What Do Atheists Do All Day?

Catholic blogger Matthew Archbold recently wrote a post titled "Atheism is the Uncoolest Choice Ever, and I Can Prove It." What struck me, in reading through his piece, is a series of specific assumptions. Take this, for instance: 4) This is an extreme Christian.This is an extreme atheist:See the difference? Mother Theresa believed that suffering and poverty were beautiful, and reportedly denied patients in her care access to pain medicines or other interventions that would have … [Read more...]


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Rod Dreher Once Called Pedophile Priests the “Lavender Mafia”

In writing my recent post about Rod Dreher's response to Rachel Held Evans, I came upon something that piqued my interest. From Rod Derher's Wikipedia page: Raised a Methodist, he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1993. He wrote widely in the Catholic press, but covering the Roman Catholic Church's child sex abuse scandal, starting in 2002, led him to question his Catholicism,[1] and on October 12, 2006, he announced his conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy.[12] At the time, Dreher had argued that th … [Read more...]


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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...]


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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...]


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“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...]


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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.

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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...]


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