), cardinals Dolan and Cipriani Thorne, and Fox News commentators Pat Buchanan, Glenn Beck, and most dangerous of all: Monica Crowley and her lesbian taunt (every word and movement by Monica Crowley of Fox News can easily be identified with the stereotyped lesbian with severe psychological problems in desperate treatment by a competent psychiatrist). Fox News now is synonymous with distortion and fabrication in its overreach to twist truth and manipulate messages to the satisfaction of the Murdochs clan that controls the thinking of the unthinking and poorly educated population in the USA.

Censorship is a daily diet on Ratzinger’s plate at the table at which he says mass.  Free speech is not permitted in the Vatican, even though it is a standard right in all free nations, for the Vatican defines “free speech” as enhancing the words of Augustine and Aquinas, Fathers of the Church, and past papal papers and established church doctrine: the canon of the church.  The absense of freedom of speech, expression, thought, and a free speech is but one more charge against the German pope for violating basic human rights.  Ratzinger defends his unholy offices of Faith and Inquisition as if he were the Grand Inquisitor seeking out false Christs. Ratzinger is convinced that he alone is in charge of protect the “faith”.

Josef Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)

Josef Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)

Ratzinger does not come out against injustice, pedophile priests, theft among clergy, rape of nuns, or other atrocities. The main goal of Ratzinger is to stifle (if not to destroy absolutely) dissent. To make certain that the mythology of the past is maintained in its most grotesque appearance, the celebrity priest Father Brian D’Arcy the latest member of the Catholic clergy in Ireland to be censored by the Vatican and Ratzinger.

Father Brian D'Arcy

Father Brian D'Arcy

D’Arcy writes a column for the Sunday World and was ordered to submit anything he writes to church censors. The Northern Ireland based cleric has frequently criticized the structure of the church in Ireland and its stand on contraception.  D’Arcy has argued that the church must allow women to be priests, and priests must have the right to marry. The Roman Catholic Church attempts to cover up the Biblical account that Peter, the alleged first pope, was married.

Father Tony Flannery

Father Tony Flannery

Another priest who is subjected to “oversight” equal to that of the medieval Inquisition in Spain is Father Tony Flannery, founder of the Association of Catholic Priests.  Flannery is chastised for having “too liberal views” that are unacceptable to Benedict XVI and the pope’s 1944 mindset. Flannery’s monthly column in Redemptorist Reality is now “shelved”.  Flannery, a popular author and retreat director who had given retreats throughout Ireland and had won many former Roman Catholics back to the Roman Catholic Church, came under Vatican suspicion when he publicly voiced support for opening up debates around the ordination of women, a change to the church’s ban on artificial birth control and an end to mandatory celibacy. Flannery provoked dismay among senior Irish bishops when he publicly backed Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s 2011 attack on the Vatican in the wake of the report into the mishandling of clerical abuse in the Cloyne diocese. Kenny accused the Vatican of “dysfunction,” “disconnection,” “elitism” and “narcissism.” Flannery described the speech as “wonderful.”

Father Owen O'Sullivan

Father Owen O'Sullivan

Flannery was not alone.  Capuchin Father Owen O’Sullivan also fell foul of the doctrinal congregation in late 2010 after he published an article suggesting that homosexuality is “simply a facet of the human condition.”

Ratzinger’s inquisition has gone even further by denouncing most religious orders of nuns as devoting too much time and work to societal and social justice issues and not enough time is spent on teaching the official Roman Catholic religion. Ratzinger and the Vatican, obviously, never read Matthew 25:34-40. 

The arrogance and ignorance of Ratzinger and the Curia of the Vatican has brought the Church in Northern Ireland to the point of collapse. Instead of correcting the problem, riding the church of pedophile priests, and abandoning the unhistorical mythology that engulfs the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, Ratzinger is busy silencing priests and demanding, autocratically, absolute obedience to his will.  Outside of a lukewarm apology for the numerous decades of clerical abuse of young girls and boys, the rape of women and some men by Ireland’s Roman Catholic priests and brothers, Ratzinger said nothing.  His journey left increased bitterness among the Irish that had, in the past, been the strongeset pillar of the Roman Catholic Church. Ratzinger did more damage than good. Many priests openly state that they doubt there will be any Roman Catholics in Northern Ireland by 2020.

Benedict XVI meets with Cuba leader Fidel Castro

Benedict XVI meets with Cuba leader Fidel Castro

The censuring of the six Irish priests give a definitive lie to the falsehoods of Benedict XVI especially when he made a fervent plea for freedom of expression during his visit in 2012 to Cuba. Fidel Castro asked the best question of the pontiff: “What do you do?”  The papacy had become meaningless, the popes had turned to prayer instead of working in the crowded housing of the poor; no pope had been outside the Vatican for a journey for his diocese for nearly two hundred years.

Cubans knew that what the German pope wants is the indoctrination of Roman Catholicism and the suppression of free thought and expression and the unbridled conduct of inquiry that would expose the false foundation of Ratzinger’s Roman Catholicism that Benedict left in Ireland. 

Stephen Hawking (Getty Image)

Steohen Hawking (Getty Image)

Benedict has become more of a plight on science than even the nefarious John Paul II who ordered Stephen Hawking of Cambridge University not to seek, scientifically, the answer of how “creation” [the world] began–the pontiff claiming that his god had created the universe.  Hawking candidly has stated that a personal god is not necessary; Hawking was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge (a post he held for thirty years) until his retirement in 2011, a post previously held by Isaac Newton. On January 17, 2007 in London, England, Hawking delivered one of his most direct lectures on why there is no need for a heaven, a hell, nor a god–a monologue that the Roman Catholic Church condemned attempting to silence all science that refutes or exposes the simplicity of the Bible and papal pronouncements.  Ratzinger was angry and reacted with hostility.  He turned to Augustine of Hippo to squelch any dissent, claiming that the Bible was without error (read here; cp. here and here on the “Big Bang”).

13 yr old Ratzinger as Nazi youth (1940)

13 yr old Ratzinger as Nazi youth (1940)

Ratzinger had a long history of taking charge of situations.  He was, at the age of 13, a Hitler Youth, and wore its insignia to win recognition.  He chose to enter the seminary in quest, as he would write later, a better life–hoping to be a cardinal so he could wear better shoes, ride in a big car, and control people.

Seminarian Ratzinger offering Nazi salute

Seminarian Ratzinger offering Nazi salute

As a young seminarian, Ratzinger had been accused of “sexual irregularities” but his bishop, Michael von Faulhaber archbishop of Munich (who was the primary negotiator between Hitler and the Vatican; cf. Hubert Wolf, Hubert (2010), Pope and Devil: the Vatican’s archives and the Third Reich, Boston, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, pp. 89-90), who ordered the German clergy to support the Nazi government (Lewy, Guenter (2000) The Catholic Church and Nazi Germany. New York: Da Capo Press; p. 41) silenced Ratzinger’s “detractors”—in much the same way the future John Paul II would be protected from “allegations” while a seminarian in Poland, and would protect pedophile priests as pope.

Nazi Roman Catholic clergy (Ratzinger 3rd from left)

Nazi Roman Catholic clergy (Ratzinger 3rd from left)

In Ratzinger’s first autobiography, he admitted that he was bored with studies, and found his having to share space with other students to be intolerable (Ratzinger, Josef (1988). Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977, San Francisco, CA, USA: Ignatius Press, pp. 25-27). In 1944, Ratzinger enlisted in the Landsturm. The Landsturm were troops “of the last hour” and were comprised of the young and “the less young,” and fathers of families who, after a summary training and with light armament, were generally employed in the defense of fixed points (i.e., streams, bridges, etc.). Child abuse was common, and while officially and by Reichstag legislation prohibited, it was overlooked—and commonly practiced by the clergy who had access to young girls and boys. Ratzinger was privy to this information—and said nothing.

MANAL (Key of Life)

MANAL (Key of Life)

Ratzinger turned to “faith” and sought out absolutes allegedly given with the “Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven” (an ancient Egyptian proverb and phrase indicating gates leading to union with the Blessed Trinity of Isis, Osiris and Horus and a subordinate trinity later with ISis-Ra-El, the goddess, the god of the sun, and the Master or Husband) to St. Peter. He had various teachers, some “liberal” [i.e. “modern”] and others who were traditionalist and literalists. Ratzinger is a throw-back to the Dark Ages, countering even his “blessed” John Paul II who claimed that Hell was a state of the human mind.  Ratzinger ranted in 2007: “Hell is a place where sinners really do burn in an everlasting fire, and not just a religious symbol designed to galvanise the faithful.  Hell “really exists and is eternal, even if nobody talks about it much any more” (Sunday Times ([London, UK] April 14, 2007: ).  Benedict’s claim that there is a real firey hell is in direct contradiction to John Paul II’s address to the general audience of 8,500 people at the Vatican on July 28, 1999, during which time the pontiff preached that the Scriptural references to hell and the images portrayed by Scripture are only symbolic and figurative of “the complete frustration and emptiness of life without God. Rather than a physical place, hell is the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy.” Hell, John Paul II noted, is “a condition resulting from attitudes and actions which people adopt in this life.” Concerning the concept of eternal damnation, the pope said, “Damnation consists precisely in definitive separation from God, freely chosen by the human person, and confirmed with death that seals his choice for ever.” The only “Christian authority” (but definitely not a follower of the Jesus of the New Testament whom he never saw) was Saul of Tarsus (he does not appear in the New Testament until The Acts of the Apostles (Acts) 13:9 and has no historical recognition before 107 CE) that later apologists for the invented “catholic” [universal] church (or community) of Constantine I at his Council of Nicea in 325 CE (cf. Hebrews 6:1-2, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9, etc. that have nothing to support these absurd claims in any of the Gospels: Matthew 13:41, 42; 18:8, 9; 25:41-46; Luke 16:19-31 are later day additions, and have no equal in the Gospels of Mark or John).

Ratzinger has close ties to the rich–a goal he aspired to obtain as a child at the age of five when he first saw a wealthy German bishop step out of his car in brightly polished boots.  This came to the foreground when Ratzinger Cardinal Ratzinger penned the encyclical Dominus Jesu that John Paul II attached his papal signature to in order to give it authenticity.  Dominus Jeusu is unequivocal in its rank and pathetic claim that “Out side the Catholic Church there is no salvation”.  When Protestant Christians protested that they were left out of the Catholic salvation to Heaven, the smug pope and smiling cardinal remained silent, but when the Jesuit Jon Sobrino soon penned “Outside the poor there is no salvation” meaning without service to the poor of Christ and with only one’s mere words of charity, there is no salvation.  Not long after the essay was released, the Jesuit Sobrino was officially “silenced” by Cardinal Ratzinger and forbidden to teach in Catholic universities and Catholic venues because Liberation Theology theologians like Sorbino challenged the wealthy monarchial lifestyle of the Pope living in the Vatican Palaces amidst wealth and out-of-touch with reality.  Benedict XVI, like John Paul II, does not represent in any fashion the Jesus of the New Testament who had no place to rest his head, unlike the papal apartments in the Vatican or on the papal jets (Luke 9:58), had not elegant dishes prepared for him but ate the raw grain in the field (Mark 2:23), ate with tax collectors, the poor, and those hated by the wealthy (Matthew 9:10; cp. the conclave in the fictional account Name of the Rose by Umberto Ecco, San Diego, CA, USA: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1983 (original name is Nome della rosa; it is also a video produced by Videomax in Mexico City), and rejected fine clothing and titles (Luke 4:14 ff).  Benedict XVI is as much a holy man as John Paul II is a saint; they are, as Proverbs 30:2 states: כִּי בַעַר אָנֹכִי מֵאִישׁ וְלֹא־בִינַת אָדָם לִי׃: the two most ignominious men in papal history.

While the Jesus of the New Testament never required temples or churchs, but claimed “where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I” (Matthew 18:20: οὗ γὰρ εἰσιν δύο ἢ τρεῖς συνηγμένοι εἰς τὸ ἐμὸν ὄνομα, ἐκεῖ εἰμι ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῶν), Ratzinger like all popes before him after the fourth century have required fortunes be laid out to build worthless structures that were occupied only by the Blessed Sacrament, and today millions are wasted on the construction of churches while the poor sleep on streets or in boxes or, in Latin America, in mud-brick (adobe) huts.  To this end Ratzinger, like the fallen-hero bishop of Milwaukee, calls for the construction of more churches, chapels, and cathedrals.

While Ratzinger initially read with breadth and earnestly attempted to know that which other theologians refused to read and rejected in ignorance, he ultimately went to the dark side of blind faith, and ignored the words of Albert Einstein who rejected the question “Which God?” when Einstein wrote: “It is the sense of mystery, mingled with fear, which begot religion…I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures and who exercises a will like that which we exert over ourselves. I can neither conceive nor desire that an individual might survive his physical death. Let weak souls, whether from fear or self-centeredness, fortify themselves by such ideas. For me, the mystery of the eternity of life, the consciousness of and insight into the admirable structure of the world in which we live are enough, as is the unceasing effort needed to comprehend even the slightest particle of the Reason which is manifest in nature” (Einstein, Albert. Anthologie, in Silvio Bergia, Einstein e la relativita, Bari, Roma: Laterza, 1980, p.164; in Italian).

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Christmas, Jesus, December 25, and making merry

On December 20, 2011, I received an e-mail from Fred Edwords, National Director of the Coalition for Reason.  In his e-mail, Edwords cited a passage in an oral presentation that he made to two groups in Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey.  One line struck one of the listeners with concern.  The line in question that Edwords delivered was:

Isis and Horus (Egypt) and Mary and Jesus (Christianity)

The Madonna and Child icon was developed from the mother and child imagery of Cybele and Attis (Mother of God and Sun God), in use at Rome, itself rooted in the older Egyptian imagery of Isis and Osiris–the child in each case being born on December 25th.”

The individual who was troubled by Edwords’ assessment and initially spoke with the National Director then sent Edwords an e-mail.  The cognoscenti queried:

“…you used Osiris in your talk, but the information on Osiris is very, very limited and our source pool comes from the Classical period, which predates Christianity, and from late antiquity, a la Plutarch (who is extremely unreliable as a source).  While some similarities between Jesus and Osiris exists (for example, the resurrection account between Mark and Plutarch dealing with Jesus and Osiris, respectively), there is no record of a date of birth for Osiris, per se.  Plutarch claims that he was the first of the gods of Egypt born during the five-days Egyptians attributed to their births.  It assuredly was not during the solstice, but if you have a source on the matter I’d be interested in giving it a look. I poured over my copy of the ANET trying to find any reference of a seasonal connection to the birth dates surrounding the Egyptian deities. That isn’t to say a source does not exist, but I certainly don’t know of it.

 While I do not claim the luxury of having personally met with Fred Edwords or knowing him as a personal friend, I am quite aware of his objectivity, dedication to track down and determine the veracity of all resource citations (he called me down on a statement I made about Justin Martyr that I  initially  appended to a comment on two of my blogs that I later expanded to demonstrate that Martyr was never a traditional Christian (in fact he was banished for a time by the very church he claimed to defend, and whose life and writings are not certain today) and had created the fantasy of a cross (crux) whereas in the scrolls Jesus of the New Testament was executed on a pole), and works tirelessly to dispel myths and folklore.  I wrote back with these comments (the questioner’s comments are in black, my response is in red): … you used Osiris in your talk, but the information on Osiris is very, very limited (…from the darkest ages in Egypt until its hostile take over initially by the Hyksos (who may have either been or incorporated the Habiru/Hebrews) or the Ptolemy dynasty that included Cleopatra.  The reason is clear, that the individual is referring to one or two papyrus, but (1) there are over 100 different papyrus …, (2) there is tomb and pyramid art with inscriptions that have been … been translated [usually into German] that deal with this subject, (3) there are extra-Egyptiological works left in cuneiform, most likely by Hittites, Hyksos, Phoenicians, etc, (4), etc. which I address in my newest work) and our source pool comes from the Classical period (… your authority is obviously citing Herodotus [“Father of History”] but while there is material, he [like Trajan] recorded what he heard–not saw–and the adiaphora details and references did not exist at that time as a part of the academic buttressing of arguments. …we also have Strabo and his Geography, Plinar and his History (which only specialists seem to know of its existence) and various other writers, but they are writing in the last 500 years BCE, and never entered Egyptian of Mesopotamian tombs, etc, nor studied the work.  Today, for example, there are a growing number of scholars who are refining and redefining the various Mithras/Mithraic works that decorate walls in underground “churches” of Mithras detailing how the Christians were kept busy burning the original texts of the Mithras religion…  I hope I showed in my last article that the first century CE writers, especially Justin Martyr were not considered “Christians” in the first century not only in the East but the west, and that Constantine I ordered in 325/326 the destruction of most “heathen” texts.  …), which predates Christianity, and from late antiquity, a la 

Constantine and Council of Nicaea burning Arian books

Plutarch (who is extremely unreliable as a source [actually no–… NGL (Nicholas Geoffrey Lempriere) Hammond, Chester G. Star [whom I studied ancient History under] and others all cite Plutarch and note his reliability. Plutarch’s Nine Greek Lives (now entitled “Rise and Fall of Athens”) rejects most of your antagonist’s … objections, as do most German and [other] scholars …].  While some similarities between Jesus and Osiris exist (for example, the resurrection account between Mark and Plutarch dealing with Jesus and Osiris, respectively), there is no record of a date of birth for Osiris, per se (actually that is incorrect, [existing records]  all give Osiris’ birth as December 25 [but do not use the current Christian calendar; read about that below]… but it was not proclaimed throughout the Roman Empire until the first century BCE … read). 

Ancient Egyptian calendar

All ancient cultures had different calendars. Most were lunar and dating matched rising and falling of tides, seasonal variations, and so on.  Nearly everything else would officially conform to Roman rule, but not the dating of nativities, resurrections, or holy days.  These would not be suppressed until the Emperor Constantine would seek to strengthen his rule by creating a  church in 325 CE that he could dominate and control: this would be the reason for establishing Christianity as a faith, one that Constantine rejected (the claim that he converted on his death-bed and was baptized by the Arian Bishop Eusebius is fantasized decades later). 

Osiris with shepherd staff and serpent rod (serpent represents wisdom)

Osiris was among the more current gods of salvation within the Empire, where his devotees proclaimed that “his burden is light” and “his rod and shaft” caused no pain.

Osiris pine cone staff

Osiris is a savior-god who had been worshipped as far back as Neolithic times. “He was called Lord of Lords, King of Kings, God of Gods…the Resurrection and the Life, the Good shepherd…the god who ‘made men and women be born again’”  Three wise men announced his birth. His followers ate cakes of wheat that symbolized his body. Many sayings associated with Osiris were taken over into the Bible and the emerging Christian Church adopted his symbols, token, and promises, while incorporating the dress of Mithraist priests for their own sacerdotal leaders. This includes, for example:

Papal pine cone staff

Parts of Psalm 23, where the Egyptian hieroglyphs read: “We appeal to Osiris as the good Shepherd to lead believers through the Valley of the Shadow of Death and to green pastures and still waters”

  • Part of the “Lord’s Prayer”, that in various ancient Egyptian text reads: “O Amen /Amen-Ra [sometimes Amun], who are in the heavens, we keep your name holy…”

Relief of Rameses III "smiting enemies" before Amen-Ra at the God's temple at Thebes

(Cairo Amen Hymn  (Papyrus Cairo CG 58038= Papyrus Boulaq 17)  that  dates, at least in parts, to the late Middle Kingdom: early 17th century BCE) The name of the Egyptian God Amen translates as “the Hidden One” whose name was so holy that only a select few were allowed to pronounce it (ref. Sarcophagus Texts, Formula 44 (CT I, 189f-g)).  He is one of the antecedents of Yahweh/Jehovah/YHWH of the later Jews who would become the Hebrews. Amen and his consort, Amenet were the gods of creation

Rameses II with the gods Amun/Amen, son Khons, wife Mut

Amen was part of the Theban Trinity (along with Mut and their son Khons the moon-god; cf., Brunner, Hellmut, and Beyerlin, Walter (1975).  Religionsgeschichtliches Textbuch zum alten Testament, Göttingen, Germany: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1985; Kees, Hermann (reissued 1956)  Der Götterglaube im alten Ägypten, Leipzig, Germany, 1941: Berlin : Akademie-Verlag, 1956; Lurker, Manfred (1998).  Lexikon der Götter und Symbole der alten Ägypter. Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verlag, 2005; originally published in Bern, Switzerland: Scherz, 1987; newest edition: [München], Germany: Barth, 2011).  It was from the Egyptian theology concerning three supreme deities that Constantine would create his Christian Trinity.

Osiris had numerous similarities to Jesus of the New Testament–similarities that Christian apologists deny or brush over.  Osiris was a god who turned water into wine, forgave fallen women, cured blindness and illness and did most things that Jesus did (Frazer, James George (1962). Adonis, Attis, Osiris: studies in the History of Oriental Religion. Reprint, New Hyde Park, NY, USA: University Books; original printing New York, NY and London, UK: The Macmillan Company, 1906).  On the power of Osiris and his champion Horus, read Pyramid Texts, utterance 356, §§ 581-582. 

Western Christianity does not adopt December 25 as the birthday of Jesus of the New Testament until 336 or 379/380 (depending on what document is being read).  The Eastern churches did not accept December 25 until 386 CE, while Egypt (primarily the See of Antioch) did not concur until 432, and Jerusalem more than a century later (the Armenian Christians never accepted the date, but continues to celebrate Christmas, “manifestation of the magi” and baptism on January 6; read more here).  

Orthodox Armenians, Copts, Russians, Georgians and Serbs celebrate the Nativity on January 7th

The year that the Jesus of the New Testament was born was never recorded as the year zero for more than 500 years after his alleged birth; the “Christian” calendar did not exist before the eighth century at the earliest.  Religious scholars and serious, trained historians place the assumed nativity somewhere between 7 and 2 BCE (cf. Carson, D. A. Moo, Douglas J, and Morris, Leon (1992) An Introduction to the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI, USA: Zondervan).

There is no mention of birth celebrations in the writings of early Christian writers such as Irenaeus (c. 130–200) or Tertullian (c. 160–225). Outside of mythology, there is no historical evidence of there ever being a “bishop of Rome” before the end of the first century.  There is a similar lack of evidence even into the second century, and there are no surviving (if there ever had been) documents from any presbyters or other leaders on a nativity of a Jesus of the Testament or on any other son of god anywhere in the City of Rome or on any of the pagan hills of the Vatican that was home to numerous gods from Vulcan to Mithras, who, according to Herodotus, History Bk. 1, c. 131, goes back to the seventh century BCE. 

Initiation into Mithraism (serpent represents being surrounded by wisdom)

Mithras had an inscription on his altars, on his cave walls where rituals were performed, and in numerous other places.  The inscription reads: “He who will not eat of my body and drink of my blood, so that he will be made on with me and I with him, the same shall not know salvation.”  It was later plagiarized by the writers of John 6:53-54.

Origen of Alexandria (c. 165–264) goes so far as to mock Roman celebrations of birth anniversaries, dismissing them as “pagan” practices—a strong indication that Jesus’ birth was not marked with similar festivities at that place and time (Origen, Homily on Leviticus 8).  Among the most convoluted arguments for December 25, comes from the Father of the Church Tertullian—who would leave the church and become a born-again pagan—of Carthage.  He tried to determine the date Jesus died, placing it at the 14th of Nisan (day of the crucifixion according to the Gospel of John that did not exist in its entirety. That would make it March 25 in the Roman solar calendar—which is precisely nine months before December 25, making March 25 the date (and later commemoration) of Jesus’ conception (Luke 1:26; ovulation was not a science, but it was commonly known that a pregnancy lasted nine months, and that date was determined by referencing Elizabeth’s conception of John the Baptist: Luke 1:10-13; that was based on duties Zacharias performed on the Day of Atonement during the seventh month of the Hebrew lunar calendar, now lunisolar [הלוח העברי], Ethanim or Tishri (Leviticus 16:29, 1 Kings 8:2) which falls in September–October but the precise date is uncertain given the calendar at that time), as apologists for the New Testament Jesus argued that Jesus was conceived and crucified on the same day of the year—thus the birth was pegged at December 25.  This argument appears in an anonymous “Christian” treatise entitled On Solstices and Equinoxes that was appears from fourth-century Africa: De solstitia et aequinoctia conceptionis et nativitatis domini nostri iesu christi et iohannis baptistae.  It is based on Augustine of Hippo (only late in life, after whoring and fathering a bastard did he become a Christian under the scolding of his mother), as found in Augustine, Sermo CCII.

Stone manger to feed cattle in Iran (200 BCE - 2011 CE)

There was no stable, nor any farm animals present at the birth, and the “manger” was a feeding troth in a cave—not in a barn near a hotel (Luke 2:7).  That there were “shepherds in a field” does not indicate that the shepherds were near-by, but that the season was warm and not raining nor cold—this would exclude winter months.  Matthew 2:11 reports that an indefinite number of astrologers visited the cave, not three wise men nor magi. The fantasy of Jesus being wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger comes from the theology of the Persian/Zoroastrian God Mithra/Mithras. As with Christianity that has its trinity composed of the Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Ghost/Spirit; Mithra/Mithras was a part of the Zoroastrian Trinity: along with Rashnu “Justice” and Sraosha “Obedience”, Mithra is one of the three judges at the

Mithras Chinva Bridge of Separation (separating souls)

Chinva (or Chinvat) bridge, the “bridge of separation” that all souls must cross, and as with what became Christianity without Jesus (better known as Paulinity), no one could go to the Father without first turning to the Son, nor could one achieve eternal life without confessing the name of Mithra/Mithras as he “quiets the waters and makes the pastures green” (Avestan hymn to Mithra (Yasht 10) and Yasna 1:11-3:13).

Saturnalia celebrated with alcohol and sex on December 25 to initiate fertility

Christmas “traditions” are of recent vintage.  They were never a part of the early, medieval, or renaissance periods. The word “Christmas,” in fact, does not appear in word-formation until 1038, and then only in medieval English. All Christmas celebrations and traditions can be dated back at least 4000 to 15000 years BCE from Egypt to Scandinavia, Eastern Russia to France, Ethiopia to Mesopotamia, and elsewhere. These are found in Scandinavia worship celebration of the God Odin, in the Roman Empire recognizing the joyful sounds of Bacchus and the riotous merrymaking of Saturnalia, in Egypt where fertility rituals were the sport of the day, and numerous other occurrences.  

Nicholas bishop of Myra

The innovation of gift-giving (originally ascribed to a Greek bishop named Nicholas (Νικόλαος) of Myra who left socks of money to poor girls for dowries) whose relics were transferred to the Italian town of Bari (for that reason he is also known as Nicholas of Bari); he has always been favored by fishermen, sailors, and masters of ships and has been considered the Christianized version of the god of the seas: Poseidon. 

Dionysios/Bacchus god of wine: Triumphal Chariot (Tunisia) 200 BCE

Merrymaking goes back to the worshipful practices of the priests of Saturnalia and Bacchus (Roll, Susan K. (1995). Toward the Origins of Christmas, Kampen, The Netherlands: Kok Pharos Publishing House. p. 129 has Pope Benedict XIV being the first to roundly defend December 25 as being the birth of the New Testament Jesus).  Fernand Cabrol, “Les Origines du Culte catholique. Le Paganisme dans la liturgie” in Revue pratique d’apologétique 3 (1906-1907), pp. 210-211 note 2, and 212, note 3 with page 281 is among many who reject Christmas as being a Christian celebration and as an invention in the seventh century but not crystallized into popular canon until the seventeenth century; cp. Blötzer, Joseph (1907), “Das heidnische Mysterienwesen und die Hellenisierung des Christentums,” in Stimmen aus Maria Laach 72, pp. 41-42).  The most frequent use of other religions’ feasts and celebrations was among the Arians, with the established (Constantinian) church incorporating them to battle against Arianism. 

It is not before the seventh century, at the earliest, and continues through the nineteenth century, that Christianity has attempted to justify the mythological birth date of Jesus of the New Testament as December 25—which even science reviewing the New Testament accounts reject (Francis Pagi, Breviarium historic-chronologico-criticum, illustriora Pontificum Romanorum Gesta, Conciliorum Geralium acta, vol. 1 (Antwerp, The Netherlands: Van der Hart, 1717), pp. 89-93, cf. Patrologia Latina  128:24-30, under Anastasius, Vitae Romanorum pontificorum.

Christmas Day 1830: Farmer Giles' Establishment (UK)

Nativity scenes do not appear anywhere in any record until the tenth century CE, and homes are not decorated with “green” (shrubs, ivy, decorations, mistletoe (Viscum album) that was originally hung in honor of Nordic gods in petitioning for greater sexual fertility for poor families so that there would be more hands to work, and so forth) until the sixteenth century.  Commercially produced adornments/ornaments do not appear until 1860 and then only in Germany. When I was a young man attending St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa, there were no Christmas trees allowed in the church in the 1960s. Father McMullan blasted the practice as pagan.  In that the priest was correct, as the tree was adorned in honor of the Nordic god Thor (Allhoff, Fritz; Lowe, Scott C.; and, Nissenbaum, Stephen  (2010). Christmas – Philosophy for Everyone: Better than a Lump of Coal. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons).  The word “Christmas tree” does not appear in the German language until the eighteenth century, and in English it is first recorded in 1835, brought in and translated by Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III,

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (UK) 1846 Christmas tree

and acculturated by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.  The Christmas tree, grudgingly, is accepted in the USA by the 1870s, and in South America in the twentieth century. Poinsettia doe not appear outside of Mexico until the nineteenth century, and they were a symbol of an ancient pagan god under the name of Cuitlaxochitl and carried to ancient Chile and Peru. It was initially attacked, then held in reverence by Franciscan friars and fathers who saw it as a symbol of the blood of the New Testament Jesus.

Joel Poinsett

The plant was and is used to produce a red dye and an antipyretic medication.  When the plant was introduced into the United States in 1825 by Joel Poinsett it took the name of Poinsettia.

Christmas carols (religious music) do not appear in any Christian church or community until the fourth century, and then as a means to popular counter Arianism. It is argued by apologists that Ambrose, archbishop of Milan wrote the first Latin hymn: Veni redemptor gentium.  Popular Christian songs do not appear until the thirteenth century and then they were heard only in France, Germany, and Italy.  They appear in England in 1426, and were sung by wassailers who went from house to house in quest of food and drink.

Panetón Todino (Perú) Translation: Let us go, eat, drink, dance, it is party time.

Eating special foods, especially pastries and confections do not reappear until the late Middle Ages and then as a means to wean the common people away from a return to pagan Bacchanalia in honor of the god Bacchus whose ministry and celebration included lavish feasts, drunkenness and sexual license. To this end there became the ritual consumption of bûche de Noël in France, panettone in Italy, and panetón in Spain and its conquered nations, especially in South America.

Martin Luther's Christmas tree

Gift giving was always a part of most pagan celebrations, and in the Roman west gift giving was associated with the theology and ritual of the god Saturnalia.  It was banned by the Roman Catholic Church in the Middle Ages because of its non-Christian origins (it was reinvented by Martin Luther to counter St. Nicholas day, that was actually a Norse legend around the god Odin), but later rationalized in Roman Catholic communities as being a part of the presents to the New Testament infant Jesus by the men who visited him (in bad translations, these men are called magi).  While the magi/astrologers were considered wise, it is because they preached an Apocalyptic end of the world since the days of Zoroaster–and the Star that they followed they believed was the light of the End Times (Yasna 30:3-4).

Zurvan emerged as a deified version of the concept of Infinite Time.  His name may have been borrowed from an earlier Phoenician deity, and is 

Bodleian Ms. J2 fol. 175 Y 28 1: End Times would come with birth of a child

translated as both “fate” and “fortune.”  The Zoroastrian god prophesied that there would be those who would cause a great war between two forces: good and evil (Nyayisn, 1.8), both of whom are his sons: Ahura Mazda and Ahriman, the prototypes for Israel and Ishmael, the children of the ancient Hindu god Brahama (Abraham; see the Pahlavi literature including the Denkart (cf. Dresden, Mark Jan (1966). Denkart: a Pahlavi text: facsimile edition of the manuscript B of the K. R. Cama Oriental Institute Bombay. Wiesbaden, Germany:  Harrassowitz; the original Pahlavi text, that I am using, was published at Bombay, India: Duftur Ashkara Press, 1874-1928), the Menok-i Xrat (Zaehner, Robert Charles (1955). Zurvan: A Zoroastrian Dilemma. Oxford : Clarendon Press; it was reprinted New York, NY, USA: Biblo and Tannen, with a new introduction by the author; multiple languages), and the Selections of Zadspram (a glossary to the ancient text is available from Teheran, Iran: Iranian Culture Foundation, 1973), as these works are a part of what would be generated as Islam and the Qu’ran; they exist in Farsi and Syriac).  Far from Christmas being a time of joy and fulfillment, it was to be a time of warfare, hunger, strife initiated by the gods who did not follow the laws of Zoroastrianism.  The Eternal War promised has not been realized, and “fate” has not found its destiny. It is truly the “mirror of religion”, the “cloak of ignorance” as prophets foretold as people have rejected old gods and they have vanished along with their apocalyptic visions and promises save for those who continue to follow Sharia Law and the damnation of the individual.

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