Vatican Report Asks If Church Can 'Accept And Value' Lesbians and Gays

A new report from the Roman Catholic Church's two-week long Synod on the Family has left LGBT+ groups cheering and conservative Catholic commentators upset. The Church recognises the "gifts and qualities" of gay people, and asks if the Church can "accept and value" the orientation of lesbians and gays. » 10/13/14 9:57pm 10/13/14 9:57pm

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

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 3:00pm 7/07/14 3:00pm

​Jokester Pope Cracks a Couple Good Ones Instead of Talking Misogyny

Since stepping up to the papacy last year, Pope Francis has enjoyed the popularity (with a grain of salt) that comes from making a few reasonable statements (and some balls to the walls take downs). Despite his reputation for saying progressive things (that, as Anna March at the Weeklings points out, is undermined by… » 6/29/14 12:38pm 6/29/14 12:38pm

'Cool' Pope Decries Abortion, Reminds Us Why Popes Are Not So Cool

Oh, Pope Francis. We're all trying so hard to be into you—despite the fact that you are the figurehead of a historically oppressive international corporation that shelters pedophiles, stigmatizes safe sex, and encourages the mass marginalization of women and gay people—so why don't you just go all the way and really… » 1/13/14 7:50pm 1/13/14 7:50pm

Pope Francis Casts the Jesus Water Charm on This Cute Baby

In this photo provided by the Vatican paper L' Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis blesses a baby during a baptism at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. With wails resounding amid the splendor of the Sistine Chapel, the Pontiff did his Christian due diligence and baptized 32 infants as a precaution, just in case Hell is… » 1/12/14 2:00pm 1/12/14 2:00pm