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The other man and the other message

The Catholic Church has a mottled history, this is well known. Now, we have this fine message from its spiritual leader, the Pope, an Argentinian. What does a humanist see in this message? Certainly, it is a timely message. It…

A Pope for all Reasons

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, aged 76, was elected in a surprise choice to be the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Wednesday 13 March, 2013. He will take the name Francis I. He was proclaimed as the first…

Ideology and pragmatism

“I’m not saying this for ideological reasons… I’m not trying to give an ideological speech… Ideologies are dead…”  Precisions and declarations such as these are increasingly frequent and accepted and even valued as a sign of modernity and distancing oneself…

What Is Ethical?

By Rick Wayman, Director of Programs & Operations, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. During the lunch hour on the final day of the ICAN Civil Society Forum in Oslo, around 150 people attended a panel discussion on “Ethics in International Politics.”…

Tomas Hirsch: People can’t survive by eating macroeconomics

Chilean Humanist, Tomas Hirsch, gave a talk this morning at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik to members of the Spanish faculty, local humanists and members of the general public.  The theme that Hirsch was invited to develop was the…

Change of Pope must bring change of policies

Opportunity to reform Catholic doctrine on human rights issues By Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation Pope Benedict XVI was notorious for his opposition to equality, especially for women and LGBT people. Will his successor be more sympathetic…

The Catholic Church has no right to give out moral guidance

Following the announcement today that Joseph Ratzinger will resign from the position as Spiritual leader for the world’s one billion catholics, Pressenza republishes this article questioning the authority of the Catholic Church to give out lessons in morality. Tony Robinson…

Australian abuse victims group welcomes Pope’s resignation

An Australian group representing sexual abuse victims has welcomed Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to step down, saying he has done little to stop “the reign of terror of child rapist priests.” The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)…

The position of World without Wars in front of any armed conflict

The last two years of armed conflict in Northern Africa and the Middle East that has filled the world’s news channels have caused World without Wars and Violence to elaborate several statements which we have published through our website and…

Tomás Hirsch: the meaning of nonviolent action

On February 1st the Chilean humanist Thomas Hirsch took part in the International Conference for Peace that took place at Munich, called “Non violent ways of regime change.” We publish here the transcript of his words: “The name proposed for…

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