Category Archive: Catholic Church

May 09 2013

Archbishop Makes Terrible Anti-Equality Argument

Salvatore Cordileone, the archbishop of San Francisco, is beside himself over the state of Rhode Island becoming the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage. And he’s offering a transparently ridiculous argument in opposition to it. This is just staggeringly stupid and hypocritical:

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May 07 2013

Catholic Coverup of Child Abuse Continues

To listen to the apologists for the Catholic Church, the problem of pedophile priests and the church’s actions in covering up their crimes by moving them from parish to parish is an artifact of the distant past. Not so. The archbishop of Newark is apparently still doing it.

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May 02 2013

JP 2 on Fast Track to Sainthood

The Catholic Church is fast tracking the canonization of Pope John Paul II, which could happen as early as later this year — a record time for the church to invent a bunch of nonsense about miracles. A council of doctors, none of them non-Catholic of course, has validated a second “miracle.”

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Apr 22 2013

Students Rally for Fired Catholic School Teacher

You may have heard by now that a Catholic school in Ohio fired a longtime teacher at the school because she’s lesbian. And the only reason they even found out about it was because she listed her partner in her mother’s obituary. That led a parent to inform the school and demand that she be …

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Apr 12 2013

Porn in the Vatican

TorrentFreak did a little research and found that there’s at least one person in the Vatican who likes to download porn. Using a program to track the downloading of torrent files, the site found that someone has a taste for transgender porn.

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Apr 11 2013

Wikileaks Shows Vatican Support for Pinochet

Wikileaks strikes again, releasing documents that show that the Vatican strongly supported brutal dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet of Chile after he overthrew Salvador Allende in 1973. And they communicated this to Henry Kissinger, then the secretary of state and also a supporter of Pinochet.

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Mar 28 2013

More Catholic Hypocrisy on Excommunication

A virtually unknown filmmaker has written a letter to Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, New York asking him to excommunicate Gov. Andrew Cuomo because of his support of reproductive rights. Unsurprisingly, the Worldnutdaily is promoting that nonsense:

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Mar 26 2013

Pope Advocated Civil Unions in Argentina?

The New York Times has a very interesting report that the new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, supported civil unions for gay couples in Argentina as a pragmatic means of stopping a drive for true marriage equality in that country (they legalized full marriage equality anyway).

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Mar 22 2013

O’Reilly’s Ugly Catholic Divorce

While Bill O’Reilly has long blathered on and on about the importance of stable families and traditional marriages, it seems his own divorce and custody fight has turned very ugly indeed. And the Catholic Church, to which he donates a great deal of money, seems to be helping him. Gawker has the details from legal …

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Mar 20 2013

Fake Quotes: The Papal Edition

Within 24 hours of Cardinal Jorge Mari0 Bergoglio being named pope, I started seeing people sharing what was alleged to be a quote from him declaring that women were unfit for…well, almost everything other than being led around and told what to do by men. The “quote” that flew around Facebook among the ostensible skeptics:

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Mar 19 2013

Vatican Official Blathers About Death of Family

Perhaps the most bizarre argument offered by the anti-gay bigots is the claim that allowing gay people to form legally protected families through marriage is a plot to destroy all families. Unsurprisingly, a high-ranking Vatican official repeated this nonsense recently:

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Mar 18 2013

Cardinal George: Secularism Leads to Persecution of Catholics

Tim Drake tracks down the original source for a quote that has been circulating for a few years, usually attributed to Chicago Cardinal Francis George, that predicts anti-Catholic persecution. He confirmed with George that the quote is accurate and that he’s not backing down from it. Here’s what the cardinal told him about what he’d …

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Mar 15 2013

Oh, Do I Get Email

I sometimes complain that PZ gets all the crazy email and I don’t get nearly as much as I deserve. Boy, did I hit the jackpot with this one though. A guy named Matt Wykoff, a really hardcore traditionalist Catholic (see his website), sent me an email telling me that I’ve been found guilty by …

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Mar 14 2013

The Papal Conclave and the Holy Spirit

The conclave to select the next pope is over and, as always, it was quite an amusing affair. We’ve got pomp and circumstance, lots of funny hats, social media blackouts and high-tech sweeps for listening devices in the Sistine Chapel. And lots of political maneuvering:

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Mar 06 2013

Vatican Wiretapped Church Officials

As the conclave of cardinals meets in Rome to choose a replacement for Pope Benedict XVI, there’s a new report out that says the Vatican wiretapped many high church officials as part of an investigation into who had leaked documents to the press about the outgoing pontiff.

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