Posts tagged "catholic church"

Just Look At This Asshole: Catholic Church Spraying Homeless With Water At Night In San Francisco

In a tremendous show of Christian charity, a Catholic church in San Francisco has installed water sprinklers specifically meant to drive away the homeless people who sleep in the church’s outer alcove. The homeless individuals in question were under the impression that the sprinklers were installed to keep the alcove clean, but that wasn’t the…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 18, 2015

Pope Francis: Trans* People Are “Opposing God’s Order Of Creation”

Pope Francis compared trans* people to nuclear weapons. How progressive. [Gay Star News] A Native American activist is suing Facebook over its “real name” policy. [The Guardian] The case against allowing adoption for same-sex parents is riddled with pseudo-science. [The Atlantic] Hunter Moore, founder of revenge porn site IsAnyoneUp.com, has been sentenced to seven year…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 19, 2015

Hillary Clinton Pulls The Grandma Card In Support Of Vaccines

The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let's protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 3, 2015 Of course Hillary Clinton supports vaccines, she’s sane. [Associated Press] The man behind the revenge porn web site YouGotPosted is facing up to 20 years in prison i…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 3, 2015

Mommie Dearest: Pope Francis Gives Breastfeeding In Public His Holy Endorsement

Breastfeeding in public just got a major, holy, endorsement. Pope Francis recently told mothers that they could breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel. While presiding over the baptism of 33 babies, the leader of the Catholic church said, “You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them,…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 13, 2015

Feminists To Blame For Child-Molesting Priests, Says Demoted Cardinal

Cardinal Raymond Burke once held the high-ranking position of Cardinal Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. However, last year, Pope Frank -- disagreeing with his right-wing positions on things -- demoted him to "patron" of the Knights of Malta, which was a major diss. Now that he has more time on hi…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 7, 2015

The Soapbox: Why I Don’t Love Pope Francis & Am Remaining A Lapsed Catholic

Fun facts about me: My mom’s whole family is Catholic going back centuries. It’s part of our family legacy - the Veteri Ponte (shortened to Vipond) were Catholic barons in England, and depending on who was ruling and whether they were Anglicans or Protestants, we had our land granted and taken away over and over.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 30, 2014

Bodies Of 800 Babies Found In Septic Tank At Former Irish Home For Unwed Mothers

From 1925-1961, the Home, in Tuam, Ireland, was where thousands of unwed mothers and their "illegitimate" children were sent to pay a penance for their out-of-wedlock pregnancies in the form of indentured servitude overseen by Catholic nuns. Like the Magdalene Laundries, which were also run by the Catholic Church, the Home's treatment of these women/girl…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 3, 2014

Pope: The Catholic Church Is “Obsessed” With Abortion, Gays

In an interview published by 16 Jesuit publications around the world, Pope Francis criticized the Catholic Church for being "obsessed" with abortion, gay marriage and birth control. "It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time," the Pope said. "We have to find a new balance." [New York Times] Occidental College i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 19, 2013

Pope Francis: Who Am I To Judge Gays?

Pope Francis continues to make news by making waves: for assuring the world that atheists can be good people, for blessing leather-clad Harley riders, and, now, for softening the church's position on gay priests. With the ink barely dry on yet another big news moment (he racked up the No. 2 most-attended papal address on record yesterday), Pope Franci…

By: Newser / July 29, 2013

The Pope Resigns With Mixed Legacy On Marriage, Condoms & More

The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict XVI will resign, making him the first pope to do so in six centuries. The former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became pope in 2005, and he will step down at 8:00 p.m. Rome time on Feb. 28 due to advanced age. The pope is 85. Over the past eight…

By: Tres Sugar / February 11, 2013

Magdalen Laundries Report Released, But Irish State Stops Short Of Offering An Official Apology

On Tuesday, Ireland Senator Martin McAleese released a report on Ireland's Magdalen Laundries, where 30,000 women and girls were enslaved in Catholic Church-run laundries between 1922-1996. (The Laundries actually existed since the 1700s, but the free state of Ireland was only established in 1922.) McAleese's report specifically focused on uncovering the Irish State's involvement in the…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 6, 2013

Here’s A Video Game With Sexy Nuns Being Punched And Shot For You To Be Offended About

Much like the hair and costume folks for Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, the marketing folks for video games know exactly what they're doing when it comes to getting attention for their product. And as we've seen all-too-often with video games, the go-to advertising strategy is sex, sex, more sex, followed by a healthy dollop of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 8, 2012

Pope Says Condom Use “Justified” For Male Prostitutes, I’m Not Impressed

Hey, great news, male prostitutes with HIV/AIDS! The Pope has given you his blessing to use condoms! In the upcoming book Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times, Pope Benedict XVI concedes that in very rare cases, condom use could be considered justified to help stop the spread…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 22, 2010

Gay Activists Stage “Kiss-In” Protest In Barcelona

In Barcelona, 200 gays and lesbians gathered at the Sagrada Familia church this past weekend to do lots of kissing. Why? To make a statement to Pope Benedict XVI who just happened to be passing through for mass. The "kiss-in" was a peaceful protest against the Catholic Church's stance against divorce, abortion, same-sex marriage, and…

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 9, 2010

Catholic Church Wants You To Pray Then &%$#

If you're Catholic and you know it, pray before sex! Roman Catholic couples are being encouraged by the Church [UPDATE] prominent church group the Catholic Truth Society to say a prayer before sex in order to "purify their intentions." Cause, you know, sex shouldn't be about fun. The Prayer Before Making Love goes, ahem:Place withi…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 2, 2009

The Vatican Gives “Harry Potter” Two Thumbs Up

Ebert and Roeper can shove over, because the newest film reviewer, the Vatican, is now voicing their opinion on the latest flicks. Via their official newsletter, L'Osservatore, the Vatican has given “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” two thumbs up. The holy Romans really loved how the adapted film showed that good deserves to triumph…

By: Justine Fields / July 15, 2009

The Catholic Kama Sutra? A Monk Explores The Kinkier Side Of Religious Sex.

Is a steamier sex life the key to getting closer to God? According to Father Ksawery Knotz, it is. Sex as You Don't Know It: For Married Couples Who Love God is chock full of stuff you didn't learn in Sunday school. And it's a bestseller in Poland. The inspiration? Football, aka soccer. "I compare…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 19, 2009

Quickies!: TMZ Wants You To Think Sasha Fierce Isn’t The Best Singer

TMZ says audio of Beyonce singing really badly on "The Today Show" was doctored. The jokes on ... who? [Perez Hilton] Sean Penn admires President Obama for his pearly-whites? [Très Sugar] Foreign relations offer a welcome reprieve for one writer. But is a no-strings-attached relationship worth it? [Lemondrop]…

By: Annika Harris / April 22, 2009

Eight Things To Give Up For Lent

Yesterday was Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday." That means today is Ash Wednesday, or the first day of Lent. Since I'm not Catholic this all is a bunch of mumbo jumbo to me, but I did attend Mardi Gras three straight years in a row, and while I don't get my forehead swiped by a…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 25, 2009

Giuliani In Deep Doo-Doo With God

We didn't realize taking communion had so many rules! Rudy Giuliani got a major scolding from New York Cardinal Egan for taking the Eucharist during Mass when the Pope was in town. Egan said that he had "an understanding" with Giuliani that he would not ingest the communion wafer, which represents the body of Christ,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 30, 2008