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

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. One of my ancestors was Queen Elizabeth I’s handmaid, and apparently she was mouthy (now you know where I get it from).

Which is all to say, Catholicism is part of my identity. I was loosely raised in the Catholic church. I stopped short of getting confirmed because I didn’t want to make a promise to a god if I didn’t know that I believed in it. Later in adulthood, when I was attending a Jesuit university, I started inching further back toward it. I took classes on Catholic history and on sacramentalism, I started reading the Bible more, I grew an affinity for Graham Greene. One of my favorite novels is still The Power and the Glory, in no small part for this very twentieth-century Catholic point of view, which I still think is a beautiful way of framing Christ:

“Man was so limited: he hadn’t even the ingenuity to invent a new vice: the animals knew as much. It was for this world that Christ had died: the more evil you saw and heard about you, the greater the glory lay around the death; it was too easy to die for what was good or beautiful, for home or children or civilization–it needed a God to die for the half-hearted and the corrupt.”

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

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/girls and their babies was abusive, with moms and children often kept separate from each other and ostracized by the surrounding community. Now, five decades after the Home was shut down and destroyed, the remains of 800 hundred babies, the children of those women whose only crime was getting pregnant out of wedlock, have been discovered in a septic tank on the property. Keep reading »

Even Crucifix Necklaces Are Offensive These Days

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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?!? Keep reading »

Vatican Denounces Nun’s Book Supporting Gay Sex, Masturbation

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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.” Sister Farley, a member of the Sisters of Mercy and a professor of Christian ethics at Yale University, also wrote:

“[S]ame-sex relationships and activities can be justified according to the same sexual ethic as heterosexual relationships and activities … therefore same-sex oriented persons as well as their activities can and should be respected whether or not they have a choice to be otherwise.” Keep reading »

5 Bad Dating Habits To Give Up For Lent

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, it’s not quite the act of self-sacrifice the Pope would want from you, but it’s a change for good. And what religious figurehead wouldn’t want that? Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Susan Sarandon Calls Pope A “Nazi”

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  • 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 a fun week to be Susan Sarandon’s publicist, huh? [UsWeekly]
  • Rooney Mara’s cover story in Vogue reveals an uncomfortable dinner with the actress and the “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” director David Fincher where he jokes to her that she “can have a lettuce and a grape, a raisin if you must.” The reporter notes that Rooney ordered fish, but barely ate it and chatted with him about how she had to look like “a child” for the Lisbeth Salander role. Maybe Rooney Mara just wasn’t hungry that day. Nevertheless, it’s a disconcerting exchange to read. [Vogue]
  • Kate Middleton sent a personal letter to a nine-year-old cancer patient and it’s quite touching. [People]
  • No, Ryan Gosling, no! Surely this paparazzi pic of you smooching Eva Mendes is a publicity stunt? That’s what women around the world are telling themselves. [x17online] Keep reading »

Poll: Does Your Religious Upbringing Influence Your Sex Life?

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Vatican Thinks America Has Naughty Nuns

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. In response to this trend, Cardinal Franc Rode, who oversees all religious orders, launched two investigations of nuns across the United States. He doesn’t like how they’ve “opted for ways to take them outside” the church. Keep reading »

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, because of his support of abortion rights. Egan said doing so was “a grave offense against the will of God.” Color us crazy, but we’re pretty sure plenty of practicing Catholics don’t agree with everything the Church stands for and still take communion — like all the ones having premarital sex! Is it just worse in God’s eyes for Giuliani to do it because he’s a prominent politician? [MSNBC] Keep reading »

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