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Did Albert Einstein say he admired the Catholic Church for standing up to Hitler?

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 ...
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Is this an old church being destroyed in France?

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 ...
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Have 5% of Australian Catholic priests been charged with child sexual abuse offences?

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 ...
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Have 5% of Australian Catholic priests been charged with child sexual abuse offences?

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 ...
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Did Albert Einstein say he admired the Catholic Church for standing up to Hitler?

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 ...
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Did the Catholic church prosecute Galileo because he was teaching unproven ideas?

Mostly true. 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 ...
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Did the Catholic church prosecute Galileo because he was teaching unproven ideas?

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 ...
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Did people blaspheme deliberately to be tried in the Medieval European Inquisition courts instead of other secular courts?

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 ...
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Is this an old church being destroyed in France?

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 ...
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Catholic church owns 20% of all real estate in Italy

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 ...
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Was the Vatican bailed out from bankruptcy by private interests in the 1980s?

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 ...
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Does the Catholic church accept evolution?

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 ...
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Are between 20-50% of Catholic priests homosexual?

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 (...
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Did Richard Dawkins say Pope John Paul II was a hypocrite about Darwinism?

This has to be the same quote mentioned by Doug Linder: Dawkins makes no secret of his distain for the distinction so critical to the Pope John Paul’s 1996 speech on evolution: I suppose it is ...
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Was Alberto Rivera formerly a Jesuit priest?

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: ...
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Was St Peter a bishop of Rome?

"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 ...
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Is Christianity responsible for the scientific method?

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 ...
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Do historians agree the motive behind Catholic celibacy was primarily economic?

Terminological precision: Celibate = unmarried (cælebs = single, unmarried) The Church has allowed married men to become priests. St. Peter, for example, was married. Continent = not having sexual ...
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