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In Uncategorized on November 15, 2012 at 21:03

Woman dies after abortion request ‘refused’ at Galway hospital family said she asked several times for an abortion before she died.

The husband of a pregnant woman who died in an Irish hospital has said he has no doubt she would be alive if she had been allowed an abortion.

Savita Halappanavar’s family said she asked several times for her pregnancy to be terminated because she had severe back pain and was miscarrying.

Her husband told the BBC that it was refused because there was a foetal heartbeat.

Ms Halappanavar’s death, on 28 October, is the subject of two investigations.

An autopsy carried out two days after her death found she had died from septicaemia, according to the Irish Times.

Ms Halappanavar, who was 31 and originally from India, was a dentist.

Praveen Halappanavar said staff at University Hospital Galway told them Ireland was “a Catholic country”.

When asked by the BBC if he thought his wife would still be alive if the termination had been allowed, Mr Halappanavar said: “Of course, no doubt about it.”

Police: Woodburn priest chased boy down street after abuse

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2012 at 13:00

Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 10:45 PM     Updated: Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 10:14 AM

It was close to midnight Sunday when Woodburn resident James Curths saw the 12-year-old boy running down the street toward him. Curths said the child, panting and out of breath, begged for help, telling him a man was chasing him.

Moments later, a man rounded the corner wearing only underwear. He stood a short distance away, trying to wave the boy over as Curths and his sister-in-law prepared to drive the boy to relatives.

“He was staring at us,” said Heather Rodriguez, 28, Curths’ sister-in-law, who was also outside. “Then he stood there with his hands on his hips like, ‘You’re really not going to give him to me?’”

Rodriguez and Curths, 35, told the man they were calling the police. Only then, they said, did the man jog away.

The man who chased after the boy that night, Woodburn police say, was the Rev. Angel Armando Perez, the parish priest at St. Luke Catholic Church in Woodburn. Early Monday, the boy gave police a detailed account of the alleged sex abuse he said occurred at Perez’s home, leading to Perez’s arrest later Monday.

Court records released Tuesday detail the alleged abuse and the pastor’s actions after the incident. 

“Father Angel touched me”

Perez was arraigned in Marion County Circuit Court on Tuesday, appearing via video from Marion County Jail, wearing a black V-neck top with his hands secured in front of his waist. He faced allegations of first-degree sexual abuse, abuse of a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
The Salem boy told authorities that Perez had asked his parents a few days earlier if he could take him on a trip to the mountains. He and his family attended a community church event Sunday night, and the 12-year-old went with Perez that night to the pastor’s house, a grayish-green home less than 200 paces from the church’s front door.

The boy told police Perez gave him a beer and they watched a movie. The boy told investigators that an air mattress was set up on the living room floor for him to sleep on. He said he fell asleep on the mattress, the affidavit said.

Later, the boy said, he was “woken up by a couple of flashes.”

He said that when he opened his eyes, he saw Perez next to the air mattress, with one hand on the boy’s genitals and one hand holding a cellphone. The boy discovered his underwear and shorts lowered to his knees, while Perez was dressed in underwear and a T-shirt, the boy told police.

The boy said he went to pack up his things when Perez went upstairs. “Father Angel called to him saying, ‘Come back to bed,’” the police affidavit says.

Instead, the boy said goodbye and ran off.

Curths, who was hosting a barbecue when the boy showed up outside his house, said he looked distraught. “He just seemed really terrified, and he was almost in tears,” Curths said.

When the pastor caught up to the boy outside Curths’ house, wearing what Curths and his sister-in-law said looked like a burgundy Speedo swimsuit, the boy hid behind Curths.

“He was scared to death,” Curths said. “It was like someone running from a ghost.”

Imelda Marcos

In Uncategorized on March 14, 2012 at 23:00

“When she returned to the Philippines after exile in Hawaii, she was received by people whop kiss her hands for blessing and by a priest who proclaims the return of “Mummy Imelda”.

Instead of selling her shoes for charity she gives the poor… blessings. An ingenious invention these blessings are: it looks like you are giving something while giving nothing…

Imelda Marcos

Poland fines pop music star for blasphemy

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 16:54

Poland last week fined one its pop music stars $1,450 for stating in an interview several years ago that the Bible is full of “unbelievable tales” that are hard to accept because “it’s hard to believe in something written down by someone drunk on wine and smoking some kind of herbs.”

Dorota Rabczewska, otherwise known as Doda, was charged under a law that protects the feelings and sentiments of religious believers in the heavily Roman Catholic country. The law dictates that charges are brought if at least two complaints are filed. Doda’s statements apparently bothered a sufficient number of people, including Ryszard Nowak, chairman of the Christian advocacy organization Committee for the Defence Against Sects, who said: 

“It is clear that Doda thinks that the Bible was written by drunkards and junkies. I believe that she committed a crime and offended the religious feelings of both Christians and Jews.” ….

‘Harry Potter and yoga are evil’, says Catholic Church exorcist

In Uncategorized on December 5, 2011 at 08:05

For most people it is a way of toning the limbs and soothing the stresses of everyday life, but the Catholic Church’s best-known exorcist says yoga is evil.

Father Gabriele Amorth, who for years was the Vatican’s chief exorcist and claims to have cleansed hundreds of people of evil spirits, said yoga is Satanic because it leads to a worship of Hinduism and “all eastern religions are based on a false belief in reincarnation”.

Reading JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books is no less dangerous, said the 86-year-old priest, who is the honorary president for life of the International Association of Exorcists, which he founded in 1990, and whose favourite film is the 1973 horror classic, The Exorcist.

The Harry Potter books, which have sold millions of copies worldwide, “seem innocuous” but in fact encourage children to believe in black magic and wizardry, Father Amorth said.

“Practising yoga is Satanic, it leads to evil just like reading Harry Potter,” he told a film festival in Umbria this week, where he was invited to introduce The Rite, a film about exorcism starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as a Jesuit priest.

“In Harry Potter the Devil acts in a crafty and covert manner, under the guise of extraordinary powers, magic spells and curses,” said the priest, who in 1986 was appointed the chief exorcist for the Diocese of Rome.

“Satan is always hidden and what he most wants is for us not to believe in his existence. He studies every one of us and our tendencies towards good and evil, and then he offers temptations.” Science was incapable of explaining evil, said Father Amorth, who has written two books on his experiences as an exorcist. “It’s not worth a jot.

The scientist simply explores what God has already created.” His views may seem extreme, but in fact reflect previous warnings by Pope Benedict XVI, when as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger he was the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s enforcer of doctrinal orthodoxy.

In 1999, six years before he succeeded John Paul II as Pope, he issued a document which warned Roman Catholics of the dangers of yoga, Zen, transcendental meditation and other ‘eastern’ practises.

They could “degenerate into a cult of the body” that debases Christian prayer, the document said.

Yoga poses could create a feeling of well-being in the body but it was erroneous to confuse that with “the authentic consolations of the Holy Spirit,” the document said.

Italian yoga schools said Father Amorth’s criticism was absurd.

“It’s an accusation that has nothing to do with reality,” Vanda Vanni, the founder of the Mediterranean Yoga Association, told Adnkronos, an Italian news agency.

“It’s a theory — if one can call it a theory — that is totally without foundation. Yoga is not a religion or a spiritual practise. It doesn’t have even the slightest connection with Satanism or Satanic sects.” Giorgio Furlan, the founder of the Yoga Academy of Rome, said yoga had nothing to do with religion, “least of all Satanism.” “Whoever says that shows that they know absolutely nothing about yoga,” he said.

Father Amorth has previously said that people who are possessed by Satan vomit shards of glass and pieces of iron and have such superhuman strength that even children have to be held down by up to four people.

He has also claimed that the sex abuse scandals which have engulfed the Catholic Church in the US, Ireland, Germany and other countries was proof that the Anti-Christ is waging a war against the Holy See.

2:31PM GMT 25 Nov 2011

Marriage denied

In Uncategorized on December 2, 2011 at 14:06

An Italian bishop has informed a paraplegic young man that he cannot marry in the Church because he is impotent even though his fiancee is fully aware of his disability.

Canon 1084.1 of the Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church states that “antecedent and perpetual impotence to have sexual intercourse, whether on the part of the man or on that of the woman, whether absolute or relative, by its very nature invalidates marriage.”

Mother Teresa

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2011 at 07:58

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun, who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries.

In the 1970s, she became well-known internationally for her humanitarian work and advocacy for the rights of the poor and helpless.

She began her missionary work with the poor in 1948. Mother Teresa spent a few months in Patna to receive a basic medical training in the Holy Family Hospital and then ventured out into the slums.  Initially she started a school in Motijhil (Calcutta); soon she started tending to the needs of the destitute and starving. In the beginning of 1949 she was joined in her effort by a group of young women and laid the foundations to create a new religious community helping the “poorest among the poor”. Her first year was fraught with difficulties. She had no income and had to resort to begging for food and supplies.

the Missionaries of Charity began as a small order with 13 members in Calcutta; today it has more than 4,000 nuns running orphanages, AIDS hospices and charity centers worldwide, and caring for refugees, the blind, disabled, aged, alcoholics, the poor and homeless, and victims of floods, epidemics, and famine.

In 1952 Mother Teresa opened the first Home for the Dying in space made available by the city of Calcutta. Those brought to the home received medical attention and were afforded the opportunity to die with dignity, according to the rituals of their faith; Muslims were read the Quran, Hindus received water from the Ganges, and Catholics received the Last Rites.

Mother Teresa soon opened a home for those suffering from Hansen’s disease, commonly known as leprosy. The Missionaries of Charity also established several leprosy outreach clinics throughout Calcutta, providing medication, bandages and food.

As the Missionaries of Charity took in increasing numbers of lost children, Mother Teresa felt the need to create a home for them. In 1955 she opened the Children’s Home of the Immaculate Heart, as a haven for orphans and homeless youth.

The order soon began to attract both recruits and charitable donations, and by the 1960s had opened hospices, orphanages and leper houses all over India. Mother Teresa then expanded the order throughout the globe. Its first house outside India opened in Venezuela in 1965 with five sisters. Others followed in Rome, Tanzania, and Austria in 1968; during the 1970s the order opened houses and foundations in dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States.

The Missionaries of Charity Brothers was founded in 1963, and a contemplative branch of the Sisters followed in 1976. Lay Catholics and non-Catholics were enrolled in the Co-Workers of Mother Teresa, the Sick and Suffering Co-Workers, and the Lay Missionaries of Charity. By 2007 the Missionaries of Charity numbered approximately 450 brothers and 5,000 nuns worldwide, operating 600 missions, schools and shelters in 120 countries.

Mother Teresa’s philosophy and implementation have faced some criticism. Catholic newspaper editor David Scott wrote that Mother Teresa limited herself to keeping people alive rather than tackling poverty itself.

She has also been criticized for her view on suffering. She felt that suffering would bring people closer to Jesus.Sanal Edamaruku, President of Rationalist International, criticised the failure to give pain killers, writing that in her Homes for the Dying, one could “hear the screams of people having maggots tweezered from their open wounds without pain relief. On principle, strong painkillers are even in hard cases not given. According to Mother Teresa’s bizarre philosophy, it is ‘the most beautiful gift for a person that he can participate in the sufferings of Christ’.”

The quality of care offered to terminally ill patients in the Homes for the Dying has been criticised in the medical press. The Lancet and the British Medical Journal reported the reuse of hypodermic needles, poor living conditions, including the use of cold baths for all patients, and an approach to illness and suffering that precluded the use of many elements of modern medical care, such as systematic diagnosis. 

Dr. Robin Fox, editor of The Lancet, described the medical care as “haphazard”, as volunteers without medical knowledge had to take decisions about patient care, because of the lack of doctors. He observed that her order did not distinguish between curable and incurable patients, so that people who could otherwise survive would be at risk of dying from infections and lack of treatment.

Colette Livermore, a former Missionary of Charity, describes her reasons for leaving the order in her book Hope Endures: Leaving Mother Teresa, Losing Faith, and Searching for Meaning. Livermore found what she called Mother Teresa’s “theology of suffering” to be flawed, despite being a good and courageous person. Though Mother Teresa instructed her followers on the importance of spreading the Gospel through actions rather than theological lessons, Livermore could not reconcile this with some of the practices of the organization. Examples she gives include unnecessarily refusing to help the needy when they approached the nuns at the wrong time according to the prescribed schedule, discouraging nuns from seeking medical training to deal with the illnesses they encountered (with the justification that God empowers the weak and ignorant), and imposition of “unjust” punishments, such as being transferred away from friends. Livermore says that the Missionaries of Charity “infantilized” its nuns by prohibiting the reading of secular books and newspapers, and emphasizing obedience over independent thinking and problem-solving.

In 1982, at the height of the Siege of Beirut, Mother Teresa rescued 37 children trapped in a front line hospital by brokering a temporary cease-fire between the Israeli army and Palestinian guerrillas. Accompanied by Red Cross workers, she traveled through the war zone to the devastated hospital to evacuate the young patients.

The spending of the charity money received has been criticized by some. Christopher Hitchens and the German magazine Stern have said Mother Teresa did not focus donated money on alleviating poverty or improving the conditions of her hospices, but on opening new convents and increasing missionary work.

The Archbishop of Calcutta, Henry Sebastian D’Souza, said he ordered a priest to perform an exorcism on Mother Teresa with her permission when she was first hospitalized with cardiac problems because he thought she may be under attack by the devil.

Гааз, Фёдор Петрович

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2011 at 13:36

Ф. П. Гааз, член Московского тюремного комитета и главный врач московских тюрем, посвятил свою жизнь облегчению участи заключённых и ссыльных. Он боролся за улучшение жизни узников: добился, чтобы от кандалов освобождали стариков и больных; упразднения в Москве железного прута, к которому приковывали по 12 ссыльных, следовавших в Сибирь; отмены бритья половины головы у женщин. По его инициативе были открыты тюремная больница и школа для детей арестантов. Постоянно принимал и снабжал лекарствами бедных больных. Боролся за отмену права помещиков ссылать крепостных. На благотворительность ушли все его сбережения.

“В документах комитета есть 142 ходатайства доктора о помиловании или пересмотрении дела. Председателем комитета был митрополит Филарет, всемогущий иерарх, перед которым дрожала вся Москва. Был он крутого нрава, не терпел возражений. Председателю надоедали постоянные ходатайства Гааза о помиловании “невинно осужденных”.

— Вы все говорите о невинно осужденных, — сказал митрополит, — таких нет. Если вынесен законный приговор и человек подвергнут надлежащей каре, значит, он виновен.

— Да вы, владыко, о Христе забыли! — вскочил доктор.

Повисла тягостная тишина, все ждали вспышки. Однако митрополит опустил голову, минуты шли тягостно — никто еще не решался так дерзить митрополиту. Наконец, тот поднял голову и сказал:

— Нет, Федор Петрович, не я забыл о Христе. Это Христос забыл меня…

Доктор не останавливался ни перед чем, для него не было злодеев и душегубов, а лишь люди, которые нуждались в помощи. “Необходимо, — говорил он, — справедливое отношение к виновному, сострадание к несчастному, призрение больного”.

В 1839 году он собрал 11 случаев отказа рассмотреть его ходатайства Комитетом и написал прямо к царю. Ему ответили, что обращаться надо “куда следует”, а не к персоне государя. А через некоторое время Московский тюремный замок посетил Николай I. Тому сказали: доктор Гааз самовольно задерживает приговоренных к ссылке, а это “против правил”. Царь, любивший во всем порядок, резко упрекнул доктора. Гааз ответил непочтительно. Николай нахмурился. Тогда доктор пал на колени. Николай Павлович, знавший Гааза, поднял его: “Полно, Федор Петрович, я на тебя не сержусь”. “Не за себя, государь, хлопочу, а за семидесятилетнего старика, который по дряхлости не может идти в Сибирь. И за двух сестер, молодых девушек, ссылаемых туда же. Они неразлучны, но одна заболела, ее оставляют, а другую ссылают. Больная просит, чтобы и ее отправили, лишь бы не разлучаться”. Теперь император бросил гневный взгляд уже в сторону свиты…

“Тюремный доктор” был бесстрашен перед царями. Но был бессилен перед вязкой бюрократической волокитой, которая губила все его начинания. И ему приходилось жертвовать всем, чтобы нести добро людям. Он добивался ремонта больничной палаты при тюрьме, ему отпускали 400 рублей, но работы обошлись в 470. И ничто не могло подвигнуть начальство на покрытие разницы — доктор докладывал свои…

В преступнике, сколько бы тяжкие дела он ни совершил, Федор Петрович видел человека, больного душой. Не сумасшедшего, а именно больного. Тесно общаясь с ними, доктор видел, с какой жадностью эти отверженные тянутся к слову Божьему. Он пошел с ходатайством к церковным властям о печатании и раздаче ссылаемым Евангелия и брошюр духовного поучительства. Церковные власти, конечно, приветствовали это, но ничего не делали. Гааз на собственные средства стал покупать книги, вовлек в это дело богатых купцов. Только один из них на 30 тысяч рублей купил 54 тысячи азбук и 11 тысяч Евангелий. За свой счет Гааз издал в 1841 году книжку “А.Б.В. христианского благочиния (А.Б.В. — азбука) и об оставлении бранных слов и выражений”…

И понятно, почему быстро исчезла карета с белыми лошадьми, с молотка пошла суконная фабрика, продано процветающее некогда имение и пришлось хоронить одинокого доктора-чудака за счет полиции…”

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