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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:01 PM

50 Reasons to Boycott the Catholic Church

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http://www.alternet.org/belief/50-reasons-boycott-catholic-church

The article begins with the recent death of

Savita...a 31-year-old married woman, four months pregnant, who went to the hospital with a miscarriage in progress that developed into a blood infection. She could easily have been saved if the already doomed fetus was aborted. Instead, her doctors did nothing, explaining that "this is a Catholic country," and left her to suffer in agony for days, only intervening once it was too late.

Savita's death is just the latest in a long line of tragedies directly attributable to the doctrines and beliefs of the Roman Catholic church. I acknowledge that there are many good, progressive Catholics, but the problem is that the church isn't a democracy, and those progressives have no voice or vote in its governance. The church is a petrified oligarchy, a dictatorship like the medieval monarchies it once existed alongside, and it's run by a small circle of conservative, rigidly ideological old men who make all the decisions and choose their own successors.

This means that, whatever individual Catholics may do, the resources of the church as an institution are bent toward opposing social progress and positive change all over the world. Every dollar you put into the church collection plate, every Sunday service you attend, every hour of time and effort you put into volunteering or working for church organizations, is inevitably a show of support for the institutional church and its abhorrent mission. When you have no voice, there's only one thing left to do: boycott. Stop supporting the church with your money and your time. For lifelong Catholics, it's a drastic step, but it's more than justified by the wealth of reasons showing that the church as an institution is beyond reform, and the only meaningful response is to part ways with it. Here are just a few of those reasons:


more at the link, above...

I've wondered here, more than once, why ANY woman, especially, would associate with patriarchal religious institutions. It looks like I'm not the only one...

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Reply 50 Reasons to Boycott the Catholic Church (Original post)
RainDog Dec 2012 OP
hrmjustin Dec 2012 #1
Journeyman Dec 2012 #2
JaneyVee Dec 2012 #3
Thinkingabout Dec 2012 #4
Deep13 Dec 2012 #5
pnwmom Dec 2012 #6
RKP5637 Dec 2012 #7
HockeyMom Dec 2012 #8
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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:06 PM

1. I left the church when I was 18 and joined the Episcopal Church.

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:12 PM

2. Bookmarked for later. . .

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:12 PM

3. The church has become an arm of not just corrupt republicans, but global right-wing dictatorship.

They have never stopped the crusades.

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:13 PM

4. The Roman Catholic is not the only church who opposes abortion.

Too many are over reaching the power over abortion. I am pro choice myself, a decision to be made by the pregnant female. No big favors are providing services a patient requires, as far as I am concerned those who refused to help this lady is guilty of murder.

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:23 PM

5. 1. Its existence is based on lies. nt

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:28 PM

6. Stop singling out liberal Catholics for lectures.

What kind of Catholics do you think are DUers?

We know the Church has problems, but it also does good in the world -- witness the nuns on the bus. Or Joe Biden. Or Ted Kennedy. Or all the other Catholic politicians whose views on social justice came from their Catholic upbringing.

Do you lecture Muslims about 9/11? Do you post OP's telling people to boycott Muslim services because some women have been murdered by religious fanatics?

I don't think so. But it's fine to single out Catholics.



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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:49 PM

7. I have absolutely nothing to do with religion. n/t

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Response to RainDog (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:59 PM

8. Do Sonograms Kill Babies?

Do IV's kill babies? Does BP monitoring kill babies? I had an ectopic pregnancy (ruptured as it turned out) in a Catholic Hospital. My doctor ordered all those procedures but all I got was a pregnancy test (turned out negative) and an "We don't do abortions". Excuse me, but you cannot abort something that is already DEAD, besides which, killing a WOMAN if fine and dandy?

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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:12 PM

9. Locking


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