Archbishop Sets Restrictions for When Priests Should Deny Communion to Catholics

It’s hard for me to feel bad for those who have been denied communion by Catholic priests. It’s a silly ritual to begin with, taking a bite of Jesus, but if you’re someone who doesn’t follow or accept Catholic teachings in a certain area, then not receiving communion ought to be the least of your worries. It’s embarrassing when the denial happens publicly, but it ultimately has the same effect of parents telling children that their imaginary friends can’t come out and play unless they eat their broccoli.

Still, that’s been the standard punishment for self-described Catholics who support abortion rights or marriage equality.

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Alabama Supreme Court Justice Violated Ethics on Christian Radio, Says Watchdog Group

When you think of Christian theocrats on the Alabama Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roy Moore probably comes to mind first. He’s the guy who installed a Ten Commandments monument in the courthouse more than a decade ago. But many of the justices could easily fit the description. For example, Tom Parker, who also sits on the bench, believes the Bible supersedes the Constitution.

That alone wouldn’t disqualify him from the bench — Antonin Scalia is on the U.S. Supreme Court, after all — but Parker made comments on Bryan Fischer‘s radio show earlier this month that alluded to a case he’s supposed to be deciding (in an impartial way) very soon.

That’s why the Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a formal complaint against the justice:

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Gov. Mike Huckabee: Racism Exists Because of Sin

During a Democratic Presidential debate that was focused on real issues and was noteworthy for its lack of entertainment value (at least compared to the Republican debates), the candidates all gave decent responses to the question of whether black lives matter or all lives matter. The truth is you can say yes to both without being a hypocrite, and the candidates made sure to stress the disproportionately harsh experiences faced by African-Americans in this country.

But leave it to Gov. Mike Huckabee to say something idiotic despite not even being on that stage:



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Indian Officials Ask Astrologers to Prevent Tragedies During Major Hindu Pilgrimage

Following the stampede at Mecca last month, officials in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are determined to make sure nothing like that happens at next April’s Simhastha (a Hindu pilgrimage). That’s why they’re spending money on the best kind of security:



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Canadian Politician: We Should Recite the American Pledge of Allegiance in Schools, Too

Listen, Canada.

If there’s one thing you should have realized from watching U.S. politics, it’s that a lot of us have big plans to move up north when we’re inaugurating President Donald Trump.

The last thing you want to do is copy us. Especially when it comes to our religious rituals.

But one Ontario politician thinks Canadians ought to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school:



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