And then there’s THIS…
And then there’s THIS…
as a matter of Canon Law individual parishes can be wholly “suppressed,” merged into other parishes, or otherwise divided up, essentially at the discretion of the bishop—notwithstanding the existence of separate bank accounts. This authority suggests that the diocese does indeed wholly own and control its parishes, but church officials take advantage of the ambiguity, sometimes claiming to fully control its parishes, sometimes—for legal reasons—arguing that the parishes are wholly independent entities.
Given America’s diverse religious landscape, the Catholic Church is hardly unique in taking advantage of the First Amendment to engage in some opaque accounting. It’s simply the largest player in this game. Lawrence Wright’s recent Scientology exposé, Going Clear, reveals egregious exploitation of religious privileges for the personal financial benefit of church leaders.”
[Perpetua’s] diary, written while she awaited execution in prison, was a radical document which would be seen in today’s world as extreme and very unlike the official Christian views of what the Christian woman should be, says Professor Cooper…
"Christianity was quite revolutionary in the way it treated its women, especially when you realise how sexist the ancient world was…
It wasn’t until the Roman Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity, in around 313 AD, the religion became institutionalised: male bishops were now government officials and women came to be seen as players in the background rather than public figures.
Professor Cooper added: “These women – saints who had a radical and powerful presence in the early church – have been hidden in plain sight.”
Also, the White House just stepped up and defended prayer at town meetings in Greece, NY. WTF, Obama.
Margaret Doughty, a 64-year-old woman from the U.K., has lived in the United States for 30 years. Now that she has applied for U.S. citizenship, the Department of Homeland Security might deny her because she’s an atheist.
On her application, Margaret declined to “take up arms to defend the United States”—due to her moral opposition to violence. The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (a division of DHS) replied that only religious-based objections are valid—instructing her to submit proof of her religion on “official church stationery” by June 21, or they will deny her U.S. citizenship.”
Fifty years ago today, the U.S. Supreme handed down one of its most important church-state rulings. In School District of Abington Township v. Schempp, the high court ruled 8-1 that state-mandated programs of Bible reading and prayer in public schools are unconstitutional.
Five decades later, the ruling in Schempp (and its companion case, Murray v. Curlett) remains widely misunderstood. Part of this is due to a deliberate campaign of misinformation by Religious Right groups, which have distorted the scope of the decision…
Nothing in the Supreme Court’s ruling banned truly voluntary student prayer or reading of religious texts. Students can engage in those activities today as long as it’s during their free time and they do so in a non-disruptive fashion. In secondary schools, students can even form religious clubs (again entirely voluntary) that meet during “non-instructional” time.
The Schempp ruling also did not ban teaching about religion in public schools. Instruction about religion as an academic subject is permitted. Teachers are free to objectively discuss how religion affected history, its impact on art, music and literature and so on. The goal must be to teach, not preach.”