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You can't blame the Pope for not trying to get down with the kids.
Pope Benedict XVI tweeted for the first time Tuesday, announcing the launch of a Vatican news information portal.
Benedict's tweet on Tuesday read: "Dear Friends, I just launched News.va. Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI".You can't blame the Pope for not trying to get down with the kids. Pope... more
Catholics for Equality, joined the overwhelming majority of Catholics across the country in applauding fellow Catholics, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Catholic state legislators of New York, for bringing marriage equality to their state. The group also voiced concerns over the mean-spirited response made by the Catholic bishops of New York.
"Governor Cuomo's support for marriage equality represented not only the will of the majority of New Yorkers, but the will of the majority of Catholics throughout the state," said Catholics for Equality Executive Director Phil Attey. "Governor Cuomo follows the legacy of President John F. Kennedy in reaffirming that American Catholics can be trusted in our political system to be faithful Catholics, while being champions of the Constitution and the ideals upon which our nation was founded."
An April 2011 Siena College Research Institute poll found that 59% of Catholics in New York, who make up 40% of the population, support civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples. This statistic follows national polling this year showing supermajorities of American Catholics support for civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples. See: 63 to 71% of American Catholics Support Same-Gender Civil MarriageCatholics for Equality, joined the overwhelming majority of Catholics across the... more
Local politicians describe Belfast violence as the worst of its kind in the area for a decade.
Two men were shot and up to 500 people were involved in sectarian riots between Catholic and Protestant Christians in Belfast, in what local politicians describe as the worst violence of its kind in the area for a decade.
Hundreds of youths, many with their faces covered, threw stones and petrol bombs in the Short Strand area, an enclave of Roman Catholic houses in predominantly Protestant east Belfast on Monday night.
The violence comes at the start of Northern Ireland's marching season, a time of annual parades by Protestants, which usually triggers violent protests by Catholics.
"I cannot remember in the last decade a situation like this in the Short Strand," Colm McKevitt, a member of the regional parliament for the Irish nationalist SDLP party told Irish state broadcaster RTE.
A police spokesman said shots were fired by both sides, but declined to comment on who or what sparked the violence.
Northern Ireland was torn over three decades of violence between loyalists, mostly Protestants, who want it to remain part of the United Kingdom, and Republicans, mostly Catholics, who want to unite with Ireland.
A 1998 peace agreement paved the way for a power-sharing government of loyalists and Republicans. Violence has subsided over the years, but there are still dissident armed groups.
IRA blamed for 1976 attack
The riots, coincide with the release of an enquiry report that said the Irish Republican Army (IRA) was behind the killing of 10 Protestant textile workers in January, 1976 in one of the deadliest attacks during the three decades of sectarian trouble.
The IRA has always denied involvement in the attack near the village of Kingsmills, county Armagh, when gunmen forced workers off a minibus and shot them dead at close range.
"The only people to blame for this are the sectarian gunmen belonging to the Provisional IRA who murdered them simply because they were Protestant," said Dave Cox, the head of the Historical Enquiries Team (HET), which conducted the enquiry.
The report focuses on claims that guns used in the shootings might be linked to as many as 110 violent incidents, including 37 murders. The individuals involved in the Kingsmill attack were later implicated in the 1998 Omagh bombing carried out by breakaway Real IRA groups.
The Historical Enquiries Team was set up as part of the peace process to re-examine deaths between 1968 and 1998. It is part of the cross-community Police Service of Northern Ireland, which has widespread support among Catholics and Protestants.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/06/201162117510847754.htmlLocal politicians describe Belfast violence as the worst of its kind in the area for a... more
Catholic Theologian James Alison says if ex-gays are real, then prove it. Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence.Alison says if the Church makes an outlandish claim, then they need to back it up with outlandish proof. In other words, if it is possible to be ex-gay, prove it.Alison says if the Church makes an outlandish claim, then they need to back it up with... more
A conflict has been brewing in an unusual twist between Catholics and gays this week. A rebel priest named Father John J. Unni issued a bulletin for Mass to come celebrate Gay Pride Week. Apparently the Archdiocese of Boston did not approve the bulletin...A conflict has been brewing in an unusual twist between Catholics and gays this week.... more
This Commentary, by South East Asia contributing editor Henrylito Tacio, looks at what has happened to the 'Lost Eden' of the Philippines -- a country where the influential Catholic Church continues to oppose access to modern means of family planning. While that continues, he says, it will be difficult to ease the country's runaway population growth and its environmental woes.This Commentary, by South East Asia contributing editor Henrylito Tacio, looks at what... more
Roman Catholic Church issues John Jay report. Spokesperson Karen Terry explains why sex with a 10 year old is not pedophilia.The claim that there is a decrease in priest abuse was not backed up with actual statistics. For example, If the numbers had decreased from 35% to 32%, I wouldn't be impressed. But we don't know the actual numbers. When Karen spouts off all the reasons why priests aren't actually pedophiles, I am left feeling icky and whitewashed.The claim that there is a decrease in priest abuse was not backed up with actual... more
Religious affiliation and economic standing are intertwined, according to data compiled the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Indeed, the economic disparities among those of different religions are significantly larger than the differences among states and even larger than those among different racial groups.
As a New York Times Magazine review of the data reveals, 67 percent of Reform Jewish households made more than $75,000, at the time the data was collected; by way of comparison, 31 percent of the population as a whole made as much. Next were Hindus, at 65 percent, and third Conservative Jews, at 57 percent.
In contrast, 20 percent or fewer of those who were Pentecostals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Baptists made more than $75,000. A color-coded graphic in the New York Times Magazine further illustrates the differences.
http://pewforum.org/Religious affiliation and economic standing are intertwined, according to data... more
Internet hackers have acquired a dubious reputation for piracy, sabotage and the spilling of sensitive secrets, but an authoritative Vatican publication appears to rehabilitate them and traces parallels between hacker philosophy and the teachings of Christianity. The surprisingly charitable view of hackers was expressed by the Jesuit priest Father Antonio Spadaro in an article for the fortnightly magazine Civilta Cattolica, the text of which is vetted by the Vatican Secretariat of State prior to publication. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/free-stuff/42939-vatican-says-computer-hackers-are-more-saint-than-sinnerInternet hackers have acquired a dubious reputation for piracy, sabotage and the... more
TYT discusses a study that shows the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church. The majority of Catholic women are using methods to control reproduction and yet they are against these methods.TYT discusses a study that shows the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church. The majority of... more
Kobe Bryant looking like a f**king fa**ot in this photo by Ruven Afandor.
Kobe Bryant did the unthinkable. In a moment of heated passion and utter annoyance at a play on a basketball court, he spewed the two words that no homosexual likes to hear. This quickly became GLAAD’s call to arms, rainbow flag in hand, crying (with tears) foul. There was a time that simply the F-word was taboo extraordinaire on the courts with penalties mounting as the inner city kids were taking over the sport. This recent Kobe-Gate multiplies the drama times two because when he screamed F**cking Fa**ot, he was not just whistling Dixie. It was a double entendre and you had two no-no’s for the price of one.
As a homosexual Jew who would have slaughter in minutes by the Nazis and a few current Republicans, I would like to draw a line in the sand and say that it is OK to cross it. We all say words that we do not mean literally. As the world become beyond homogenized and political correctness traps up into a frozen state of not knowing what to say, I say let bygones be bygones and just don’t make a habit of it. A year ago I wrote a piece called The End of Political Correctness and to this day, I think it still holds true. Frankly, things never will change. There will be N-words and F-words till Judgment Day, so why judge people for a slip of the tongue? A slap on the wrist , rather, a slap on the ass is the appropriate penalty here.
Here is what I wrote on April 2, 2010:
Over the last few decades, we have become curiously, annoyingly and extremely politically correct and certain words have become absolutely taboo. That which was once acceptable is now considered offensive and there are times when you just don’t know what to say for fear of offending anyone or everyone around you. In the early 1970s, I was bussed to an all–black high school. “Black” was the acceptable term then, whereas now, “African-American” is the new black, replacing what was once the new “colored”. My ancestors are from Russia and Poland, do I walk around saying I am Russian-American, or worse, Polish-American? We are caught in the quagmire of what is the “right thing to say” and quite frankly, I see no light at the end of this tunnel – not even a glimmer.
The expression “politically correct” or “political correctness” can be traced back to 1920s Germany, when communist academia sought to impose their views on students. The term became more frequently used in the 1960s and 1970s by suburban bleeding-heart liberals, feminists and progressives who were intent on impacting the media, while leaving an emotional imprint on the Baby Boomer generation. As Boomers became adults, they clung on to the notion of being “politically correct”, however, adapting some of the initial ideas to surprisingly new and often meticulously planed-out hidden agendas.
What we now have is a wide-ranging group of hypocrites in charge of the media and most industries, where everyone is expected to play nice in the sandbox. The climate of corporate politics suggests that you “keep your head down” while those in higher positions, do as they please regarding dubious hiring practices, stealing, or worse, illegal activities as in the case of the banking culture and while I am at it, the Catholic Church. I refer to this group as the “nouveaux-hypocritical”. In light of the recent attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day in Detroit by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (a.k.a. “The Underwear Bomber”), there’s a renewed outcry for stricter airport screening regarding “certain types”, or, as it is more commonly referred to, racial profiling. Then again, at the risk of sounding like a total bigot, is that actually such a bad idea? The Muslim Public Affairs Council calls racial profiling unconstitutional. But from where I’m sitting, it is equally unconstitutional to sew explosives into your Calvins to bring a plane down on Christmas Day.
When Richard Reid (a.k.a. “The Shoe Bomber”) was captured, we automatically started checking everyone’s shoes… even old ladies’ with large, unsightly corns. Umar’s bomb was hidden in his underwear, so now what? Will security guards start pulling down our pants? Random wedgies? There’s some fancy detective work for you. Isn’t it easier to identify a certain type of individual that we can all look at cross-eyed? The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is claiming invasion of privacy and rejecting the controversial full body scans. Feel free to check out my ass in order to secure safe passage. How about that recent case in Saudi Arabia where the Al-Qaeda member had an explosive stashed in his anal cavity. What next, proctologists moonlighting for the sake of airport security? Immediately after 9-11, while working with a writer on her promotional book tour, we had to continue the planned nine-city schedule. This involved several plane rides, one of which was to Kentucky, where one of the reported terrorists had lived. Believe me, we were doing our own version of racial profiling aplenty. It was more anecdotal than a serious bid to rid evildoers, but I found much comfort in giving the evil eye to a host of “certain-types”. Was I being politically incorrect? Thank you.
To see the list of things you simply cannot say…
There are expressions that you can no longer say and on the same token things that you have to say…or else! Here is a list of the most important ones, to ensure you stay politically correct in these confusing times:
1. Worldwide no-no is the N-word.
2. People with intellectual disabilities no longer can be called Retarded. Whereas I find it most applicable in the case of Umar, that retarded member of the Lucky Sperm Club who tried blowing up Flight 253 on Christmas Day.
3. African-American, Asian-American, Latino-American, Corporate-American.
4. Child-Obesity is the politically correct term for Fat Kid these days. As an ex-fatty, call me fatso any day over “You obese baboon”.
5. Tranny hookers now must be referred to as Transgender Sex Workers. As a past resident of the Meatpacking District in New York City back in the 1990’s, I can assure you; “tranny hooker” is how they referred to themselves. It was the uber-political correct LGBT Community Center that put that glamorous title onto them and consequently killed their business.
6. Homosexuals became really Gay around the time of the Stonewall Riots in the 1969, birthing the Gay Rights movement. Whereas in England, Fags are the correct term for cigarettes.
7. The women’s equality movement escalated in the 1970’s demanding equal pay for equal work, which also birthed the Bitch in the Workplace.
8. Midgets must now be referred to as Little People, even in the Wonderful Land of Oz and Munchkin Land.
9. Secretaries needed an ego boost and the only option was a title as opposed to a raise, so they settled for Administrative Assistant, which sure beats Mistress.
10. Housewives once they heard that their husband’s secretaries were getting a verbal promotion, quickly jumped on the bandwagon and demanded to be called Domestic Engineers. Those who survive Fucked Up Upbringings, which is most of us, can now say we came from Dysfunctional Families.
11. Someone Crippled became Handicapped, which evolved into Disabled and now is officially Physically Challenged…until that will be simply unacceptable.
Now matter what you say or do, there is always a 50% chance that you will be utterly, terribly and embarrassingly wrong. So, either we just stop talking and communicating altogether or rather, say whatever we want and let the chips fall where they may.
Read more: http://imeanwhat.com/canyoubelieve/kobe-minced-meat-bryant#ixzz1JWKSDSDoKobe Bryant looking like a f**king fa**ot in this photo by Ruven Afandor. Kobe... more
The anti-gay Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is going on the attack against "those who are distorting the truth about priestly sexual abuse."
The group bought an expensive full-page ad in The New York Times Monday that places the blames for the church's scandals on "homosexuality, not pedophilia."
And perhaps most shockingly, it also claimed that some children were active participants in the abuse.
"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," self-appointed Catholic League president Bill Donohue wrote in the ad.
"We know from the John Jay study that most of the victims have been adolescents, and that the most common abuse has been inappropriate touching (inexcusable though this is, it is not rape)," he added, referencing a 2004 study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which was funded by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
"The Boston Globe correctly said of the John Jay report that 'more than three-quarters of the victims were post pubescent, meaning the abuse did not meet the clinical definition of pedophilia.' In other words, the issue is homosexuality, not pedophilia," Donohue wrote.
"What accounts for the relentless attacks on the Church?" he asked in conclusion. "Let's face it: if its teachings were pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage and pro-women clergy, the dogs would have been called off years ago."
Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, a pro-gay Catholic group, told The Advocate that there were "so many problems with what Mr. Donohue is saying."
She pointed out that Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) figures showed that half of those abused are female.
"He avoids what is in many ways the larger sin -- the cover-up and enabling of abuse," she added.
Phil Attey, executive director of Catholics for Equality, told The Advocate that "all of the arguments we see in this ad are scapegoating attempts."
"We're disappointed that Bill Donahue refuses to look at the long-term well-being of the Catholic Church by joining the overwhelming majority of American Catholics who see the only path toward fixing the problem to be the establishment of permanent structures for the laity to be involved in the running of the church."
Allegations of sexual abuse involving the Roman Catholic clergy in the United States rose sharply last year to nearly 700 from around 400 in 2009, according to a church report Monday.
The vast majority of the allegations, 653, involved alleged abuse that occurred decades ago but whose "victims/survivors are just now finding the courage to report" them, the study said.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/04/12/catholic-group-says-children-raped-by-priests-were-participants-not-victims/The anti-gay Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is going on the attack... more
Native Americans who attended Jesuit schools in the Northwest and Alaska just learned they will share in a $166.1 million settlement for offenses including childhood sexual abuse. But plaintiffs in South Dakota--nearly half of whom are women--face a legal barrier.
"When the nuns wanted you at night, they'd come get you from the dorm," recalled Mary Jane Wanna Drum, 64, who as a young child lived at one of South Dakota's several Catholic-run boarding schools for Native American children.
"My older sister would tell them I had an earache. 'Take me,' she'd say. It wasn't until this year, when my siblings and I began talking about all this, that I realized she protected me whenever she could. How do I thank her for that?" asked Drum.
The sexual abuse suffered by Drum and her seven brothers and sisters as grade-school students was both continual and depraved. In a phone interview, she recalled nuns, priests and lay employees subjecting both boys and girls to a barrage of violent assaults and bizarre molestations. Among many examples, the mother superior forced girls to simulate sex acts with a large doll before abusing them herself. Priests raped boys and girls, and the priest in charge also placed girls as "foster children" with single men.
Drum and her siblings have now filed childhood-sexual-abuse lawsuits against the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls and other Catholic Church entities that provided the orphanage's staff and supervision. (During the 1970s, most of the institutions were transferred to the tribes or closed down.)
Rhoades' law firm is part of a team that recently completed negotiations for a settlement with the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits, on behalf of clients who were abused at the order's schools in the Northwest and Alaska. The result: about 400 Native people and 100 others will receive $166.1 million. In South Dakota, 77 plaintiffs have complaints in various stages concerning abuse at a half-dozen boarding schools. Some, like Drum's, are in an early phase while others have already been before judges, said Rhoades. On March 18, Drum was dismayed to learn that a South Dakota court had dismissed 18 plaintiffs' suits.
Nearly half the South Dakota plaintiffs are women, a much higher proportion of abused females than the Catholic Church claims is typical for its institutions as a whole. In 2002, dioceses nationwide self-reported that just 19 percent of molested children were girls. However, the church requested information only on priests and deacons, not on nuns, lay employees and others, which may have skewed the data.
"The church also takes sexual abuse of girls less seriously, so may not record it," said David G. Clohessy, director of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. "There isn't any good, independent data. From our experience as a support group, though, I'd say the South Dakota proportion is
More info at http://womensenews.org/story/in-the-courts/110408/catholic-church-evades-sex-charges-in-south-dakotaNative Americans who attended Jesuit schools in the Northwest and Alaska just learned... more
If the smell of fire and brimstone has been rising in your nostrils lately, maybe it's because, according to the Roman Catholic Church, there's been a surge of young people embracing their inner hellbeast. Satanists have been growing in numbers, said Carlo Climati of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, and he thinks the Internet is to blame.
Previously, if you wanted to get in touch with the Prince of Darkness (say, to barter your soul for wealth and power or to smite your enemies), you had to pore through books and decipher texts that were probably written in Latin. But now, Climati said, "The Internet makes it much easier than in the past to find information about Satanism."
The Roman Catholic Church is actively combating this with a six-day conference. The first thing that comes to our minds, of course, is a demonstration (demon-stration! geddit?) that teaches priests how to hold back a fire-spewing Satan with the power of his crucifix. But shockingly, they're wielding the power of the scientific method.
The Telegraph wrote:
The object of seminars was to scrutinise the phenomenon of Satanism with "seriousness and scientific rigour", avoiding a "superficial or sensational approach", [Climati] said.
The conference in Rome has brought together more than 60 Catholic clergy as well as doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers and youth workers to discuss how to combat the dangers of Devil-worship.
Of course, scientific rigor collapses when you realize that the Church's premise accepts demonic possession. But it is true that there are "young people who are in difficulties or who are emotionally fragile." If these people or their families turn to a priest for help, they will benefit if their priest has learned about mental illness directly from psychologists and psychiatrists.
The good news about the Internet being responsible for the spread of Satanism: At least the Church has shifted the blame away from heavy metal music and Dungeons & Dragons.
http://blastr.com/2011/04/vatican-blames-internet-f.phpIf the smell of fire and brimstone has been rising in your nostrils lately, maybe... more
A new edition of one the most popular English-language Bibles will offer substitutes for words such as "booty" and "holocaust" to better reflect modern understanding, a Catholic group said on Wednesday.Nearly 50 scholars from all faiths and a committee of Roman Catholic bishops have labored since 1994 over the first fresh edition of the New American Bible since 1970, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said.
LINK : http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110302/lf_nm_life/us_religion_bible;_ylt=AgSIN06Y6cuanD_1OgLx5eGs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFpYzFvMXYyBHBvcwMyMgRzZWMDYWNjb3JkaW9uX21vc3RfcG9wdWxhcgRzbGsDbmV3YW1lcmljYW5iA new edition of one the most popular English-language Bibles will offer substitutes... more
A grand jury investigation of clergy sexual abuse implicates the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia in misconduct concerning the sexual abuse of children and the cover-up of that abuse by Catholic priests.
Thursday Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams filed charges against Monsignor William Lynn. Lynn, 60, is the highest ranking Roman Catholic official charged with failing to protect children in connection with the ongoing sex abuse scandal that has dominated headlines about the Catholic Church for close to a decade.
Monsignor Lynn is suspected of endangering children by shielding pedophile priests from detection and shuffling them into unsuspecting parishes where they could continue to sexually abuse children undetected.
How high up does the scandal go?A grand jury investigation of clergy sexual abuse implicates the Roman Catholic... more
Devout Catholics and Apple devotees can now conduct their sacraments on the go, thanks to a new iPhone app designed to make confessions a little more convenient.
'Confession: A Roman Catholic App' markets itself as "the perfect aid for every penitent." The app provides a step-by-step guide to the confession process, and offers a so-called "personalized examination of conscience for each user," based on a person's age, sex and vocation. 'Confession,' which has already received an endorsement from church authorities in the U.S., was developed with the help of Reverend Thomas Weinandy, of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Reverend Dan Scheidt, from the Queen of Peace Catholic Church, in Indiana.
Despite its endorsements, 'Confession' isn't designed to completely replace real confessions. Churchgoers will still have to actually sit down with a priest in order to receive absolution for their sins, but developer Patrick Leinen says the new tool can still provide Catholic multitaskers with a unique way to exercise their religion. "Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology," said Leinen, of development firm Little iApps.
Speaking to the Reuters, Leinen added that the developers were also inspired by Pope Benedict XVI's recent call for Catholics to engage new technology (albeit with some caution). "Taking to heart Pope Benedict XVI's message from last years' World Communications Address," Leinen explained, "our goal with this project is to offer a digital application that is truly new media at the service of the word." And, apparently, at the cost of $1.99.
http://www.switched.com/2011/02/08/confessions-app-approved-by-church/Devout Catholics and Apple devotees can now conduct their sacraments on the go, thanks... more
The Catholic Church has approved an iPhone app that helps guide Catholics through confession and tries to entice lapsed followers back into the fold.The app - called Confession - went on sale last week through iTunes for £1.19 ($1.99). Described as "the perfect aid for every penitent", it offers users tips and guidelines to help them with the sacrament.Now senior church officials in America have given it their seal of approval, in what is thought to be a first. The company behind the program describes as a "personalized examination of conscience for each user"."Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology," said Patrick Leinen of the three-man company Little iApps, based in South Bend, Indiana."Taking to heart Pope Benedict XVI's message from last years' World Communications Address, our goal with this project is to offer a digital application that is truly 'new media at the service of the word."Pope Benedict XVI's World Communications Address on January 24 emphasised the importance of a Christian presence in the digital world.They say the app is not designed to replace going to confession but to help Catholics through the act, which generally involves admitting sins to a priest in a confessional booth.
Catholics must still must go to a priest for absolution.
Yawn, so much work being a believer...now back to Angry Birds...
Source: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/07/us-technology-app-confessions-idUKTRE7165U420110207The Catholic Church has approved an iPhone app that helps guide Catholics through... more
Although he looks like a real-life Darth Sidious, Pope Benedict (used to) have a soft spot in his heart for organ donations - always carrying his donation card with him as an "act of love". But now the Vatican has put its foot down and said that the papal body parts can't be donated to save lives after the Pope dies as his organs should not become relics in lowly human bodies. Ouch.The whole row started when a doctor in Germany had been using the fact that the pope possessed an organ donors' card from a medical association to advocate the practice. The Vatican asked him to stop but he did not.To settle the matter, the pope's secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, sent a letter to the doctor and the missive was reported in the German program of Vatican Radio."It's true that the pope owns an organ donor card ... but contrary to public opinion, the card issued back in the 1970s became de facto invalid with Cardinal Ratzinger's election to the papacy," Vatican Radio quoted from the letter.In 1999, six years before he was elected to the papacy, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger disclosed that he always carried an organ donor's card with him and encouraged the practice as "an act of love."Vatican officials say that after a pope dies, his body belongs to the entire Church and must be buried intact. Furthermore, if papal organs were donated, they would become relics in other bodies if he were eventually made a saint.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/04/us-pope-organs-idUSTRE7131RL20110204 Although he looks like a real-life Darth Sidious, Pope Benedict (used to) have a... more