Category Archive: Catholic Church

Jan 15 2014

Are Catholics Taught Not to Have Oral Sex?

In doing some research for the chapter I’m writing for John Loftus’ forthcoming anthology about the negative influence of the Christian right in America, I came across this essay by Bill Maguire, who holds a Masters in Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, in the Catholic …

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Dec 31 2013

No, Catholic Judges Should Not Recuse Themselves From Contraception Cases

Ron Lindsay, CEO of the Center for Inquiry and also an attorney, has a blog post at the CFI website asking “Should Catholic Judges Recuse Themselves from the Contraceptive Mandate Cases?” The answer is no. And frankly, he doesn’t make much of an attempt to argue for a negative answer. He seems mostly concerned with …

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Dec 25 2013

This is How You Know They’ve Lost

This story, more than almost anything else, should convince the anti-gay bigots that they have lost the battle over equality. A Catholic school in Seattle fired a popular assistant principal when they found out he’s gay and hundreds of students from several Catholic schools in the city staged a huge protest. It may not get …

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Dec 10 2013

Matt Wykoff, Round 3

My favorite Catholic wingnut, Matt Wykoff, is once again sending me unsolicited emails that are stuff to the brim with the bizarre and the deranged. This may be my favorite claim of all: That the Shroud of Turin is authentic and that “there was no entropy during the formation of the image.” I have no …

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Dec 03 2013

MN Attorney Suspended for Anti-Catholic Slurs

A couple years ago I wrote about an attorney in Minnesota named Rebekah Nett who had endeared herself in a bankruptcy case by filling a legal brief with bigoted slurs against the judge. Nett seems to have gone to the Larry Klayman school of legal writing, somehow believing that briefs should be filled with political …

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Dec 02 2013

The Return of Matt Wykoff

Remember Matt Wykoff, the Catholic extremist who sends every atheist on the internet, including me, emails demanding that we shut down our websites and blogs or suffer the wrath of the One True Church? Well he’s back, sending me an email telling me that the earth is at the center of the universe.

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Dec 02 2013

Dolan: Catholics ‘Outmarketed’ on Marriage Equality

As it becomes more and more obvious that the enemies of equality are going to lose on same-sex marriage, just as they have lost every other battle for equality over the last couple centuries, they’re straining to figure out why. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York takes a shot at it:

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Nov 28 2013

Bishop Paprocki’s ‘Exorcism’ Ritual

As reported last week, Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Illinois held a special exorcism ceremony at the same time that Gov. Pat Quinn was signing into law a bill that recognizes same-sex marriages in that state. ThinkProgress has some details on what Paprocki said during his sermon at that ceremony, like how this was just …

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Nov 18 2013

Catholic Bishop to ‘Exorcize’ Gay Marriage in Illinois

On Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois is going to sign legislation that will officially recognize same-sex marriages in that state. That same day, a Roman Catholic bishop will hold a special service to offer “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage.” Bishop Thomas Paprocki released this statement:

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Nov 14 2013

Conservative Catholics Not Liking the New Pope

The New York Times reports on conservative American Catholics who are quite upset with Pope Francis and his decidedly more liberal views (at least within the context of the church). As he clearly tries to push the church away from a focus on gays and abortion and toward an ethos of helping the less fortunate, …

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Nov 04 2013

NSA Spying on the Vatican?

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?

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Oct 01 2013

Protestants Worse Than Catholics on Child Abuse?

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.

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Oct 01 2013

Corvino and Being Treated Like a Virus

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 …

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Sep 19 2013

Corsi Asks ‘Is the Pope Catholic’?

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.

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Sep 17 2013

Catholic Site Explains Why Women Shouldn’t Go to College

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 …

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