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Posted inSexuality

Survey: Catholics regularly ignore the Church’s teachings on birth control

Reading Time: 3 minutes You know the Catholic Church’s stance on abortion. They oppose it wholeheartedly. They fight against any policy moves that would put women’s best interests ahead of their fetuses. Catholic hospitals famously won’t perform the procedure even in dire circumstances (like ectopic pregnancies). And yet 56% of all U.S. Catholics believe abortion should be legal in […]

Posted inHistory

Remembering the Catholic Church’s role in the immolation of Vietnam

Reading Time: 6 minutes Nearly sixty years after a Vietnamese Buddhist monk set himself on fire in Saigon, we have largely forgotten the reason—not the US invasion, but an oppressive Roman Catholic regime that precipitated what came to be called the Buddhist crisis.

It’s time for the Catholic Church to acknowledge its active hand in that disaster and the war that followed.

Posted inReproductive rights

The Catholic Church waited too long to kick Frank Pavone out of the priesthood

Reading Time: 4 minutes Frank Pavone, a Catholic priest who became known for his anti-abortion extremism and MAGA cultism far more than anything Jesus-related, has (finally) been removed from the priesthood by the Vatican. The previously unreported laicization occurred on November 9 with “no possibility of appeal,” according to the Catholic News Agency. Given that Pavone’s work with the […]

Posted inBooks

Unholy Catholic Ireland: Despite secular shift, many cling to Catholicism

Reading Time: 8 minutes For much of the past century, Ireland was practically synonymous with the Catholic Church. The Church was arguably the most powerful institution for generations of Irish people. But all that began to change in recent years and it’s happened faster than anyone could have anticipated. “Holy Catholic Ireland” is quickly turning unholy. Ireland is now […]

Posted inReligious News

Pope Francis is lying about having ‘zero tolerance’ for sexual abuse

Reading Time: 3 minutes In a lengthy interview with CNN Portugal, Pope Francis insisted, falsely, that he had a “zero tolerance” policy when it came to the sexual abuse of children. In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview in Rome last month, the Pontiff said the church had “zero tolerance” for abuse and said that “a priest cannot remain a priest […]

Posted inReligious News

No, NYT—the Catholic Church is not ‘New York’s hottest club’

Reading Time: 3 minutes What is New York’s hottest club? Apparently it’s the Catholic Church, where child sexual abuse has been a rampant problem for decades, where women are forbidden from participating in the highest levels of leadership, where abortion rights and the existence of transgender people are both denied, where same-sex marriage is considered immoral, where financial scandals […]

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