Pope Francis Directs Priests to Pardon Women for Having Abortions 

It’s the Holy Year of Mercy in the Catholic world, and the remarkably chill Pope Francis has announced that the Vatican will mark the occasion by sending out “missionaries of mercy” who will pardon women for having had abortions and doctors for performing them. Abortion, which is considered a mortal sin, can still… » 5/07/15 10:50am 5/07/15 10:50am

Shade Court: A Tidal Wave, Shady Angels and E! Online Fails Again

Quite a few brands appeared in Shade Court this week. Some did much better than others. Still, to all the brand strategists and social media managers and plucky interns out there, I have one suggestion: stick to what you know. It’s a slight spin on that ancient adage, “stay in your damn lane.” If you make underwear,… » 4/10/15 12:10pm 4/10/15 12:10pm

Cool Pope to Catholics: Don't Be Selfish, Breed Like Rabbits!

Last month, Pope Francis won the hearts and minds of many nonbelievers when he told reporters that having too many children is an irresponsible choice and that just because humans could breed like rabbits, they probably shouldn't. Now, after he's come under fire from Catholics around the world, he's changed his mind. » 2/11/15 12:50pm 2/11/15 12:50pm

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

Rabbit Breeders Feel Totally Slut-Shamed By Pope Francis

Earlier this week, Pope Francis urged Catholics to cool it a little on procreation, saying, "God gives you methods to be responsible. Some think that — excuse the word — that in order to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits. No." Not happy: rabbit breeders, one of whom tells the Telegraph that the Pope's… » 1/21/15 1:10pm 1/21/15 1:10pm

Pope’s Philly Visit Causes Serious Wedding Hell

Ah, the unmitigated beauty of a September wedding on the East coast! It's a lovely time of year, the boiling stench of summer having subsided but the chill of deep fall still at arm's length. The weather is reasonably predictable and the leaves are still on the trees. For a wedding, it's a perfect canvas—until the… » 1/19/15 1:20pm 1/19/15 1:20pm

Vatican Concludes Six-Year Investigation of American Nuns 

In 2008, under then-pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican launched a broad investigation into the "quality of life" of American nuns, a move that, to a lot of those nuns, looked like it was meant to forcefully nudge them back in line. On Tuesday, the completed investigation was finally released; instead of being critical,… » 12/16/14 11:10am 12/16/14 11:10am

Cool Pope to Build Showers for the Homeless in Vatican City

The (comparatively) hip new Pope is really going for it this week, first saying all kinds of compassionate stuff about gay people and divorcees, and now, Religion News Service reports, announcing a plan to build showers for the homeless in St. Peter's Square, the plaza directly in front of Francis's crib. » 11/13/14 5:50pm 11/13/14 5:50pm