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 they’d like you to know that they’re totally not sexist as they answer your silly little objections:
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What Pope Francis Really Thinks About Atheists

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 first encyclical is little more than a long list of shallow, uninformed insults aimed at atheists.
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The Entirely Non-Startling Conversion of a Darwin Descendant

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.
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The Sanal Edamaruku Saga Continues

Hemant links to an article in Open magazine about Sanal Edamaruku, the Indian skeptic who has been exiled from his own country to avoid facing criminal charges for debunking a fake Catholic “miracle” shrine of an allegedly weeping Jesus (turns out it was a leaking water line). It’s easy to forget about people like this and the religiously-motivated brutality and oppression they face.
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Venezuela Looks for Blood of Christ Substitute

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 these days.
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Agreeing With the Pope

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 right direction. I like what he said in a recent homily:
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Ugandan Priest Suspended for Revealing Child Abuse

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.
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