Pope Francis Presides over a Church Still Fighting to Keep Accused Sex Abusers from Going to Trial

Over the past week, I've seen a lot of lauding of Pope Francis' efforts to fight poverty, global climate change, and war. There is very little recognition that the Catholic church is involved in lobbying against laws that would extend the statute of limitations, allowing victims of sexual abuse that occurred decades ago to find justice. Statutes of limitations in some states are as little as two to three years, which has made it impossible to prosecute priests (and others) for past sexual abuse. … [Read more...]

Pope Tries to Have It Both Ways on Family Size

In a recent statement, Pope Francis took on couples who choose not to have children: Pope Francis has chided couples who choose not to have children, saying the decision is a “selfish” act. The statement, made in his general audience in St Peter’s Square, will be seen as especially controversial in Italy, which has recorded a steady drop in its birth rate for decades.“A society with a greedy generation, that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all worriso … [Read more...]

“Women’s Cultures” Reminds Us that the Catholic Church Is Still Out of Touch with Women

By AhabOriginally posted on Republic of GileadAs of late, Catholic leaders have been showing their true colors regarding their attitudes toward women. For example, the 2014 Humanum conference was brimming with retrograde messages about gender complimentarity, marriage, and family. Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke drew ire earlier this year when he decried the "feminized" atmosphere of the church. Now, the Catholic Church is being ridiculed for a misguided conference on women's issues at the … [Read more...]

The Catholic Church Attempts to Silence Abuse Victim

Let's talk about a Louisiana court case you probably haven't heard about. What I find fascinating about the case is how completely divorced the actual case is from the rhetoric about it on Catholic blogs and news sites.Here is how the Catholic News Register describes the case: The Diocese of Baton Rouge, La., is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that a diocesan priest may be forced to break the seal of confession.

 This is how the case is being reported, but what is it … [Read more...]

Bad Catholic’s Grating Paternalism

I want to take a moment to address one more thing from Marc's recent post on chastity and contraception, written as a rebuttal to one of my own posts: I can think of quite a few other reasons contraception could be, at the very least, a contributing factor to marital dissolution, though I don’t have the studies to back me up. For instance, consider that the weight of contraception falls unfairly on women. Men have to wear a free condom. Women have to suppress their menstrual cycles with hu … [Read more...]

Bad Logic from Bad Catholic

Marc of Bad Catholic has offered a "rebuttal" of my post of last week criticizing that simplistic dandelion rose illustration supposedly showing the bad fruits of contraception and the good fruits of chastity. I'm not going to bother with most of his rebuttal---feel free to go over and read and critique it yourself---but I do want to point out what horrid logic Catholics like Marc are reduced to in insisting that there's this huge gulf of a divide between "unnatural" contraception like the pill o … [Read more...]

Could Savita’s Death Have Happened in the U.S.?

I swore I wasn't going to write about Savita again today, but it seems I can't avoid it. I had thought until today that Savita's death could not have happen in the United States today, because the "right of conscience" bill put forward in the House last winter, which would have let doctors with religious objections to abortion refuse to perform an abortion even to save the life of a woman, ultimately failed. I just learned that I was wrong, and I am sitting here in a bit of shock. I'll never … [Read more...]