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March 11th, 2011
08:28 AM ET

Feds: Nun pleads guilty to embezzling $850,000

A Catholic nun pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling $850,000 from a college in the New York City suburbs, the U.S. Southern District Attorney's Office announced in a press release.

Sister Marie E. Thornton, a 63 year-old nun, embezzled over $850,000 from Iona College starting in 1999, while functioning as its vice president of finance, the statement said.

"This is a classic case of the fox guarding the hen house," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. "Marie Thornton was entrusted with the financial well-being of Iona College, but instead, she abused her access to cook the books and line her own pockets."

According to the statement from U.S. attorney, Thornton diverted funds for personal use by submitting false vendor invoices and personal expense bills to be reimbursed by the school.

Read the full story here
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Christianity • Courts

soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Reality

    More evidence that the following is coming sooner than we think:

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity by the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" will converge these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

    Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples or synagogues.

    March 13, 2011 at 9:07 am |
    • Mary

      Justina

      @Jimmy, Luke, you guys are worst kind of communists. Please leave USA. N. Korea is your utopia.
      @Mary, write shorter letter to get my letter. I don't like reading stuff without a focus. The fact you need to read the Bible and on Catholic saints does not change a bit.

      Justina, Fact is your a troll. You just proved it. Go back under your bridge.

      March 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Mary.. Would that be troll bridge ? Not sure what the communist part is about...and also its You're not your.

      March 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
    • Mary

      @EvolvedDNA
      LOL, yes, her troll bridge. I have no idea what her comments were concerning Luke and Jimmy.
      Thanks for the correction on "you're". Sometimes when typing fast, I mis spell, sorry.

      Sometimes I think there are just people who like to flame things on both sides.

      March 14, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  2. TheRationale

    There doesn't seem to be anything inherently religious about this case. Short of the convict being a nun, religion itself is entirely absent here.

    March 13, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • Frederica

      One rational comment here. Next time a teacher commits a crime, these religion-bashers should bash the entire school system.

      March 13, 2011 at 5:09 am |
    • Justina (the totally authentic Christian one)

      I would be glad to bash the entire school system, but it never quite becomes a topic here. Sorry Frederica/Justina. 😉

      March 13, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      H Frederica /Rationale What i think the the point is, especially from my perspective, is that even those who have a deep religious belief are as capable of crimes as any other. You do not need god to be good. or bad.. we are all the same there is no special level that believers hold. I am the same as you except i do not believe.. thats it.. I am just as nice as you.. If the school system deliberately hides and covers up ra-pists and abusers then I would most certainly bash the school system.. the victims would be the important ones , not the system. And yes Frederica.. i am real..and so is Justina and others who debate on these forums! We may not agree but in most cases but I try to remain civil.however I do see the funny side of life and that leaks out if the situation arises.

      March 13, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Frederica

      EvolvedDNA, no, you are wrong. Atheists are evil and also fools as the Bible declares so. Every human is sinful and needs the Divine Savior's forgiveness. Man cannot be good without God; only those who know God truly do good and save others. You kill unborn humans and promoite immorality and lie regularly; I have no idea where you got the idea you are ever good. On your dreams. Christians are the best and realistic in acknowledging humanity's sin nature, having the intelligent system of highest ethics, and in sacrificing self for the good of others just like the Lord Jesus. Christianity is unique and supreme on earth.

      March 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Frederica. you do not sound rational, none of what you say is verifiable. i would almost suspect that you are a product of the catholic church, having had a life long indoctrination of negativity. I think that as you grow older, you may unlearn come of the fantasy you were told.. I am a very good person, I do not need your god for that, and neither do you. no one does. Not sure what "having the intelligent system of highest ethics" means? Sin is a control mechanism of your church, no one else has fantasies over it. I do not kill unborn babies, but some of your priests appear to like the ones that become teenagers.

      March 13, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • Justina

      "Justina (the totally authentic Christian one)" is another fake Justina.

      March 15, 2011 at 3:41 am |
    • Frederica

      EvolvedDNA, I'm not Catholic but a Protestant although I don't mind being mistaken. I'm old and I learned and observed enough that no human is good especially your kind. The doctrine of sin that Christianity teaches is the most realistic, liberating facts of all. No wonder the sin-denying West is full of mental patients.

      March 15, 2011 at 3:56 am |
  3. secular trither

    IQ doesn't have anything on wisdom but a book that says the world is shaped and flat like a pancake, the sun rotates around the earth, the earth is the center of the universe, etc... is the ultimate truth. No I'm not limiting my knowledge of god, I am explaining parts that have been proven false, that even a 10 year should know. You know NASA wouldn't have been able to put a man in the moon if the bible was correct and the invisible diety would have been so angry and smited the world like that tower of babel story. BTW how many astronauts have been to heaven?

    March 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Genesis 2:7: "And the Lord God formed man of the DUST OF THE GROUND, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul." Surely, you don't take Genesis 2:7 seriously? Do you?

      Psalm 8:8: ". . . whatsoever passeth through the PATHS OF THE SEAS." How did David (the writer of Psalms) know, over 2,000 years ago, there were "paths in the seas"? David probably never even saw an ocean!

      Ecclesiastes 1:7: "All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again." How did the writer of Ecclesiastes know the water cycle of condensation and evaporation in 1000 B.C.?

      Job 38:19: "Where is THE WAY where light dwelleth?" How come Job didn't say where is THE PLACE where light dwelleth? Because light is always moving. How did Job know something in 1500 B.C. ?

      Ecclesiastes 1:6: "The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again ACCORDING TO HIS CIRCUITS." How did the writer of Ecclesiastes know the wind traveled within circuits? How did he know with their so-called limited knowledge thousands of years ago?

      Leviticus 17:11: For the life of the flesh is in the blood. What Moses wrote in 1490 B.C. written thousands of years ago, by men with such limited knowledge?

      Amen.

      March 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Heaven sent.. what point are you trying to make.. These are simple statements made from basic observations of nature. What by the way are paths of the seas? how do you know that David did not see the ocean.. Light comes from the energy released when an electron jumps from one energy state to another..so in a way light does have a place..There is nothing mentioned that proves they had special knowledge. Now if they said that iron in our blood comes from the chemical reactions formed when stars exploded eons ago, or that the atoms in our bodies are as old as the universe so, in a sense we are,, and that the atoms in your body and mine could have been within a rock, plant or cloud that would be the truth and also impressive.

      March 12, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • Magic

      HeavenSent,

      "Psalm 8:8: ". . . whatsoever passeth through the PATHS OF THE SEAS." How did David (the writer of Psalms) know, over 2,000 years ago, there were "paths in the seas"? David probably never even saw an ocean!"

      Do you know that Jerusalem is only about 30 miles from the Mediterranean SEA, which 'wonder upon wonder' has currents, and sailors traveled on it all the time back then. Even IF David never made that 'impossible' 30 mile trip to the sea himself, he was the freakin' king, for crying out loud - he had access to information from people from all over the place.

      Get out of here with that as.sertion of it being supernatural information.

      March 13, 2011 at 4:03 am |
  4. oldzoom

    I guess the nuns are trying to catch up to the scum bag pedophile priests 😈 Jesus is sad 😥

    March 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Anti-social personalities walk any and all paths through life.

      March 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  5. CatholicMom

    Here we are in the Lenten season and listen to the words and the tone of these comments! I can hear be-twe-en the words, ‘Cru-cify Him, cru-cify Him!’

    May all crim-inals pay for their crimes. May all persons fals-ely ac-cused be vindi-cated. May all hate stop. May every sinner repent. May every soul be filled with grace. May each neighbor feel loved by his neighbor. May Love be recognized by all.

    May the world come together for Ja-pan. The temperature is drop-ping in Ja-pan. I hope it doesn’t get as cold as it is on these blogs.

    March 12, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • Geri

      @CatholicMom

      Amen. May love prevail.

      March 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Great post.

      Amen.

      March 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • Satanic Drooling Fangs Just Kidding

      One of your better posts.

      March 13, 2011 at 4:14 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Re: Ja-pan...

      I literally just got off 'plane from Tokyo. While things in the area around Sendai are very very bad, much of the country is in good shape. The Ja-panes are well prepared for earthquakes and are dealing with this huge disaster very professionally. I encourage all to donate money to the relief effort via richarddawkins.net – no need to exacerb-ate the situation by imposing, implicitly or explicitly, silly tribal beliefs in god, jc pink unicorns or your favorite imaginary sky daddy. Interesting that the only known Canadian fatality was a christian missionary – yes, your god works in very strange, and very sick and stupid ways.

      March 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      C M.. the world is co-ming together for Ja=pan, as it has for other disasters.. its human nature to help as it is part of our evolutionary traits which allowed us to survive..Tthe other things of which you speak sin etc are catholic manufactured control devices and as such you are on your own. I do not hate , I like my neighbors.. whether they are JWs or Mormons, or Muslim, as i have no religion that will impede my understanding of the world. Now, if you are saying that because we do not respect your belief we are cold, get over it...you can be as co-ndescending as the next person if you want to be.-

      March 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  6. Justina

    The Church of Christ including Catholic Church has been going through a lot of turmoils, but she will come out victorious because the people of God are true to the Lord.

    March 12, 2011 at 3:10 am |
    • JimmyG

      There is no such thing as "people of God" and no one could possibly be "true" to a contradictory, nonsensical and nonexistent deity in any case.
      You are a criminal. You should be punished. You sin against reason, against humanity. We should obliterate your sick twisted religion for the criminal enterprise that it is and always has been and always will be.
      These "turmoils" are not temporary. They have been going on for centuries. Your religion is a festering sore on the buttocks of humanity. Your filth needs to be blasted from the earth. You deserve prosecution for your part in these crimes, Justina.

      March 12, 2011 at 4:45 am |
    • Luke

      No, she's going to jail with the other people that don't deserve to be functioning members of society. She's common, just like you.

      March 12, 2011 at 7:39 am |
    • Mary

      Justina

      Mary, you should have studied harder and read biographies of Catholic sanits while at school...

      Well, aren't you the Monday morning armchair quaterback! LOL. I did, I am aware of everything they teach, and all thier saints and popes, bishops, doctrine, etc.
      So, your point is what? Lions 10, Christians 0?
      Do a few good saints equal more then a few bad popes, saints (mother Theresa, being one) inquistion, etc?
      Your the one that needs to "study".
      Its not just about money and the support the CC gets. Its about trying to worship in a place that you would have to worry about your kids getting molested. I know some say, well, it happens in familys, and out in the world in other places.
      Problem is, mayby it does happen on those places, but the criminals would be subject to the law, and due process takes place.
      In the CC. it is covered up, and is subject to who's in charge knowing that a preist has done this. Then, they are protected under the papal authority as well. So, you have to be concerned.
      I am sure that there are some decent priests and nuns. The whole body suffers for the sins of some, but who allowed it to begin wth? The leaders at the top, thats who.

      Plus, the Catholic Church has beliefs that I question, that are not in sync with what was said by Jesus Christ.

      Justina, it is YOU who needs to do her homework. I see that Justina with (christian)behind her name, saying she did not write under "Justina."

      We have no way to know if thats true, or if somebody hijacked the name, (mayby a Catholic in disguise?) but whomever wrote this to me, it is for you that above post applys.

      Now, go do your homework. You may want to start with the compilation of the Bible, which the Catholic church takes credit for.
      Adios!

      March 12, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • Justina

      @Jimmy, Luke, you guys are worst kind of communists. Please leave USA. N. Korea is your utopia.
      @Mary, write shorter letter to get my letter. I don't like reading stuff without a focus. The fact you need to read the Bible and on Catholic saints does not change a bit.

      March 13, 2011 at 5:35 am |
    • Luke

      Communist? You've resorted to calling me a communist? Hunny, I work for a major wall street firm. I'm also the son and brother of military vets. Are you 12?

      March 13, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • Squeak

      Wow... Using communist as insult... Sorry to say this but i keep hearing this ideal of letting god judge but.. sense when did you stop judging others and actually let 'HIM' judge instead of taking his mantle and proclaiming his authority. Live by the word or stop preaching it...

      March 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  7. Snake Killer

    Mother Teresa was a nasty, lying, sadistic bltch who didn't even believe.
    Her viciousness is well docu-mented.
    Most of the money given to her by well-meaning but gullible people did NOT go to helping people as they thought.
    Sick people avoided her because they knew she would not help. They heard the stories of what happened to those under her fumbling sadistic "care".
    The Catholic Church is a twisted pit of evil. It should be destroyed utterly and completely for being a nest of vipers.

    March 12, 2011 at 12:43 am |
  8. Iqbal Khan

    To become a human being..Read....

    http://www.mlivo.com/translations/Shabbir%20Ahmed.htm

    March 11, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Iqbal..My dog read it three times but hes still a canine ... does not appear to work.. any other magic?

      March 12, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • Squeak

      Now that was funny.

      March 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  9. Justina (Christian)

    The above is really me!

    March 11, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • Justina (Christian)

      This is a false Justina (Christian).

      March 12, 2011 at 3:03 am |
    • Luke

      I'm calling Justina "Sybil" from now on.

      March 12, 2011 at 7:37 am |
    • Justice

      Luke, it's your friend's doing. And doing it to a woman. Cowards.

      March 13, 2011 at 5:11 am |
    • Luke

      I don't have any friends on this blog, deary. I'm still calling you Sybil though.

      March 13, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  10. Justina

    Send more batteries,my neck massager went limp again.

    March 11, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
    • Justina

      This is a false Justina.

      March 12, 2011 at 3:03 am |
  11. Justina

    Satan touched me and I liked it.

    March 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • Justina (Christian)

      The above is a fake Justina. Not the Christian Justina.

      March 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • hell sent

      Justina gets jealous if all the attention the boys get by her priest. Seriously I hope this dingy woman has no sons. She'd be dumb enough to leave her son or sons alone with a priest.

      March 11, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • Justina

      @hell-sent, I'm not Catholic and I'll never leave any live creatures with people like you.

      March 12, 2011 at 3:02 am |
  12. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

    "embezzling from an organization receiving federal funds" What the hell?

    They were getting federal money? This is a clear violation of the First Amendment!

    This is an outrage! They'll hide pedo-preists but not light-fingered nuns? And take federal dollars while they laugh in our faces after molesting our children? Does anyone think this is okay?

    March 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Justina

      Every crime has time to be discovered and dealt with by right people.

      March 11, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Hi This is an outrage.. you have to understand that they have no money.. they nailed a prophet 2000 years ago and haven't seen one since.

      March 12, 2011 at 12:21 am |
    • Luke

      EvolvedDNA

      That is absolutely hilarious. Take a bow.

      March 12, 2011 at 7:35 am |
    • Justina

      EvolvedDNA, John the Baptist was the last prophet of God on earth. You just didn't know it because you never read the Bible. Why do atheists and agnostics talk about God and Christianity when you guys are so ignorant on the sujects? Dishonesty. Willful ignorance.

      March 13, 2011 at 5:18 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Justina.. there is no proof of any of this.. your buddies the Muslims think Mo was the last prophet so take you pick.. while you continue to squabble there will be no hope for peace. Most atheists have a better understanding of the bible than you think.. they came from a religious background. i am sure glad I enjoy life ..I would hate for millions of years of evolution to have gone to waste. keep smiling..Thor loves you.

      March 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • Christian Justina

      EvolvedDNA, Down with the peace which does not uphold truth. Who cares about the world peace where the voice of truth cannot be heard? That's the battle in the Western Civilization thus the entire world was all about. No, atheists have no knowledge or understanding of the Bible. You just wanted to abort your moral responsibility by denial. It won't work because truth prevails always simply because it's true. Be grateful to Christians for warning you of your stupidity.

      March 13, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Christian Justina

      You want truth? You can't handle the truth!

      The truth is you and your phony religious charlatans are full of sh!t with absolutely zero proof for your tribal mythology. You can't even back up your own assertions! The truth is you and all members of your cult are mentally ill or running a con game.

      March 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  13. Luke

    Where's CatholicMom? I miss her. I can't live without poking holes in her rambling nonsense. What could she come up with this one?

    March 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Mary

      Luke

      Where's CatholicMom? I miss her. I can't live without poking holes in her rambling nonsense. What could she come up with this one

      She probably will say that the nun is a sinner, and that it has nothinng to do with the Catholic Church. Catholic Mom said I was not a "true" Catholic because I left the CC.

      I guess I should thank her for noticing. I left long before this came out, because what they teach is against what God said. I saw how nasty and unchristian like they were, while I was in Catholic school.
      How can you support a place like this, when all they do is support the hiearchy that allows this horrible stuff to happen?
      Then they say they are doing in for God. Makes no sense to me!

      March 11, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • Justina

      Luke, Catholic nuns are million times better than your town bankers. You guys are evil bashing religious people; that's why America will never stop bleeding their fortunes into a vanity and waste.

      March 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • Justina

      Mary, you should have studied harder and read biographies of Catholic sanits while at school...

      March 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Justina..Do you actually like anyone at all? Americans tend to pour a lot of money into churches and Christianity.. is that what you mean by bleeding money into vanity and waste?

      March 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
    • Justina

      EvolvedDNA, that's the great thing about Americans. But we in developed countries tend to waste a lot comparing to the potential we have. I think people are unhappy because of greed and bashing of the religion(Christianity) that is doing the utmost good on earth.

      March 12, 2011 at 2:59 am |
    • Luke

      Justina

      While I tend to agree that American has been consumed by the dollar, I do not agree with your statement that nuns are better. We're going to have to work on your debating skills young lady! "Better." Better at what? How? I assume you mean their philanthropic deeds. Well, that's not 100% true. Secular groups such as Doctors Without Borders, statistically, do much more work than the RCC. Also, their drive in life is to help people out of the goodness of their hearts. They don't have to be there. The RCC helps people too, but because of an almighty and invisible dictator is watching.

      I take offense to your "average town banker" comment as well. If you sum up the total wealth of the 25 of the world's richest people, it will run up to about $1.5 trillion. Of these, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have donated nearly all of their money. Carlos Slim is the single biggest philanthropist in Mexico, Central America and South America. And he does it all by himself. By percentage terms, these men and women have donated more money than the entire RCC. I suppose your church needs cash for your pope's red shoots and gold jewelry to please his lord. Meanwhile, the real work is being done outside your church by truly modest and helpful people. Gates and Buffett are atheists, by the way.

      March 12, 2011 at 7:34 am |
    • mr c

      Well you always got Justina for all your non sense religious ramblings.

      March 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • jc

      Luke, your arrogance is sad. You are quick to put down others and their debating, but you are tying to hide behind numbers. Perhaps you read the book, How to Lie with Numbers, or it just comes naturally to you. You are quick to support atheists like Gates and Buffett, but ask quick to put down the Catholic Church. You want to cite percentages versus the actual dollar amount, because you know that there is no comparison between the two. The Catholic Church is the largest charitable organization on the planet. It basically started the University system as we know it. Then there are hospitals and so much more.
      Then you try to compare some to nuns. There is a story about A nun, yet because they give up all of their money to serve others, including the poorest of the poor, somehow that is not good enough for you. You seem to imply that it is only who has a lot of money and "gives" it away that they are good. (There is room for much debate about the "charitable" giving of some of the individuals you cited as well, but this is not the place for that.)
      As for celebrating how good you are, in all kindness and respect, I would suggest that you might want to study logic, rhetoric and philosophy.

      March 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • Justina

      No, Luke. The charity work around the world is done massively by Christians and governments. Secular, if governments you mean. Contribution of atheists are mere drops in a huge bucket. Besides, you guys learned everything good from Christians. You were mere nature-worshipping, human-sacrificing sensual barbarians before you were made civilized by Christianity. Nothing is great about mimicking or doing without sacrifice. Kids can even do it. For charity, no contribution comes close to Christianity.

      March 13, 2011 at 5:28 am |
    • Magic

      Justina,

      You are quite lacking in civility... I guess they (Christians) missed teaching you any of it?

      March 13, 2011 at 5:57 am |
    • Luke

      Justina

      Percentages hunny. Not gross dollars. Did you pass 5th grade math?

      March 13, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  14. Father Probe

    What? Only the clergy is allowed to steal money! THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

    March 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  15. T_T

    I am so sad to see yet another Catholic nun revealed in humanity's true colors.

    Not!

    March 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  16. A yoke

    "How much money is left in petty cash, Father Probe?"

    "Nun!"

    March 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  17. herb

    I wouldn't trust anyone who gives up pleasures in life to serve fictional characters in a book.

    March 11, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • itsasecret121

      Who says we give up pleasures in this life? What are your pleasures? Likely things that give you some manner of joy in the moment but that quickly pass and you must find you next hit. Take a look at those pleasures and see if the manner in which you enjoy them might be your undoing. Why would you go for all manners of perversions in this life to be doomed for all eternity?

      March 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  18. secular truther

    I never understood how nuns could teach science in a catholic school. That is mind boggling, do the nuns actually read the science books at thier schools?

    March 11, 2011 at 9:25 am |
    • Luke

      Oddly enough, Catholics are actually pretty receptive to science and scientific theory. For lack of a better phrase – I think they learned their lesson after centuries of persecution and essentially being proven dead wrong about almost everything they preached about science.

      March 11, 2011 at 9:32 am |
    • NL

      Remember, Georges Lemaître was also a priest.

      March 11, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • raven26

      Some of the greatest scientists have been Catholics, even priests and vocationals.

      March 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Justina

      Catholics are simply smart.

      March 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • secular truther

      @Justina, Catholics are not smart according to statistics of IQ tests.

      March 11, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • Justina

      @S-t-, but they have best schools. I don't know what statistics you are refering to. IQ is not everything about wisdom anyway.

      March 12, 2011 at 2:55 am |
    • Luke

      Justina

      Define "best schools." Where? What country? What is your unit of measure. Are you adjusting for public vs private? Are you counting in costs? We are going to need more than "best schools' to work with here. Please cite your non-partisan sources as well. Be sure to include studies that across boarders, otherwise it won't count. Ready, set, GO!

      March 12, 2011 at 7:27 am |
    • Justina

      In Europe, N&S America, Asia, Southern Africa, in Pacific region including Australia. There are hardly anywhere Catholics didn't set up schools and hospitals and educated mankind. Do your research if you are so interested.

      March 13, 2011 at 5:04 am |
    • Luke

      Setting up schools does not equate to best, dear justina. Show me the numbers.

      March 13, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Jcork

      You have no idea! I went to a Catholic school until 8th grade. My "science teacher" told us that you could take a submarine underneath the continents. At that age, even I knew she was psychotic! Apparently the school didn't care too much...

      March 13, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Christian Justina

      @Luke, do your job. Truth is never for lazy people.
      @Jcork, when my public school teacher told me of the big bang, I knew he was talking about his widest fanatasy in a science class. The theory of macro evolution belongs to a philosophy class or creative writing class, not in science. Mankind is outright silly in attempt of crafting up a denial of their Creator or mispresenting His image. Robots will be better than us on that point.

      March 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
    • Luke

      Justina, I looked for your evidence. Didn't find it. Please show me your proof. Since you made the statement, it is your job to provide the data.

      March 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Justina christian.. You most likely know by now that most of what you tell us is without foundation, as you appear evidenced challenged. You have still, despite insults hurled at almost every one who asks you, have not backed up any claim except with a biblical passage.. which is meaningless..

      March 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  19. David Johnson

    What I find funny, is that the Church turned the nun over to the authorities, apparently without hesitation, for stealing money. The priests who attacked children were often shielded.

    Cheers!

    March 11, 2011 at 9:05 am |
    • Luke

      What? Misogyny within the RCC? No way David! No way that happens there. Can't be true.

      March 11, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • itsasecret121

      Or was it about the money and not about male female? I have a feeling if the pedophile priest would have been turned in and punished long ago had it hurt the bottom line... but maybe I have too much faith.

      March 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  20. Luke

    Time and time again, I read articles and hear news of Catholic officials, whose one charge in life, is supposed to be demonstrating the proper moral pathway and even considered a moral authority for ne less than one-billion humans – no better than the general population. From embezzlement to pedophilia, they do good and do bad at the same rate as the average soul. Secular organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross are just as charitable and widely known atheists in our community (think Bill Gates) have donated more of their wealth by percentage than the entire RCC. It's mind boggling.

    March 11, 2011 at 8:36 am |
    • itsasecret121

      Somehow somewhere you got the idea that Christians are superhuman and because we profess our love of God and to do as he commands that we will no longer have faults, we will no longer have temptations to do bad or downright evil things and actually do them. This could not be further from the truth... true Christians would love to be blameless and spotless before God and your eyes but unfortunately this is only the bar... everyone, absolutely everyone falls short of that bar.

      If you think being a Christian is about never making wrong choices, never doing misdeeds, never giving in to temptation, then you are wrong and you are missing out on the true story of Christianity. Please reach out and learn the truth... doesn't mean you have to do anything or think the way we do... but understanding may make you less hostile to Christians.

      What this Nun has done is reprehensible and she will pay both here and in eternity for her choices especially when for turning souls like yourself off to God and his salvation.

      March 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
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