The Vatican Finally Admits That Most Catholics Ignore Church Teaching on Sexuality

Call it the Catholic Church’s dirty little secret.

Well, their other dirty little secret.

Actually, at this point it’s kind of an open secret. Most people with even a passing interest in matters of religion and sexuality are aware that a huge percentage of European and North American Catholics ignore the Vatican’s teachings in areas where these matters intersect. Controversy over birth control notwithstanding, most Catholic families show evidence of family planning use, and the majority of Catholic women have used contraceptives at some point in life. A growing contingent of Catholics describe themselves as pro-choice in matters of abortion and assisted dying. And Catholics — youth in particular — express growing support for marriage equality and gay families.

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I Guess This Christian Apologist Learns Nothing from Women

Frank Turek, a Christian apologist who has written plenty of easily-debunkable books about why the Bible is *totally* true, just released his personal list of the “Top 20 Christian Apologists” — the people who have influenced him the most.



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Catholic Women Get Excommunicated After Ordination Attempt (but Pedophile Priests Remain in the Church)

A band of women have made the news recently for being ordained… and for being kicked out of the Catholic Church in the bargain.

While many Christian denominations wouldn’t bat an eye at women in ministry, the Catholic Church still treats the priesthood as a boys’ club: only men are allowed. Even Pope Francis, lauded as God’s gift to liberal theology, considers that rule entirely unalterable. Though Francis wants to see women playing a greater role in Catholicism, he speaks about that role in very traditional terms — “the presence of women in a domestic setting” and “transmission to future generations of solid moral principles.” He’s not talking like someone who expects or supports women’s ordination. Benedict was even more direct about the chances of seeing women one day follow in his papal Prada footsteps.

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High School Student’s Art Piece Called “Rape Culture” Rejected from Exhibition for Being Too “Inappropriate”

Gracie Holtzclaw, a South Carolina high school student, was given a spot in the Greenville County Schools Art Exhibition, but that opportunity was revoked when district officials said her piece and its title were too “inappropriate.”

The piece, called “Rape Culture,” featured a tattooed woman with a black bar covering her nipples:



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After Husband Gets Distracted by Attractive Woman at Church, Wife Blames Her for Making Church Unsafe

Christian writer Dannah Gresh has identified a major problem with church: It turns out church is just too damn dangerous.

You see, some women dress provocatively… and some husbands just can’t deal with it… So Gresh says women are 100% to blame.



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