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Argentina: Catholics urged to quit church after abortion vote

Argentina: Catholics urged to quit church after abortion vote

Last week, despite massive demonstrations in support abortion in Argentina, the country’s Senate voted against a Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy (IVE) Bill.

It’s now being reported that those in favour of legal, safe and free abortion are being urged to quit the Catholic Church, which vigorously campaigned against the Bill, and that thousands have already responded positively to the call.

Several groups, including the Argentinian Coalition Laic State (CAEL), have united to encourage people who were baptised but no longer identify with the church to resign.

According to information provided by CAEL, the Argentine state contributes around £536-million a year to the Catholic Church, without taking into account the tax reductions. This financial support is proportional to the number of people baptised and registered as being part of the church.

One of the founding members of Argentina’s Mothers of Plaza de Mayo movement, Nora Cortiñas, above, is just one of the many who have vowed to quit the church. She said:

I’m very sad because I’m Catholic and I’ll apostasize.

Cortiñas is reportedly using the abortion issue to remind people of the collusion between the Catholic Church and the dictatorship of Jorge Rafael Videla. During that period thousands of young people were murdered and children were taken from their homes and handed by nuns to families close to the regime.

According to Concordat Watch:

The Catholic Church is the state church of Argentina, (and of six other Latin American countries, as well: Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Paraguay).

While guaranteeing freedom of religion, Argentina’s 1994 Constitution also asserts that the state supports the Roman Catholic faith (I.2) and that Vatican concordats rank higher than laws (IV.75.22).

It even has a government department called the Directorate General of Catholic Worship. In addition to many institutional privileges, Argentina also provides the Catholic Church with a variety of subsidies, including clerical salaries, which are not available to other religious groups. As in Germany, these perpetual payments to the Church are justified as compensation for expropriation of Church property carried out two centuries ago.

6 responses to “Argentina: Catholics urged to quit church after abortion vote”

  1. Broga says:

    Follow the money. When the cash starts drying up Papa and the priests will come to heel and to hell with biblical truth. If they keep getting the cash then they will continue with their exploitation.

  2. Laura Roberts says:

    This is slightly OT, but I was talking with my partner about this last evening (triggered by the news out of Philadelphia). People are happy to change churches, or religious sect, when they move to a new city. We see it all the time. They choose their new churches the way most of us choose a new coffee shop.

    So why are they reluctant to change churches when their own is involved in a host of scandals, or when it tries to impose outdated and immoral policies on the public at large? With new paedophile scandals emerging from the RCC on a regular basis, and its vile, mysogynistic policies, why do Catholics not switch? It’s especially puzzling given that the majority of Catholics I’ve known are “lapsed” Catholics who attend infrequently, and who ignore most of the church’s rules regarding contraception or eating fish on Fridays.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if I learned that professors at my university were physically abusing young students, and the administration was covering it up, I would report it to the police and I’d find another job! If I learned that 5%* of academics around the globe were abusing students, and administrations consistently covered it up, I’d get out of academia.

    *That 5% figure was provided by the Holy See about 10 years ago, and is roughly 30 to 50 times higher than among non-clerics.

  3. Dianne Leonard says:

    This is a bit off the subject, but I read, not long ago, that ten percent of people in the U.S. are former catholics. That would mean–what?–35 million people or so? The same article said that, had it not been for immigration from Latin America, the Philippines, and other catholic countries, the RCC in the U.S. would have the membership of a small, obscure cult. Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people (ahem.)

  4. Terry says:

    I said it before and I will keep saying it. The RCC is rotten to the very core. It is a parasite upon humanity. It is the biggest peadophile ring in the world and the biggest crime syndicate in the world. Name the crime and the RCC is guilty of it. Name the crime and an RCC cleric is committing it right now. The RCC is going down … and the more we spread the news of how evil it is the faster it will wither.

  5. barriejohn says:

    How sad that someone who feels compelled to leave such an evil and corrupt institution as the RCC should feel the need to be apologetic about it, and probably feel intense guilt as well. It’s “apostasy”(a non-crime like “blasphemy” and “heresy”!).

    August 15th, incidentally, marks The Feast of The Assumption, when millions of people all over the world celebrate the assumption that a ridiculous myth concocted some three or four hundred years after Jesus was supposed to have lived (and only accepted as Catholic doctrine in 1950) is Gospel Truth. It’s easy to despair of human nature. “Come unto us, all ye that are gullible and easily led, and we will bleed you dry.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assumption_of_Mary

  6. Bubblecar says:

    @Laura Roberts:

    All those different US churches are mostly different brands of Protestant. For the Protestant, being a Christian means you have committed yourself to Jesus Christ, not to any particular church – thus you’re free to pick and choose between different churches.

    For the Catholic, being a Christian means you have committed yourself to the Church – the Roman Catholic Church. Leave that and you are essentially abandoning God etc.

    Presumably those who describe themselves as Catholic but never actually go to Mass still have enough residual belief to hang onto the label.