Pope Estimates 2% Of Priests Are Pedophiles, Questions Celibacy Requirement

By: Monday July 14, 2014 10:10 am

Pope Francis marched into one of the Catholic Church’s most prominent scandals of the last generation, priests molesting children. Pope Francis compared pedophilia in the Catholic Church to leprosy and claimed that it had infected the Church. He went further to offer an estimate, provided in consultation with his advisors, that about 2% of the [...]

Wall Street Threatening To Withhold Donations After Pope’s Critique

By: Tuesday December 31, 2013 5:41 am

Even when thousands of Americans took to the streets in 2011 protesting inequality and greed in the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations the Wall Street plutocrats appeared completely unshaken in their belief that their power and privileges were legitimate, that they were right and just. To their mind the protesters were just envious of their success [...]

Catholic Hospitals Join Criticism of Obamacare Contraception Mandate

By: Monday June 18, 2012 1:00 pm

That’s Mitt Romney, appearing via video at the Faith and Freedom Conference over the weekend, decrying the contraception order put out by the Department of Health and Human Services, which the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has opposed. The decision by the Obama Administration to attack our first Freedom, religious freedom is one in which, [...]

White House Signals Potential Compromise on Birth Control Access for Religiously Affiliated Institutions

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 1:45 pm

Administration officials are preparing the ground for some kind of rollback on universal access for birth control, after the US Conference of Catholic Bishops turned the issue into a major controversy. Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney hinted at changes to the regulations, which would mandate free contraceptive coverage in health insurance plans, including [...]

White House, Surrogates Push Back on Catholic Bishop Uproar Over Contraception

By: Monday February 6, 2012 1:27 pm

I didn’t think we had reached the point in America where providing free contraception would be seen as a risky political maneuver, but here we are. Last month, the Administration agreed to universal access to birth control as part of the Affordable Care Act. Insurance companies would need to provide coverage for contraception in both [...]

Jimi Hendrix and Haight Street in San Francisco Caused Priests to Molest Young Boys: Report

By: Wednesday May 18, 2011 11:21 am

I wish that headline was in any way hyperbolic. And this comes out of a five-year study, not a quick answer to deflect criticism. This is the formal opinion of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. A five-year study commissioned by the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops to provide a definitive answer to what caused the [...]

Boehner’s Fraudulent Speech Savaged, Agenda Criticized by Catholic Academics

By: Wednesday May 11, 2011 11:32 am

John Boehner’s demands on raising the debt limit, an action he has already pledged to take both publicly and privately on numerous occasions, are clearly ridiculous. They also have nothing to do with reducing debt, because the rigid stance against tax increases means that under his plan the budget would add $5 trillion to the [...]

Scott Walker: On a Mission from God

By: Tuesday March 8, 2011 11:51 am

Gov. Scott Walker has been seeking a secular agenda of union-busting and selling off state-owned assets early in his first term as Governor of Wisconsin. But lurking behind that has apparently been a belief in divine inspiration. A Wisconsin historian made the point recently that Walker’s unwillingness to compromise matched the zealotry of past religiously-inspired [...]

Now the Vatican Wants to Report Sex Abuse Cases

By: Tuesday April 13, 2010 9:11 am

Amazingly, it took only 50-odd years of abuse for the Holy See to change their policies: Buffeted by a growing sex abuse scandal across Europe, the Vatican issued guidelines Monday that for the first time explicitly require church officials to report such crimes to the police. The directive, which follows the course taken by U.S. [...]

Atheist Dawkins Announces Plans To Arrest The Pope

By: Monday April 12, 2010 7:25 am

Richard Dawkins, the writer who has released a series of best-selling atheist books, has made plans to arrest the Pope when he visits the UK on a state visit. While more theater than criminal justice, Dawkins and his allies have asserted a legal right to turn over Pope Benedict XVI to authorities for “crimes against [...]

Vatican Priest: Talking About Sex Abuse Scandals Is Like Enacting The Holocaust

By: Friday April 2, 2010 1:06 pm

This is an unbelievably insensitive statement from a senior Vatican priest. A senior Vatican priest speaking at a Good Friday service compared the uproar over sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church — which have included reports about Pope Benedict XVI’s oversight role in two cases — to the persecution of the Jews, sharply raising [...]

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