Editor’s Note: Frequent contributor and Clergy Project Communications Chair, Drew Bekius, offers us insights from his personal “Atheists in Foxholes” experience. In addition to showing that God belief isn’t needed to face death, he describes how facing our human vulnerabilities can be inspirational and calming.  The following is a condensed version of a post from [Read More...]

Understanding Kim Davis [Pre- Pope Drama]

Same sex wedding

Editor’s Note: Building on an unintended theme of non-believing clergy expressing unexpected, controversial points of view on religious issues, here is Clergy Project member Jim Mulholland discussing his take on Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis – BEFORE her latest drama with Pope Francis.  Note how Mulholland, like Bob Ripley before him, points out areas of [Read More...]

Final Papal Post #2 – Conscientious Objection & Vatican Clarification


Editor’s Note: Our resident former Catholic couldn’t restrain herself from writing one more Papal Post, given her additional thoughts on conscientious objectors and the additional news about the Kim Davis meeting with the Pope. ===================== “Conscientious objector” – hmmm – what does that mean? According to Merriam Webster, it’s “a person who refuses to serve [Read More...]

Translating Papal Statements: A Final Attempt to Understand


Editor’s Note: Our resident former Catholic has a final say on the Pope and Women.  It’s important to note that this was written before the news came out that Francis secretly met with Kentucky County Clerk, Kim Davis, during his Washington visit.  I don’t know how this new bit of information fits in with Catherine’s [Read More...]

Good Bye, Papa – Sorry I missed you in DC


Pope Francis is gone from the USA. He delighted the crowds and confused the politicians. He raised hope for some and dashed it for others. He sounded more like a Democrat than a Republican, except on women’s issues. Even so, he was complimentary to the ladies (he needs us) and supportive to the Little Sisters of [Read More...]

The Pope is coming and Gerald Posner has something to say about it

By Catherine Dunphy To commemorate the papal visit, I have made my first attempt at Vlogging.  Thank you to Gerald Posner, author of God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican, for sharing his thoughts on the Pope and explaining the complex political atmosphere of the Vatican. Hope you enjoy it.  In the meantime, [Read More...]

Papal Post #2: The World Meeting of Families – Catholic Style


Editor’s Note: The Pope is here! Specifically, he’s in Philadelphia celebrating with American Catholics who are attending a big conference about Catholic families. This is needed focus for Catholics who want the church to thrive. With the size of Catholic families decreasing significantly over the years it will take more than increased immigration and converts [Read More...]

Papal Post #1 — The Pope is Coming! And Canonizing!

Jesus enters Jerusalem Giotto

Editor’s Note: You will be hearing a lot from Catherine Dunphy, our resident Catholic Seminary grad, during Pope Francis’ visit to the US. This first in a series of “apostate introspections” provides the Pope’s general itinerary and some information to prepare you for an upcoming canonization.           ============================= By Catherine Dunphy By now you’ve heard that [Read More...]

Atheist Pastor: the Future of Religion is Much Too Bright


Editor’s Note: UCC pastor “Andy,” while doing his part to encourage humanist ideals in in his congregation, is not optimistic that his approach will be broadly successful. ========================== By “Andy” Unfortunately, I think religion has a bright future. In his book, The Future of An Illusion, Sigmund Freud predicted that we (the human race) would [Read More...]

Leaving Religion: Like Crumbling Jenga Blocks

Jenga blocks

Editor’s Note: In the recent Patheos Public Square article Dan Dennett and I wrote, we predicted (among other things) that secularism would grow as more people progressed from religious belief to spiritual-but-not-religious to agnosticism to atheism. In this post, “Preston” responded to some questions I asked about how former clergy let go of their beliefs. [Read More...]