Funny Things Catholics Say and Do


Editor’s Note: Strange things are happening in the Catholic Church – and I’m not talking about transubstantiation. There’s a lot of discord these days among the laity and at the highest levels. Read on as a Catholic seminary grad and former Very Good Catholic fills us in and tells us what she thinks it portends. [Read More...]

Disappointing People with my Non-Belief

Air force Chaplain Corps

Editor’s Note: I recently met Jase at a Military Atheists and Freethinkers Association reception.  Turns out he’s a member of The Clergy Project – the first one I’ve met here in DC. Like Bob Ripley, Jase’s open acknowledgement of his changed religious beliefs was troublesome, even with a mentor who was really trying to understand [Read More...]

LaScola Probes Pastor Jameson’s Road to Atheism

Jesus the Consolator

Editor’s Note: I couldn’t resist asking “John Jameson” a few follow-up questions after his post on how he got to be an atheist.   Here they are, with his answers. ================== 1. Regarding the atheism-inspired rock music that touched you so much – do you have examples of music that had been very influential in bringing [Read More...]

How I Became an Atheist –A Modern Media Story

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Editor’s Note: Everyone who has ever gone from religious to non-religious has a story, but lately with so many new information sources available, the journey is no longer such an internal and lonely transition. As you read this essay by a newly non-believing pastor, think about the role that different types of media played along [Read More...]

Six Months After “Coming Out”


Editor’s Note: Remember when we excitedly announced former pastor Bob Ripley’s new book here on the blog? Well, a lot has happened since then. Read on for Bob’s personal report of his experience and then check out my “Editor’s Question” below. ===================== By Bob Ripley Think twice before telling the truth. That’s my advice to [Read More...]

I Knew “The Bishop’s Man” – the Real-Life, Revolting One


Editor’s Note: Maybe the Catholic Church would have been more humane to its youth if it knew some of them would grow up to be as harsh and incisive a critic as this Clergy Project member and Catholic Seminary grad has become. ========================= By Catherine Dunphy It is not often that you pick up a [Read More...]

Mason and The Muse – Seeing Humor in God before it Hit Broadway

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Editor’s Note: It turns out I’m not the only one around here involved in the theatre. Clergy Project member and frequent blog contributor Mason Lane has actually written a couple of plays.  Both are humorous. One is religion-related. It seems to be a trend in theatre these days. Read on. ======================= By Mason Lane I [Read More...]

Check out The Clergy Project’s New YouTube Channel

Editor’s Note: Drew Bekius, Clergy Project Communications Chair and contributor to this blog has an exciting announcement that I am happy to help him promulgate: ======================= The Clergy Project has a new YouTube channel! We need your help to promote it! Welcome to TCP YouTube Week on Facebook Everyday we will be sharing great content [Read More...]

“Hypocritical Clergy” has Tender Moment with Tearful Mother

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Editor’s Note: Last month, my Patheos colleague on the Catholic channel, Rebecca Hamilton, wrote a piece on her blog about this blog, titled “Hypocritical Clergy Shut the Door of the Kingdom of Heaven in People’s Faces.”  In it, she derided non-believing clergy, calling them “worms” and “liars, phonies and charlatans.” In a way, I was flattered [Read More...]

A New Play (in development) – Caught in the Pulpit

Dan Dennett, Linda LaScola Art Siebens (husband) part of Kurt Volkan (publisher)

Last Thursday afternoon in mid-town Manhattan was a very exciting day – for me, Dan Dennett and the assembled guests and actors. It was the first reading of a new play-in-development based on interviews from the study we conducted with non-believing clergy. Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with the working title, Caught in [Read More...]