Vatican Suspends German Bishop Who Spent $42,000,000 on the Renovation of His Home

I first heard of conservative German bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst last year, when Der Spiegel revealed some salient facts about a trip the Catholic shepherd undertook.

The Catholic bishop of Limburg, a small city in western Germany, apparently had noble motives when he boarded a plane to India with his vicar general in mid-January. “We were there to support social projects in and around Bangalore,” Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst reported after his return. They wanted to help children “who worked breaking stones,” he added.

But this man of God didn’t just want to do something good for the poor. He also wanted to do something nice for himself. On the upper deck of a jumbo jet, he and Vicar General Franz Kaspar had made themselves comfortable in the plane’s first-class section, which offers such amenities as champagne, caviar and a bed.

Price per ticket: almost $10,000.



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New Age Author Marianne Williamson Announces Bid for Congress

You know what we haven’t seen enough of lately? Oprah Winfrey‘s show “Super Soul Sunday.” I heard it’s good.

Last year, Winfrey interviewed the author of several bestselling spirituality books, Marianne Williamson.

Let’s see how long you last watching this, starting at the 1:14 mark:

It’s all a lot of nonsensical spirituality, where you say so much and so little all at once. Like this excerpt from one of her books:

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This Is What They Think Would Happen if Atheists Volunteered at That Soup Kitchen

(In response to this post)

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Religious Provocateur and Hypocrite Pastor Mark Driscoll Tells Christians to ‘Stop the In-fighting’

A press release for Pastor Mark Driscoll‘s new book contains this laughable passage:

… the outspoken pastor from Seattle issues a prophetic warning to the church that “dark days are ahead” if we don’t stop the in-fighting and refocus our efforts on preaching the gospel immediately.

“We’re approaching a cliff,” writes Driscoll. “Many Evangelicals are oblivious to the fact that Christendom is dead and real Christianity is in serious decline. As long as we see Christmas trees on government property and hear public figures talk about ‘faith,’ many Christians naively assume that real Christianity is alive and well. That’s an illusion.”

The bad news is that Christians don’t even get it, according to Driscoll — they’re stuck in their cul-de-sacs. Christians are isolated in “tribes” on the internet, and they spend too much time lobbing e-bombs at each other in cyberspace.

Religion News Service’s Jonathan Merritt takes Driscoll to task for not practicing what he preaches.

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Pastor Kevin Swanson: I Don’t Buy Girl Scout Cookies Because ‘I Don’t Wanna Support Lesbianism’

I’ve always been a huge fan of Girl Scout cookies because I am an all-American, red-blooded, gun-toting, God-fearing… wait… I got carried away somewhere in there. Anyway, Tagalongs are my jam and (true story) last year I had Thin Mints for the first time when a coworker flipped out because I had never had one. (My excuse was that I’m not a fan of mint… I was wrong. I love mint. The thinner, the better.)

But I digress. A few years ago, I became aware that the Girl Scouts of America not only manufacture amazing snacks, but are also a pretty kick-ass organization — and more or less the anti-Boy Scouts.

And the reasons that I think GSA is pretty awesome — they’re supportive of the LGBTQ community, they don’t enforce religious ideals, they promote smart sex education, they piss off right-wingers, etc. — are the very reasons that Pastor Kevin Swanson haaaaaaaaaaates them.

So, in an effort to save us all from accidentally supporting babies getting abortions or whatever, Swanson went on a radio show to explain (read: rant like a crazy person) how people who buy Girl Scout cookies are supporting Planned Parenthood, abortion and (obviously) lesbianism:



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