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The Catholic Church goes to confession

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned…

For centuries I have used my position of power to abuse others.

I have killed untold numbers of native Amerindians in the name of ‘spreading the gospel’. I have vilified, suppressed, and discriminated against all women.

I have murdered and continue to condemn gay people for their ‘disordered’ sexuality.

All the while, I have sexually abused, continue to abuse, and cover up the sexual abuse of children entrusted to my care.

I have killed hundreds of thousands (or maybe millions?) of people in the poorest parts of the world by preaching a perverse doctrine that condoms cause death and immorality and offer no protection against AIDS.

I submit myself unto you, Father, to do penance. A couple of Our Fathers and a few Hail Marys usually does the trick…

Then I can go forth and continue the good work of protecting and defending this, the holiest of all holy institutions, with a pure soul.


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Vanessa Baird a New Internationalist contributor

Vanessa Baird lived and worked as a journalist in Peru during the tumultuous mid-1980s, and she maintains a passionate interest in South America. She joined New Internationalist as a co-editor in 1986 and since then has written on everything from migration, money, religion and equality to indigenous activism, climate change, feminism and global LGBT rights. She also edits the Mixed Media, arts and culture section of the magazine.

Vanessa’s books include The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population (2011), Sex, Love and Homophobia (2004), The Little Book of Big Ideas (2009) and, People First Economics (2010). In 2012 she won a prestigious Amnesty International Human Rights Media award.

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