Pope Replaces Far Right Chicago Archbishop With Liberal

For nearly 20 years, the leader of the Chicago diocese of the Catholic Church has been Archbishop Francis George, who is deeply ignorant and paranoid (this is a man who says allowing gay people to get married will be just like Sharia law -- never mind that he's agreeing with Sharia law in wanting it outlawed). Pope Francis I is now replacing him with a far more liberal leader. … [Read more...]

Pope Decries Religious Intolerance

Pope Francis I just made a visit to Albania and gave a speech decrying religious intolerance around the world. I agree with most of what he said, of course, including the need for interfaith community service, but it does raise questions about Catholic history that I'm sure he would rather avoid. … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Bishop’s Inane Screed Against Marriage Equality

Last week a federal judge overturned Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage, following the lead of every other judge to consider such a ban since the Supreme Court ruled on DOMA last year. Bishop Robert C. Morlino of the Madison, Wisconsin diocese released this absurd statement about the ruling: … [Read more...]

Catholic Church Wants to Sue Over Jesus Commercial

Just in case you had the idea that the Catholic Church couldn't get any more ridiculous than it already is, think again. The Archdiocese of Rio, Brazil, is threatening to sue the Italian soccer team because they made a commercial that included a Jesus statue in a soccer uniform. … [Read more...]

Archbishop Wasn’t Sure Child Molestation Was Illegal

The Archbishop of St. Louis, Robert Carlson, was deposed in a lawsuit over child molesting priests that he helped cover up, said during that deposition that he wasn't sure that a priest molesting a child was illegal and can't remember when he found out that it was. … [Read more...]

Pope: Pray for Peace in the Middle East

Pope Francis has a brilliant new idea for how to bring peace to the middle east. No one in the entire history of the world has ever thought of this idea that is sure to change the world completely and bring the two sides together once and for all. The answer? Prayer. … [Read more...]

Another Horrifying Story About the Catholic Church

The first part of this story is old, but the full understanding of what happened is new. Decades ago the bodies of nearly 800 babies were found in a septic tank at a place called The Home, a facility for unwed mothers and their babies, near Galway, Ireland. … [Read more...]

Secularism Leads to Superstition. Or Something.

The Catholic Church recently held a conference to train more than 200 priests to become exorcists so they can cast out non-existent demons from people who need genuine psychological help. Apparently there's been a big surge in possession and, wouldn't you know it, it's all the fault of secularism. … [Read more...]

Pope Fluffy and the Devil

Paul Fidalgo has taken to calling Pope Francis I "Pope Fluffy." Personally, I've liked a lot of the things he's said and done and found him mostly, though not entirely, refreshing. But he apparently has a bit of an obsession with the devil, the most convenient myth in Christianity. … [Read more...]

Harvard Club Hosts Black Mass; Catholic Church Freaks Out

A student group at Harvard has invited the Satanic Temple to perform a "black mass" ceremony at the university as part of a series on rituals performed by smaller religions. Naturally, the Catholic Church is throwing a temper tantrum about it and is demanding that it be canceled. … [Read more...]

Ugandan Catholic Bishop Calls for Anti-Gay Violence

One of Uganda's Catholic bishops delivered an Easter homily that focused not on the resurrection of Jesus or the church's message of hope and atonement but on the need for people of that country to commit violence against gay people in order to rid the country of homosexuality. … [Read more...]

Donohue’s Delusions

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League -- really just an angry, red-faced guy with a P.O. Box and a fax machine who likes to put out press release -- is a bit delusional. The Catholic Church has no problem with priests abusing children anymore. "I don't know of a single institution which has less of a problem" with sexual abuse than the Catholic Church, he said in this interview. Wow. … [Read more...]