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800 babies buried in septic tank at Irish home for unmarried mothers

Death records suggest 796 children, from newborns to eight-year-olds, were deposited in a grave near a Catholic-run home for unmarried mothers.

Playing Hardball Against Women’s Rights: The Holy See At The UN

Working with Iran, Russia and others, Holy See representatives tried to delete document language asserting that religion, custom and tradition...

Child Abuse Scandal: How the Irish Government protected the Catholic Church

It is clear from the details contained within this document that we are confronted with a widespread evil that went on year after year, decade…

The CIA and the Vatican’s Intelligence Apparatus

The decision to upgrade the status of Opus Dei appears to be part of an over-all strategy to counter the influence of Jesuits and other…

Report: Catholic laundries enslaved women and girls in Ireland as recently as 1996

After decades of exploitation and a 10-year struggle for justice, Ireland has admitted its role in the enslavement of thousands of women.

Christopher Hitchens: “The pope’s entire career has the stench of evil about it”

In 2010, as allegations of pedophilic priests continued to swirl, Christopher Hitchens decried individual and institutional corruption within the church’s sacred walls.

How far is the Vatican willing to go to ensure its survival?

The Vatican has had so much success at shutting down efforts to control population growth that draconian actions have not yet been necessary.

Why the Catholic Church has survived for 2000 years while all other tyrannies have failed

The Catholic hierarchy exer­cises their sovereignty without the direct use of force, armies, police, or weapons. How is this possible?

The Catholic Church and Sex

The Church's preoccupation with sex stems chiefly from three very different concerns of power or control.

Eight kinds of power the Vatican exercises to control Catholics

To effect control over lay Catholic elites Vaillancourt has found that the Vatican exercises eight kinds of power.

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