In the wake of the release of documents that showed that Cardinal Mahoney, the former archbishop of Los Angeles, covered up the rape of children by priests in his diocese, the current archbishop has delivered a very stern punishment of allowing him to remain retired.
Category Archive: Catholic Church
Feb 05 2013
Feb 05 2013
As a straight white male, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League is viewed as the one who is privileged in this society. But he knows who really gets all the breaks: gay dogs. Yep, gay dogs. Here he is responding to the story about the moron who returned a dog to a shelter because he …
Jan 28 2013
I’m sure you’ve seen this story by now. About 10 people sent it to me, knowing it right in my wheelhouse. A Catholic hospital in Colorado is arguing that a fetus is not a person in a wrongful death lawsuit. My former AINN colleague John Tomasic has the story.
Jan 25 2013
The Guardian has a remarkable article about how the Vatican has taken great care to hide a massive real estate empire all over the world, all bought with money it received from Mussolini in exchange for their recognition of his fascist government prior to WW2.
Jan 25 2013
New documents released in a lawsuit in Los Angeles show that the archbishop of that diocese, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, covered up for pedophile priests for decades and made sure they didn’t get prosecuted, something that bishops in other places did as well.
Jan 23 2013
The Catholic News Service is reporting that the Vatican is trying to recruit Tim Tebow, Jeremy Lin and other prominent Christian athletes to take part in a conference on ethics and sports. Because if the Catholic Church knows about anything, it’s ethics.
Jan 11 2013
The leader of the Society of St. Pius X, a traditionalist Catholic organization that has been essentially declared heretical by the Roman Catholic Church, went on a radio show recently and declared Jews to be enemies of the church. HuffPo reports:
Dec 28 2012
Okay, not really. But as Alex Ross points out, the pope’s Christmas homily about the importance of the family unwittingly makes a powerful argument in favor of marriage equality — which is what always happens when people begin waxing eloquent about how wonderful marriage is for the people involved. The pope said:
Dec 27 2012
You would think that, of all organizations, the Roman Catholic Church would be a bit more careful before throwing out comparisons to Adolf Hitler. An organization with any sense of shame would. But a high-ranking church official has once again compared marriage equality to the Nazis. This time it’s Mark Davies, the Bishop of Shrewsberry, …
Dec 17 2012
Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of the Ugandan legislature, led a group of Ugandan pilgrims and politicians to the Vatican, where she was granted and audience with the Pope, who blessed her and dedicated a reading from the Bible to them. Strangely, it wasn’t Leviticus 18:22.
Dec 12 2012
On election day, voters in the state of Washington legalized marijuana use and gay marriage, prompting Jen McCreight to assume she was going to wake up the next day to find a haze of pot smoke and glitter. Others, especially the Christian right types, are beside themselves about it. Including the Discovery Institute’s David DeWolf:
Dec 12 2012
Pallavi Polanki has an interview in FirstPost with Sanal Edarmaruku, the head of Rationalist International who has had to flee his home country of India due to blasphemy charges being filed against him by the Catholic Church there. Check out this kind of arrogance:
Dec 11 2012
After losing more than $20 million by giving water to churches and other non-profits for free, the cash-strapped city of Chicago decided this year to charge them for 40% of the water they use, which everyone else has to pay. And the churches are threatening to take their ball and go home:
Nov 02 2012
If you think that support for blasphemy laws comes only from Muslims and that such prosecutions only take place in Muslim countries, you’re wrong. Christians also support such laws in many countries in the world, including Poland, where a rock musician is on trial for blasphemy for ripping up a copy of the Bible during …
Oct 30 2012
Catholics for Choice and the ACLU commissioned a new poll that shows that large majorities of Americans — and Catholics specifically — oppose policies that allow religious businesses, organizations and individuals to deny contraception coverage to their employees or customers. The key findings: