A report in an Italian news outlet alleges that the NSA has been targeting the Vatican for surveillance, listening in on conversations involving cardinals and archbishops. The NSA denies the report, but then they would deny it, wouldn’t they?
Category Archive: Catholic Church
Nov 04 2013
Oct 01 2013
I would be surprised to hear even the staunchest anti-theist claim that Protestant churches are worse than Catholic churches when it comes to the sexual abuse of children, but that claim is being made by a Liberty University law professor who is also Billy Graham’s grandson.
Oct 01 2013
John Corvino, a philosophy professor from Wayne State University who has become one of the most eloquent voices for LGBT equality in the country, was invited, then uninvited, then reinvited to speak at Providence College, a Catholic university. He acknowledges completely that, as a private college, they can decide who can and can’t speak at …
Sep 19 2013
Jerome Corsi took a much-needed break from making deluded and idiotic attacks on President Obama to turn his focus to Pope Francis I, who is much too liberal for his tastes. And he wonders if the pope is truly Catholic given some of the things he’s said that Corsi reads far too much into.
Sep 17 2013
The Fix the Family website, founded by a couple of hardcore Catholics, has a handy dandy list of reasons why women should not go to college. The long and short of it: It will send them into the clutches of the devil himself and ruin them for being a dutiful wife and mother. But first …
Sep 09 2013
The Washington Moonie Times has an interview with Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki, who recently declared that voting for Democrats could doom a Catholic to hell. He struck the familiar martyr pose and blathered about how terribly persecuted Christians are in America.
Sep 07 2013
I’ve been generally impressed with the new pope, or as impressed as I ever imagined I would be of any pope. I’ve liked the new tone he’s brought to the church and I certainly see him as more of a reformer than the regressive, authoritarian pope he replaced. But as Sara Lin Wilde explains, his …
Aug 29 2013
Joseph Bottums, a conservative Catholic who helped draft the Manhattan Declaration, has defected on the issue of marriage equality in an essay in Commonweal magazine. In that essay, he makes a “Catholic case for same-sex marriage,” but it seems to be more of a pragmatic case than a principled one:
Aug 21 2013
The National Catholic Register bizarrely thinks it’s “startling news” that one of the great-great-great-granddaughters of Charles Darwin is now a Catholic. I can’t really imagine why they would think it the least bit startling, unless they believe that religious belief is passed down in one’s genes.
Jul 19 2013
The Guardian is reporting that the Catholic Church is now granting indulgences — that is, time off their stay in purgatory should they go there — to those who follow the pope’s Twitter account. This seems almost too weird, even for the Catholic Church.
Jun 04 2013
What happens when there’s a shortage of wine in a predominately Catholic nation, wine that they pretend to magically turn into the blood of Christ in an odd bit of faux-cannibalism? They look for a substitute blood of Christ, of course, since their savior seems to have gone out of water to wine conversion business …
May 25 2013
I am a longstanding and loud critic of the Catholic Church, but I’m seeing signs in the new pope that I think are positive. He’s not ever going to be what I want him to be, of course, but he’s saying and doing things that may move the church in very small increments in the …
May 16 2013
There’s a bit of a controversy going on at Carnegie Mellon University, where two art students are being charged with misdemeanors for indecent exposure for going to an on-campus parade partly naked. Here’s how the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette describes the incident:
May 10 2013
For those who thought maybe the Catholic Church had finally managed to put its problems with priestly child abuse behind it, think again. They’ve now suspended a Ugandan priest who revealed a couple months ago that the African church has the same problem with pedophilia as the American and European churches do.