By Joseph Laycock
In 2005, world news reported on an exorcism in Tanacu, Romania, in which Irina Cornici, a 23-year-old nun, died after being gagged and bound to a cross without food for three days. In 2007, Daniel Corogeanu, the priest who oversaw the exorcism, received a seven-year prison sentence, which recently ended. Corogeanu initially stated that he would create a new monastery dedicated to Cornici’s memory. However, angry villagers ran him out of town and he now lives as a hermit in a wooden hut.
According to USC Annenberg, Corogeanu’s rise and fall remains a watershed moment for the resurgence of religion in post-Communist Romania. Much like Jonestown in the United States, the exorcism of Irnia Cornici is fascinating, not only because it is awful but because the public narrative of the event is amenable to constructing the boundaries between “good” religion and the subordinate categories of madness, superstition, and cults.
According to EIN News, Czech MP causes storm after accusing the Catholic Church of agreeing to massacre of Jews, helping Nazis escape justice.
Speaking in the country's lower house of parliament Friday, Igor Jakubcik said the Church had been one of the biggest partners of the Third Reich, and accused it of agreeing to the expulsion and massacre of Jews as part of the Nazis' "Final Solution."
Jakubick further accused the Catholic Church of helping Nazi war criminals escape to South America.
Conchita Wurst is responsible for the flooding in the Balkans that left over 50 people dead, according to church leaders
Conchita Wurst is responsible for flooding that left over 50 people dead earlier this month, church leaders in the Balkans have claimed.
The Austrian drag artist, whose real name is Thomas Neuwirth, seized international attention after winning Eurovision 2014 with his hit Rise Like a Phoenix.
However, several church leaders have now claimed the recent devastating flooding across the Balkans, which was the worst in a century and left over 50 people dead, was "divine punishment" for Conchita's victory.
MOSCOW — A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church strongly denounced the Eurovision Song Contest’s transgender winner, saying it was a sign of the world’s moral decline and part of an effort to “reinforce new cultural norms.”
Conchita Wurst, the stage name of a former band singer from Austria named Tom Neuwirth, won the 59th installment of the competition, held this year in Copenhagen, with a song titled “Rise Like a Phoenix,” which she performed early Sunday (May 11) as a bearded woman in a form-fitting gold dress.
The Eurovision contest draws well over 100 million viewers annually, and the contest has become a point of national pride in Russia, which began competing in the 1990s.
“The process of the legalization of that to which the Bible refers to as nothing less than an abomination is already long not news in the contemporary world,” Vladimir Legoyda, chairman of the church’s information department, told the Interfax news agency. “Unfortunately, the legal and cultural spheres are moving in a parallel direction, to which the results of this competition bear witness.”
Declaration of the Polish Atheist Coalition on the
Celebration of the Canonization of John-Paul II in Poland
Sunday 27th April 2014
The association “Atheist Coalition” feels obliged to protest against the awarding of official status in Poland to the celebration of the canonization of John Paul II.
Canonization is a strictly religious procedure practiced by the Roman Catholic Church. The process of elevation requires two documented cases of miracles attributed to the intercession before god of the candidate for sainthood. We do not question the right of believers to worship according to the principles of their religion. However, the affirmation of miracles or other manifestations of magical thinking, like the infamous prayer for rain by public authorities, including the highest state authorities, and including the Polish Parliament, President and Prime Minister, is the promotion by the State of irrational attitudes, contrary to scientific opinions and the aspirations of an educated society.