Is Bill Gates Tip-toeing His Way Towards Catholicism? Is Westboro Baptist’s Fred Phelps?

This photo was taken by Kjetil Ree.

I don’t know the answer to either question, actually. Only they, and God, know. I mention it only because in a recent interview in Rolling Stone, Gates mentioned that he attends a Catholic Church with his wife Melinda, and that they have raised their children in the Church. As for Westboro Baptist’s founder, I learned that he is on his deathbed AND has been “excommunicated” from the church he started.

Let’s look at what the founder of Microsoft said first. [Read more...]

Five Songs to Usher In Lent (2014 Edition)

It has been a roller coaster of a week. Russia invited themselves into Ukraine, Pope Francis gave another interview, a bishop in Texas did what he had to do, the reverberations of which are still rippling outwards. Can you say, hurly-burly? I’m reminded of what Rumer Godden wrote in the opening lines of In This House of Brede, [Read more...]

Gay Man Refused Last Rites? “GetReligion” Has Some Thoughts On This Story

You’ve probably seen the story published by The Washington Post about the gay man who was allegedly denied a Sacrament by a priest because he was gay.

When I read the story, something didn’t smell right to me. The first thing that popped into my head though was a question. Is this news? Or is it propaganda disguised as news? I think it is the latter.

GetReligion has a fine stable of writers who, unlike many journalists, actually do “get” religion. Terry Mattingly does a great job sifting through this lopsided attempt to snare readers with an outrage inducing headline and lede.

Take a look, [Read more...]

Pope Francis Is Just Like Us (Exhibit # 742: He Renews His Argentine Passport)

You know how when your passport, or your drivers license, comes up for renewal, and you go through all the bureaucratic mumbo jumbo to get it renewed? So does Pope Francis. But unlike you and me, see, when Pope Francis renews his passport, it’s headline news.

I like the dead pan expression here though, don’t you? Somehow, it speaks volumes to me. [Read more...]

Jon Stewart Explains Why I Rarely Watch The News On Television

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The Pope’s Harley Davidson Super Glide Fetches $327K At Auction

Photo credit: Bonham’s

The proceeds will benefit a shelter and soup kitchen in Rome that is run by Caritas. [Read more...]

CVS Stops Selling Tobacco Products, But You Can Still Buy Your Sex Toys There

More news that is being greeted with hosannas from the world today is the decision by CVS Caremark Corp. to stop selling tobacco products in their pharmacies come October.

We’re being told that this is all in the interest of the health and well-being of customers. Because, [Read more...]

The Vatican To The United Nations, “Say What?”


You have probably seen that some committee at the UN has said that the Catholic Church needs to change her teachings on abortion, contraception, and that she hasn’t done anything to protect children from sexual predators, etc., etc. Here’s what happened next. [Read more...]

SCOTUS Scuttles Plan That Would Have Forced Nuns To Violate Their Conscience

It’s temporary, so look for the Administration to raise this ship from the bottom again. The Los Angeles Times reports, [Read more...]

BREAKING: SCOTUS Suspends Same-Sex Marriages In Utah

The Associated Press shared the news a few minutes ago.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah, at least while a federal appeals court more fully considers the issue. [Read more...]


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