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Vatican upset over Foreign Office memo

A couple days ago, a memo circulated around the Foreign Office suggesting some "ideas" for Pope Benedict XVI's visit to England. The list included the Pope launching his own condom to opening an abortion clinic. Like any memo that begins with the words "should not be shared externally", it quickly escaped the confines of the office and has so outraged the Vatican they are threatening not to come to the coun ...

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Sinead O’Connor was way ahead of her time

Man, remember when Sinead O'Connor tore up the picture of Pope John Paul II saying "fight the real enemy"? Well imagine she did that same stunt today but with Raztinger's picture instead; I'm not sure she would cause as big a firestorm now. I can't imagine how much courage it took back then to take a stand against such a large institution, but we owe a lot to the bravery of folks like Sinead who chose to sp ...

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US priest accused of molesting hundreds of boys

Pope Benedict XVI is again being implicated in another abuse scandal, this time out of the state of Wisconsin. Reverend Lawrence C. Murphy worked in a school for deaf children, and while Benny was alerted in two letters that the priest had been suspected of molesting dozens of children, he failed to do anything at all. Unsurprisingly, Murphy was transferred from the school when the heat got too high to anot ...

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Vatican considers British Equity Bill “unjust”

It seems as though the Vatican is unable to mind their own damn business, as they've recently opposed a piece of legislation in the UK commonly known as the "Equity Bill". The Bill itself seems to focus on trying to tackle discrimination in workplaces, for anything ranging from age, race, gender, and (more importantly for the church) sexual orientation. Now the Pope may be an evil scumbag, but he's no fool; ...

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Murphy report buries Catholic Church

I get emails from Catholics all the time asking me why I'm "picking" on their religion. It's true they certainly aren't the only game in town, but they are perhaps the most influential and financially wealthy religious organization in the world. It must be strange for them to hear so much criticism. It's only been recently that any of us have actually been allowed to speak ill of the church without having t ...

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Cry me a river

So, according to this guy, atheists are a plague; a bunch of unimaginative accountants of rationalism, unable to appreciate the beauty of a Picasso because we have yet to surrender our reason to dogma. Likewise, the audience that Greg Craven tries to appeal to (disgruntled Catholics who feel attacked by "new atheists") believe every single nonbeliever is a crusty curmudgeon hell bent on ruining everyone's " ...

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Catholic charity in Washington threatens to cut service over gay rights issue

Remember the video I put up with Stephen Fry and Christopher Hitchens debating about whether or not the Catholic Church is a force for good? In one part of the video, a well meaning woman stood up and commented on the fact that she was a Catholic and didn't really have any issue with Fry's homosexuality. Stephen responded by saying that the position of the Catholic Church regarding homosexuality is clear, a ...

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A Crusade against atheism

This comic is in response to the Pope's recent "Crusade" to try and blame environmental problems, societal degradation, and all the maladies of the world on secularism. Does he have any proof of these assertions? You must have forgotten about Papal Infallibility if you asked such a silly question! ...

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Reports of clerical abuse keep pouring in

One of my favorite movie moments from childhood is the scene from Rocky 4 where Rocky Balboa keeps getting repeatedly punched in the face by Ivan Drago (perhaps Doulph Lundgren's greatest role), until finally, exhausted from punching, Drago is defeated. Rocky 4 was a true 80s cheese movie, complete with endless montages, pointless moralizing about steroid use, and of course, America winning the day. Despite ...

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Does loving dogs make you a genocidal monster?

Ok, that may sound like a stupid question, but let me refer you to the picture above. Hitler loved his dog, and he was responsible for the Holocaust. Surely, according to this logic, I've made a powerful case against owning canines. If you think I've gone insane, rest assured I'm only trying to prove a point. There's an article on Proud Atheist that tries to debunk the claim Christians make about Hitler's p ...

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