Catholic Bishop tells True Believers to halt donations to Komen cancer research charity

What me worry?

A Roman Catholic bishop in Ohio has called on supporters of a breast cancer foundation to suspend donations because the charity may, in the future, turn to stem-cell research in its fight against the disease.

Said Bishop Leonard P Blair of Toledo, Ohio: “While we want to do everything possible to support the search for a cure, sadly the landscape of medical research today is sometimes marred by the erroneous belief that research is not bound by moral norms rooted in faith and reason, as reflected in the teaching of the church.

According to this report, the charity at the centre of a controversy sparked by this posturing blockhead is the Susan G Komen for the Cure…He…noted the foundation does not exclude the possibility of funding research that uses embryonic stem cells. While acknowledging that Komen does not currently fund research using embryonic stem cells, he said Its policy does not exclude that possibility…

The man is an ideological turd. If he consistently lived up to an iota of his reasoning then he must be picketing the Pentagon on a daily basis. Oh?

Mary Westphal, Executive Director of Komen’s Northwest Ohio Affiliate, and board chairman Angie Ash said here that they were “extremely disappointed” in the bishop’s decision. They said the bishop and other diocesan leaders had not called or met with local Komen officials before the decision’s announcement and gave no opportunity to discuss his concerns.

In modern theology [I know – probably mutually exclusive], you learn the term “pelvic theology.” This describes purportedly celibate priests, bishops, cardinals and popes god-given right to order women how to deal with their bodies. Women haven’t the right to do so on their own. So say the divinely inspired.

You can add in the crap from Catholics and Kool Aid Party anti-abortion nutballs about Planned Parenthood – which sits out at the front of their political onslaught. Though abortion services and information is one of the smallest segments of Planned Parenthood’s activities, the Xhristian Crusaders would take away contraception, vaccination against cancers and dozens of aspects of programmatic women’s health planning.

Though my forebears were shipped off to North America in chains in part for their Catholicism, my immediate family walked out of that Church the day after my grandfather’s funeral. The priest took the occasion to berate the eight children of the deceased for not being Good Catholics like their father – since none of them had more than two children. After the burial my father told the priest to stick his religion where the sun don’t shine – and we never looked back.

Thanks, Mr. Fusion

4 thoughts on “Catholic Bishop tells True Believers to halt donations to Komen cancer research charity

  1. Mr. Fusion says:

    Back in 1879, my great-great uncle married my other great-great uncle. One of his first acts after being ordained was to marry his younger brother. While having a priest in the family was long an Irish mother’s joy, my grandfather, left the church shortly after he came of age.

    Marrying a Methodist did that to a lot of Catholics. But what turned him from religion was the Huntington’s Disease that ravaged his family. How could a god that was worshiped so faithfully, with a priest for an uncle, do this to his brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, and father. My grandfather died in 1936. His uncle, the priest, dies in 1910. My father watched as five of his seven siblings dies of Huntington’s. Ya, so much for a merciful god. And so much for the prayers and candles.

    To anyone unfamiliar with Huntington’s, it is an extremely debilitating neurological, progressive condition that eventually takes its victims. The worse problem is its victims don’t feel any symptoms so they don’t even realize their ill. I remember my aunt letting a cigarette burn down to her fingers and having to be told it was burning her fingers. My beautiful, pin up good looks aunt was a shriveled, brainless shell.

    So what does this story have to do with this bishop? Huntington’s is genetic. The only hope for a cure is research using stem cells. Current treatments only slow the progression.

    God damn this unholy excuse for a person.

  2. Mary Lupin says:

    You know what would be fun? Make religions pay taxes on their “earnings” and turn over the Catholic portion to stem cell research institutions. That would be good. And the Protestant varieties? I think the fundamentalist branches, their taxes should go to Webb Space Telescope and perhaps to fund gene therapy research and other useful things based on evolutionary principles. Good huh.

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