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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

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

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 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

Irish Priest May Publicly Defy the Vatican About Advocating for Female Priests and Questioning Church Authority

If you're monitoring your news feed today, you might get to watch Rev. Tony Flannery, a 66-year-old Irish Catholic priest with no threshold for doctrinal bullshit, throw down a serious gauntlet against the Vatican when he defies orders from Vatican authorities not to speak out about his advocacy for a more open-minded… » 1/20/13 12:30pm 1/20/13 12:30pm

Italy’s Vanity Fair Cover Story Is All About How Handsome the Pope’s Secretary Is

The beautiful mug of the most handsome Jesus wizard in the Vatican, Georg Ganswein, has graced the cover of Italy's Vanity Fair, proof either that the Catholic Church is trying to glamour Italians into becoming more religious, or that good-looking people really do have a professional leg-up on the rest of us uggos. » 1/17/13 1:15pm 1/17/13 1:15pm

Bare Breasts Fail to Stir the Pope’s Cold, Lifeless Heart

Women go topless to protest the Vatican's opposition to gay marriage in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. Police quickly took the women away, and the Pope appeared not to have been disturbed as he delivered his traditional prayer from his studio window overlooking the piazza. On their bare… » 1/13/13 12:30pm 1/13/13 12:30pm

Guess What, Everyone? The Vatican Haaaated J.K. Rowling’s New Book

I think we'd all like to believe that, sitting next to a reading lamp and swaddled in his Holy Snuggie somewhere deep inside the Vatican's intestinal labyrinths, Pope Benedict Palpatine Vader XVI read The Casual Vacancy with a mounting sense of disappointment that Harry Potter didn't make at least a cameo appearance.… » 11/04/12 6:01pm 11/04/12 6:01pm

The Catholic Church Makes Kateri Tekakwitha the First Native American Saint Amid Some Rejoicing

During an elaborate open-air ceremony at the Vatican's Saint Peter's Square this morning that involved a lot of fancy costumes, bejeweled bibles, Latin liturgies, and probably some bored, sleep-weary children, clandestine Sith lord Pope Benedict XVI canonized Kateri Tekakwitha (along with six others), making her the… » 10/21/12 12:00pm 10/21/12 12:00pm

Vatican Newspaper Wonders Why Bald Barbie Isn’t Actually in Any Stores

The Vatican's daily newspaper has called for Mattel to start selling its recently-introduced line of bald Barbies, which were introduced earlier this year following a prolonged Facebook campaign started by the mother of a young girl who underwent chemotherapy. Mattel currently donates the bald doll to hospitals, but… » 8/19/12 5:00pm 8/19/12 5:00pm

Rebel Nuns Sass Pope, Don Leather Jackets, Cruise Away Loudly on Motorcycles

American nuns, fed up with the Vatican's dissent-squelching bullshit, have fired back at the Pope and his cronies, arguing that cracking down on holy ladies who question the teachings of the Church undermines the entire purpose of Catholicism as an evolving, living faith. Okay — those last two details in the headline… » 6/19/12 12:55pm 6/19/12 12:55pm

Women Who Disagree With Catholic Church Now Accused of Radical Feminism Instead of Witchcraft

Change has come to the Catholic Church. After centuries of accusing women who disagree with them of witchcraft, they've abandoned their antiquated ways and embraced a more modern way of thinking — accusing women who disagree with them of "radical feminism." And you say the Church isn't progressive! » 6/08/12 2:40pm 6/08/12 2:40pm

Nun Writes Sex Book Praising Female Masturbation, Vatican Blows a Sanctimonious Gasket

An American nun who wrote a book about sex that praised female masturbation has been accused of promoting a "radical feminist agenda" by officials of the Catholic Church, an organization that knowingly and willfully protected pedophile priests from prosecution and is the proprietor of a bank that's US officials have… » 6/05/12 1:50pm 6/05/12 1:50pm

Reps For All Those Crazy Feminist Nuns Strike Back At The Vatican

A while back, Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican decided to crack down on the country's 57,000 Catholic nuns for not speaking out enough against gay marriage, abortion and women's ordination, sporting "a prevalence of certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith," juggling baguettes while… » 6/02/12 6:00pm 6/02/12 6:00pm