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REAL NEWS June 17, 2012

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TODAY’S NEWS : June 17, 2012


Major Threat to Religion? Clergy People Coming Out as Atheists


From AlterNet

 By Greta Christina – June 10, 2012

A burst of media attention has been focused on atheists of an unexpected stripe — clergy members. Could non-believing clergy change how we see religion?

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What happens when a clergy person — a minister, a priest, a rabbi, an imam — realizes he doesn’t believe in God?

And what happens when he says it out loud? What happens when they find each other; when they support each other in coping with their crises, when they help each other with resources and job counseling and other practical assistance? What happens when they encourage each other to come out?

Could this affect more than just these clergy people and their followers? Could it change how society as a whole thinks and feels about religion?

That’s what the Clergy Project is finding out. In recent months and years, atheists have been all over the news. But over the last few weeks, a burst of media attention has been focused on atheists of an unexpected stripe: clergy members.

And in particular, attention is going to the Clergy Project, an online meeting place and support group that exists specifically for these unexpected additions to the ranks of the godless.

The project was inspired by the 2010 pilot study by Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola, “Preachers Who Are Not Believers” (PDF), which exposed and explored the surprisingly common phenomenon of non-believing clergy.

The need to give these people support — and if possible, an exit strategy — was immediately recognized in the atheist community, and starter funding for the Clergy Project was quickly provided by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

Founded in March of 2011 with 52 members, the Clergy Project currently has over 270 members — and since recent news stories about it began appearing, in outlets from MSNBC to NPR to the Religious News Service to CNN, applications to join have been going up at an even more dramatic rate.

The cascade of news stories began when Methodist minister Teresa MacBain came to the American Atheists convention following last March’s Reason Rally — and made a dramatic unscheduled appearance at the podium, to announce that she was an atheist.

“Being in a group of people with whom I could share openly without fear of persecution gave me the courage to come out,” she told me. “The opportunity to stand before the crowd, come out as an atheist and share about the Clergy Project was too good to pass up. I was at the end of my rope and I knew it. It was now or never for me. As I walked up on that stage, I felt fear like no other.”

MacBain had been questioning her faith since her early teens, when she came across contradictions in the Bible.

“I went to my dad for answers,” she said.“He simply shared that God’s ways are so much higher than our ways that we can not understand everything in the Bible. Our response should be faith, not doubting. He then told me that doubting was a sin. I left that day and suppressed those questions. This practice followed me for decades.”

But eventually, the questions became too much. She let go of her Biblical literalism, which at first helped resolve her doubts about Biblical contradictions — but this soon made room for other questions to press on her.

“Things such as theodicy [the problem of suffering and evil], the question of hell, God’s omnipotence yet lack of intervention in heinous events, the historicity of Jesus… all these bubbled to the surface and demanded to be answered,” she said. “My work to answer these questions began with the thought that as I discovered the truth, it would create a stronger faith and give me comforting answers to those in my church who were dealing with the same issues. Instead, the truth I found led me away from faith.”

This experience is common among members of the Clergy Project. 

Clergy people, almost by definition, are people who take their faith seriously. They tend to think about religion carefully.

They often (although not always) study their religion carefully. Unlike many believers, they actually read the Bible, or Torah, or Koran, or whatever the sacred text of their religion is.

They think hard about questions that more casual believers are willing to let slide. After all — that’s their job.

But as many atheists will tell you, thinking carefully about religion is exactly what led them to abandon it.

When you ask atheists, What made you become an atheist?” reading the Bible is one of the highest items on the list.

And when I asked Jerry DeWitt — Recovering From Religion executive director, Clergy Project graduate and new-member screener for CP — what kinds of ideas and experiences most commonly lead clergy members to question and eventually leave their faith, he answered simply, “Religion’s inability to answer for or relieve human suffering.”

Lawrence Hunter shares this experience. A former associate minister in the Black Pentecostal denomination Church of God in Christ, he says that a bad marriage “allowed me to see how life really was instead of the fairy tale versions that are espoused every Sunday… questions about good and evil, the Bible, marriage, suffering, tithes, church corruption and hell filled my mind. I realized that I needed to expand my understanding.”

He adds that the failures of religion to meet basic human needs — and the failures of church leaders to live up to the moral standards they demanded of their flock — contributed to his questioning.

“As a preacher,” he says, “I could see that prayers weren’t healing people, despite preaching on wealth the only people getting rich were the pastor. I could see that many, many people were mentally disturbed and a host of problems. Not to mention the scandals and adultery. This caused me to look deeper and really find out the true essence of my faith and why the holy spirit wasn’t active like it supposedly was back in the Bible days. The rest is history.”

And Catherine Dunphy, one of the original 52 members of the Clergy Project, agrees.

“I was always curious about the Bible,” she told me, “and read it, despite the fact that the church and its priests say, ‘Don’t bother.’ In it I found ridiculous stories that only furthered my confusion.”

Dunphy, a former Catholic, also had her faith shaken by the widespread child rape scandals in the Catholic Church — and by the Church’s inexplicable response to them.

“The bishop of my diocese, an asshole named Colin Campbell, issued a statement saying that the victims were responsible since they kept going back to the predatory priests!”

But for Dunphy, the final nail in the coffin of her faith was realizing that highly trained religious authorities didn’t have any better reasons for their beliefs than anyone else.

“I remember how frustrated I would become in class,” she said, “given that it didn’t appear to me that my profs had any more authority than I did!… I came to realize that we were all complicit in making this stuff up as we go.”

For many people, questioning and eventually abandoning religion can involve deep emotional and psychological struggles.

Atheists commonly say that they do feel relief, even liberation, when they finally relinquish the cognitive dissonance that religion requires, but the process is often difficult.

This is often even more pronounced in clergy people… who, again, tend to take religion more seriously than the average believer-in-the-street.

But for clergy people, this internal struggle is only the beginning. For clergy people, losing religion doesn’t just mean asking questions like, “How do I accept the permanence of death?” and “What is my place in the universe?”

It means asking the question, “How am I going to pay the rent?”

For most clergy members, coming out as atheist means the automatic loss of their livelihood.

But staying closeted about their atheism means living a lie.

As MacBain said, “Once I realized my faith was gone, I began looking for a way out. My conscience nagged at me continually but I felt that the needs of my family required that I work my way out slowly. I took a temporary job (causing me to work 80 hour weeks) in order to pay some bills off which would make the transition easier. As the weeks passed, the turmoil increased exponentially.”

And clergy members who leave their faith aren’t just faced with losing their livelihoods.

They’re likely to lose the stature and respect that religious leaders are so commonly given.

And while anyone coming out as atheist can be targeted with hostility and bigotry, the venom can get dialed up to eleven when it’s a member of the clergy.

When Teresa MacBain came home from the American Atheists convention, “The church leadership changed the locks of the church and it took me almost two months to collect my belongings. My email server, mail box and voicemails were filled daily with veiled threats, hateful pronouncements of my impending doom and downright nasty messages. One gentleman stated that he couldn’t wait till he stood in heaven and looked down at me in hell while the flesh burned off my body!”

This is exactly why the Clergy Project was founded.

In this confidential online community, members can freely discuss the challenges they face in leaving ministry and establishing a new life.

This involves emotional and psychological support, of course — help wrestling with ethical and philosophical issues that often come with becoming atheist, advice on coming out as atheist to family and friends, and so on.

But it can also involve practical advice and support: members can share ideas on finding a way out of the ministry and looking for new careers, and can share resources that newcomers to atheism may not be aware of.

Right now, the Clergy Project is primarily a peer support group.

But the organization is working to expand its scope, to provide more tangible assistance that atheist clergy people so desperately need.

They’re preparing now to launch a group of resources that includes re-employment preparation — resume prep, interviewing techniques, recruiting firms that will work with members to provide leads — as well as secular counseling, working with the Therapist Project to offer services of secular counselors who are donating their time to Clergy Project members.

And they’re planning — soon, they hope — to provide job training, short-term loans, and temporary housing for atheist clergy members who want to leave.

But they may have their work cut out for them.

Nobody knows for sure how many clergy members are secretly atheists (or are secretly on the fence, with serious doubts about their religion).

But almost everyone I’ve spoken with in Clergy Project strongly suspects that the numbers are high — higher than anyone would expect.

MacBain says, “It is definitely more common than anyone thinks.” DeWitt agrees: “My experience says it’s very common. Over 25 years of ministry I witnessed very few examples of anything other than ministers living ‘normal’ lives regardless of their supernatural claims. They have to see the disconnect.”

And Dunphy concurs: “Before I discovered the LaScola Study I thought I was some sort of oddity. I mean, who goes into theology and comes out an atheist? It looks like a lot of people.”

The surge of interest in the Clergy Project would seem to bear this out.

Since Teresa MacBain outed herself at the American Atheists convention in March, 77 new members have joined the project — and as of this writing, there are 86 more applicants awaiting interviews.

As MacBain says, “This seems to indicate that there are hundreds, if not thousands, who are trapped in the pulpit.”

So what does this all mean? Why does this matter, not just to the atheist clergy themselves, but to anyone who cares about religion?

It matters because, if clergy members start publicly abandoning religion, the whole house of cards could collapse.

For most believers, religion isn’t something they think about very carefully.

Most believers stay with whatever religion they were brought up with as children.

Most believers are just trying to get on with their day-to-day lives, and if difficult or complicated questions about their faith occur to them, they often assume that their religious leaders know the answers… the way we assume that pilots know how to keep airplanes in the sky.

As Lawrence Hunter said, many believers “are simply unable or unwilling to do the work to read and research their beliefs and other aspects of their lives. It’s easier to be told who to believe, vote for and buy from, etc. Religion is the balm that soothes difficult questions.”

But if religious authorities start acknowledging that they don’t know, either?

If religious authorities start acknowledging that they have the exact same questions, and haven’t found any good answers?

If religious authorities start acknowledging that they’ve just been making it up as they go along?

If religious authorities begin to abandon the tacit agreement among themselves that these questions and doubts should be kept among themselves, and should not be shared with their followers?

If religious authorities start saying, out loud, that the best answer they’ve found to these questions is, “God doesn’t exist”? If religious authorities start publicly abandoning their religion?

And if they start doing this in significant numbers?

It’s going to be much, much harder for ordinary believers to hang on to their beliefs.

I was in the audience at the American Atheists convention when Teresa MacBain came out.

It was one of the most dramatic, most powerful moments I’ve experienced.

There aren’t that many people in the world who have that much courage, that much integrity, that much fierce passion for the truth.

There aren’t that many people in the world who are willing to risk losing their families, their communities, their stature, the emotional and philosophical foundation of their lives, even their very livelihood… because they prioritize the truth over their personal well-being.

These people are an inspiration.

Regardless of what you think of religion or atheism, they are an inspiration. And there is clearly a place in our society for them.

Listen to Lawrence Hunter: “If I were a pastor, who had complete control over my church, I would take the title of ‘church’ [and change it] to ‘community center.’ I wouldn’t preach from the bible, I would quote from numerous sources of literature and wisdom.

As an African American I would focus on neighborhood issues, such as poverty, lack of education and a host of other ills.Gone would be silly rituals of baptism and communion.There’s so much that churches can and should do to help their communities, but choose to ignore them.”

There is clearly a place in our society for these people. And the Clergy Project is trying to create it.






Vatican Secrets EXPOSED! – Jordan Maxwell


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For many Christians, this video will resonate as heresy, but for a few, it will be their awakening. 

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8 Ugly Sins of the Catholic Church


From AlterNet

 By Valerie Tarico – June 11, 2012

If pedophile payouts weren’t enough to convince you the Catholic leadership is often anything but moral, take a look at some of their other sins.

 Did the Catholic Bishops wince last week when their leader, anti-contraception Cardinal Timothy Dolan, was exposed for paying pedophiles to disappear? One can only hope.

After all, these are men who claim to speak for God.

They have direct access to the White House, where they regularly weigh in on issues ranging from military policy to bioethics, and they expect us all to listen – not because of relevant expertise or elected standing, but because of their moral authority. 


 If pedophile payouts weren’t enough to convince you that this “moral” authority is often anything but moral, take a look at some of their other sins against compassion and basic decency.  

 1. Excommunicating doctors and nuns for saving lives. 

In 2009, a 27-year-old mom, pregnant with her fifth child, was rushed to a Phoenix hospital, St. Josephs, where her doctors said she would almost certainly die unless her pregnancy was aborted immediately.

The nun in charge approved the emergency procedure, and the woman survived. The local bishop promptly excommunicated the nun. “There are some situations where the mother may in fact die along with her child. But — and this is the Catholic perspective — you can’t do evil to bring about good. The end does not justify the means,” said Rev. John Ehrich, the medical ethics director for the Diocese of Phoenix. 

 How far are the Church authorities willing to take this “moral” logic? In Brazil last year, with Vatican backing, the Church excommunicated a mother and doctor for saving the life of a 9-year-old rape victim who was pregnant with twins. (At four months pregnant, the girl weighed 80 pounds.)

Cardinal Giovanni Batista Re, who heads the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, said “life must always be protected.” Perhaps Mr. Batista Re can explain the Vatican’s 1,500-year tradition of “just war.”

 2. Protecting even non-Catholic sex-offenders against child victims. 

As we have seen, the moral priorities of the bishops are laid naked when they decide who to excommunicate and who not.

The doctor and the mother of the pregnant 9-year-old got the boot for approving an abortion, but not the stepfather who had sexually assaulted the child, probably over a period of years.

A similar contrast can be seen between the case of the Phoenix nun and hundreds of pedophile priests who were allowed to remain Catholic even after they finally were identified and removed from the Church payrolls.

 It gets worse.

In New York, a bill that would give child molestation victims more time to file charges has been blocked seven times by the Catholic hierarchy led by none other than Cardinal Dolan.

Why? “We feel this is terribly unjust, we feel it singles out the church, and it would be devastating for the life of the church.”

In other words, regardless of whether the abuse really happened or what the consequences were for victims, what matters is how much additional lawsuits might cost the Church.  Isn’t that the ends justifying the means?  

 3. Using churches to organize gay haters. 

When the Washington State legislature approved marriage equality this spring, fundamentalist Christians across the state organized to reverse the legislation.

Even though three quarters of American Catholics think that gay marriage or civil unions should be legalArchbishop Peter Sartain jumped to the front of the pack, decreeing that Western Washington parishes under his “moral authority” should gather signatures for an anti-equality initiative.

To their credit, a number of priests refused, and a group called Catholics for Marriage Equality is raising money for ads.

In contrast to the Catholic League, which has made the degrading argument that sex between priests and adolescent boys is consensual homosexuality, lay Catholics appear to know the difference. 

 4. Lying about contraceptives to poor Africans.

 Of all the mortal sins committed by the men of the cloth, the most devastatingly lethal in the last 30 years has been the Catholic hierarchy’s outspoken opposition to condom use in Africa.

In 2003, the president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family publicly lied about the efficacy of condoms in preventing both pregnancy and HIV: “The AIDS virus is roughly 450 times smaller than the spermatozoon. The spermatozoon can easily pass through the ‘net’ that is formed by the condom.”

The archbishop of Nairobi told people that condoms were spreading HIV. 

Some priests told parishioners that condoms were impregnated with the virus. 

 The motivation for such flagrant falsehoods?

The Church has practiced competitive pro-natalism for centuries, but lately anti-contraceptive edicts have been ignored by most educated European and American Catholics, and Italy has the second lowest birthrate in the Western World, at 1.3 per woman.

The bishops see this as a “catastrophe” and are looking to Africa asa reservoir of life for the Church.”

They wrap their opposition to contraception in lofty moral language such as that offered by Pope John Paul II: It seems profoundly damaging to the dignity of the human being, and for this reason morally illicit, to support a prevention of AIDS that is based on a recourse to means and remedies that violate an authentically human sense of sexuality. 

As late as 2009, John Paul’s successor, Benedict, continued to tell poor African Catholics that condoms were wrong and even suggested that they were making the epidemic worse.

With god-knows –how-many lives lost and children orphaned, he finally softened his stance in 2010. 

 5. Obstructing patient access to accurate information and services in secular hospitals. 

In rural Arizona near the Mexican border, women delivering babies by cesarean section were refused tubal ligations because their independent hospital was negotiating a merger with a healthcare network run by Catholics.

Worse, when a woman arrived at the same hospital in the middle of a miscarriage and need a surgical abortion to complete the process, she was forced to travel by ambulance to Tucson, 80 miles away, risking hemorrhage on the way.

All over the U.S. secular and Catholic-run health systems are merging, and patients are quietly losing the right to make medical decisions based on the best scientific information available and the dictates of their own conscience. 

 Even when the Catholic-owned hospital is a small part of the merger, administrators insist that Catholic directives apply to the system as a whole.

These directives prohibit not only abortions but also contraceptives, vasectomies and tubal ligations, some kinds of fertility treatment, and compliance with end-of-life patient directives.

Ectopic pregnancies cannot be handled in keeping with the medical standard of care.

As biotechnologies and treatments relevant to the beginning and end of life advance, we can expect the list to grow longer.

Patients cannot trust that they will be told other options are available elsewhere. 

 One of the bitter ironies here is that even wholly “Catholic” hospitals and charities are staffed primarily by non-Catholics and largely provide services to people of other faiths or of none, paid for with tax dollars.

In healthcare much of the money flows from Medicare and Medicaid.

In 2010, non-medical affiliates of Catholic Charities received 62 percent of annual revenue from the taxpayers – nearly $2.9 billion.

Only 3 percent came from church donations, with the remainder coming from investments, program fees, community donations and in-kind contributions.

And yet all of those dollars get directed according to the dictates of bishop conscience rather than individual conscience.

6. Slapping down nuns. 

Catholic charities and hospitals are at some competitive advantage in part because of hard-working nuns, many of whom have skills and responsibilities that exceed their compensation.

The bishops are the Catholic Church’s 1 percent; the nuns are managers and service workers –and many have taken the kind of poverty vows that America’s 1 percent is trying to impose on the rest.

Because many nuns live in the real world, where suffering and morality are complex, they often make care-based decisions and take nuanced positions on moral questions that the Council of Bishops resolves by appealing to dogma and authority.

 In April, the Vatican decided to remind the nuns who’s on top. Rome issued an 8-page assessment accusing the Leadership Conference of Women Religious of disagreeing with the bishops and of “radical feminism.”

It appears that their labors on behalf of poor, vulnerable people had distracted them from a more Christian priority: controlling other people’s sex lives—oh, and standing up against the ordination of women.

The Archbishop assigned by the Vatican to rein in unruly American nuns is none other than Peter Sartain of Seattle, the same moral authority who has declared a holy crusade against gay marriage. 

 7. Bullying girl scouts. 

Unlike the Boy Scouts, who recently earned media and public attention by booting out a gay den-mother, the Girl Scouts have been stubbornly inclusive and focused on preparing girls for leadership.

For example, last year a Colorado troop included a trans-gender 7-year-old.

That’s a problem for the Bishops, and since up to a quarter of American Girl Scouts are Catholic kids with troops housed in churches, they see it as their problem.

To make matters worse, the American Girl Scouts refused to leave their international umbrella, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, which has stated that young women “need an environment where they can freely and openly discuss issues of sex and sexuality.” 

The World Association would appear to believe the data that girls who can’t manage their sexuality and fertility are more likely to end up in poverty than leadership positions. 

 Then again, maybe that’s what the church hierarchy is after.

According to an article last month at the Huffington Post, “The new inquiry will be conducted by the bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. It will look into the Scouts’ ‘possible problematic relationships with other organizations’ and various ‘problematic’ program materials, according to a letter sent by the committee chairman, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne, Ind., to his fellow bishops.”

We’re talking about an organization run by women for girls facing an all-male inquisition. In today’s Catholic church, leadership still requires a y chromosome.  

 8. Purging popular and scholarly interfaith bridge builders.

 Lest some reader assert that the sins of the Bishops are all a consequence of sexual repression – some contorted pursuit of sexual purity that degrades both sex and compassion—it is important to note that the current cohort of Church authorities are as obsessed with doctrinal purity as sexual purity.

It would take me many paragraphs to describe their tireless pursuit of purity as well as retired Anglican bishop, John Shelby Spong, does in one:


Hans Kung, probably the best read theologian of the 20th century, was removed from his position as a Catholic theologian at Tubingenbecause his mind could not be twisted into the medieval concepts required by his church.

This action was carried out by Cardinal JosephRatzinger, who at that time under Pope John Paul II held the office that in another time gave us the Inquisition.

Matthew Fox, one of the most popular retreat and meditation leaders and an environmental activist, was then silenced by the same Cardinal Ratzinger.

Professor Charles Curran, one of America’s best known ethicists, was removed from his tenured professorship at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., also by the same Cardinal Ratzinger.

Father Leonardo Boff, the best known Latin American liberation theologian, was forced to renounce his ordination in order to continue his work for justice among the poor of Latin America by the same Cardinal Ratzinger.

Next we learn that the Vatican, now headed by Cardinal Ratzinger under his new name Pope Benedict XVI, has ordered the removal of a book from all Catholic schools and universities written by a popular female theologian at Fordham University, Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson.

Now the nuns are to be investigated. Conformity trumps truth in every direction.

The Catholic tradition defines deadly or “cardinal” sins as those from which all other sins derive. In addition to lust, gluttony, wrath, sloth and envy, the traditional seven include pride and greed, which, to my mind, drive much of the appalling behavior in this list.

If an attempt to assert autocratic control over the spiritual and physical lives of lay people isn’t pride, I don’t know what is.

And if a willingness to silence child victims to protect church assets isn’t greed, I don’t know what greed is.

 The BBC’s revelation last month of money laundering in the Vatican Bank pales by comparison.

 To me, ultimately, the sins of the Catholic bishops are “deadly sins” because they kill people, whether pregnant mothers or depressed gay teens or African families, or simply desperate people who are forced into greater desperation by “moral” priorities that distract from real questions of wellbeing and harm.

 What the Bishops will have to account for when they meet their maker, none of us can say.

For some American Catholics, the process of holding them to account has already started.

The Women Religious have pushed back against the condescending “assessment” issued by the Vatican.

Small groups of lay Catholics have rallied to their support.

Picketers meet monthly outside Sartain’s cathedral to protest his stance against equality.

The Franciscan brothers issued a statement of solidarity with the nuns, many of whom have remained solidly focused on economic justice instead of sexual transgressions. 

 Given the arrogant cruelty of Church leaders, criticism to date has been remarkably tempered.

As the Bishops flash their moral authority in the White House and media and pulpit, clothed in white robes and draped in crimson, they should be glad they aren’t eyeball to eyeball with Jesus himself.

As the writer of Matthew tells it, he called out the corrupt religious leaders of his day in no uncertain terms: Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!

You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean.


Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and writer in Seattle, Washington and the founder of Wisdom Commons. She is the author of “Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light” and “Deas and Other Imaginings.” Her articles can be found at Awaypoint.Wordpress.com.






Unholy mess: Vatican amidst mafia money-laundering scandal


From The RT

June 13, 2012

Catholic priests (AFP Photo/Getty Images)

Catholic priests (AFP Photo/Getty Images) 

The Vatican Bank is under media fire as reports emerge that Italian prosecutors suspect it of laundering Sicilian mafia bosses’ riches.

The Institute for Works of Religion, commonly known as the Vatican Bank, has so far refused to disclose details of an account held by a priest in connection with a money laundering and fraud investigation.

Father Ninni Treppiedi was sacked from serving as a priest after a series of church funds transactions made by his parish came to anti-mafia prosecutors’ attention this spring.

The dealings, involving millions of euro, date back to 2007-2009. 

Prosecutors suspect Treppiedi was involved in money-laundering operations linked to Matteo Messina Denaro, a Mafia Godfather on the run.

The cleric’s former post in Aclamo, near Trapani, is said to be the richest parish in the Mafia stronghold of Sicily.

Trapani prosecutor Marcello Viola made the request to disclose Treppiedi’s account details over six weeks ago.

But the Vatican, though confirming the request has been received, maintains the issue is not mafia-related.

The letter the Vatican received on May 9 did not speak of any money laundering or mafia issues. It contained concerns over shortages and fraud made by ecclesiastical authorities in the Diocese of Trapani, the Vatican spokesman told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on Monday.

The first reports on the scandal emerged in the Italian media two weeks after the head of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, was ousted after receiving a unanimous vote of no-confidence from bank overseers. 

The banker is under investigation for another case of alleged money laundering.

But there is speculation that the actual reason behind the no-confidence vote is that Tedeschi was aware of possible mafia links and leaked names and accounts details to police.

The new media buzz does not add up to the Vatican’s gravitas.

Earlier in the week, the office had to deny that Pope Benedict’s butler is being treated as a scapegoat in the so-called “Vatileaks case.” 

Butler Paolo Gabriele is still being questioned over the passing to whistleblowers of sensitive documents revealing corruption in the Vatican’s business deals with Italian companies.

Gabriele could face up to eight years in prison if convicted.








Who Owns the Media?

From Corporate Media EXPOSED

June 16, 2012

Sadly we now find ourselves in a word where six massive media conglomerates literally control the entire “mainstream” media.

These six corporations, (largely owned by Zionist and Globalist operatives) Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal are responsible for countless lies, propaganda pieces, death, and the ultimate dumbing down of America.

When you take even a small look at the companies that run under the six corporations listed above, a clear pictures emerges.

Sources for the list below include mondotimes.com and the Economic Collapse Blog.

Time Warner

Home Box Office (HBO)
Time Inc.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
CW Network (partial ownership)
Castle Rock
Sports Illustrated
New Line Cinema
Time Warner Cable
Cartoon Network
America Online
Marie Claire
People Magazine

Walt Disney

Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Buena Vista Theatrical Productions
Buena Vista Records
Disney Records
Hollywood Records
Miramax Films
ABC Television Network
Disney Publishing
Touchstone Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Disney Channel
Buena Vista Games
Hyperion Books


Black Entertainment Television (BET)
Comedy Central
Country Music Television (CMT)
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Home Entertainment
MTV Canada
Nick Magazine
Nick at Nite
Nick Jr.
Spike TV
The Movie Channel
TV Land

News Corporation

Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Fox Television Stations
The New York Post
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Fox Business Network
Fox Kids Europe
Fox News Channel
Fox Sports Net
Fox Television Network
My Network TV
News Limited News
Phoenix InfoNews Channel
Phoenix Movies Channel
Sky PerfecTV
Speed Channel
STAR TV Taiwan
STAR World
Times Higher Education Supplement Magazine
Times Literary Supplement Magazine
Times of London
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
20th Century Fox International
20th Century Fox Studios
20th Century Fox Television
The Wall Street Journal
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Interactive Media
HarperCollins Publishers
The National Geographic Channel
National Rugby League
News Interactive
News Outdoor
Radio Veronica
Sky Italia
Sky Radio Denmark
Sky Radio Germany
Sky Radio Netherlands

CBS Corporation

CBS News
CBS Sports
CBS Television Network
CBS Radio Inc. (130 stations)
CBS Consumer Products
CBS Outdoor
CW Network (50% ownership)
Infinity Broadcasting
Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books, Scribner)
Westwood One Radio Network

NBC Universal

NBC News
NBC Sports
NBC Television Network
SciFi Magazine
Syfy (Sci Fi Channel)
USA Network
Weather Channel
Focus Features
NBC Universal Television Distribution
NBC Universal Television Studio
Paxson Communications (partial ownership)
Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Pictures
Universal Studio Home Video

We created this website, (Corporate Media EXPOSED), so that we could directly expose the companies and actual individuals involved with the corporate controlled media.

In the weeks and months ahead we will be publishing reports detailing the worst offenders in the corporate controlled media and calling them out by name.

We also plan to delve deep into the actual owners of the media and what they all seem to have in common.






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