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Pope creates Australia’s first “saint”

By James Cogan, October 26, 2010

The mediaeval obscurantism pushed by the Catholic Church has been matched by the media’s nauseating nationalism

Catholic Church in crisis over sexual abuse reports

By Dietmar Henning, April 15, 2010

Multiple cases of sexual abuse within the ranks of the Catholic Church have been covered up and suppressed by those in the very highest offices, including the Pope himself.

Atheism in the service of political reaction: A comment on author Sam Harris

By Christie Schaefer, April 16, 2007

In the recent review of Richard Dawkins’ new book, The God Delusion, Joe Kay mentions in passing the author Sam Harris, noting that the idealist standpoint of Harris and some of the other advocates of atheism is often bound up with reactionary political conceptions. (See “Science, religion and society: Richard Dawkins’s God Delusion).

Science, religion and society: Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion

By Joe Kay, March 15, 2007

In his new book, Dawkins has done us a service, if only in making more acceptable the general proposition that religion and science are at odds with each other, and that it is science that should win out.

The Pope and Islam

Ratzinger’s Crusade

By Justus Leicht, September 22, 2006

The Vatican has gone to some lengths to dampen down the controversy following the lecture given by Josef Ratzinger, alias Pope Benedict XVI, at Regensburg University in Germany. Ratzinger’s remarks provoked violent protests by Muslims across the globe.

Letters on the anti-Muslim cartoons

February 15, 2006

The following is a selection of letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site in response to a number of articles written on the anti-Muslim cartoons published in Denmark.

In their own words: the politics behind the anti-Muslim cartoons

By Barry Grey, February 15, 2006

Common to the statements of virtually all of the pundits and politicians who have come to the defense of the Danish government and Jyllands-Posten in the controversy over the newspaper’s publication of anti-Muslim cartoons is a refusal to consider the political context which gave rise to these ugly and offensive caricatures.

Death toll mounts in worldwide protests against anti-Muslim cartoons

By Patrick Martin, February 8, 2006

The death toll has reached at least ten in the repression of protests by Muslims angered by the publication in Europe of cartoons defaming the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist. Demonstrations have taken place in nearly every country where there is a sizeable number of Muslims, from New Zealand to the United States—where a protest took place Monday after the Philadelphia Inquirer became the first major US daily to reprint the cartoons.

Pope Benedict XVI’s political resume: theocracy and social reaction

By Joseph Kay, April 22, 2005

The selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new pope is a clear sign that the Vatican will seek to use its influence to promote the most reactionary political forces within the ruling elites of countries around the world, particularly in Europe.

From “grand inquisitor” to pope: Benedict XVI to head crusade vs. secularism, democracy

By Peter Schwarz, April 21, 2005

With the selection of Josef Ratzinger as the new pope, the Roman Catholic hierarchy has placed at its head a hard-line enforcer of Church dogma, and one of the Vatican’s fiercest opponents of not only Marxism, but liberalism, secularism, science and virtually all things modern.

Letters on the death of Pope John Paul II

April 13, 2005

The following is a selection of letters received by the World Socialist Web Site on the death of Pope John Paul II.

Cardinal disgraced in sex-abuse scandal plays prominent role in papal funeral rites

By Patrick Martin, April 11, 2005

Cardinal Bernard F. Law, compelled to step down in disgrace in 2002 as archbishop of Boston because of his role in the cover-up of priests who sexually abused young boys, has been given an honored role in the ceremonies marking the death of Pope John Paul II.