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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

Jehovah's Witness Leader: There's a 'Spiritual Dilemma' in Reporting Sexual Abuse

Since 2013, Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Childhood Sexual Abuse has been investigating how institutions like schools and churches respond to allegations of sexual crimes against children. The commission is now questioning members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, finding that there have been… » 8/18/15 1:20pm 8/18/15 1:20pm

Episcopalians Voting On Whether Gay Marriage To Be Allowed In Church

Now that gay marriage is legal, churches have to take a long hard look at whether they’re open to holding same sex weddings in their houses of worship. And while no one’s going to force religious figures to perform these marriages against their will, the Episcopalians may be on the track to changing the way they look… » 7/01/15 3:00pm 7/01/15 3:00pm

Who is Sending Death Threats to Female AME Pastors in South Carolina?

A local news station is reporting that three female pastors of African Methodist Episcopal churches in Clarendon County, South Carolina have received threatening letters. The letter-writer, who calls himself “Apostle Prophet Harry L. Fleming,” quotes Bible verses to claim that women shouldn’t be pastors, and warns… » 7/01/15 9:30am 7/01/15 9:30am

Diets Are Basically Religions, So Toxins Are Basically the Devil

Has anyone recently told you how well the Paleo diet is working for them and tried to convince you to join them in living that nut-eating, meat-avoiding cavewoman lifestyle? One commonality across all trendy diets is how much their followers love to preach their gospels of eating. “The enthusiasm some people have for… » 5/07/15 10:45pm 5/07/15 10:45pm

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

Why Zack Kopplin Is Losing Ground In The War Against Creationists

For the past eight years, 21-year-old Zack Kopplin has been fighting to keep creationism out of Louisiana’s science classrooms. Despite a series of setbacks and the feeling that he’s continually losing battles, Kopplin still feels he’ll win the war. We spoke with him to learn more. » 5/04/15 3:28pm 5/04/15 3:28pm

Church Accused of Starving, Trying to Resurrect 'Possessed' Toddler

A pastor at a church in a Texas suburb has been accused of starving a two-year-old boy to death because she believed he was possessed by demons. Church members then attempted to “resurrect” the child before taking his body to Mexico for burial. The child’s mother did not report the death; the police were… » 4/14/15 4:45pm 4/14/15 4:45pm

80-Year Old Grandma Becomes Priest Despite Law Saying She Can't

The Catholic Church is infamous for telling women what they can and can't do with their bodies—and also bans them from taking clergy roles, aside from becoming nuns. But an awesome, 80-year old grandma named Rita Lucey is all, 'Fuck that, I want to be a priest so I'm going to become one, anyway,' and joined the… » 1/18/15 3:30pm 1/18/15 3:30pm