Bill Donohue’s Ignorant Distinctions

Right wing Catholic blowhard Bill Donohue has a problem. The new pope has made helping the poor a major focus of his leadership and spoken out about the dangers of income inequality. So has President Obama. But he hates Obama and is forced to defend the pope, so he has to make presumptuous and ignorant distinctions like this: … [Read more...]

The Vatican’s Pathetic Excuses

On Thursday in Geneva, a United Nations panel held a remarkable hearing about the global problem of child rape by priests and questioned representatives from the Vatican about it. I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that the Vatican offered an astonishingly hypocritical response to those questions: … [Read more...]

Catholic Church Protects Another (Alleged) Pedophile

Polish Archbishop Josef Wesolowski is under investigation both in Poland and the Dominican Republic for raping children but the Vatican refuses to allow him to be extradited to either country because, they say, he has diplomatic immunity since he was in the Dominican Republican as a Papal Nuncio, not as a priest. … [Read more...]

Are Catholics Taught Not to Have Oral Sex?

In doing some research for the chapter I'm writing for John Loftus' forthcoming anthology about the negative influence of the Christian right in America, I came across this essay by Bill Maguire, who holds a Masters in Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, in the Catholic World Report. This part jumped out at me: … [Read more...]

No, Catholic Judges Should Not Recuse Themselves From Contraception Cases

Ron Lindsay, CEO of the Center for Inquiry and also an attorney, has a blog post at the CFI website asking "Should Catholic Judges Recuse Themselves from the Contraceptive Mandate Cases?" The answer is no. And frankly, he doesn't make much of an attempt to argue for a negative answer. He seems mostly concerned with whether the RCC will consider them "good Catholics" if they don't vote a certain way in such cases. … [Read more...]

This is How You Know They’ve Lost

This story, more than almost anything else, should convince the anti-gay bigots that they have lost the battle over equality. A Catholic school in Seattle fired a popular assistant principal when they found out he's gay and hundreds of students from several Catholic schools in the city staged a huge protest. It may not get him his job back, but it's pretty much the final nail in the coffin of bigotry. It's all over but the shouting now. They can't even keep the private religious school students … [Read more...]

Matt Wykoff, Round 3

My favorite Catholic wingnut, Matt Wykoff, is once again sending me unsolicited emails that are stuff to the brim with the bizarre and the deranged. This may be my favorite claim of all: That the Shroud of Turin is authentic and that "there was no entropy during the formation of the image." I have no idea what that could possibly mean. He doesn't either, of course. Here's the first screed: … [Read more...]

MN Attorney Suspended for Anti-Catholic Slurs

A couple years ago I wrote about an attorney in Minnesota named Rebekah Nett who had endeared herself in a bankruptcy case by filling a legal brief with bigoted slurs against the judge. Nett seems to have gone to the Larry Klayman school of legal writing, somehow believing that briefs should be filled with political invective and insults rather than legal arguments. … [Read more...]

The Return of Matt Wykoff

Remember Matt Wykoff, the Catholic extremist who sends every atheist on the internet, including me, emails demanding that we shut down our websites and blogs or suffer the wrath of the One True Church? Well he's back, sending me an email telling me that the earth is at the center of the universe. … [Read more...]

Dolan: Catholics ‘Outmarketed’ on Marriage Equality

As it becomes more and more obvious that the enemies of equality are going to lose on same-sex marriage, just as they have lost every other battle for equality over the last couple centuries, they're straining to figure out why. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York takes a shot at it: … [Read more...]

Bishop Paprocki’s ‘Exorcism’ Ritual

As reported last week, Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Illinois held a special exorcism ceremony at the same time that Gov. Pat Quinn was signing into law a bill that recognizes same-sex marriages in that state. ThinkProgress has some details on what Paprocki said during his sermon at that ceremony, like how this was just a "minor exorcism." … [Read more...]

Catholic Bishop to ‘Exorcize’ Gay Marriage in Illinois

On Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois is going to sign legislation that will officially recognize same-sex marriages in that state. That same day, a Roman Catholic bishop will hold a special service to offer "Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage." Bishop Thomas Paprocki released this statement: … [Read more...]