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 gays… » 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 married,… » 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

Catholic Prep School Says Our Sexting Story Isn't Accurate; Alumni…

Earlier this week, we reported on "Alexis," the 10th grader who was asked to withdraw from Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia for texting a topless photo as "a dare" to two male friends on the lacrosse team she managed. According to Alexis and her mother, the boys who shared her sext with the entire… » 4/12/13 5:00pm 4/12/13 5:00pm

Girl Sends Sext, Gets Kicked Out of School. Lacrosse Players Share…

A 16-year-old student says she was forced to withdraw from her prestigious Catholic prep school after texting a topless photo to two of the school's star athletes, who shared it with the entire lacrosse team but received no punishment. Instead of using the incident as a teachable moment for both male and female… » 4/10/13 5:14pm 4/10/13 5:14pm

All Hell Breaks Loose After Pope Washes Women's Feet

The Vatican collapsed in a puff of smoke and funny hats this morning following Pope Francis's sacrilegious decision to wash and kiss the feet of two young women at a juvenile detention center in Rome on Holy Thursday. Well, not yet, but the gesture angered conservatives and liturgical purists who believe Francis set a… » 3/29/13 10:25am 3/29/13 10:25am