- 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 in California has settled with 10 female students, past and present, who accused the university of mishandling their sexual assaults. [LA Times]
- A BBC reporter confronted former Rep. Ron Paul over his nincompoop plan for mothers to drop out of the workforce and homeschool their children. [Raw Story]
- I have nothing but good things to say about this article in Bitch magazine about the history of anti-abuse activism in BDSM. [Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »
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- Today, cardinals named Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archibishop of Buenos Aires, the newest Pope. Pope Francis I, as he will be called, is the first-ever Latin American Pope. I am dismayed to read that Bergoglio has said marriage equality is “a machination of the Father of Lies” (that would be Satan) that seeks to “confuse and deceive the children of God.” [Queerty]
- Ever wonder why women have no say in the papal vote? All 115 of the cardinals who vote on the new Pope are men. [CNN]
- The rape trail of two Steubenville High School football players began today. The 16-year-old young woman at the center of the assault, who was raped, peed on, and photographed by the student partygoers, may testify. [Cleveland.com, Seattle Times] Keep reading »
As long as Dennis Rodman is not in jail, or broadcasting a drunken orgy, we’re happy for him. But the dude’s been getting around lately. You may be watching him on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” where he came back for another shot — allegedly sober this time. The 51-year-old former NBA star wants more than just a chair in Donald Trump’s boardroom. He’s the new self-appointed diplomat of world peace. Eat that, Bono!
In the last couple of weeks, you may have seen photos of Rodman’s basketball date –and subsequent cementing friendship “for life”- with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. The scene was documented as part of a new HBO series produced by Vice. Rodman’s visit took place at time of heightened tension between the United States and North Korea, a result of North Korea’s nuclear program. And then, almost magically, the North Korean military called off the Korean War armistice agreement. How did Rodman do it!? Today, the former basketball star announced that he would be vacationing with Kim Jong-un in August. “I don’t condone what he does, but he’s my friend,” Rodman told the press.
And now that he’s brought peace to North Korea, his next stop on his diplomacy tour is …
“I think that gay marriage is going to happen. It must. We are not actually equal — humanity — if we are not allowed to freely love one another. What the Pope thinks of being gay does not matter to the world. It matters to the people who like the Pope and follow the Pope. It is not a reflection of all religious people.”
– Lady Gaga on a French radio show spit some truth that the Vatican probably found hard to hear. But I like the way Gaga said this: she didn’t say the Pope is wrong, she just said his opinion doesn’t matter to people who don’t follow him. We can fight all we want about who’s right and who’s wrong about the “morality” of homosexuality and gay marriage, but you can’t really argue with the fact that the opinions of other people’s religious leaders don’t matter to most of us. That is precisely why when bigots try to explain to me that their anti-gay beliefs are just religious, I immediately invoke my all-loving, all-accepting deity, the Flying Spaghetti Monster. [Fox News]
- 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 »
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 condom use and a comment made by the Pope that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.” That’s right, people, lock lips. Make love not hate. [L.A. Times] Keep reading »
The Obamas are in Europe this week for the G-8 summit, and while in Italy, the president met Pope Benedict for the first time. As is custom for visiting world leaders, the Pope and the American prez exchanged presents.
This reminds us of the time that Obama brought presents when he and the First Lady met the Queen of England. That got us wondering: were the gifts Obama gave the head of the Catholic Church better than the gifts he gave the head of the British monarchy?
Let’s find out! Keep reading »
A new Vatican website, Pope 2 You, has launched, and on it you’ll find an application called “The pope meets you on Facebook.” Yes, the pope is on Facebook. The Vatican is using social networking tools in an attempt to reach young believers. But you can’t “poke” him or write on his wall, so what’s the point? Lately, we’ve been asking the same thing about Facebook in general. After the jump, 11 reasons why Facebook is really dead. Keep reading »
Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi just tied the knot last weekend officially making gay marriage trendhunter worthy. But according to Professor John Boswell, the former chairman of the history department at Yale University, gay marriage is an old-fashioned institution getting a new page in the history books. The Ivy League teacher has done extensive research on homosexuality throughout the ages and discovered that early Christians, including the Pope, were so cool with same-sex committed relationships, they even adorned their churches with frescoes of sweet man love. A painting found at St. Catherine’s Monastery in Mt. Sinai, Israel, depicts two early Christian Saints, St. Sergius and St. Bacchus, getting married back in the 4th Century, with Jesus as the best man. Accounts of their sainthood, up through the 10th Century New Testament, openly united and acknowledged them as “lovers.” But they’re just the tip of the gay Christian iceberg! Keep reading »