Did Pope Francis Perform An Exorcism? (And Does It Matter?)

Stories were flying all over the Internet last week alleging that Pope Francis may have performed an exorcism on a wheelchair-bound man — said to be a 43-year-old Mexican pilgrim called Angelo — in St. Peter’s Square, following the Mass for Pentecost.

Even better, the moment was caught on video: after a few words from a priest accompanying the young man, the pontiff placed his hands prayerfully upon Angelo’s head, a gesture commentators have declared “a real act of exorcism.” Some have said the Pope wore a grim expression as he approached the task, though the low-quality video makes it difficult to be sure. Under the Pope’s prayerful touch, Angelo convulses and slumps in his chair. The Pope moves on to greet the next child, but not before Angelo’s priest hands over a file folder, taken by a member of the Pope’s suit-wearing security team.

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You’ve Got Something in Your Eyes…

David Hayward reminds everyone not to have “Bible Blindness“:

Are we so captivated by our knowledge of scripture and our theology that we cannot see the forest for the trees?

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Top Catholic Official Calls For Praying, Fasting, and Personal Sacrifice to Stop Marriage Equality

The highest-ranking Catholic in the nation says churchgoers should pull out all the stops to block marriage equality in the United States, even if it means sacrificing…something. They’re not really sure what.

Under the direction of the notoriously anti-gay Cardinal Timothy Dolan (pictured above), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops delivered this bulletin to parishioners around the country in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, the two marriage equality cases the Court heard earlier this year:

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The Students at the Most Christian Public School in the Country Just Trashed Their Building

Kountze High School in Texas is the place where cheerleaders recently won a court battle to hold up banners with Bible verses on them before football games:

But last night, Kountze was home to a senior prank that may have gotten horribly out of hand:

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Aussie Cardinal Confesses That the Catholic Church Concealed Child Abuse

Australian Cardinal George Pell has admitted during a parliamentary inquiry in Victoria that the Catholic Church has worked to systemically cover up child sexual abuse in Australian parishes.

The recent papabile described the rape of children as young as five-years-old in response to questions from the inquiry. He declared that he was “fully apologetic and absolutely sorry” for the Church’s complicity, and — when asked whether he considered the acts “totally un-Christ-like” — admitted, “I would have to agree with you.”

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