AHA News |  

The Real Church Scandal

By Herb Silverman

Feb. 22, 2013

I have faith that the pope reads my On Faith blogs because he followed my advice in a column in 2010. “Popes sometimes choose the name of a previous pope whose reign they wish to emulate. Whether coincidental or not, Pope Benedict XVI can take the same action as a morally challenged namesake. In 1045, Pope Benedict IX resigned.”

However, since the pope has never taken any of my other advice, perhaps I shouldn't rely on faith to justify a conclusion devoid of evidence.

How much faith do I have that the next pope will be significantly better than the current one? Not much, because Benedict appointed more than 57 percent of the cardinals who will choose his successor. Nevertheless, I remain optimistic, but only because the papal improvement bar is set so low.

To read the rest of this Washington Post On Faith article from Herb Silverman, click here.

Herb SilvermanHerb Silverman is founder and President Emeritus of the Secular Coalition for America, AHA board member, and author of Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt.

American Humanist Association

The National Memo calls Fighting Back the Right, the new book from the AHA's Dav...

3 hours ago

American Humanist Association

What would you say if your child wanted to believe in God but you don't? Ethical...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

The 2014 year is coming to an end and theHumanist.com has compiled a list of the...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

Tis the season to be a heathen! Check out great freethought merchandise at Evolv...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

Five stars for Fighting Back the Right, the new book from AHA's David Niose, fro...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

Many humanists celebrate Human Light or the Winter Solstice around this time of...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

A South Carolina school district has agreed to stop sponsoring religious fundrai...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

This week on the Humanist Hour Podcast, James Croft discusses the complex issues...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

We're happy to welcome a new chapter, Freethought Fort Wayne, to the American Hu...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

"It’s not just about the freedom to enjoy marijuana anymore...This is about the...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

There's only a few holiday shopping days left: Buy your favorite freethinker a g...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Bill Nye, our favorite science guy, explains evolution by using emoji..."emojica...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Out today! Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Congratulations to the Las Vegas Coalition of Reason on the occasion of their of...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

The Humanist Service Corps has volunteer positions open beginning in summer 2015...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

In a response to a letter sent by the AHA, today we are pleased to report that t...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Most Americans say they accept Christian displays on public property, regardless...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

UBER car service has been getting in to some trouble lately, but will that stop...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

A date for history, as today marks the anniversary of the ratification of the U....

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

One more day! Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Rea...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

It's almost here! Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on...

9 days ago