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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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Father Piero Corsi’s argument that “women wearing tight clothes are to blame for domestic violence” are their own murder

Father Piero Corsi of San Terenzo di Lerici, Italy (December 2012)

Father Piero Corsi of San Terenzo di Lerici, Italy (December 2012)

An Italian priest, Father Piero [Pietro] Corsi, has provoked universal outrage after claiming that women are to blame for domestic violence by wearing tight clothing in his Christmas 2012 bulletin.  Not only did the Roman Catholic priest publish it in his bulletin, but like Martin Luther tacked the notice his church door so that the entire world might marvel at his malevolence Machiavellian ministry and debate its henious hermeneutics.

Father Corsi also attacked women as if he was the Emperor Constantine I’s Saint Paul, or the incarnation of the “perfect woman” defined by Kaiser Wilhelm II as the hausfrau motto “Kinder, Küche, Kirche” (kitchen, church, and children: a phrase Hitler would use, Doramus, Max (1990), The Complete Hitler. A Digital Desktop Reference to His Speeches & Proclamations, 1932-1945 (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 1990), p. 532; the Kaiser actually added Kleider (clothing) but it was not that popular except with the Empress) for not cleaning their houses and serving fast food. 

Father Piero Corsi's message posted on church door

Father Piero Corsi’s message posted on church door

In Corsi’s cavorting calloused twisted thinking the predatory padre pandered that men were murdering women in record number since women were in open rebellion attempting to be equal to men.  This is remarkably reminiscent of the absurdities in Paul’s letters to women, in which they are commanded to “submit” to their husbands (Ephesians 5:22 Αἱ γυναῖκες τοῖς ἰδίοις ἀνδράσιν ὑποτάσσεσθε, ὡς τῷ κυρίῳ), who were over wives (Ephesians 5:23 ὅτι ὁ ἀνήρ ἐστιν κεφαλὴ τῆς γυναικὸς ὡς καὶ ὁ Χριστὸς κεφαλὴ τῆς ἐκκλησίας καὶ αὐτὸς ἐστίν σωτὴρ τοῦ σώματος, but it needs to be noted that nowhere in the Gospels approved of by the emperor does the Jesus of the New Testament claim himself to be “the Christ”, as that salutation was issued by Peter; nor does he use the word “church” that is a gloss from Matthew 16:16 ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ Σίμων Πέτρος εἶπεν Σὺ εἶ ὁ Χριστὸς ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ζῶντος as there is no evidence that any directly select apostle knew Greek, and Χριστὸς is used when it should have been the Hebrew word for Messiah: משיח; there is a wealth of difference as a Christ is an anointed warrior, like David, but a Messiah (in Greek: Μεσσίας) was a saviour or deliverer and there is no reference to a Church, the original text means a congregation of believers),  be quiet (1 Timothy 2:11-12 γυνὴ ἐν ἡσυχίᾳ μανθανέτω ἐν πάσῃ ὑποταγῇ but here the issue is that of a student receiving instruction, while verse 12 γυναικὶ δὲ διδάσκειν οὐκ ἐπιτρέπω οὐδὲ αὐθεντεῖν ἀνδρός ἀλλ’ εἶναι ἐν ἡσυχίᾳ is not a precept taught by the Jesus of the New Testament, but is the martial law of the writers of the letter who usurped authority from the head of the community, James the biological brother of Jesus and one of many sons born to Mary), and accept the man as superior (1 Corinthians 11:3: ἐν ὑμῖν αὐτοῖς κρίνατε· πρέπον ἐστὶν γυναῖκα ἀκατακάλυπτον τῷ θεῷ προσεύχεσθαι, the first clause is a contradiction of Matthew 7:1 and directly opposed to the teaching of the New Testament Jesus, so the men who were reading and / or hearing the letter written in the name of a Paul, were not within the community of believers, but a part of a chrestiano sect that the Emperor Constantine would raise above the christianos in his invention of Paulinity that he renamed Christianity; the independent clause after the subordinate clause is a question and is current only in debate and was not meant, based on ancient grammatical construction, to be a directive or injunction as read прилично ли женемолиться Богу с непокрытою головою? or este cuviincios ca o femeie să se roage lui Dumnezeu desvălită?).

Domestic abuse of women a growing problem in Italy.

Domestic abuse of women a growing problem in Italy.

The chest-pounding cleric called on women to engage in “healthy self criticism” over femicide—men murdering women—and realize that they were responsible for their own assassinations and disgrace. Domestic violence against women (read here and here and here and here) is a serious problem in Italy.  At least one in four women will be physically and/or sexually abused in her lifetime although a report by a United Nations mission in June said it was “largely invisible and underreported”.  The reason for the invisibility and underreporting is that most victims are terrified by threats of renewed and stronger violence from their husbands or male companions.

The Daily Beast‘s Barbie Latza Nadeau notes that in the year 2012, 120 women have been killed in domestic disputes in the European nation, “a third more than last year.” In fact, the problem has even caught the attention of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which urged the country to take action last June. 

Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, the president of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Family, went on Vatican Radio Thursday to dismiss the claim the priest made when he blamed women. Paglia said: “There is widespread often dramatic violence against women and you cannot think at all that it’s the fault of women themselves,” (C’è una violenza diffusa, che si abbatte – talora in maniera drammatica – sulle donne e non è possibile pensare minimamente che sia colpa delle donne stesse se tutto questo accade.) 

Corsi remained unapologetic.  While media claimed he issued an apology for his crassly crafted comments, he denied making any effort to soften or remove his comments, as Italian women continue to be suppressed

San Terenzio church where Father Corsi pinned his Christmas message. (Image Google Maps)

San Terenzio church where Father Corsi pinned his Christmas message. (Image Google Maps)

Since his posting of his thesis on the church door, Piero has stood, Hitleresque, demanding allegiance in a nation where fascism and anti-Semitism is seeing a rise as Hitler is increasingly remembered as a saviour. In an astonishing message, Corsi attacked pornography and demonically declared that women share the blame for “provoking the worst instincts which then turn into violence and sexual abuse”.

Father Corsi’s letter, pinned to the door of the church in the northern village of San Terenzo di Lerici, reads: “Let’s ask ourselves. Is it possible that men have all gone mad at one stroke? We don’t think so. The core of the problem is in the fact that women are more and more provocative, they yield to arrogance, they believe they can do everything themselves and they end up exacerbating tensions. “How often do we see girls and even mature women walking on the streets in provocative and tight clothing? Babies left to themselves, dirty houses, cold meals and fast food at home, soiled clothes. So if a family ends up in a mess and turns into crime (a form of violence which should be condemned and punished firmly) often the responsibility is shared.”  The text, posted on a website by a conservative Catholic named Bruno Volpe, attacked pornography and erotic television advertising but said women shared the blame for “provoking the worst instincts, which then turn into violence and sexual abuse”.

Marco Caluri, mayor of Lerici, Italy (2012)

Marco Caluri, mayor of Lerici, Italy (2012)

The mayor of Lerici, Marco Caluri, said the article was “astonishing and deeply offensive”. The bishop of La Spezia ordered it to be taken down, saying it contained “unacceptable opinions which are against the common position of the church”. Corsi refused to address the reality of abused women in Italy.

March against women-killing in Italy by husbands or boyfriends (2012)

March against women-killing in Italy by husbands or boyfriends (2012)

Corsi has consistantly ignored the fact that a third of the women in Italy had reported being victim of serious domestic violence, a UN report citing data from Italian statistics agency ISTAT said. The report said that as many as 127 women had been murdered by men in 2010, often as a result of “honour [sic: assumed males superiority], men’s unemployment (there was no comment on the number of unemployed women or how unemployment effected them and any family they might have) and jealousy by the perpetrator“.  As in the myth of Eve, women were also the instigators of evil, and men were the heroes (who cowered behind bushes). 

According to The Journal, Corsi denied the reports that he had apologized and handed in his resignation amid the storm of protests from women’s rights and anti-violence campaigners.  He claimed that a resignation letter sent to news agencies was “probably a fake.”  The parasitic priest is quoted as saying he will “take a rest” but had no intention of stepping down. It was he who was tired, not his victims who were chastised for their gender.

Maria Gabriella Carnieri Moscatelli, the head of Telefono Rosa, an association that helps the victims of violence, said an apology was not sufficient. She told SkyTG24 television: “I thank the bishop who had the paper taken down but I’m still not satisfied because I think someone needs to talk to this person and understand why he has these attitudes. Ms. Carnieri Moscatelli maintained: “I think he needs to make a deeper examination of his conscience that goes beyond apologies.”

Corsi has not stepped down. Instead, invidiously, Corsi, who has never resembled nor practiced the charity and mercy of the Jesus of the New Testament swung out like the temporal lobe epileptic seizure suffering Saul of Tarsus (Landsborough D. (1987). “St Paul and temporal lobe epilepsy.” Journal of Neurology & Neurosurgery Psychiatry. June; 50(6): pp. 659–664; cp. Barry E, Sussman NM, Bosley TM, Harner RN. (1985). “Ictal blindness and status epilepticus amauroticus”. Epilepsia.  November-December; 26(6): pp. 577–584) who styled himself an apostle and attacked another marginalized group asking a reporter for Rai Radio: “I don’t know whether you’re a queer or not, but what do you feel when you see a naked women? Are women themselves not causing harm by unveiling themselves like this?”

The script is identical to those issued by theological students of Islam in Afghanistan: the Taliban who rise up whenever a female is not wearing a full Burqa. The reporter’s disregard of this invasive, unorthodox, repugnant and rude question that most people would have felt obliged to respond with a blow to the priest’s nose and a crushing chop across the shoulders knocking the vituperative vicar to the ground followed by a swift and hard kick to the testicles was met with calmness, illuminating his character as being closer to that of Matthew 5:39 (ἐγὼ δὲ λέγω ὑμῖν μὴ ἀντιστῆναι τῷ πονηρῷ· ἀλλ’ ὅστις σε ῥαπίσει ἐπί τὴν δεξιὰν σου σιαγόνα στρέψον αὐτῷ καὶ τὴν ἄλλην·), than the Mephistophelean miscreant masquerading menacingly as a curator of souls.

Cori’s exordium pronouncements came tantamount to a naked fatwa, and his enemy was those who were least able to protect themselves, and strongly suggests that Father Corsi is gay. The reason for this is (1) his questioning of another man (going back to the time-weathered comment “my lady protests too much” first recorded by William Shakespeare in his Hamlet, Act III, scene II, where it is spoken by Queen Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother), as show in studies on hiding sexual identity (Schrimshaw, Eric W.; Siegel, Karolynn; Downing Jr., Martin J.; Parsons, Jeffrey T. (2012). “Disclosure and Concealment of Sexual Orientation and the Mental Health of Non-Gay-Identified, Behaviorally Bisexual Men”. doi: 10.1037/a0031272 Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. December 31) the questioning (2) a verbal assault on perception of women nude, when no such comment was entertaining or questioned by the reporter (Stotzer, Rebecca L.; Shih, Margaret (2012). “The relationship between masculinity and sexual prejudice in factors associated with violence against gay men.” doi: 10.1037/a0023991 Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 13(2), April, pp. 136-142. Special Section: Recent Research on Gay and Bisexual Men. 1), and (3) reflecting the question back to sadistic abuse based on gender (Rye, B. J.; Meaney, Glenn J. (2010). “Measuring homonegativity: A psychometric analysis”. doi: 10.1037/a0018237. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science/Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement, Vol 42(3), July, pp. 158-167; Sánchez, Francisco J.; Westefeld, John S.; Liu, William Ming; Vilain, Eric (2010). “Masculine Gender Role Conflict and Negative Feelings about being Gay.” doi: 10.1037/a0015805 Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 41(2), April, pp. 104-111).  More critical is the study that shows proximity to sexual minorities is associated with negative effect in homophobic individuals. Results indicated that in the group primed with homosexual erotica, homophobia is positively related to anger and fear and negatively related to happiness and disgust, but no such associations were found for the heterosexual prime males: Zeichner, Amos; Reidy, Dennis E. (2009). “Are homophobic men attracted to or repulsed by homosexual men? Effects of gay male erotical on anger, fear, happiness, and disgust.” doi: 10.1037/a0014955. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 10(3), July, pp. 231-236. Cp. Moradi, Bonnie; van den Berg, Jacob J.; Epting, Franz R. (2009). “Threat and guilt aspects of internalized antilesbian and gay prejudice: An application of personal construct theory.” doi: 10.1037/a0014571. Journal of Counseling Psychology, Vol 56(1), January, pp. 119-131, cf. Moradi, Bonnie; van den Berg, Jacob J.; Epting, Franz R. (2006). “Intrapersonal and interpersonal manifestations of antilesbian and gay prejudice; An application of personal construct theory”. doi: 10.1037/0022-0167.53.1.57. Journal of Counseling Psychology, Vol 53(1), January, pp. 57-66).

Using the framework of social dominance theory, the results from multilevel models indicated that significant differences existed across peer groups on homophobic attitudes. These differences accounted for the basis of the hierarchy-enhancing or -attenuating climate of the group where the social climate of the peer group moderated the stability of individuals’ social dominance attitudes. (Szymanski, Dawn M.; Carr, Erika R. (2008). “The roles of gender role conflict and internalized heterosexism in gay and bisexual men’s psychological distress: Testing two mediation models.” doi: 10.1037/1524-9220.9.1.40 Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 9(1), January, pp. 40-54). Following protests, the priest told weekly newspaper Oggi: “After everything that’s happened, which has certainly been well beyond what I intended or expected, I think there’s need for calm, rest and silence to respond with the serenity and harmony required to carry on” (read here and watch here the YouTube video. Based on existing evidence, Father Corsi does, indeed, need rest and psychological counseling (Parrott, Dominic J.; Zeichner, Amos (2005). “Effects of Secual Prejudice and Anger on Physical Aggression Toward Gay and Heterosexual Men.” doi: 10.1037/1524-9220.6.1.3 Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 6(1), January, pp. 3-17).

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Benedict XVI and same-sex marriage

Homosexual marriages took place in the ancient world—far more frequently and in greater numbers than religious reactionaries wish or allow themselves to admit.  While the Bible is overwhelming with stories of incest, polygamy, wife-selling, and sexual irregularities among heterosexuals, there are few such declamations against same-sex couples that do exist (not just the accounts of David with Jonathan 2 Samuel 1:26: צַר־לִי עָלֶיךָ אָחִי יְהֹונָתָן נָעַמְתָּ לִּי מְאֹד נִפְלְאַתָה אַהֲבָתְךָ לִי מֵאַהֲבַת נָשִׁים׃).

Same-sex marriages have occurred in all cultures, at all times, and with support from various people and governments.  They have been celebrated with ceremonies, family and public congratulations, toasts with wine and beer, and showers of gifts both practical and pleasurable.

Egyptian-couple Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep (tomb painting)

We have tomb paintings from the days of the pharaohs where same-sex couples’s co-habitation was celebrated as with the union of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep as found in the depiction of the two men in a warm embrace sharing a kiss in their tomb, known as the Tomb of the Two Hairdressers, in the necropolis at Saqqara, south of Cairo.  There was no condemnation of same-sex marriages anywhere in the ancient Middle East until the invasion of the Akaddian mercenaries, known as the Apiru/Abiru. None of the recorded laws of Mesopotamia, including the Code of Hammurabi (on-line), contain restrictions against same-sex unions despite the fact that marriages are otherwise well-regulated.  There were no laws, no prescriptions, no injunctions that marriage was for the purpose of procreation (as is found in Roman regulations) and “replenishing the earth”—although later Hebrews, distant in time and knowledge from the original text, would use that concept in declaring that people were to

Rhind Papyrus (ancient Egypt)

“multiply”—but not physically or sexually, but rather mentally and intellectually, as multiplication is not a part of any vocabulary until the middle of the Middle Ages (around the eleventh century, coming from India and the mathematics invented by a subcontinent respected mathematician by the name of Brahmagupta  (598-670 CE) but found its origins in ancient Egypt. 

Moscow Papyrus (fragment with additional conjectures)

The word used (multiply) that has been transmogrified into multiply actually was “increase” and  meant to increase in wisdom and knowledge (Genesis 9:7:  וְאַתֶּם פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ שִׁרְצוּ בָאָרֶץ וּרְבוּ־בָהּ׃ ס) where multiply in the original tongue is רָבָה and is the verb rahab from the original Assyrian rabû, meaning to become great (מִן) and compare things with a longing for wisdom, as in 1 Kings 5:10-12 (וַיְהִי חִירֹום נֹתֵן לִשְׁלֹמֹה עֲצֵי אֲרָזִים וַעֲצֵי בְרֹושִׁים כָּל־חֶפְצֹו׃ 11 וּשְׁלֹמֹה נָתַן לְחִירָם עֶשְׂרִים אֶלֶף כֹּר חִטִּים מַכֹּלֶת לְבֵיתֹו וְעֶשְׂרִים כֹּר שֶׁמֶן כָּתִית כֹּה־יִתֵּן שְׁלֹמֹה לְחִירָם שָׁנָה בְשָׁנָה׃ ף 12 וַיהוָה נָתַן חָכְמָה לִשְׁלֹמֹה כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר־לֹו וַיְהִי שָׁלֹם בֵּין חִירָם וּבֵין שְׁלֹמֹה וַיִּכְרְתוּ בְרִית שְׁנֵיהֶם׃) and knowledge as in Daniel 12:4 where we read the word הַדָּֽעַת׃.

Juvenal on same-sex marriage

While Roman law is almost altogether lacking in formal processes for legal  requirements, the fact that there are numerous mentions of same-sex weddings (although most appear as objects of ridicule and sport), there can be no doubt that they were common, and noted by Martial:

Marital on same-sex marriage 

The only challenge seen to same-sex marriage was that the two people of the same gender who married could not have babies and thus continue their lineage. There is no record that I am aware of where same-sex couples adopted children, but there are references to children raised by same-sex people who have “settled into a single life”.

In the Greek world of antiquity, the same is true for same-sex relationships as it was in ancient Egypt. Plato’s Symposium describes instances of homosexual attraction and same-sex relationships in ancient Greece without condemnation.  Over the centuries, Greece experienced an evolving cultural-religious basis for homosexual love and same-sex relationships based on ancient Greek theology. 

Zeus and Ganymede (ancient Greek urn)

In ancient Greek theological works it is common to read about “same-sex exploits” by gods as high-ranking as Zeus who loved Ganymede. While modern artists focus more on Ganymede being a child, in reality he was a young man, as classical artists depicted.

Achilles mourning Patroclus

The epics of Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey, contain poetic passages that underscore homoerotic love between the military leaders of the Greek city states and others (Dynes, Wayne R. and Stephen Donaldson. 1992. Homosexuality in the Ancient World. New York, NY: Garland; Ishay, Micheline R. 2004. The History of Human Rights: From Ancient Times to the Globalization Era. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press).  In the Iliad the most poignant quasi-erotic story is the love felt by Patroclus, friend and lover to Achilles whose death unleashes Achilles’ wrath on Hector (Plato, Symposium 179-180; ref. Thornton, Bruce S. (1997). Eros: the Myth of Ancient Greek Sexuality. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 195-196). 

Odysseus escapes from the Cyclops cave by hiding under a ram

There are numerous homosexual allusions in Homer’s Odyssey, as when Odysseus blinds Cyclops in his one eye with a lance, and then sneaks away with his men by riding underneath the Cyclops’ own rams (Homer, Odysseus, Book 9). The point is made that Odysseus selected the largest ram owned by the Cyclops for his journey from the cave.

 Roman statesman Cicero documented legal rights of an individual within a same-sex marriage, but was later opposed to same-sex pursuits (Cicero, 1966, Tusculan Disputations. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press , 407-415; to chase after someone defied conventions where mutual interest that was pleasant and unbounded by restrictions more acceptable—becoming the foundation for Etienne Montaigne’s work and his own pursuit of same-sex love; Badhwar, Neera K. “Friendship and Sexuality” in Soble, Alan (Ed., 2006). Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Sex.New York, NY: Greenwood Publishing Group). Female same-sex unions were less common—or at least there is a paucity of records, but this is because women enjoyed less freedom in their economic and social endeavors.

Ancient Roman talisman for marriage contract

No prescribed ceremonies or formalities of any kind were legally necessary in order to create a valid Roman marriage. First, the government did not have any sort of licensing procedure, nor did it even provide a means for registering marriages. In principle, therefore, marriage was largely a private arrangement occurring outside the purview of state authority, although, of course, the government reserved the right to declare supposed marriages null and void after the fact. Second, the Roman jurists and emperors alike also emphasize that no formality or marriage ceremony of any kind was required for a legal marriage. Indeed, not even cohabitation or sexual consummation was required (Eskridge, William N., Jr. “Symposium on Sexual Orientation and the Law.” Virginia Law Review. Vol 79.7 (October 1993): 1419-1513).

Bret Hinsch, author of: Passions of the cut sleeve the male homosexual tradition in China

Such ceremonies were common as well in China and the area formerly known as Indochina and meet with approval within the community (Hinsch, Bret (1990). Passions of the Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in China. Reed Business Information, pp. 24-25).  Same-sex marriages were equally blessed in ancient India and throughout the initial development of Hinduism, where the “union of two hearts” was far more important to the gods than the gender or sexual act (Vanita, Ruth. “‘Wedding of Two Souls’: Same-Sex Marriage and Hindu Traditions.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Vol 20.2 (Fall 2004): 119-135.)

Theodosian Code

Same-sex marriages in the Roman world were not officially declared illegal (with the realization that no children could be born to same-sex couples) until 342 CE/AD when the Christian emperors Constantius II and Constans issued a law in the Theodosian Code (C. Th.9.7.3) prohibiting same-sex marriage in Rome and ordering execution for those so married.  While the law was issued and signed, there are records that many civic leaders chose to ignore it, seeing it as a posturing to get the emerging church’s blessing and its force of arms and call for religious chaos as witnessed in the open defiance of the law and the strangle-hold of the Roman Catholic Church same-when two men, Pedro Díaz and Muño Vandilaz. 

Pedro Díaz and Muño Vandilaz: Un Matrimonio Gay en la edad media

Díaz and Vandilaz married in the Galician municipality of Rairiz de Veiga in Spain on 16 April 1061.  This fact is attested to by historic documents describing the official church wedding by a Roman Catholic priest (the documents were found at Monastery of San Salvador de Celanova (for a discussion, in Spanish read here).  

Diaz and Vandilaz were not alone in seeking and obtaining a marriage within the Roman Catholic Church.  Ancient to medieval Church liturgical documents record ceremonies called “Office of Same-Sex Union” (10th and 11th centuries) and “Order for Uniting Two Men” (11th and 12th centuries) are indicative of same-sex marriage.  This lasted until the fourteenth century in Serbia and Slovenia. 

Euchologion: id est, Rituale Graecorum – Jacobus Goar (Original book in the private library of this author)

The Dominican missionary and Prior, Jacques Goar (1601-1653), includes such ceremonies in a printed collection of Greek Orthodox prayer books, Euchologion Sive Rituale Graecorum Complectens Ritus Et Ordines Divinae Liturgiae (Paris, 1667).  We find the same sacramental blessing in the sixteenth century in St. John Lateran, the pope’s official parish church, as last as 1578.  Lesbians continued to marry in Dalmatia as late as the eighteenth century.

The Jesus of the New Testament Gospels says nothing about (neither for nor against) same-sex marriages. His only activity was to change water into wine at a wedding in Cana, as marriage was a public festival for drinking to announce that two people agreed to live together.  It does not say, anywhere in the Gospels, that the couple was neither heterosexual nor homosexual.  As for Jesus’ attitude on marriage, that has no comment in the Constantine approved Gospels; all that is known is that Jesus never married (although a

Coptic fragment that reads: “Jesus said … my wife…” (4th century CE)

Coptic document in the fourth century does proclaim that he had a “wife” but at that time, the term “wife” could mean servant or “other”.  Speculation is rising that the scroll was written to silence arguments that Jesus was gay since homosexuality and same-sex unions had been officially prohibited by the pagan Emperor Constantine I’s successors (outside of the emerging Constantine Church, there is not one contemporary record that suggests that Constantine converted to the religion he created out of sinews from the cult of Mithraism to the various faiths of the chrestianos and christianos that were enhanced with the pleasures of the gods Dionysius and the vita of Julius Cesar).

Ratzinger: pope and NAZI youth leader

Today, in the Vatican, where grown men wear long white, red, and black dresses with delicate lace and wear funny hats, as if they were coming-out transvestites or cross-dressers, hiding hatred for humanity beneath them, In an editorial this weekend, Vatican chief spokesman Father Federico Lombardi — fairy tale queen of

Ratzinger as NAZI youth (1941)

masquerading and the Vatican’s equivalent of Bryan Fischer who thinks the Church’s widespread sexual abuse crisis needs to be viewed within, in a stained screed: “the more general context of secularization” — affirmed that “monogamous marriage between a man and woman is an achievement of civilization.” And then he added, “If not, why not contemplate also freely chosen polygamy and, of course, not to discriminate, polyandry?” 

Of course this cross-dresser says nothing about the pontifical pandering and hiding of pedophile priests in the closets throughout the city that delights demoniacally as the smallest despotic nation in the world with its own currency, bank, ATM, and rowdy student population that heads into Rome for discotheques and beer.

Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) has a long and rather sordid past.  Pope Paul VI promoted Ratzinger to the cardinalate in 1977, even though he had little pastoral experience.  In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the Inquisition) and vowed to root out heresy and discipline “staying lambs”, and became one of John Paul II’s most influential advisors (Walsh, Mary Ann (2005). From Pope John Paul II to Benedict XVI: an inside look at the end of an era, the beginning of a new one, and the future of the church. Lanham, MD and New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 135).  Under Ratzinger, the modest reforms created by John XXIII were openly attacked, nuns were silenced, and candidates for bishoprics and the cardinalate were selected for their loyalty to the past and not their spiritual growth or desire to follow the Beatitudes in the Gospel.  Ratzinger’s goal, once he became pope, has been to erase all visages of Vatican II and the legacy of Pope John XXIII.  He is against any form of objective truth or moral truth and believes that Roman Catholics must follow the teaching of the Church blindly making him more dangerous to civilization than the self-flagellant Josemaria Escrivá and his mephistophlean Opus Dei that aims at world domination and elevation of Roman Catholicism as the only true religion.  

Ratzinger has returned Latin to the Mass to calm conservatives (Gledhill, Ruth. “Pope set to bring back Latin Mass that divided the Church” The Times 11 October 2006; he accomplished this dark art on November 10, 2012, by establishing a special academy for it at the cost of millions while millions of starving and homeless Roman Catholics had their plight ignored). Far from a Holy Father, Ratzinger is an open censor, suspending the theologian Leonardo Boff of Concordia, Brasil, who has been known for his active support for the rights of the poor and excluded, having written his doctoral thesis (University of Munich, 1970), Die Kirche als Sakrament im Horizont der Welterfahrung, on how the Church can help the poor; that writing and his teaching raised the ire of a corrupt cardinalate determined to feed their own selfish interest.  Boff opposed the Iraq War for Oil that was charged by Halliburton and its CEO: Vice President Dick Cheney, and considered George W. Bush and Ariel Sharon’s leadership to be similar to that of “fundamentalist terrorist states.” 

Professor Leonardo Boff

Boff minced no words in his scathing criticism of despotic rulers in the Middle East, stating: “Those [emirs and kings] are despotic, they do not even have a constitution. Though extremely rich, they maintain the people in poverty” (the Portuguese is: “[Os USA] fizeram alianças espúrias com os emires e reis. Estes são despóticos, sequer possuem constituição. Embora riquíssimos, mantém o povo na pobreza.”  When Boff attacked the wanton misuse of Church funds, Benedict silenced him and pushed further and fired other teachers who did not fall into line with his ideology that is closer to that of Hitler than of the New Testament Jesus. Benedict’s greatest crimes are his denial of relativity (that he claims is a “prison” since it denies the acceptance of “established truths”) and raising the long-disproven theory of absolutes; the German pope rejects science and evolution clinging desperately to the discredited theory of creationism that Stephen Hawking amply proved to be false (Hawking, Stephen (1990). A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. New York, NY: Bantom Books) when noting that gravity disproves the necessity of a divine being intervening in the development and expansion of the universe; to Benedict’s “prolific writings” that show a mere retelling and recopying of the works of others rather than a scholarly approach of research, investigation and formulation of new theses and theories, formulae and foundation stones on which to build.  Disputation and discussion are silenced to the point that discussion and argument must be centered around past written and spoken thoughts of Father and Mothers (e.g.  Hildegard of Bingen who was not even recognized as a saint at the beginning of 2012, and was better known for her 12th century mysticism and music (she was possibly a child chantress: Michael McGrade, “Hildegard von Bingen”, in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: allgemeine Enzyklopaldie der Musik,2nd edition, T.2, Vol. 8, ed. Ludwig Fischer. Kassel, Deutscheland and New York, NY: Bahrenreiter, 1994), and also had written

Illumination from the “Liber Scivias” showing Hildegard receiving a vision and dictating to her scribe and secretary

nearly 400 letters to correspondents ranging from Popes to Emperors to abbots and abbesses, a commentary on the gospel, two hagiographical works, and three great volumes of visionary theology: Scivias, Liber vitae meritorum (“Book of Life’s Merits” or “Book of the Rewards of Life”), and Liber divinorum operum (“Book of Divine Works”); critical editions of all three of Hildegard’s major works are in the Corpus Christianorum: Continuatio Medievalis: Scivias in vols. 43-43A, Liber vitae meritorum in vol. 90, and Liber divinorum operum in vol. 92.  She was a popular German writer in the Middle Ages, but no one considered her for sainthood (except in scattered congregations) or the rank of a doctor of the Church until contemporary culture looked past visions toward reality (Bennett, Judith M. and Hollister, Warren C. Medieval Europe: A Short History (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001), 317; critical editions of all three of Hildegard’s major works have appeared in the Corpus Christianorum: Continuatio Medievalis: Scivias in vols. 43-43A, Liber vitae meritorum in vol. 90, and Liber divinorum operum in vol. 92); the last doctor (teacher) of the church was St.  Thérèse of Lisieux (January 2, 1873 – September 30, 1897) of France, died of tuberculosis at the age of 24 and was named a doctor of the church in 1997, by John Paul II, without any traditional credentials (her single work was  The Story of a Soul, a collection of her autobiographical manuscripts consisting of poems, plays for the church, prayers and recorded conversations with her religious sisters–but again was a mystic) of the Church.  According to Guy Gaucher,

Theresa of Lisieux

one of her autobiographers, “Thérèse fell victim to an excess of sentimental devotion which betrayed her. She was victim also to her language, which was that of the late nineteenth century and flowed from the religiosity of her age” (Guy Gaucher (1987). The Spiritual Journey of Therese of Lisieux, London, UK: Darton, Longman and Todd, p.2).  Hildegard, like Thérèse, have more in common with illusions passed as mysticism than with any form of concentrated study that could better the world, as Boffs provided and was censured for.  Their primary focus was on the Mother of God and Child, more in keeping with the worship of Isis (the original Θεοτοκος or Theotokos: birth giver/god bearer) and Horus of ancient Egypt than any legitimate tracts on the first century CE that did not accord Mary any significant place other than being the human mother of a mortal Jesus (only the canonical gospels of Matthew and Luke describe Mary as a virgin (Greek παρθένος, parthénos) while others remain silent). Mark names her only once (6:3) and John never mentions her by name nor accords her a special place in the narrative of the Jesus of the New Testament.  In Luke’s Book of the Acts of the Apostles, Mary and the “brothers of Jesus” (indicating that Mary was

Isis and Baby Horus / Mary and Baby Jesus (Theotokos)

not “ever virgin”) are mentioned in the company of the eleven who are gathered in the upper room after the ascension but only the elder brother James has any significant role in the community.  Mary’s assumed role can be dated further back to the various virgin Venuses that symbolized fecundity and fertility as the source of life and thus gods in their own right frequently surplanting male deities.

Hildegard’s “Mutterschaft aus dem Geiste und dem Wasser” (Motherhood from the Spirit and the Water), 1165

Hildegard gained the stature of being a Mother of the Church on October 7, 2012, as she found her inspiration in the Mother of Christ and saints–a common medieval movement that returns to the Great Mother of the Waters in pagan Germany who promised visions to her worshippers. To this end “Marriage and the family are not in fact a chance sociological construction, the product of particular historical and financial situations. On the other hand, the question of the right relationship between the man and the woman is rooted in the essential core of the human being and it is only by starting from here that its response can be found”–not a word that is empirically proven.  From from the antiquated and amusing humor of Benedict’s defense of “the family as being God-created”, Chris Brickell (who prefers to use David Halperin’s word “historicism” rather than social constructionism) and other sociologists (cp. Farber, Bernard (1982) “Systematic Generation of Theory in Family Sociology ” (1982). The Sociological Quarterly23 (Autumn):427-454; cf. Bernardes, Jon (1988). “Whose ‘family’? A note on ‘The changing sociological construct of the family’”. The Sociological Review  (May) 267-277; the entire issue is defined by the American Sociological Association)  have repeatedly showing the evolution and devolution of the family in social contexts, showing that Benedict is not only against the rigorous requirements of science but of all educational fields.  All of the writings and pontificating are more appropriate for the tenth century than for the twenty-first century and mark an attempt to return to the Dark Ages of Superstition and division among people, a scenario of terror hailed by conservatives and neo-conservatives who reject advances in any discipline and who long for the days bygone of absolutes and the arguably offensive innovation of infallibility of dogma.

Rod Dreher

Following the inanity of American conservatives who lament the possible future where brothers and sisters marry and have sex (Rod Dreher in The American Conservative)—while ignoring that in the Bible it was a common practice as when Abraham took his sister Sarah for his wife (Genesis 20:12) and then sold her twice (first to the Egyptian pharaoh, then to Abimelech) as a whore to raise capital and gain flocks of animals; Jacob married his first cousins constituting incest (Genesis 26-29), etc. as there is not one word in the Torah, Prophets of Gospels that state whom can marry who or for what reason.  Marriage has never been about 1 man + 1 woman in any religious or historical literature.

Dreher demonstrating his own lack of biblical knowledge and the devolving church says nothing about the 38 popes who had wives (as was common among the Apostles in the Gospels: ref. Matthew 8:14-15; Luke 4:38-39; 1 Corinthians 9:5; 1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6; etc), or the 13 popes who had male lovers with one raising his boyfriend up to the cardinalate then issuing torrents of tart tears of dismay when his bedfellow danced naked and had sex

Father Benedict Groeschel argued that children “seduced” priests into sex

with other cardinals.  There is more pedophile activity, hunger, anger, rivalry, struggle for attention and absence of basic needs (education, affection, medical attention, etc.) in polygamous families than there are in same-sex/monogamous parented families as is proven statistically and in psychological studies.  There is as much sexual depravity in the Bible as there is in the odiously opportunistic government of Uganda urged on by Scott Lively and whoring leaders who are more wretched than any Jezebel in the Bible, yet sit in judgment of the people they pretend to govern.  It is past time for all foreign humanitarian and other forms of aid be withheld from this nation, and the nation boycotted.

Roman Catholic Council of American bishops have condemned universal health care and USA democracy, reject the rights of women and moving the nation backward in time.

The most despicable crimes remain within totalitarian religions: Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Ultra-Orthodox Judaism, Islam, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Missouri Lutheran Synod, and the Mormon (LDS) churches leading the way with a raw and rigid fundamentalism, the denial of equality between the sexes, the rejection of equal opportunity and choice, with the greatest hatred coming from the American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops and the Peru Council of Roman Catholic Bishops that now is rivaled by the bishops of the Mormon faith, especially the thundering of one-time Massachusetts Governor and Mormon bishop Willard (Mitt) Romney. 

NAZI youth leader Joseph Ratzinger in the Roman Catholic Church

While the seemingly brain-dead German pope Josef Ratzinger prattles on about defending the fantasy family framed in his illusions as being real, the Vatican demands that families where there is spousal and child abuse, incest, hatred and loathing remain together.  Despite the solecisms and draconian blustering BS of the predatory pontiff, Europe has the good sense to legalize same-sex marriages in most Roman Catholic and Protestant/ neutral countries: Spain, Portugal, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, and even in Roman Catholic Poland (the Uganda of the north) where right-wing Roman Catholic hoodlums are out to exterminate Jews, end abortion and same-sex marriages (only 17% approved of same-sex marriage in 2005 but that has increased while 76% disapproved and that has decreased despite the denunciations of the pedophile priests pressed into pulpits to issue their sermons of hatred.  The archaic and antihuman chant against “liberals”, as it has been in every dictatorship from Chile to Peru (and its pathetic prelate Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne who denies any attempt at self-determination among the impoverished Peruvian people, with priests attempting to better the lot of the poor and disenfranchised), Burma to Poland waging conflict among their own people over individual rights, human dignity and civil charters, with archaic

Polish skinheads demonstrate against democracy and for return of Inquisition or NAZIs

chants “Wybieram życie” (Choose Life), and “Europa normalnych rodzin” (Europe for normal families)—homosexuality continues and is recognized by every medical and psychological association of doctors on this planet as normal (it occurs regularly), and natural (it exists in all species around the world), yet there is a sense that the nation must catch up with the rest of the world, with support for same-sex marriages growing each year (read here, in Polish, cp. here, pp. 36-39, in Polish).  Milan’s Cardinal Martini meticulously voiced in an interview shortly before his death that the Roman Catholic Church was outdated by no less than 200 years

Ratzinger should retire, be arrested and stand trial for crimes against humanity, the least of which is his abuse of human rights for the LGBT community. Ratzinger either has never studied the original texts or prefers the lies of the past in condemning same-sex love and marriage that was a force in the reformed Jewish communities before Constantine I created is “catholic [universal] church” in 325 CE, as the word “homosexual” appears in no Bible before 1954, as it is not even invented until the mid-nineteenth century. 

Codex Sinaiticus Syriacus dating from the 5th century

The Vatican, obviously, has only enshrined the Codex Vaticanus and Codex Sianiaticus (written 1600 years ago, there was no earlier Bible), but never read either of the two bibles that the Arian bishop of Caesarea, Eusebius, wrote for the Roman emperor.  To claim that there was any Bible before Eusebius is a church lie; the Emperor Constantine I burned all copies of any religious literature he did not approve during his Council of Nicaea in 325 CE.

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Rape, abortion, God, Bible, Tea Party Republicans and psychology

Richard Mourdock (R-IN) claims God intends for there to be rape

On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (running for the U.S. Senate seat in Indiana, against Democrat U.S. Congressman Joe Donnelly, the Tea Party Republican who defeated incumbent Republican Senator Richard Lugar in a surprise upset in Indiana’s primary election for U.S. Senate) declared that children born of rape are “God intended.”  Furthermore, draconically denouncing women who protest rape or abort the zygotes generated by rape as “baby [sic] killers”, Mourdock claimed that pregnancies because of rape were special gifts.  No such passage, term or phrase in relationship to rape is found in any Judeo-Christian literature, scripture, scroll or writing—nor does it appear in Mitt Romney’s Book of Mormon nor the Qur’an. 

Amarna Letters (tablets c. 1399-1313 BCE)

The passages that proclaim a god telling ancient Apiru/Habiru (proto-Hebrews, a word that does not appear until Genesis 14:13) come from ancient Akkadian sources that record their mercenaries (2350 – 2150 BCE) found in the Amarna Letters (1399 – 1310 BCE that discuss campaigns in Canaan) petitioning the gods of Assyria and Babylon for women to replenish their “supply” of male fighters (women were not considered worthy) and the gods of the ancient Middle East responded by telling the Apiru to “carry off” and rape women to gain additional males.  In the cuneiform scripts the function of rape was dual in purpose.  First,  there was the idea that rape will “silence dissent” and lead to pregnancy. Second, pregnancies and subsequent births were understood to be “chattel” (equivalent to property / cattle and thus the ownership of the births belonged to the rapists who could do as he wish with the offspring that included the slaughter of female infants.  Such infanticide was common throughout the Mediterranean world, especially in ancient Rome, Akkadia, and elsewhere). 

Child labor — 6.4 million under age 14 (lowest age is 4)

Killing female infants allowed males to “harness” young  males (children and teenagers) to do male labor much in the same way as the robber barons (also known as captains of industry) enslaved children during the industrial revolution and as late as the 1930s, especially in textile factories and slaughter houses.  Some male children served with female slaves as Qadesh in ancient temples as prostitutes to invoke divine blessings.

Psychologically, psychoanalytically rape has never been about sex or about procreation. Sexual rape is the link between pathological personality traits of narcissism and psychopathy and indicates sociosexual stereotypes of indoctrination by male authoritarian figures such as fathers, other family male members, priests, pastors, bishops and others who proclaim, wrongly, that the male is superior to the female (cf. Mouilso, Emily R.; Calhoun, Karen S. (2012). “A mediation model of the role of sociosexuality in the associations between narcissism, psychopathy, and sexual aggression”. doi: 10.1037/a0026217. Psychology of Violence, Vol 2(1), January 2012, 16-27).  Rape is also about domination especially when it results in the rape of males of any age, as seen commonly in war zones (Vikman, Elisabeth (2012). “Review of Sexual violence and armed conflict”. doi: 10.1037/a0028104  Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, Vol 18(2), May 2012, 199-

NATO soldiers rape prisoners and civilians

200), hostile camps and among gangs (Swartout, Kevin M. (2012). “The Company They Keep: How Peer Networks Influence Male Sexual Aggression”. doi: 10.1037/ a0029997Psychology of Violence, September 24 , 2012; and, Seto, Michael C.; Lalumière, Martin L.; Harris, Grant T.; Chivers, Meredith L. (2012). “The sexual responses of sexual sadists”. doi: 10.1037/a0028714Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol 121(3), Aug 2012, 739-753) in street conflicts, especially with the rapes of males (Turchik, Jessica A.; Edwards, Katie M. (2012). “Myths about male rape: A literature review”. doi: 10.1037/ a0023207. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 13(2), Apr 2012, 211-226).  Rape has always been about violence—but not in religion where most religions, especially those that came with the ascent of the Emperor Constantine I who created his “catholic [universal] church” at his war council in Nicaea in 325 CE when he attempted to unify the nation with a single religion over which he stood as Pontifex Maximus (the high priest of the state religion) in addition to being the civil war leader, rape was initially ignored and then canonized as being the fault of the woman.

Mourdock, speaking as a pope or emperor within the Tea Party Republican extremist group told an audience at the Tuesday Indiana US Senate debates:  “I came to realize that life is that gift from God; even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”  He quickly was denounced by the Republican Party, officially, then saw numerous Republicans race to fill his war chest to defeat Donnelly in the

Tagg Romney said he wanted to punch him. Ann Coulter called him “the retard.” And now, Sarah Palin says Obama “shuck and jive”

November contest.  The duplicity of the corrupt Republican Party in the USA is now legendary with such effete afficionados as Sarah Palin exposing her extreme racism when Twittering about President Obama’s “Shuck and jive” on Libya that won her tremendous support among American’s racists and renewed support by organized hate groups.

Yahweh’s wife Asherah was edited out of the Bible

When the Apiru ultimately invaded the far more advanced culture of Canaan and conquered its people, they brought with them their legends and lore and used it to craft the ultimate Torah and Prophets, incorporating their lust for rape to obtain new foot soldiers.  It is for that reason we read of the vile, vicious, vitriolic gods (one of whom, the agricultural god Yahweh would “marry” (by rape) the fertility goddess of the legitimate owners of Canaan, Asherah, before her people (Palestinians) were murdered and raped with but a few (the virgins who were young) being allowed to survive to serve as breeders for the Apiru mercenaries. 

1699 Qur’an showing Abram sacrificing Ishmael his first born son

The priests of the Apiru, whose specialty was taking young boys into the desert or up into the mountains and sacrificing them on altars stoked with fire (fancifully retold in the myth of Abram taking “his first born” to be sacrificed to the gods of his tribe), called on the gods from the Apiru hell and thundered rape to be justified. We find these accounts in most of the Torah, including in the last book written: Genesis—which became the backbone for the Old Testament and the Hebrew Bible. 

 In the Old Testament, rape was a means of subduing people, repopulating the Hebrew community that had been decimated in war, and a way to extract vengeance.  These accounts are nothing less than records of past Apiru violence, rape, and murder, as is found throughout the Old Testament, as in Numbers 31:7-18 (NLT):

    They attacked Midian just as the LORD had commanded Moses, and they killed all the men.  All five of the Midianite kings – Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba – died in the battle.  They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword.  Then the Israelite army captured the Midianite women and children and seized their cattle and flocks and all their wealth as plunder.  They burned all the towns and villages where the Midianites had lived.  After they had gathered the plunder and captives, both people and animals, they brought them all to Moses and Eleazar the priest, and to the whole community of Israel, which was camped on the plains of Moab beside the Jordan River, across from Jericho.

    Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the people went to meet them outside the camp.  But Moses was furious with all the military commanders who had returned from the battle.  “Why have you let all the women live?” he demanded[Moses was among the most bloodthirsty butchers of the ancient Apiru who originally worshiped the gods of ancient Egypt and then fashioned from fantasy the gods of what would become Israel [Is-Ra-El from the secondary Trinity: Isis-Ra-El, Isis (the goddess of creation), Ra (the god of the Sun), and El (the god/father/husband who became in Babylon and Canaan Baal: who was a father who consumed his children as a cannibal)] “These are the very ones who followed Balaam’s advice and caused the people of Israel to rebel against the LORD at Mount Peor.  They are the ones who caused the plague to strike the LORD’s people.  Now kill all the boys and all the women who have slept with a man.  Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves.

Clearly Moses and God approves of rape of virgins.  The same scenario exists in Deuteronomy 20:10-14):

     As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace.  If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor.  But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town.  When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town.  But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder.  You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you.

And in Deuteronomy 22:28-29 (NLT) there is the sole proviso on rape:

    If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father.  Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

If she was married and did not protest fearing the rapist would kill her, the rape victim was to be killed (Deuteronomy 22:23-24 NAB; plagiarized from the records of Marid (Arabic: مارد‎) who were djinn or pre-Muslim deities):

    If within the city a man comes upon a maiden who is betrothed, and has relations with her, you shall bring them both out of the gate of the city and there stone them to death: the girl because she did not cry out for help though she was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbors wife.

The woman was nothing more than property as later glossed in Judges 5:30 (NAB):  They must be dividing the spoils they took: there must be a damsel or two for each man, Spoils of dyed cloth as Sisera’s spoil, an ornate shawl or two for me in the spoil.   (Judges 5:30 NAB).

The gods of the Old Testament in cruelty (deisidaimonia), and spite declared that Polygamy, Rape, and the ending of a fetus’ life was pleasant and merited the gods “Forgiveness” (2 Samuel 12:11-14 NAB; cf. Avalos, Hector (2005). Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, and Regina M. Schwartz (1998). The Curse of Cain: The Violent Legacy of Monotheism. University of Chicago Press):

    Thus says the Lord: ‘I will bring evil upon you out of your own house.  I will take your wives [plural] while you live to see it, and will give them to your neighbor.  He shall lie with your wives in broad daylight.  You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down.’

    Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”  Nathan answered David: “The Lord on his part has forgiven your sin: you shall not die.  But since you have utterly spurned the Lord by this deed, the child born to you must surely die.”  [The child dies seven days later.]

Women were marketable commodities: slaves and sex slaves or whores (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT; cf. Ide, Arthur Frederick (1992). Moses: The Making of Myth and Law: the influence of Egyptian sex, religion, and law on the writing of the Torah. Las Colinas, TX: Monument Press):

    When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are.  If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again.  But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her.  And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter.  If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife.  If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment.   

Judges 21:10-24 (NLT) which is plagiarized from the far more ancient story of the Rape of the Sabine women (c. 750 – 752 BCE; Livy, Ab urbe condita, 1:10, Latin; Benjamin Vincent (1874).  Haydn’s Dictionary of Dates (New York, BY: GP Putnam & Sons, p. 572):

    So they sent twelve thousand warriors to Jabesh-gilead with orders to kill everyone there, including women and children.  “This is what you are to do,” they said. “Completely destroy all the males and every woman who is not a virgin.”  Among the residents of Jabesh-gilead they found four hundred young virgins who had never slept with a man, and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh in the land of Canaan.

    The Israelite assembly sent a peace delegation to the little remnant of Benjamin who were living at the rock of Rimmon. Then the men of Benjamin returned to their homes, and the four hundred women of Jabesh-gilead who were spared were given to them as wives.  But there were not enough women for all of them.  The people felt sorry for Benjamin because the LORD had left this gap in the tribes of Israel.  So the Israelite leaders asked, “How can we find wives for the few who remain, since all the women of the tribe of Benjamin are dead?  There must be heirs for the survivors so that an entire tribe of Israel will not be lost forever.  But we cannot give them our own daughters in marriage because we have sworn with a solemn oath that anyone who does this will fall under God’s curse.”

    Then they thought of the annual festival of the LORD held in Shiloh, between Lebonah and Bethel, along the east side of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem.  They told the men of Benjamin who still needed wives, “Go and hide in the vineyards.  When the women of Shiloh come out for their dances, rush out from the vineyards, and each of you can take one of them home to be your wife!  And when their fathers and brothers come to us in protest, we will tell them, ‘Please be understanding.  Let them have your daughters, for we didn’t find enough wives for them when we destroyed Jabesh-gilead. And you are not guilty of breaking the vow since you did not give your daughters in marriage to them.'”  So the men of Benjamin did as they were told.  They kidnapped the women who took part in the celebration and carried them off to the land of their own inheritance.  Then they rebuilt their towns and lived in them.  So the assembly of Israel departed by tribes and families, and they returned to their own homes.

These women were repeatedly raped. It was excused on the pretext of religion, as the gods of the Old Testament take an active role in rape and plunder (Zechariah 14:1-2 NAB):

    Lo, a day shall come for the Lord when the spoils shall be divided in your midst.  And I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle: the city shall be taken, houses plundered, women ravished; half of the city shall go into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be removed from the city.  

The sole exception is if the girl is “engaged” (a public announcement of betrothal is made):

But if in the field the man finds the girl who is engaged, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lies with her shall die. But you shall do nothing to the girl; there is no sin in the girl worthy of death, for just as a man rises against his neighbor and murders him, so is this case. When he found her in the field, the engaged girl cried out, but there was no one to save her (Deuteronomy 22:25-27; cf. Schroeder, Joy A. (2007). Dinah’s Lament: the Biblical Legacy of Sexual Violence in Christian Interpretation. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, Press; and, חיון, חיים (2011). ותצא דינה : קריאה בסיפור המקראי ועיון בזיקותיו. הוצאת ספרים ע״ש י״ל מאגנס, האוניברסיטה העברית, Yerushalayim : Hotsaat sefarim a. sh. Y.L. Magnes, ha-Universitah ha-Ivrit.

On the other hand, abortion is not condemned nor denied in the Bible.  If it occurred during the time of war or other conflict it was merely an accident for which a monetary price had to be paid; Exodus 21:22 reads:

When people who are fighting injure a pregnant woman so that there is a miscarriage, and yet no further harm follows, the one responsible shall be fined what the woman’s husband demands, paying as much as the judges determine.

While there is no word for abortion in the Bible, the gods of Old Testament delighted in the slaughter of fetus and new born children:

  • Numbers 31:17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones.
  • Deuteronomy 2:34 utterly destroyed the men and the women and the little ones.
  • Deuteronomy 28:53 And you shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters.
  • 1 Samuel 15:3 slay both man and woman, infant and suckling.
  • 2 Kings 8:12 dash their children, and rip up their women with child.
  • 2 Kings 15:16 all the women therein that were with child he ripped up.
  • Isaiah 13:16 Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled and their wives ravished.
  • Isaiah 13:18 They shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children.
  • Lamentations 2:20 Shall the women eat their fruit, and children.
  • Ezekiel 9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children.
  • Hosea 9:14 give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
  • Hosea 13:16 their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

“Fruit” (וּפְרִי־) was another word for fetus (cf. Isaiah 13:18:  וּקְשָׁתֹות נְעָרִים תְּרַטַּשְׁנָה וּפְרִי־בֶטֶן לֹא יְרַחֵמוּ עַל־בָּנִים לֹא־תָחוּס עֵינָם׃) he destruction of the fetus was not knew in the ancient world, but was especially common among the save polytheists known as the Apiru (Hebrew), especially when fighting for the Akaddians.

Even Jesus noted that women would come to the day in their life when they wished they had not been pregnant nor give birth to future generations: “For, behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the womb that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck” (Luke 23:29: ὅτι ἰδοὺ ἔρχονται ἡμέραι ἐν αἷς ἐροῦσιν· μακάριαι αἱ στεῖραι καὶ αἱ κοιλίαι αἱ οὐκ ἐγέννησαν καὶ μαστοὶ οἱ οὐκ ἔθρεψαν).  The antiabortion position does not demonstrate love for humanity, or compassion for real human beings, but glories in the suffering of woman in testimony to Genesis 3:16 (KJV): “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee”.

The biblical injunction “Thou shalt not kill” (KJV: Exodus 20:13, copied into Deuteronomy 5:17; cp. Numbers 35:27; 1 Kings 21:19; Hosea 4:2, ref. Deuteronomy 4:42) forbids killing anyone outside of the womb.  When the fetus is mentioned it is mentioned as “fruit” that is not fully ripened or formed.  Pregnancy was “to be fruitful” and if the zygote developed into a fetus, that fetus was referred to as “fruit of the womb.” The Greeks were equally explicit as to the timetable of the development of the fetus (see: Ide, Arthur Frederick (1993). Catechism of Family Values Based on the Bible (Arlington, Liberal Arts Press), pp. 241ff).

Abortion is considered a valid alternative to slaughter: “…but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born (Matthew 26:24). Abortion was common throughout the ancient world. While many medical professionals would administer certain herbs to expel the fetus, women of station who were raped committed suicide to protect their “honor”—a practice that last beyond the beginnings of the Christian church (c. 325 CE) and was a mark of martyrdom for many who ultimately were canonized as saints.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) does find cases where abortion is accepted, however reluctantly:Some exceptional circumstances may justify an abortion, such as when pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother is judged by competent medical authority to be in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known by competent medical authority to have severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. … Those who face such circumstances should consider abortion only after consulting with their local Church leaders and receiving a confirmation through earnest prayer“. 

In 2011, two out of three women having abortions in the U.S. identified as Christian.  Few women capriciously elected abortion.  Most of the women who had an abortion showed their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life. Three-fourths of women cited concern for or responsibility to other individuals.  Three-fourths say they could not afford a child; the Qur’an forbids “the killing of a child for lack of food in the home (Al-Israa 17:31 and Al-An’aam 6:151: And kill not your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Surely, the killing of them is a great sin” but says nothing about abortion; this is mentioned only in Hadith – Sahih Bukhari 8.732 that mentions only a “blood price” if the woman herself kills the fetus; a woman who strikes another woman who is pregnant and kills the fetus is to be put to death in Hadith – Abu Dawood 4555 but says nothing about a voluntary abortion; a similar sentence is at Hadith – Al-Muwatta 43.5) and three-fourths said that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents. No less than half said they did not want to be a single parent or were having problems with their husband or partner (Finer L. B., et al. (2005). “Reasons U.S. women have abortions: quantitative and qualitative perspectives”, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2005, 37(3):110–118.).

Richard Mourdock (who claimed that God intends rape to occur can be seen here). “Mourdock’s belief that there should be no exception that allows a woman to end a pregnancy is shared by the GOP platform and at least 40 Republican candidates for the House and Senate including Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP nominee for vice-president, and Rep. Todd Akin,”) comes from the Paul Ryan (who sponsored Fetal Personhood and opposes family planning, read here), Todd Akin (who claims that it is impossible for a woman who is raped to conceive; watch here, and read Jason Sattler at The National Memo), Joe Walsh (read here:  “there is no need for an abortion to save the mother’s life”,  with update), Rick Santorum (who carried a dead fetus to his children for them to play with and opposes all abortions in all cases (althought his wife, Karen, had one) and claims that their is no constitutional right to privacy, opposes birth control (read here and here), and is equally equated with the Afghan Taliban being for the mind control of Opus Dei and stagnating education (read here and here), Sharron Angel (against abortion claiming that her god has a plan for babies born as the product of rape; read here) wing of the GOP that believes in abortion for zero percent of all cases — no abortion, no exception for rape, incest, life of the mother, or health of the mother. Period.

It is a great shame that none of these men are raped.  If these men could become pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament. despite the ignorance of Timothy Dolan, Bryan Fischer or the German Joseph Ratzinger.

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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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Threat of John Nienstedt and the American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops to America, Democracy and Freedom

John Nienstedt, agent of a foreign government intent on overthrowing democracy in the USA

John Nienstedt, the Minnesota pedophile-protecting archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis who spoke out demanding that the maximum monetary damage be set at $64,000 for convicted clergy pedophiles (knowing Father David Roney was a pedophile and did nothing to stop the priest nor shield those the priest attacked), now guards the tortured traumas of Michele Bachmann (R-MN) who rants against lesbians and the LGBT community, recently told a mother who asked him to be civil and accept her gay child, that she might join her child in hell (a place that John Paul II rejected, calling Hell a state of mind, but the German pope restored as an eternal place of suffering) if she does not embrace the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings on homosexuality.  The predatory prelate penned pathetically a letter that read, in part:  “Your eternal salvation may well depend upon a conversation of heart on this topic,” Nienstedt wrote the mother a letter

Nienstedt’s letter to mother telling her she will go to hell.

“Catholics are bound in conscience to believe in this teaching. Those who do not cannot consider themselves to be Catholic and ought not to participate in the sacramental life of the Church.”  

In 2007, Nienstedt actually breyed: “”[those] who actively encourage or promote homosexual acts… formally cooperate in a grave evil, and… are guilty of mortal sin”. Not all priests agree with their leader.  Father Bob Pierson, an openly gay priest in Collegeville, told 200 Catholics in Edina they should vote with their conscience, not the Archbishop, if they don’t support the same-sex marriage ban.

Roman Catholics in Minnesota abandon the mind-control sought by Nienstedt by voting their conscience in 2012

Many Roman Catholics in Edina, St. Paul, Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota declared their independence of the draconian Nienstedt.  They expressed their opposition to the tyrant’s threats and put signs in their yards that expressed their values–and not those of the predator in St. Paul.

In defending his opposition to same-sex marriage and other basic human and civil rights, Mr. Nienstedt’s letter proves that the clerical leader has no knowledge of the Jesus of the New Testament. The letter further demonstrates that the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church has no relationship or reference to the message of the canonical Gospels or to the man hailed in those Gospel: Jesus. 

The Roman Catholic Catechism is, at best, a specious, sophistical study.  Nienstedt claims that it reflects the message of Jesus, but a scholarly study of this equivocal diaskeaus compendium shows that any similarity is superficial at best and blatantly bogus in fact.  For example, Jesus never judged anyone, not even the publicly denounced adulteress related in John 8:7.  No where does Jesus condemn alcohol or drunkenness (he was accused of being a drunkard in Luke 7:33-34), and in fact turned water into wine (John 2:1-11, a common ritual especially for magi[cians] from Egypt who toured the Middle East carrying bowls on which were written the characters Christus) as unions between people were celebrated with heavy drinking and debauchery. Furthermore, as Matthew (it is from this gospel that the myth of a papacy is taken: Matthew 16:18) 7:1 clearly and forcefully presents Jesus forbade anyone from judging another mortal. Nienstedt, like the rest of the Roman Catholic bishops conveniently forgets this passage, proving that the pathetic pulpiteer pretender in St. Paul/Minneapolis is not only a fractional follower of the Jesus of the New Testament, but shows no signs of ever having studied the canonical Gospels, nor the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. 

Nienstedt’s knowledge of the ancient language is nonexistent.  His pretense at scholarship is silent as a dead door knob that shuts out scientific investigation.  This is clearly seen in his doctoral dissertation entitled, Human Life in a Test-tube; the Moral Dimension of In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer (Roma : Pontificia Universitas Lateranensis. Academia Alfonsiana. Institutum Superius Theologiae Moralis, 1985; 321 p.).  Nienstedt’s polemic shows a distain for medicine, science, and investigation.  It is a religious posturing of the worse sort and lacks all scholarship.

Nienstedt’s marginal managing of scripture is legendary, showing no familiarity with  Acts 10:34: Ἀνοίξας δὲ Πέτρος τὸ στόμα αὐτοῦ εἶπεν· Ἐπ’ ἀληθείας καταλαμβάνομαι ὅτι οὐκ ἔστι προσωπολήπτης ὁ Θεός or aperiens autem Petrus os dixit in veritate conperi quoniam non est personarum acceptor Deus,. or any other reference to charity (e.g. 1 Corinthians 13).  As if he were elected to the post of a god, Nienstedt openly judges, cavalierly condemns and superciliously sees a conflict between authority and obedience, both of which he argues are absolutes and in his personal domain.

Mr. Nienstedt demonstrates fallacious synthetic scenarios of how far mortals can devolve into preying monsters rattling rosaries made from the torn and twisted dreams of many while mangling messages mouthed menacingly against others in the quest to deny human freedom or civil rights to those who need succor and amelioration not theological torture and torment that trends throughout Roman Catholic Church history.  This impious prelate’s draconian DVD is a barbaric bastardized attack on the sexual rights of individuals is tantamount to his dissertation: every sperm is sacred, as if he were a ghost writer for Monty Python.  The Jesus of the New Testament made no comment, did not utter one word on sex, and never sanctified or define marriage in any manner as grotesque as those bible pounders and bully pulpiteers from the beginnings of the self-serving sycophant and fawing parasite Billy Graham, the original Elmer Gantry–who scrubbed clean his aspersionson the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day

Billy Graham’s 2005 condemnation of Mormons

Saints that he equated to being a cult, to Richard Land and the Council of Roman Catholic Bishops in the USA.  Graham’s hatred for those who do not toe his dictatorial demands are damned as sinners, reprobates, and worse–as if he were the dictionary for gutter-mouth Rush Limbaugh, but he cannot top the salty sentences and fractured fanaticism of the St. Paul troglodyte (the τρωγλοδύτης σπηλιά from which Nienstedt emerged in 1985).

The Star-Tribune profiled the anti-gay marriage debate in Minnesota, one of four states that will have marriage on the ballot in November. The article in the main Minnesota paper notes that Mr. Nienstedt had crossed over the threshold established by the Internal Revenue Service on what a charitable institution can do. 

Neinstedt rallying evangelical extremists against civil rights 2012

Mr. Nienstedt and the evangelical extremists whom he has contacted in his war on human rights has committed more than $650,000 in church money—in direct violation of IRS code  § 508(c)(1)(A) against meddling in a political movement (and tearing down the wall separating state and church). Nienstedt repeatedly has stitched defiance of federal laws concerning behavior of organizations that strike out against democracy by sewing together a coalition of leaders from other faiths while exerting all his power within the church to press Minnesota’s million-plus Roman Catholics to back his attack on people.

This is the same maneuver as used by Adolf Hitler to weigh in with his toppling German democracy at the end of the 1930s.  Nienstedt argues that civil rights are not for everyone–only those who agree with him.

An avowed agent for the supremist government of Vatican City over that of the government of the USA, Nienstedt, like many evangelical extremeists, is intimately involved in working to overthrow the basic principles and premises of the Constitution of the USA that guarantees that all people are be treated equally following the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment—so that no one is enslaved as are those Nienstedt opposes: the LGBT community, heterosexuals who want a baby but cannot have one “in the traditional manner as ordained by [g]od”, and those who do not fit into rabid religiosity that Mr. Nienstedt demands. Their bully pulpit’s billy club is the multi-redacted specious ersatz bible, their attack is their mind crippling sermons, and their goal is mythological Matthew 10:34 (added at a later date but one verse that all prayer warriors hail as authentic) that crystalizes on putrescent platforms more in keeping with theaters than the mutilated, misconstrued message of Jesus on prayer (Matthew 6:6: σὺ δὲ ὅταν προσεύχῃ εἴσελθε εἰς τὸ ταμεῖόν σου καὶ κλείσας τὴν θύραν σου πρόσευξαι τῷ πατρί σου τῷ ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ καὶ ὁ πατήρ σου ὁ βλέπων ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ ἀποδώσει σοι (the Latin Vulgate is: tu autem cum orabis intra in cubiculum tuum et cluso ostio tuo ora Patrem tuum in abscondito et Pater tuus qui videt in abscondito reddet tibi, while those who openly steal from Latino/a Christians seldom read Pero tú, cuando ores, entra en tu aposento, y cuando hayas cerrado la puerta, ora a tu Padre que está en secreto, y tu Padre, que ve en lo secreto, te recompensará as it would cost them their royalties and rich life style; the myth in Luke 16:19–31 comes from older antecedents, including Jewish and ancient Egypt–see The Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 8 (New York: Abingdon Press), p. 290, and Bauckham, Richard (1998). The fate of the dead: studies on the Jewish and Christian apocalypses. Leiden, Netherlands: E. J. Brill, p. 101).

Minnesota is the only state seeking to ban same-sex marriage in its constitution in 2012 (other states did that at earlier dates), and Nienstedt is working closely with other treacherous theological benighted traitors to the USA: the odious opportunistic Council of Roman Catholic bishops and clergy leagued with marginalized cults and their ludicrous leaching leaders transuding thought in the states of Washington, Maine, and Maryland where the people are seeking to legalize marriage equality.

Guilty of money laundering, Nienstedt does not report the tremendous amounts of cash he has received surrepititiously from NOM and various other certified hate groups, including the The American Family Association, Focus on the Family, and iniquitous institutions working to overthrow democracy in the USA.

As the Star-Tribune reported: “Nienstedt is not a new disciple to the traditional marriage campaign.”.  Nienstedt has a long and sordid, solid, and strangling history of opposition to human rights. For example, as the Star-Tribune detailed:  In 2006, as bishop of the diocese of New Ulm, Mr. Nienstedt mobilized Catholics to send postcards to lawmakers urging them to support a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.  His church paid for the cards and postage from private tithes of parishoners who had marked the money for use in repairing the church and other institutional needs: not one gave money to launch the genocidic war Nienstedt invisions.  Neinstedt’s using contributions as if they were his own furthers the criminal culpability of the German Pontifex Maximus (a title for ancient Roman war emperors who took on the role of high priest of the state in charge of keeping the gods peace while wearing golden bee-hives symbolic of their strength; this title remained secular until 375 CE, and in the East it was known as ἀρχιερεὺς μέγιστος), Josef Ratzinger, who has struck out as he did when a Nazi Youth, to destroy personal prerogatives and human rights.

Not long after he was patrimonially promoted to archbishop in 2008, Mr. Nienstedt ordered an end to the gay pride prayer service at St. Joan of Arc.  The medieval Roman Catholic Church accused the “Maid of Orleans” of being a lesbian at her trial since she wore the clothes of a man.  This act was seen by English prelates as a sign of cross-dressing that was denounced because of a misreading of  Deuteronomy 22:5.  Joan’s judges, who were much like Nienstedt, ridiculed Joan for her difformitate habitus (degenerate clothing) and the fifteenth century accounts skirt on the issue of transvestitism.  Joan was bullied by the breiers of Rome for such alleged but unproven charges even during her execution by fire. 

The Roman Catholic Church in Minneapolis that had become embittered with tart and tangled traditions forfeited the backing of more contemporary clerics who understood the benefits of diversity.  They stood silent, however, as the war on human rights fired out of the maniacal magnum mouth of the homophobic psychopathic prelate (cp. Poteat, V. Paul; O’Dwyer, Laura M.; Mereish, Ethan H. (2012). “Changes in how students use and are called homophobic epithets over time: Patterns predicted by gender, bullying, and victimization status”, doi: 10.1037/a0026437; Journal of Educational Psychology, Vol 104(2), May 2012, 393-406).  Most who are as homophobic as Nienstedt, who labor to hide homophobia behind a stained curtain of self-righteousness and religiosity, are actually afraid that their own homosexuality will become apparent (cf. Stotzer, Rebecca L.; Shih, Margaret (2012). “The relationship between masculinity and sexual prejudice in factors associated with violence against gay men”, doi: 10.1037/a0023991; Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol 13(2), Apr 2012, 136-142. Special Section: Recent Research on Gay and Bisexual Men) as seen not only in Nienstedt but especially in such rabid anti-LGBT people as Maggie Gallagher and Billy Graham.  Homosexuality has been the whipping boy for contemporary 20th-21st century Christianity, whereas in the introduction of the Christian Church created at Nicaea in the fourth century CE, it was an assault of “effeminancy” and “inverted” sexuality.  Anti-LGBT tirades, such as those by Gallagher and Bryan Fischer, Pentecostal, Southern Baptist and Mormon leaders frequently lead to suicides that the religions deny are the result of intolerant faiths, especially among the Mormons and Pentecostals. Only with parental support, as in the case of the mother defending and seeking support for her child, does the chance of suicide as a result of bullying lessen (cf. Poteat, V. Paul; Mereish, Ethan H.; DiGiovanni, Craig D.; Koenig, Brian W. (2011). “The effects of general and homophobic victimization on adolescents’ psychosocial and educational concerns: The importance of intersecting identities and parent support”, doi: 10.1037/a0025095; Journal of Counseling Psychology, Vol 58(4), Oct 2011, 597-609).

Before the 2010 election, Nienstedt sinisterly defied IRS code against church being involved in political affairs by leading a move to send DVDs opposing same-sex marriage to 400,000 Catholics in Minnesota.  He rabidly took a staring role in speaking out against human freedom by giving a six-minute introduction. He was hailed as if he were a new messiah (from the Aramaic word meshiha that means “anointed” and “warrior”), and exposed the duplicity of the Roman Catholic Church and the venal, viciously self-serving American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops in breach of federal laws.  There is no given answer why the IRS tolerates the American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops and has not yet expelled the bishops from the USA, even though there remains a growing abundance of evidence that the bishops are foreign agents of a subversive country intent on transmogrifying the laws and judgments of courts created by the Constitution of the USA.

Nienstedt’s continuing attacks on personal freedom, human and civil rights reached the nadir in his attack on a mother who was defending her child. It seems as if the suffragan would have squealed with delight if he could have gone after the New Testament Mary while making sport beneath the cross where her son was hung as congregants rallied around to hurl bullying insults and protestations in anticipation of one more death.  Nienstedt has proven himself to be the greatest of all bullies in Minnesota, and his petrifying presentation has been taken up by parish pastoral pedophiles and prelates who appear in red dresses and white lace in public as they condemn cross-dressers.

Nienstedt had become the new Mephistopheles of the Roman Catholic mission in the USA.  Nienstedt has egregiously exposed the Roman Catholic Church clergy as being among the most despicable and pathetic predators of the twenty-first century.

Truth Wins Out (TWO) Executive Director Wayne Besen noted in a statement concerning the reprehensible letter of the sinister subversive Nienstedt:  “It is appalling that Archbishop Nienstedt chose to issue such an un-Christian response to a vulnerable member of his flock who came to him seeking help.”  Besen’s rejection of the calloused crassness of Nienstedt that few had the courageous composure to say in exsposing this emulator’s expository attack on American values of fair play and respect for others who are a diverse as drops of rain: “[Neinstedt’s] letter shows just how deeply held his anti-gay views are.”  Neinstedt made clear he has only one goal: the bowdlerise of all factual evidence–a blackguard attack laid out in his dissertation in the same manner Adolf Hitler penned his passionate prose to damn and destroy all Jews in his blueprint for a Holocaust throughout the world: Mein Kampf.

In his invidiously insensitive letter, Nienstedt wrongfully wrote that Catholics are obligated to believe the Church’s official teachings on homosexuality.  For too long the Roman Catholic Church has struggled to deaden reason, corrupt learning, and cancel the conduct of inquiry as if it were in sisterhood with the Southern Baptist Convention and religion’s attack on science. This commiserable comment ignores history, existing copies of scrolls in the churches of the fourth century and used by Eusebius when he wrote the Bible on the order of the Emperor of Constantine I (Eusebius, Vita Constantini, IV,36-37).  No such teaching existed anywhere in the Bible as it came into being toward the end of the fourth century, and it was not known by either chrestianos or christianos.

The word homosexual was not even coined before the second half of the nineteenth century; neither homosexual nor homosexuality was known (much less alone used) in the Aramaic, Hebrew or Greek versions. It is not found in any Bible before 1954 and then it is out of context.   The words “homosexual” and “heterosexual” were coined by Károly Mária Benkert (a.k.a. K.M. Kertbeny) in 1869.  “Homosexual” was not used in among psychologists until 1892 when it was taken up, with trepidation, by Charles Gilbert Chaddock and then was used in a psychological framework (ref: Chaddock, Charles Gilbert (1892), trans. Psychopathia sexualis, with special reference to contrary sexual instinct: a medico-legal study by Richard von Krafft-Ebing. Philadelphia, PA, USA, and London, UK: F. A. Davis Co. Original was published in German in 1886 under the title Psychopathia sexualis : eine klinisch-forensische Studie and the neither the word homosexuelle nor the word Homosexualität appears in the first edition; the one cited here is an authorized translation of the seventh enlarged and revised German edition). 

The word “homosexual” first appeared in an American Bible in 1973, the New International Version (NIV). It appeared in a version in the United Kingdom, the (NEB), a few years earlier.  That does not stop nor deter the hateful messages of Nienstedt.
 
The wanton biblical illiteracy of Nienstedt is acutely noted when he bleated that “those who do not… ought not to participate in the sacramental life of the Church.”  This is in direct opposition to the words of the Jesus of the New Testament (Matthew 26:26): ἐσθιόντων δὲ αὐτῶν λαβὼν ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἄρτον καὶ εὐλογήσας ἔκλασεν καὶ δοὺς τοῖς μαθηταῖς εἶπεν· λάβετε φάγετε, τοῦτό ἐστιν τὸ σῶμά μου which was for those “assembled” and later qualified as being open to all regardless (Matthew 19:13-15, a demand rejected by Constantine’s Catholic Church). The elitism of Nienstedt is monarchial.
 
This was never the case in the early community as found in the Book of Acts where women attended and participated equal to men (as women were originally priests and bishops of the early communities before the Emperor Constantine created his “catholic [universal] church” in 325 CE.  What today is termed to be the “Roman Catholic Church” did not even have a leader, but followed the exhortations of various presbyters and pretenders as the community in Rome was divided between two groups known as chrestianos and christianos as there was no central Christ in the religion that rivaled the faith in the god Mithras.
 
Nienstedt exhorted the child’s mother to reconsider her inclusive spiritual beliefs, saying that “[her] eternal salvation may well depend on a conversation of heart on this topic.”  Salvation, contrary to the mentally challenged Nienstedt, is not found to be the prerogative of anyone to determine according to the Gospels.  The Gospels are clear as to what constitutes “salvation.”  In the early communities, salvation was understood to mean an inward recognition (Ephesians 1:13-14).  In Romans 9:10-14, salvation is achieved by merely stating the name Jesus. The authors of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, state that salvation comes to those who accept the message of the New Testament Jesus. Nowhere in the Bible does it claim that any man (or woman) on this planet has powers to determine salvation for anyone other than himself or herself. Salvation is not the monopoly of the Roman Catholic Church or Christianity— or any other religion. Nienstedt is an opportunist who is either deliberately ignorant of the Bible, or neglects to cite it fully.  John 3:17 and 5:24 (expanded, without authorization, in 1 Timothy 1:15), in direct opposition to Mr. Nienstedt and the evangelical extremist leaders states that only Jesus can offer salvation, and it is obtained individually without any intercession by any intercessor or cult leader.  It is won strictly by faith (Ephesians 2:8).  Nienstedt is a false prophet.  Credo-centered and demanding theologies do not stablize psychology but encourages bullying and ultimately the suicide of the bullied (cf. Cleary, Anne; Brannick, Teresa (2007). “Suicide and changing values and belief in Ireland”. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910.28.2.82. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, Vol 28(2), 2007, 82-88). Ireland used to be a heavily Roman Catholic country, but membership is sliding rapidly and even priests are leaving.

John Becker, investigative reporter, Truth Wins Out (2012)

John Becker, Director of Communications & Development for Truth Wins Out added: “Telling the parent of an LGBT child that she ‘ought not to participate in the sacramental life of the Church’ unless she renounces her pro-equality views – and that her ‘eternal salvation may well depend upon’ her willingness to accept the Catholic Church’s anti-gay teachings – is spiritual bullying of the highest order and utterly reprehensible. What kind of spiritual leader demands that a mother reject her child in order to save her soul?” 

What is spiritual bullying?  It is not uncommon anywhere. Religion and its formal organizations has always been among the greatest bullies and leads to the greatest number of suicides. Spiritual bullying is trying to

  • get someone to behave by threatening them with God’s wrath.
  • control another’s actions by appearing superior to them.
  • get someone to believe by threatening hell.

This is the same absurdity pushed by Dominicans, Franciscans and other Inquisitors in the darkest days of Europe when the Roman Catholic Church in the West and the Orthodox Church in the East. In both cases, state-sanction religion destroyed lives, communities, and knowledge by elevating mortals to the ranks of gods—that met the ultimate insanity with the proclamation of Infallibility that is found nowhere in any Bible and had never been subject of councils or courts but pushed through by the unholy Pius IX at Vatican I.

Michelle Bachmann and Paul Ryan have no training in psychology yet support reparative therapy.

The fantasy that homosexuality is a matter of choice (denied by the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Pediatric Association and more than one-hundred professional mental health entities) and people can “pray away the gay” is the cornerstone for corrupt and disreputable people such as Marcus Bachmann and his wife Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), Rick Perry (R-TX), Bryan Fischer of the certified hate group American Family Association, the Cathys of Chick-Fil-A, and the Roman Catholic Council of Bishops, evangelical bishops such as Harry Johnson of Maryland, and others who make money by offering prayers for those who pay.

Harry Jackson of Maryland

Harry Jackson, a Pentecostal preacher and self-ordained bishop and has no authentic credentials as Pentecostals do not consecrate bishops, owns two homes in Silver Springs, Maryland, has become rich preaching hate, and  is equal to Adam West (R-FL) not only in claiming that homosexuality is a choice, but that all LGBT can automatically chose to change their nature that has been with them since birth.  Jackson has declared that LGBT have stolen “the rainbow” and are attempting “to recruit children” accusations that Dr. Martin Luther King rejected and his wife (Coretta Scott King), until her death, claimed evangelical extremists condemnation of Gay people to be a lie. Mrs. King, went so far as to claim that racism and homophobia are identical, distancing herself from her niece Alveda who has libeled and slandered her aunt and uncle and the message that Dr. King preached. 

Harry Jackson’s continues to defy Matthew 7:1 and the message of the Jesus he pretends to preach.  His credential are none existent: he attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he played football, and later, while working at Corning Glass in Corning, New York, founded his own church. 

Harry Jackson preaching hate

Jackson’s congregation is basically caucasian and have the mentality of Westboro Baptist Church that is anti-everything but their narrow reading of the bible.  Jackson has never studied theology and is totally ignorant of Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek and Latin, and reads a poor contemporary translation of the Bible, a version that not only is reprehensible but one that has no relationship to the original scrolls that Constantine I approved at his Council of Nicaea.

Marcus Bachmann unlicensed “psychologist”

Unlicensed and repudiated Marcus Bachmann (he is married to Michelle Bachmann) continues to offer the rejected therapy since Minnesota laws are lax.  It is illegal in California to offer this “reparative therapy” that leads to more suicides than helps anyone.

What would be best for the Minnesota community is that Nienstedt be ejected from the USA and deported to Vatican City as a spy and henchmen for Ratzinger.  While the early founders and first groups of Presidents of the USA rejected any role for any particular religion in the government of the USA, after the Civil Wart the government became enslaved to pastors, preachers, priests and other parasites so such deportation is not possible at this time.

The government of the USA must take into consideration the basic mental of its citizens, as suicide rises in Minnesota, especially in Minneapolis and St. Paul and throughout the 6th congressional district that has been grossly misrepresented in Congress Michele Bachmann where suicides are epidemic. Bachmann’s hysteria has caught the attention of the media, but she continues to run for Congress after losing her bid for the Republican nomination for President after she vowed to turn the USA into a theocracy (read here and here).

Nienstedt’s rejection can have devastating consequences for LGBT youth.  According to a 2009 study conducted by San Francisco State University researcher Caitlin Ryan and published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (123:1 346-352; doi:10.1542/peds.2007-3524; abstract is here), LGBT teens who experienced negative feedback from their families were 8 times more likely to have attempted suicide, 6 times more vulnerable to severe depression, and 3 times more likely to use drugs than teens who did not experience negative feedback (cp. Toomey, Russell B.; Ryan, Caitlin; Diaz, Rafael M.; Card, Noel A.; Russell, Stephen T. (2010). “Gender-nonconforming lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth: School victimization and young adult psychosocial adjustment”. doi: 10.1037/a0020705; Developmental Psychology, Vol 46(6), Nov 2010, 1580-1589).

“He silenced his priests under the order of obedience,” said Ed Flahavan, a member of Former [sometimes written as Resigned] Priests for Marriage Equality, a group that went public in May with the names of 80 former Minnesota Catholic priests against the amendment, noted in a Star-Tribune article, that Mr. Neinstedt silenced priests under the falsely labeled “order of obedience.”  Flahaven commented, “It’s the first time in my experience or knowledge that kind of blanket order has been given” in this archdiocese.

Teachers who encourage critical, independent thinking are removed from teaching in Roman Catholic schools.  Those who reject unconsciousable ultimatums from bishops are fired. This miscarriage of justice, so common in the Roman Catholic Church, occurred with Trish Cameron. 

Trish Cameron fired by the Roman Catholic Church for supporting human rights

Ms. Cameron was a fifth-grade teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Moorhead.  She wrote on her review that while she does not agree with all of the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings, but noted in plain English that she does not bring her personal opinions inside the classroom.  When Ms. Cameron was required to explain her written response, she replied: “I do not agree w/ all Church teachings on a personal level but I do not bring my own opinions into our religion classes. We tend to focus on respect and love for one another and living out our call as servants whenever a ‘political’ topic crops (which it rarely, if ever, does).” After her truthful answer was reviewed she was then ordered to submit her resignation.

Individual Catholics have seen their parishes dictatorially directed to ferment committees to work for passage of the antedeluviant amendment against human rights that Nienstedt, who shows full signs of mental illness, demands. The archdiocese, following the fanaticism of Nienstedt also appointed married couples to talk up marriage at Catholic high schools.

The majority of Roman Catholics in Minnesota have walked out when Nienstedt’s screeds on the LBGT community or same-sex marriage are read

Minnesota Roman Catholics for marriage equality 2012

Nienstedt is single-handedly killing the Roman Catholic Church in Minnesota as the bishops, and cardinal of Ireland killed the Church in the one nation that was, in the past, the most loyal to Rome–few Roman Catholics have any allegiance or praise for Ratzinger or for his bishops and or cardinals.

 Nienstedt asked priests to recite a “marriage prayer” during mass and claims, in total ignorance of the Bible that marriage has always been between one man and one woman. There is no “marriage prayer” in any ancient text, scroll, gospel, or other writing.  Nienstedt’s stagnant stupidity on scripture defies the imagination of even those with the most marginal mental abilities, as the grotesqueness of Nienstedt’s raw rhetoric ignores facts easily found in any Bible.  As for Nienstedt’s false and obnoxious claim that the Bible defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is easily disproved.  For example:

Genesis 4:19 says “Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah.” This marriage is scoffed at with the claim that Lamech was of the House of Cain.

Jacob was not of the House of Cain. He also had at least two wives: Leah (Genesis 29:17) and Rachel (Genesis 29:27). They were Jacob’s first-cousins. This is incest.

Abraham married his half-sister (Genesis 12:10-20), Sarah (Genesis 11:29-31), then “married” (had sex with) her servant Hagar (Genesis 16:1–21:21). After the death of his wife Sarah takes another wife, Keturah, who has six sons (25:1-4).

Esau, the elder twin son of Isaac and Rebekan (Genesis 25:25) married frequently.The names of Esau’s wives differ in two traditions (Genesis 26:34 and 28:9; cf. 36:2-3).

Moses had at least two wives.One was Zipporah who was Moses’ cousin: (Exodus 2:15-16 and in Exodus 18:1-6) and continued the Egyptian practice of female circumcision (Exodus 4:24-26). Moses’ second wife was the “woman of Ethiopia” (cf. Numbers 11:35-12:2).

Moses’ polygamy is matched by Elkanah. Elkanah had two wives: Hannah and Penninah (1 Samuel 1:2).

David had numerous wives. Michal was his first wife and the daughter of King Saul (I Samuel 18:20, 28). Michael was unique. She is the first Biblical woman to tell a man that she loved him (the Hebrew word is ahava but it does not mean a romantic love). Saul set a bride-price for the groom David to merit the hand and virginity (hymen) of Michal: he was required to risk his life harvesting the foreskin of 100 Philistines (a tale that is from ancient Akkadia).  David returned with the required foreskins–plus 100 extra foreskins to make a total of 200 (following the myth of Hercules as well as several leaders of ancient Egypt, Crete, and elsewhere).

David’s second wife was Ahinoam. She was the wife of King Saul and daughter of Ahimaatz (I Samuel 14:50). She was the mother of Amnon. David married her while Saul was still alive and had not divorced her. This constitutes bigamy as well as adultery.

Abigail, mother of Kileab, was the wife of Nabal (whose name denotes a fool or glutton), a wealthy landowner in the Hebron. She is praised as wise and beautiful (I Samuel 25:3) especially in contrast to her husband–a sign of a rise in misogyny and gender stratification. She was David’s third wife.

Maacah, mother of Absalom and Tamar and daughter of King Talmai of Geshur, was David’s fourth wife.  She was not very popular and David seldom had sex with her.  Maacah’s unpopularity is never truly disccused, only the dowry she brought with her before David took her hymen as a “blood offering.”

Haggith, the mother of Adonijah, was David’s next wife.  Little is written about her.  It is assumed it was a political match, and there is no record that David ever loved her or had many children by her.  She was consigned to the coldness of a royal harem.

Eglah was David’s sixth wife. She was the mother of Ithream. She, too, was discarded and sent to the harem. 

David chose Abital as his seventh wife. She was the mother of Shephatiah.

David’s last wife was Bathsheba, mother of Solomon. David married her before her husband was dead. David had his friend, Uriah the Hittite, who slept at the foot his bed, killed so that he could marry Uriah’s wife (2 Samuel 11).  This is a story of lust, premeditated murder, and carnage–that Nienstedt’s absence of comment or condemnation adds these abuses of women to the Roman Catholic Church’s list of family values, in keeping with James Dobson and other sychophants of Christianity.

Bathsheba is named as the daughter of Eliam (II Samuel 11: 3).  Eliam was the son of Ahithophel who was one of David’s counselors (II Samuel 23:34).  David had sex with her despite the fact she was menstruating, which was illicit according to Jewish law (Leviticus 20:18) and carried with it the punishment of death.  Neither David nor Bathsheba were killed, indicating either that the incident occurred before the writing of Samuel, or that the story itself was a fantasy and Leviticus was of a much later date.

It is quite possible that David married his own sister. According to the Book of Chronicles David had a sister named Abigail (I Chronicles 2:16). Abigail’s husband is named Ithra (or Jether) (2 Samuel 17:26; and I Chronicles 2:17). It is possible that after Nabal’s death David’s sister ruled over Hebron. That baits the question of whether or not there were two Abigail’s – one being David’s third wife and the other being David’s sister, who most likely were sisters-in-law.  There is even a possibility that they were the same person.  All of these potentialities imply that David married his sister after the death of his rival Nabal to inherit her estates.  This is incest and suggests murder but keeping with lore of ancient Abirus in the day they were transmogrified into Hebrews but latter-day apologists.

Could David marry his sister?Yes, it was not unheard of in the ancient Middle East (cf. Levenson, Jon D. (1978) in Catholic Biblical Quarterly, p. 27).  It was common among warriors (David, actually, means “general” or “leader”), high priests and kings.

David is accused of two sins: murder and adultery. In the case of adultery death is penalty for both the man and the woman (Leviticus 20:10). It is suggested by several scholars that David had sex (marriage) with his own granddaughter (2 Samuel 15). That is incest throughout the Torah, yet David is considered a hero, parsing the mythology of David to have taken centuries before the texts were written.  David is most likely a legend and never was a man.

The story of David’s sexual prowess and interest does not stop with women.  King David also loved at least one man (Jonathan).

David’s love for Jonathan is Biblical evidence that marriage (sexual) union occurred between men, as with David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18:1-3). In the account we read the Hebrew word ahab.  It is used to describe how Jonathan loved David. Ahab does not mean “platonic” love.  It is a word for physical union, an action common in all military societies from the Apiru mercenaries in Egypt to the soldiers of Spara.

The word ahab ccurs 208 times in the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. It is translated love in the KJV 169 times and occurs in the story of David and Solomon in 1 Samuel 16:21, 18:1, 3, 16, 20, 20:17 and II Samuel 1:26.  All indicators reveal that this love was not platonic but sexual with love: a committed union between two members of the same gender (2 Samuel 1:26).

Solomon outdid all of the men in the Old Testament for polygamous marriages–including with general, furnishing the background for the account of Muhammad wedding seven-year-old Aisha. Solomon had 700 official wives and 300 concubines (1 Kings 11:1-3).

Nowhere in the Bible is there a statement that marriage must be between one man and one woman, and there are few instances where that occurred. Polygamy is far more common.

4th century Coptic scroll states “Jesus’ [had a] wife”.

Jesus never married—except for one inclusion in a fourth-century Coptic scroll that is already in debate–at a time the Emperors of Rome were forming and formulating the Christian church.  All other “canonical” books—determined not by theologians but by Constantine and his fawning pawns known as bishops at the emperor’s Council of Nicaea—claimed that Jesus did not even have a girlfriend.  Instead a man (John, according to some, and James, according to a few others, slept on his chest: John 13:23) and was followed out of the garden one night by a naked youth (Matthew 14:51-52) before zombieswould rise from their tombs and storm Jerusalem (Matthew 27:51-53).

Rev. Grant Stevenson of Minnesota

Thousands of Minnesota Catholics angered by the church’s campaign have joined the opposition, said the Rev. Grant Stevensen, faith leader for Minnesotans United For All Families, the lead group working to defeat the amendment. Minnesotans with whom I have visited over Nienstedt state that he is not only “out of touch” with reality, but heralds back to a Dark Age when self-appointed guardians of the faith could browbeat faithful into confessing any absurdity or committing any crime in the name of religion. This proved itself when signs proclaiming “Another Catholic Voting No” sprouted on lawns of Roman Catholic family homes, and on bumper-stickers of cars owned and operated by Roman Catholics. 

Rev. Grant Stevenson (L) with veteran civil rights leader Matthew Little (R)

Roman Catholics have continued to come out to support civil rights, supported by veteran civil rights leaders.  Rev. Stevenson has been in the forefront of the fight, and has been with veteran civil rights leader Matthew Little in demanding fair treatment for all in the area of jobs, education, and society–but not with the support of the Neanderthan Nienstedt of St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota.

William E. Lori speaking at the Catholic Center in Bridgeport, CT

U.S. bishops who have recently fought against same-sex marriage — including the well-known bigot Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in San Francisco who has been arrested for driving drunk, a dedicated homophobe who fought all the way to the US Supreme Court to keep hidden the amounts of money paid to cover up pedophiles in his diocese and who is accused of his own sexual pecadillos and who opposes any form of birth control Archbishop William Lori in Baltimore (he has abused more restrictions of IRS code than any other prelate in the Roman Catholic Church), and Archbishop Charles Chaput (who opposes federal government health care reform, and restored a pedophile to the priesthood) in Philadelphia — won promotions afterward–and most likely will be named cardinals of the dying Roman Catholic Church. Nienstedt would be well-positioned for promotion to a larger diocese–and a cardinalate.

Rep. Steve Cook and wife Joy

Earlier this year, a Catholic priest under Nienstedt leadership hosted a mandatory assembly on “Normal Life” at a Minneapolis high school where seniors were told gay marriage is akin to bestiality (originally authored by Missouri State Rep Steve Cookson and wife Joy), and adopted children are not normal.  Many students exited to bathrooms and cried pitifully against the harsh and unfounded sentences by the trio who set themselves up as authorities–yet not a one is a trained, educated or registered psychologist or psychiatrist, and what they said is at best defined as garbage. Numerous psychological and pediatric studies have proven this charge to be a lie. A study by Goldberg, Abbie E.; Smith, JuliAnna Z.; Kashy, Deborah A. (2010). “Preadoptive factors predicting lesbian, gay, and heterosexual couples’ relationship quality across the transition to adoptive parenthood.” doi: 10.1037/a0019615 Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 24(3), Jun 2010, 221-232, shows that there is no difference in attitude, depression or exhilaration or positive outcomes between LGBT and heterosexual parents.  This is concurred with in the study Goldberg, Abbie E.; Smith, JuliAnna Z. (2010). “Perceived parenting skill across the transition to adoptive parenthood among lesbian, gay, and heterosexual couples” doi: 10.1037/a0017009.Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 23(6), Dec 2009, 861-870, although gay men were found to be more adaptable to parenting than the other subjects studied. Patterson found that there is no psychological reason to discriminate against gay parents (Patterson, Charlotte J. (2009). “Children of lesbian and gay parents: Psychology, law, and policy” doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.64.8.727. American Psychologist, Vol 64(8), Nov 2009, 727-736. Tornello, Farr, and Patterson (2011), argue that positive parenting comes with self-actualization and acceptance of by the parent of the parent’s sexuality, sexual orientation and lifestyle—and is equally valid both among heterosexual parents and gay parents (Tornello, Samantha L.; Farr, Rachel H.; Patterson, Charlotte J. (2011). “Predictors of parenting stress among gay adoptive fathers in the United States. doi: 10.1037/a0024480. Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 25(4), Aug 2011, 591-600.  Contemporary psychology, psychiatry, and pediatric psychology rejects the protestations and pronouncements of Nienstedt on the LGBT family and his hysteria against same-sex marriage.  Nienstedt’s arrogance and stupidity actually outdoes the ignorance of Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne who has debilitated, devitalized, enervated, and emasculated the Roman Catholic Church in Perú–and is one of the most vial, vitriolic and malicious ministers in South America who anticipates his election as pope to follow the German Ratzinger. 

Nienstedt’s preoccupation with homosexuality and same-sex marriages indicates that Nienstedt could be homosexual and is in a state of denial. What Nienstedt and others, especially in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church ignore is that socially constructed identities that have formed over decades and centuries may be in conflict with one another and thus lead to a persecution complex or a complex demanding persecution of what the one in power sees as social deviancy. Current psychological studies show that issues around sexual orientation were the catalyst for questioning or changing religious affiliation or beliefs (Sherry, Alissa; Adelman, Andrew; Whilde, Margaret R.; Quick, Daniel (2010). “Competing selves: Negotiating the intersection of spiritual and sexual identities”. doi: 10.1037/a0017471. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 41(2), Apr 2010, 112-119; cp. Erikson, Kai T[heodor]. (1966). Wayward Puritans: A Study in the Sociology of Deviance. New York, NY: Wiley; cf. Erikson, Kai Theodor; De Giorgi, Alessandro [trans.] (2005). Streghe, eretici e criminali: devianza e controllo sociale nel XVII secolo. Roma: Carocci, 452 p. in Italian; it is available in German under the title Die widerspenstigen Puritaner: zur Soziologie abweichenden Verhaltens, Wolfgang Krege; Stuttgart, Deutschland: Klett-Cotta, 1978; Erikson’s classic work has been used as the focal point in two Norwegian works: Helgesen, Janne Henriette Ingarsdottir (1996), Drøft ulike teorier om kriminalisering og straff med utgangspunkt i Rusche og Kirchheimers “Punishment and social structure” og Kai Eriksons “Wayward Puritans”. Oslo, Norway: [J.H.I. Helgensen; written at the Universitetet I Oslo, 2001], and also Scheel, Bente Hagesæther (1996), with the same title, also written at the Universitetet I Oslo, and self-published being 3 bl smaller).  The essays of Ingarsdottir and Hagesæther give ample cause to suspect that Nienstedt is seeking personal recognition and possible promotion within the Roman Catholic hierarchy by following rigidly the command of Josef Ratzinger who wants to root out the LGBT lifestyle.

Nienstedt quickly banned freedom of speech on any LGBT issue in any Roman Catholic school, in defiance of the First Amendment that Mr. Nienstedt claims goes against Roman Catholic Church canons, claiming that is what “good” people of Minnesota do, and those who do not agree with his stand intimates that they are “bad” people in Minnesota. This is approximating treason as in a free society all people have the right to criticize, denounce, call-out and argue with anyone, as there is not a single person on this planet who is infallible in anything and all opinions are subject to debate.  While there is no single strong person to speak out and demand Nienstedt’s trial and call for his expulsion from the USA, those who call for his execution are neither judge nor jury.  The faithful can pray for the death of Nienstedt and the Roman Catholic clergy soiling the earth of Minnesota, but they cannot go further unless they take the option of open revolution as occurred in 1789 in France when the populace overthrew its Roman Catholic leaders and closed its churches.

DeLaSalle school where fantasy is taught as fact

One DeLaSalle school student held up a poster that proclaimed he loved his two moms. DeLaSalle senior Matt Bliss noted: “You could look around the room and feel the anger.” Bliss said, “My friend who is a lesbian started crying, and people were crying in the bathroom.”  The students were quick to post on the Internet their strong feelings against the priest and his message and his co-messengers.  Uniformly, the students were wiser than the adults or faculty or church, and quickly rejected the absurdity they heard that homosexuality was equivalent of beastiality. The Roman Catholic Church was rightfully under seige.  As the Milan cardinal Martini predicted, the Roman Catholic Church is at the edge of collapse, Nienstedt will push it over the line as there has been no good popes since John XXIII, and the corrupt curia is saturated with graft.

The hypocrisy of the Roman Catholic Church cannot be understated. Pope Benedict XVI is among the greatest monsters. He covered up the molestation of 200 deaf orphans in Wisconsin (read here and here).  He openly jockeyed to succeed the Polish pope Karol Józef Wojtyła who used his illness to quest of sympathy, but showed neither compassion to victims of rape nor to the men and women with HIV and AIDS by rejecting condoms as a way to stop the prevention of the equal opportunity virus.  His extremism was represented in the US Senate byRick Santorum and in the American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops, but rejected by a growing percentage of Roman Catholics people (47% – 54% of all Roman Catholics surveyed in the USA accept abortion in all cases; read here and here).  John Paul II, among the worse popes in modern history, lied when he claimed that the Roman Catholic Church always stood against abortions.

Roman Catholic support for abortion and stem-cell research

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the a Republican National Convention speaker), paid cash to pedophiles and rapist priests so they could escape justice.  He called these payments “act(s) of charity” (read here and here).  Dolan, like Romney, was involved in moving various amounts of money into different “trusts” that would bankrupt later recipients.

Father Benedict Groeschel, a holder of a Ph.D. in psychology, claimed little children seduced priests into having sex.

Father Benedict Groeschel, of the Conservative Franciscan Friars recently said that oftentimes children are the seducers of pedophiles and claimed himself to be a psychologist (he does have a Ph.D. from Columbia University but rejects any psychological study that goes contrary to what he has determined to be “[g]od’s word) who  has shown numerous signs of acute mental illness. His concept of psychology is a pathway to religion and god, lacking all objectivity and never open to peer review ( read: “Anger at Play on Gay Christ,” New York Daily News, 23 September, 1998).  Groeschel called Jerry Sandusky that “poor guy“, and argues that children who are attacked by pedophiles are asking for the sexual confrontation (read here and here) and has argued that priests were “entrapped” by children into sex.  He will not be punished or reprimanded by the Pope or the Catholic Church. He was defended by Bill Donohue founder and main member of the “Catholic League”.

Nuns on Bus: champion aid for poor and hungry, condemned by Benedict XVI

Nuns on a bus:  While leading a nationwide tour to highlight child poverty in the United States the pope condemned them for not focusing on anti-gay marriage efforts and threatened to throw them out of the church (read here and read here). They were attacked by the Tea Party and Republican Party for “speaking ill of Paul Ryan” who they claimed has no “Catholic values”.

Edmund A. Walsh, S.J. wanted USA a theocracy

The hate-sewers slurry with John Nienstedt and together work with the German pope that will extinguish the torch of learning, darken the cellar of knowledge and restore a final era of hatred almost as great as that lisped by the Tea Party. Nienstedt is the equal to Joe McCarthy’s Jesuit priest Edmund A. Walsh and the Koch family who sustained the first attack on American freedom and the Constitution. Walsh and Nienstedt have been intent on transmogrifying the USA into a theocracy that the Roman Catholic Church would rule as it controlled Franco’s Spain, Pinochet’s Chile, Fujimori’s Peru, and other nations where dissent was not allowed and education rigidly ruled highlighting the lies of the Roman Catholich Church. What all have in common is the signet ring of hate.

When all else is seen as failing, Nienstedt and the American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops bring out the conservative bully club and argue that under Obama the economy in the USA tanked.  It, too, is a lie.

USA government debt under last five presidents

The ruse is used by the American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops to hide their racism as many bishops in US history were members of the KKK and Roman Catholic bishops and cardinals supported Hitler in Europe in the days of the Third Reich (cf. Preston, Paul (2006). The Spanish Civil War. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, p. 222 sq).  Lutheran and Roman Catholic

Roman Catholic bishops and Adolf Hitler

Bishops and Roman Catholic cardinals flocked to Hitler.  Today their choice, following that of prevaricators such as Billy Graham and Daniel Jenkey, goose-step toward the Romney camp. 

At the same time Roman Catholic bishops in the USA have compared Obama to Hitler and claim that they have facts others do not possess (read here and herefor Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky, a

Peoria bishop Daniel Jenky

dissimulator who opposes universal health care, and here exposing the ignorance of the bishops who do not admit that the Obama administration specifically exempted religious groups such as the Roman Catholic Church from being required to provide forms of birth contraception).  Jenky has a long history of maligning people, and has won little affection from his community or congregation–his outbursts taken light-heartedly, his demeanor overlooked.

 

Ronald Reagan on church and state

No man who has reached the office of President of the USA has agreed to a union of the state with any religion.  Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Baptist congregation at Dansbury, Connecticut promising a strong wall separating church and state, following similar sentiments sounded by George Washington and others in the Continental Congress. Roman Catholics were strongly disliked with a reason in the nineteenth century given their close ties to the Vatican and its incumbant sovereign who demanded treatment as a ruler of a city (Vatican City) and a religion, and under Pius IX (who proclaimed himself to possess near-god-like qualities: being infallible, primary, and supreme; Ratzinger claimed that John Paul II spoke “infallibly” when the Polish pope proclaimed that a woman could [sic; they were in the ancient church, as I develop in my  book: Woman as Priest, Bishop and Laity] never be ordained), citizens of the USA had serious concerns and did not vote for a Roman Catholic until John F. Kennedy vowed in Houston, Texas, that he would never be controlled by the Roman Catholic Pope.  Even Ronald Reagan, the hero of the conservative movement, refused to accept any church’s interference in the government of the state–although he willingly took Roman Catholic votes to help him win the White House–and then, like most politicians, ignored the American Council of Roman Catholic Bishops.

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