Chill Vatican Thinks You Ladies Are Beautiful Without Plastic Surgery

A new Vatican document has denounced plastic surgery, calling it "aggressive" and saying it threatens "the feminine identity, showing a refusal of the body." The same document also lumps in abortion with female genital mutilation and rape as things that harm women, just in case you were worried the Vatican was… » 1/30/15 11:30am 1/30/15 11:30am

Vatican Asks What Makes Marriage Last; Elderly Couple Says SEX, Duh

On Monday, #chillpope kicked off a big two-week Vatican summit about the Catholic family. Popping by to speak to the gathering were Ron and Mavis Pirola, an Australian couple with 55 years of marriage under their belts, who informed the assembled celibates that, yeah, sex matters. A lot. » 10/07/14 5:20pm 10/07/14 5:20pm

Catholic Leader on Obamacare: Women Can Just Buy Contraception at 7-11

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the current Archbishop of New York, thinks it's totally okay for private companies like Hobby Lobby to categorically deny their female employees insurance coverage for birth control, because "By Lord, all you have to do is walk into a 7-11 or any shop on any street in America and have access to… » 4/21/14 3:15pm 4/21/14 3:15pm

Times Public Editor Suckered into Quoting Pro-Life Press Release

This evening, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan wondered in her "journal" (blog) whether the Times should have devoted more coverage to the annual "March for Life" in Washington D.C., happening this year for the 41st time. She quotes an email from one "Francis H. Hoffman": » 1/23/14 8:54pm 1/23/14 8:54pm

Pope Francis Is the Princess Diana of Popes

This morning, TIME announced that this year's Prom Queen Of News is none other than Pope Francis. The pontiff is the perfect choice for 2013's Person of the Year — he changed the Church from a mouthpiece for intolerance into one of love and acceptance. Except not really for women. He's still pretty meh about women.… » 12/11/13 12:50pm 12/11/13 12:50pm

This Is the Week the US Government Told Poor Women to Fuck Off

Know what's even scarier than stumbling into a Walgreens at 3 am and witnessing a woman dressed as Miley Cyrus puking on a guy dressed up as Jesse Pinkman as a muzakal rendition of Silent Night plays over the loudspeaker? What conservatives in the government are doing — and have done — to low income women this week.… » 11/01/13 4:20pm 11/01/13 4:20pm

Coolest Pope Ever Urges Catholics to Chill Out About Abortion and Gays

Pope Francis, the hippest, most bro'd down Pope since Pope Brad the Chill (not a real pope), just did a long interview with an Italian newspaper — and it was the stuff of right wing nightmares. During the interview, the head of the Church stopped just short of chiding modern church leaders who are "obsessed" with… » 9/19/13 2:30pm 9/19/13 2:30pm

Yet Another Court Rules Against Religious Whore Pill Haters

Here's an increasingly familiar story: a group of business-owning grown ups who believe things about birth control that are scientifically wrong has lost a lawsuit against the federal government. Related: How much time and money are anti-birth control zealots wasting filing lawsuits they keep losing? I'd be pretty… » 9/18/13 4:40pm 9/18/13 4:40pm

Pope Says You'll Get into Heaven Faster if You Follow Him on Twitter

Catholics who click on to the pope's Twitter feed on Catholic World Youth Day — a week-long event* that starts on July 22 — will gets an "indulgence", which is basically a get out of purgatory free card. The more you get, the faster you get the heck out of that hell-ish hole and straight up to the big dog's ice cream… » 7/17/13 11:30pm 7/17/13 11:30pm

Catholic Church Rules Gay Men Can Get Married -- to Lesbians

In a move that should surprise only those being cryogenically unfrozen after decades in suspended animation, the Catholic Church is officially okay with gay dudes marrying women and leading frustrating, unfulfilling lives of unpleasant sex. Their reasoning? When a penis and vagina — sorry, man and woman — get… » 6/19/13 3:15pm 6/19/13 3:15pm

David Bowie's new video is the least subtle comment on religion ever

There's a ton of amazing talent in David Bowie's music video for "The Next Day": Bowie, for one, but also Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard, reunited after The Dark Knight Rises. But the video itself is a dismally on-the-nose, been-there-done-that critique of organized religion. NSFWish for breasts and blood. » 5/12/13 5:18pm 5/12/13 5:18pm

The New Pope Dislikes Nuns as Much as the Last Pope

About 80% of nuns in the United States are members of an umbrella organization called Leadership Conference of Women Religious. This organization devotes the bulk of its efforts to helping the poor and less fortunate, probably like Jesus would have wanted. The last pope did not like the Leadership Conference and the… » 4/18/13 7:15pm 4/18/13 7:15pm