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Albert Einstein According to Skeptic, Albert Einstein has already answered this himself, and apparently he said: "he had casually mentioned to some journalist that hardly any German intellectuals except a few churchmen were supporting individual rights and intellectual freedom. He added that this statement had subsequently been drastically exaggerated ...


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No, he couldn't have been. He was born in 1936 and Black Sabbath was most famous in his 40's (1970's). In the picture he is wearing a cassock, which clearly does not normally have Black Sabbath images printed on top, and he's clearly in his late 20's or early 30's. In particular, the poster depicted as the t-shirt image shows the Master of Reality ...


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From the link posted by @SVilcans: Fewer than 300 churches had been demolished between 1905 and 2014, the Catholic newspaper La Croix reported, out of more than 42,000 in total. From the La Croix article, translated via Google: According to Benoît de Sagazan, author of Patrimoine en blog, 28 churches have been demolished since 2000 - mostly in former ...


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TL;DR: Yes, there is damning evidence that the relationship between the Catholic Church and the abuse of children has been systemic. According to a recent report by the UN (CRC/C/VAT/CO/2), as reported by CBC: The Vatican "systematically" adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, a UN human ...


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Yes, according to the 1760 book The natural and civil history of the French dominions in North and South America, vol.1 , page 27 In respect of his [the beaver's] tail, he is a perfect fish, and has been judicially declared such by the College of Physicians at Paris, and the faculty of divinity have, in consequence of this declaration, pronounced it ...


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This one surprised me. I had started writing an answer suggesting that this was most likely a misunderstanding of a claim by Professor Des Cahill to a Victorian state inquiry in 2012: AT LEAST one in 20 Catholic priests in Melbourne is a child sex abuser, although the real figure is probably one in 15, the state inquiry into the churches' handling of sex ...


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Referring to RMIT professor Des Cahill's 2012 analysis, the answer is yes to the '1 in 20' figure based on a population of 378 Corpus Christi priests graduating between 1940 and 1966 out of which 14 were convicted of child sexual abuse, and also the church authorities had admitted that another four who had died were also abusers which gave a rate of 4.76 per ...


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Following George's research I found the reference in Volume 2 of the Registres de Grégoire Ix Example URL My transcription of that: Eidem -- intellecto "quod canonici sepulchri Jerosolimitani, ignem in idem sepulchrum de celo in vigilia in Pasche descendere et Redemptorem nostrum Dominum Jhesum Christum inibi incarceratum fuisse dicentes, locum ...


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It depends how you define "civic institution" but if political parties count, then China's Communist party wins the prize Defining "civic institution" is a little tricky especially if an organisation has multiple roles. I'd argue that political parties are civic institutions even if they also have a dual role when they are in government (...


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The statement was published well before being partially reprinted by Time in 1940. It was first published in 1934, for example in the La Crosse Tribune. The exact wording is by Rev. Dr. S. Parkes Cadman, who says he is "quoting in free translation a statement made by Professor Einstein last year to one of my colleagues...". After Time reprinted ...


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The Catholic Church approved the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II after a Catholic nun, Marie Simon-Pierre, reported being cured of Parkinson's disease after praying to John Paul II. Wikipedia reports that the validity of the beatification has been criticised on a number of grounds, including a suggestion that the unusual rapidity with which it ...


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According to Italian Society Reflected in New Vatican Accord, Toledo Blade, 14 October 1984, page 2 of section C: The Vatican owns 1.8 million acres and an undisclosed number of buildings, apartments and palazzi all over Italy. So just based upon land area, between 2 and 3%. See also the US government publication Land Redistribution: One Aspect Of ...


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1) Did Galileo teach sciencific theories which were not yet proven? The Jesuit Cardinal Robert Bellarmine thought that there was not sufficient proof in his time. He wrote, in his 12 April 1615 letter to the Carmelite priest Fr. Foscarini* (my emphases): I say that if there were a true demonstration that the sun is at the center of the world and the ...


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Claim: In 1238, Pope Gregory IX denounced the Holy Fire as a fraud. Truth or hoax? Lets follow claims, starting with Wikipedia. All links can be found at the bottom of the answer. Wikipedia: Wikipedia referenced The Tablet: The Tablet linked Victoria Clark's book: Victoria Clark's book let me to Frank Hill Perrycoste's book: Frank Hill Perrycoste's ...


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The video is from April 2013 - the destruction of Saint-Jacques’ church in the north of France started at 13 Feb that year. According to Churches at Risk, Some French Considerations: Some unfortunate famous cases are Saint-Blaise’s church, where the vault collapsed in 1998 and had not been repaired ever since or Saint-Jacques’ church in the north of France, ...


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As I expected, the source of this claim is the standard modern history of the Inquisition, The Spanish Inquisition by Henry Kamen (fourth edition, 2014). Chapter 9 gives us the details: The Inquisition was unusually fortunate in its choice of residences. In some of the largest cities of Spain it was allowed the use of fortified castles with ancient and ...


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One of the best sources on the history of the early Catholic Church is John W. O’Malley, S.J., Church historian, Catholic priest, university professor in the theology department of Georgetown University and author of A History of the Popes. In referring to his book, we must remember that O’Malley is a priest and therefore can not directly contradict ...


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Both data are mentioned in several media articles. Two of the most authoritative seem to be a 2010 article on Il Giornale and especially a 2013 article on the financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. Both attribute the 20% datum (circa il 20% del patrimonio immobiliare in Italia è in mano alla Chiesa, “about 20% of the real estate in Italy is in the hands of the ...


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Reverend Donald Cozzens argues in his book, The Changing Face of the Catholic Priesthood that that the Catholic priesthood has become a gay profession. I have not read The Changing Face of the Catholic Priesthood, but Donald L. Boisvert and Robert E.Goss say in Gay Catholic Priests and Clerical Sexual Misconduct, page 2, that Cozzens cites studies from 1989 ...


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Mostly true. 1) Did Galileo teach scientific theories which were not yet proven? Indeed. In 1632 Galileo published "Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems". In it he presented a fictional dialogue between proponents of heliocentrism and geocentrism. However, he was merely repeating the same inconclusive or false arguments that had been debunked or ...


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More recently than the other answers Pope Francis gave an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on 27 October 2014 ... When we read the account of Creation in Genesis we risk imagining that God was a magician, complete with an all powerful magic wand. But that was not so. He created beings and he let them develop according to the internal laws ...


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The Vatican Bank scandal is the subject of the 2015 book God's Bankers, from which this answer is derived. In the 1970s the bank was hijacked by, no joke, a Masonic conspiracy called P2, due in part to the unscrupulous attitude of the bank's Italian-American operator, Archbishop Paul Marcinkus. The bank became so bogged down in secret deals and scandals that ...


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Absence of evidence for a church ban, but some individual Roman Catholics expressed dislike of it From the Wikipedia page on the fork The fork's adoption in northern Europe was slower. Its use was first described in English by Thomas Coryat in a volume of writings on his Italian travels (1611), but for many years it was viewed as an unmanly Italian ...


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There is actually a statement in the Jewish Talmud seen here maintaining that Beavers are considered sea animals and not land animals. This was the more popular medieval understanding of Rashi there, see notes 16 & 17. (This discussion had to do with laws of purity and had begun with a list of theoretical classifications of mythical creatures.) This ...


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As others have pointed out, there are problems with the original questions, but that does not invalidate the original idea. A primary usage of contraceptives is to prevent children, and we know they are rather effective at this. And apparently "The divorce rate among couples with children is 40 percent lower than couples without children" [1]. I have been ...


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The paper quoted in the accepted answer cites its info to a book edited by Plante, which actually gives the info as given estimates that more than 40 percent of Catholic priests are homosexual (Cozzens, 2000), and the vast majority of them do not abuse anyone, the request to evaluate priests or priest applicants to diagnose homosexuality seems odd. ...


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"What evidence is there that Peter was a bishop in Rome?" This question will always haunt many and will remain a bone of contention between those who believe he was and those who do not believe, as well as to what evidence one is willing to accept on this subject. The only Biblical information we have that St. Peter might have been in Rome is the cryptic ...


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The Catholic church denies that Rivera was ever a priest. According to an exposé by Gary Metz in Cornerstone magazine, an evangelical newspaper and later a magazine published by Jesus People USA: Alberto's claim to have been a Jesuit priest and bishop are denied by the Catholic church. They state that the document he exhibits as proof of his priesthood is ...


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Yes, Christianity is in part responsible for the development of modern science and its concomitant methodology. It has stimulated the progress of science by: 1. distinguishing natural science from theology One argument, by 1987 Templeton Prize winner Stanley L. Jaki in his Jaki, Stanley L. The Savior of Science. Grand Rapids, Mich: W.B. Eerdmans, 2000. ...


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