Tom Petty Is Scathing Towards Catholic Church Over Sex Abuse

As a huge Tom Petty fan, I’m proud to see him come out with properly scathing criticism towards the Catholic Church. He has a song called “Playing Dumb” on the album Hypnotic Eye, which he released this week and I just got the chance to hear for the first time. It’s all about his moral [Read More...]

Catholic Theologian Hans Küng Denounces Catholic Authoritarianism, Calls for Bottom-Up Revolt by Catholics

Raw Story reports: Hans Küng is appealing to priests and churchgoers to confront the Catholic hierarchy, which he says is corrupt, lacking credibility and apathetic to the real concerns of the church’s members. In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Küng, who had close contact with the pope when the two worked together as young [Read More...]

Defending The Catholic Faith, But Not The Pope. A Conversation With Mary The Catholic Graduate Student

Mary is a Catholic friend of mine. She was recently a graduate student in theology at a prestigious Catholic school. Previously we debated the Church’s attempt to have its schools and charities be exempted from laws requiring that they provide health plans that cover contraception. That was a vigorous three part debate: “Should Catholic Employers [Read More...]

A Debate About The Wisdom of Trying To Deconvert People

Jaime: So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how best to debate the existence of God with religious believers… Kelly: Why would you do that? Jaime: Do what? Kelly: Debate the existence of God with religious believers. What’s the point in that? Jaime: What do you mean, “what’s the point?” We live in the [Read More...]

About Those Germans Trying To Get The Pope Charged With Crimes Against Humanity…

Sendai Anonymous has the scoop on how the enemy of our enemy may not be our friend. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

The Pope’s Weaselly Excuses For Church Child Abuse In The ’70s

On Christmas, the Pope Benedict XVI tried, pathetically, to minimize the Church’s responsibility for the pedophilia scandals: Victims of clerical sex abuse have reacted furiously to Pope Benedict’s claim yesterday that paedophilia wasn’t considered an “absolute evil” as recently as the 1970s. In his traditional Christmas address yesterday to cardinals and officials working in Rome, [Read More...]

Blaming The Victims Of Anti-Gay Violence

Andrew Sullivan quotes Joseph Cardinal Ratzinberger’s 1986 “Letter On The Pastoral Care Of Homosexual Persons”: The proper reaction to crimes committed against homosexual persons should not be to claim that the homosexual condition is not disordered. When such a claim is made and when homosexual activity is consequently condoned, or when civil legislation is introduced [Read More...]

Calling The Conservative Catholic’s Bluff On Gay Suffering

Michael Voris, who explicitly and unapologetically argued that our democracy should be replaced by a benevolent dictatorship in the form of a Catholic theocracy, recently made another video, advancing a familiar line of reasoning from conservative Catholic theology that homosexuals have been specially chosen by God for their suffering and that they can be a [Read More...]

What Does It Mean To Be “Pro-Catholic”?

Johann Hari makes the case that the most pro-Catholic thing to do is to arrest the pope: [Read more...]


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