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Chill Pope Totally Supports Banned Book About Gay Parents

Look, you can say whatever you want about our reigning Pope, but you can’t deny that the dude is a little more chill than his predecessors (especially the last one). This has been made even more evident by the fact that the last authority on anything Catholic has taken up as a supporter of a controversial children’s… » 8/28/15 10:55am Friday 10:55am

Chill Pope and Vatican Set to Do Battle With Ghostly Bosnian Virgin Mary

A spiritual battle is simmering between the Vatican and a popular shrine to the Virgin Mary in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the New York Times reports. The Vatican is investigating the shrine’s main claim to fame: that the Virgin Mary makes regular, in-person appearances. They are skeptical. » 8/27/15 3:50pm Thursday 3:50pm

Congress Awaiting Rules on How They Should Behave Around the Pope

Pope Francis’s September visit to the United States will include a joint address to both houses of Congress, which means means Congress has less than two months to figure out how to behave around the Pope. Somebody get Henry Higgins on the phone so we don’t look like a passel of complete yahoos! » 7/29/15 12:45pm 7/29/15 12:45pm

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