Pope Francis’ long-awaited encyclical on love and marriage, Amoris Laetitia, was published today. In it, Francis doesn’t create any new rules for marriage, but he does elaborate on how priests should treat parishioners who are in “irregular” marriages, such as those who have been divorced and remarried outside of the church, and those who are… READ MORE »
FINALLY. Have you all been waiting for the Pope’s IG to start popping?? I know I have. Ok, I lie. But I guess it’s cool we have such a social media-savvy antiquated religious patriarch figure, right? He is the first pontiff with a personal Instagram account.
Here is ole Francis’s first post -… READ MORE »
Francis is joining Instagram for the third anniversary of his election. Someone get the Pope a selfie stick! READ MORE »
Pope Francis may be the most “liberal” Pope there ever was, but the Vatican still isn’t.
The Polish Monsignor Krysztof Olaf Charamsa held a press conference on Saturday in Rome, calling on Pope Francis to revise the Catholic stance on homosexuality, so that it is no longer a “sin.”
Charamsa told… READ MORE »
Kim Davis and her lawyers from the Liberty Council are claiming that the homophobe and on-the-side Rowan County, KY clerk had a special, secret meeting with Pope Francis during his tour of America last week.
Davis claims that she received a phone call from a church official apparently inviting her to… READ MORE »
During his tour of South America this week, very progressive Pope Francis continued his legacy on Friday, by being humble and gracious – and (gasp!) not defensive about being Christian, by apologizing for the genocide of millions of indigenous people of South America.
In a speech to the people of Bolivia he said:… READ MORE »
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… READ MORE »
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. READ MORE »
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/girls… READ MORE »
While working at an orientation event at Sonoma State University of California, student Audrey Jarvis was asked by her supervisor — twice — to remove or hide her crucifix necklace because she was told it might offend someone or make new students feel unwelcome. What?!? … READ MORE »
The Vatican denounced an American nun, Sister Margaret A. Farley, on Monday for her theological teachings in support of same-sex relationships, remarriage after divorce and masturbation.
In her awarding-winning 2006 book, Just Love: A Framework For Christian Sexual Ethics, Sister Farley writes that “masturbation … usually does not raise any moral questions at all.” READ MORE »
Besides just giving up meat on Fridays (or pretending to when your parents ask), Lent is a great time to break bad habits. Just like the hose down Bourbon Street gets at midnight at the end of each Fat Tuesday, you too can use this as an opportunity to purge yourself of poor choices. Sure,… READ MORE »
Susan Sarandon was interviewed this weekend at the Hamptons Film Festival and referred to the Pope as a “Nazi.” (Pope Benedict XVI, a German, did have connections to Hitler Youth as a child — as did many Germans.) I’m a huuuge Susan Sarandon fan, but calling someone a “Nazi” is balls-out rude. It’ll be… READ MORE »
Nuns across America are not very happy with the Vatican. And since nobody likes an unhappy nun, this story is troublesome for me to report. It seems that nuns have been branching out into the community, not wearing their religious garb, choosing to live independently and are joining new professions like political advocacy and academia. READ MORE »
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,… READ MORE »