If anything positive is likely to come of the meltdown of credibility in the Vatican, it is that Americans will finally allow their own values of equality, liberty, acceptance of diversity, and government free of religious interference to lead the United States toward a legal system less influenced by medieval prejudice. […]
This morning, it was announced by the Vatican City that Joseph Ratzinger, who uses the alias Pope Benedict, will resign at the end of the month. The explanation that was provided: Bad health.
I suppose Ratzinger doesn’t have the option of saying that he wants to spend more time with his family.
Those of us […]
It’s often said in authoritarian religious circles that “God is NOT mocked!”, “God CANNOT be mocked!,” or “God WILL NOT be mocked!”. As an empirical matter, the God character and His supposed standards are actually mocked on a regular basis. In the first decade of the 21st Century, two religious leaders predicted that such mockery […]
The Catholic Pope, the former Nazi Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, gave a speech today in which he spoke about his church’s problem with sexual crimes, saying, “How are we to explain the fact that people who regularly received the Lord’s body and confessed their sins in the sacrament of Penance have offended in this way? It remains a mystery.” […]
I’ve been puzzling over how Archbishop John Nienstedt could seriously assert that depriving gays of freedom and equality is not anti-gay. […]
The Bishop Marrocco-Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School issued an invitation to comic Dawn Whitwell to participate in its new anti-bullying program, but revoked the invitation yesterday, after it found out that Whitwell is a lesbian. […]
As stories appear in Catholic and secular newspapers bemoaning the closings of Catholic schools, remember that Catholic organizations chose to spend millions of dollars to preserve legal discrimination in the United States of America. The Catholic group Knights of Columbus spent $1.2 million to outlaw same-sex marriage in California in 2008, making it the biggest […]
Pope Benedict XVI doesn’t seem to be in a mood to listen. Who could hear the humansists’ protest, then, and listen? […]
A Catholic conference’s concern with confirming the literal truth of the Bible’s ancient model of the universe comes across in such promised lectures such as The Biblical Firmament: Outer Space is Not Empty. […]
Steve Wessler asks two important questions in Wednesday’s Portland Press Herald:
The Ku Klux Klan has deep Christian roots. Would Americans rise up in anger if a Christian group proposed to build a church near the site of a Klan killing?
In 1856, a period of intense anti-Catholic sentiment in the United States, a mob […]
The Catholic Archbishop of New York says he’d be glad to help Muslim Americans move their things out of Manhattan, relocating a mosque out of his territory. How neighborly. Just as neighborly as when he nixed the erection of a mosque in Staten Island, also his territory.
This fight is about a squabble between religions, […]