Nun Abuse: How My Mother, a Former Nun, Suffered at the Hands of 'The Good Sisters'

Catholic priests have become synonymous with “abuse” in recent years, but they’ve never been the only people of the cloth guilty of inflicting physical and emotional pain on innocent victims. Seldom talked about are the rarely maligned women of the Church: sisters who intentionally abused fellow nuns behind convent… »11/20/15 2:30pm11/20/15 2:30pm


Liam Neeson Narrated a Pro-Choice Ad for Amnesty International and People Are Maaaaaad

In the run-up to Ireland’s general election next spring, one of the biggest issues is quickly becoming whether the country will vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which places a near-total ban on abortion. Liam Neeson recently did a voiceover for an ad advocating that the law be repealed, leading to an epidemic of… »10/21/15 11:30am10/21/15 11:30am

Catholic School Dumps Student with Leukemia, Then Tries to Lure Her Back

In a case of, ‘That’s so Catholic Church!’, a Catholic school in Detroit dismissed one of its students—who was sick with leukemia—because of poor attendance. Because she was being treated for leukemia. Now she’s going to public school, and the Catholic school is like, no, hey, you can come back if you want, we were… »4/27/15 10:10am4/27/15 10:10am

Catholic Church Says It's Against Religion to Pay Sex Abuse Victims

The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which owes victims of pedophile priests (including one, Think Progress notes, who was accused of assaulting approximately 200 deaf children) $17 million has decided to put that money into a fund reserved for cemeteries and claims that to pay the victims what they're owed is a… »3/11/15 10:30pm3/11/15 10:30pm

80-Year Old Grandma Becomes Priest Despite Law Saying She Can't

The Catholic Church is infamous for telling women what they can and can't do with their bodies—and also bans them from taking clergy roles, aside from becoming nuns. But an awesome, 80-year old grandma named Rita Lucey is all, 'Fuck that, I want to be a priest so I'm going to become one, anyway,' and joined the… »1/18/15 3:30pm1/18/15 3:30pm

Kenyan Bishops: Don't Vaccinate Your Kids; It's a Birth Control Trap!

The Catholic Church and Kenya's government are at odds over a vaccine that religious leaders say is a sterilization drug disguised as a tetanus shot. The Church is advising women not to vaccinate themselves or their children because they might ruin their reproductive future. Meanwhile, political leaders say the drug… »11/12/14 2:20pm11/12/14 2:20pm

Pope Francis 'Begs Forgiveness' From Catholic Sex Abuse Victims

Pope Francis met with six victims of sexually abusive priests at the Vatican on Monday, where he asked for their forgiveness. This is, at least, his second request following another public appeal back in April where he asked victims to forgive their abusers just before Easter. That move set off anti-abuse protestors… »7/07/14 3:00pm7/07/14 3:00pm

NY Catholic Group Wins Right To Deny Birth Control to Employees

US District Judge Brian Cogan ruled yesterday that a group of New York Catholic institutions cannot be forced to offer birth control in employee health care plans as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The group consisted of six New York-area Catholic organizations including the Archdiocese, high schools, medical… »12/17/13 11:50am12/17/13 11:50am

Catholic Bullshitter Timothy Dolan: Church Is Being ‘Out-Marketed’

Well, Cardinal Timothy Dolan isn't exactly wrong when he insists that the Catholic Church is being "out-marketed" when it comes to gay rights, but his reasoning that the powerful Hollywood marketing machine has somehow distorted the issue and undermined the Church's once-powerful propaganda machine is bullshit. The… »12/01/13 4:30pm12/01/13 4:30pm

Creepy Catholic Website Explains Why Women Shouldn't Go to College

If you're an 18-year-old adult woman on the fence about whether or not your parents "should" "let" you go to college, fret no more! The internet provides, as always, in the form of this staggeringly terrible listicle from (which, as far as I can tell, is a machine where you put in Catholicism and the… »9/12/13 11:20am9/12/13 11:20am

The Archdiocese, New York’s Shittiest Landlord, Bans Public School Tenants from Teaching Sex Ed

If the Catholic Church was your landlord, it almost definitely wouldn't let you masturbate in your apartment. You'd have to sneak away to a public park, like some sort of deviant. The Catholic Church, in other words, would make a pretty overbearing landlord, something that is being proved right now in New York, where… »4/07/13 4:30pm4/07/13 4:30pm

Pope Resigns, Hands in Collection of Crazy-Tall Hats

Time to cue up the montage of your favorite papal moments over the past 8 years because earlier this morning Pope Benedict XVI announced that he is officially retiring from his important work of blessing Ferraris and denying women birth control as of February 28th of 2013. He is the first Pope to quit the job in… »2/11/13 10:35am2/11/13 10:35am

We're So Surprised That the Catholic Bishops Rejected Obama's Birth Control Guidelines, Again

The White House released new birth control guidelines last Friday (we broke them down here) in hopes of reaching a compromise with religious groups and organizations that don't want to subsidize whatever they personally equate with baby-killing: contraceptives, sterilization, Plan B, those stress dreams you have that… »2/08/13 3:00pm2/08/13 3:00pm