1. Pope Francis has admitted that 'about' 2% of the catholic clergy are paedophiles:
An observation or two: first, where were this man's predecessors on this subject, and why did they not take it on, head on? Failing to act (especially in the light of so many accounts of abuse) is nothing short of complicity and make sme wonder whether they were just protecting their friends, their supporters or themselves from such allegations. Possibly all three.
Pope John Paul II a saint? How disgusting.
Second: how can the church have any credibility - especially for 'the faithful' in such circumstances. Their cover has been blown in spectacular style.
Third: all evidence of paedophile activity in the clergy must now be handed over to the police (in whichever country) for investigation and prosecution without favour. The clergy does not have any protection under the law simply because they purport to serve an unproven deity.
Fourth: The catholic church has no moral authority. None whatsoever.
2. US labs are reported to have mishandled potentially lethal biohazards on a number of occasions:
Fire those responsible and prosecute them under any appropriate statute, then put into place systems which eliminate the possibility of these kinds of reckless behaviours ever being possible again. This stuff is way, way too important to not bear the harshest penalties for disregarding the protocols and thereby putting untold numbers of lives at risk.
A special pat on the back for all the movers ansd shakers in our past who have gone to such lengths to develop all the countless ways to kill people in the nastiest ways possible. You have ruined more lives than you could ever have counted in your lifetimes.
3. The Church of England (protestant) faces its own child sex abuse allegations:
So the issue isn't a catholic one then; it's (so far) a Christian one. What does that say - not about the religion itself - about the men who are drawn to a priest's life? Many are dysfuntional at the least, I suspect. I think this is fairly self-descriptive...
The Archbishop of Canterbury (a man opposed to allowing terminally ill people to end their own lives at a time of their choosing) is 'braced' for revelations - which is code for knowing what's in the pipeline. He's also trying to equate the church with any other institutions, which is hilarious when you consider how 'special' and different the church regards itself in every other way - it has God's authority, after all....doesn't it? Hypocrisy of the worst sort.
Religion: nothing more than humans controlling other humans, and with a staggering history of abusing the vulnerable.
4. Church of England (again), having a good old worry about allowing that alien species (women) to become bishops:
Soooo...women have been allowed to be priests for twenty years...but as yet they are barred from becoming bishops? Kudos for taking the step of at least allowing women to be in the clergy (something that the catholics can't handle at all) but I'd love to hear a rational argument for preventing women from becoming bishops. What can the argument possibly be in this day and age? I can only assume that there is a theological reason, which in turn would seem to indicate that their god is a sexist (as if we didn't know that already)...
It's all a bit religious isn't it...but they make their own headlines and make themselves look foolish. The people who follow such people and listen to what they have to say only have themselves to blame for being disappointed. We no longer live in a world where the church controls what the people discover and know...it's about time that religion is exposed for what it is: nonsense.