THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, AND CHILD RAPE: “NFL’s Saints Shielded Catholic Church Amid Abuse Crisis: Report” ☮

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, a New Orleans Saints helmet rests on the playing field before an NFL football game The New Orleans Saints are seeking to keep private hundreds of emails allegedly showing that executives did damage control for the local archdiocese.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area’s Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis.

Attorneys for about two dozen men suing the church say in court filings that the 276 documents they obtained through discovery show that the NFL team, whose owner is devoutly Catholic, aided the Archdiocese of New Orleans in its “pattern and practice of concealing its crimes.”

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HAPPY HITCH DAY! “The Hitch” / Documentary / Christopher Hitchens ☮

WHITE-WING CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN HYPOCRICY: “Why I Am Christian and Pro-Choice” / Charles Clymer ☮

Woman praying with rosary beadsI am pro-autonomy. I am pro-independence. I am pro-choice. I am also of the opinion that my religion — or anyone’s religion— has no place in the affairs of other people. I don’t like Christ being used as a political cudgel, but here we are, in 2016, talking about the very personal decisions women make, and so, I feel compelled to write this.

I realize some of you, my friends, have incredibly strong opinions on life beginning at conception. I respect that this, in part, comes from a place of empathy.

My disconnect with the “pro-life” message, aside from the obvious autonomy issue, is that very rarely have I seen my pro-life friends argue as passionately for children’s healthcare or universal healthcare or refugees or against the death penalty or poverty or for mental health advocacy or homeless advocacy or for VA reform, etc.

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