Exorcising Your Gay Rights

Just as Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois signed a marriage equality bill on Wednesday, simultaneously Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki delivered a sermon titled "Homily for Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage."Think Progress has some highlights:It is not hateful to say that an immoral action is sinful. On the contrary, the most compassionate thing we can do is help people to turn away from sin… It is not the Church that must change to conform its t … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Going Inclusive

Alright, I really should have seen this coming, but somehow I'm still gobsmacked:Pope Bluntly Faults Church’s Focus on Gays and AbortionPope Francis, in the first extensive interview of his six-month-old papacy, said that the Roman Catholic church had grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he has chosen not to speak of those issues despite recriminations from some critics.In remarkably blunt language, Francis sought to set a new tone f … [Read more...]

For Your Indulgence, the Pope’s Twitter Feed

This is just ... I don't know. A bizarre marriage of the old and worn to the new and trendy:Vatican offers 'time off purgatory' to followers of Pope Francis tweetsIn its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering "indulgences" to followers of Pope Francis' tweets.The church's granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory after they have confessed … [Read more...]

Archbishop Dolan Buries the Cash

According to a report from Reuters, newly released documents from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee show that Archbishop Timothy Dolan - then of Milwaukee, now of New York - shuffled pedophile priest around the country while he hid money to protect the church finances from lawsuits:The documents include letters and deposition testimony from Cardinal and Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan who, during his time as archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002 to 2009, appealed to Vatican on numerous occasions … [Read more...]

Good Atheists, Bad Catholics

Two vaguely related news items. First, from the grey lady:Atheists should be seen as good people if they do good, Pope Francis said on Wednesday in his latest urging that people of all religions - or no religion - work together. [...]He told the story of a Catholic who asked a priest if even atheists had been redeemed by Jesus."Even them, everyone," the pope answered, according to Vatican Radio. "We all have the duty to do good," he said.I appreciate the gesture. Obviously the … [Read more...]