Last week the Pope made some nice-sounding comments about gay priests ("Who am I to judge") which, as even casual students of the Holy Mother Church will know, do not constitute policy statements. Nonetheless the pleasure with which it was received in some quarters presented rightbloggers with an ... More >>
Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world today when he announced that he will be resigning from his post on February 28th. Speaking in Latin to a group of cardinals, he said, "Before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise. ... More >>
This week, thousands of Mormons are meeting up in Upstate New York for what's called the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Of course, the pageant is getting a little extra attention this year, and not just because 2012 marks the fest's 75th anniversary. G.O.P. presidential contender Mitt Romney is Mormon, an ... More >>
On the same day Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan told reporters that he's "bolstered" by Governor Andrew Cuomo's assurances that he won't support a bill pending in the New York Legislature that would define abortion rights (NOTE: the Governor's Office declined comment when asked if Cuomo opposed t ... More >>
New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan has arrived in Rome, NY1 reported, after leaving from JFK International Airport last night. The flight was the first set in Dolan's journey to be elevated to cardinal. The New York Daily News caught Dolan as he was leaving his St. Patrick's residence yesterday eveni ... More >>
As we reported this week, Blake Mycoskie, the founder of philanthropic canvas shoe company TOMS, has been working with Christian anti-gay group Focus on the Family. He spoke at a Focus on the Family event in June. Mycoskie has commented to us on the issue, via a representative:
Today, the internet noticed that Blake Mycoskie, the founder of the philanthropic slip-on shoe company TOMS, which donates a pair of shoes for every one bought (and has expanded greatly and now includes a wedding collection), has been working closely with Focus on the Family, which does not e ... More >>
Click here to read my column in which I talk to the stars and creators of The Book of Mormon about the volatile and hilarious musical that's uplifted the whole season while a certain superhero faltered right out of the sky a tiny bit.
I'm quite certain that The Book of Mormon is the only current Broadway musical with the song lyric, "Fuck you, God, in your ass, mouth, and cunt--and the eye!" And I defy anyone to get offended. Except Mormons. The show--done by the South Park guys with the help of an Avenue Q writer--manag ... More >>
via Robot NineWe've all been waiting with bated breath to see what the pope would say about our little Facebook obsession. And finally, here it is. He approves! Sort of. 83-year-old Pope Benedict has praised the potential of social networking -- but warned that "online friendships are no subs ... More >>
Oh yes, heathens. In 2010, Pope Benedict gave the divine OK to condom use in certain instances, and now it turns out he also granted a heartfelt blessing to a gay pride festival in Canada! He's clearly putting the Sodom back in Gomorrah.
Despite the news yesterday that Pope Benedict XVI admits in a new book that condoms can be helpful in certain cases -- like for male prostitutes, so they don't get AIDS -- the Vatican wants everyone to know that sex is still bad. A Vatican spokesman said on Sunday (God's day) that the Pope's ... More >>
Jimmy HatPope Benedict XVI writes in his new book, out Tuesday, that condoms can be used "in certain cases" like "to reduce the risk of [HIV] infection," according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Last year in Africa, the Pope told reporters that AIDS "cannot be overcome through the distributio ... More >>
The picture is via BuzzFeed (courtesy of Blogger Chen) because Pope Benedict XVI had a Vatican conference on culture, telling believers that new forms of communication "risk increasing a sense of solitude and disorientation." So don't have sex and definitely don't use condoms! This seems lik ... More >>
The Empire State Building is privately owned, and as such, they can do whatever the hell they want -- lighting themselves in pink and red for Valentine's Day, or honoring the Simpsons, or whatever. So, when they said no to lights honoring Mother Teresa's upcoming 100th birthday on August 26, ... More >>
Genius. Is there a better investment opportunity out there for a media outlet? The New York Times has apparently uncovered the answer to all of their fiscal issues of recent: Satan.
In light of the hundreds of new sexual abuse allegations against the Catholic church, Pope Benedict XVI has a really, really good plan: He's going to write a letter. A letter intended to "help 'repentance, healing and renewal.' " He's going to sign it on Friday and send it out "soon afterward ... More >>
When we saw the headline at Catholic New York, "New Yorkers Can Watch Archbishop Dolan Receive Pallium on EWTN," we thought the poor man was sick and receiving some sort of chemotherapy. Happily, it actually meant that in a ceremony in Rome Pope Benedict XVI put a circular woolen band around the nec ... More >>
This had to happen! The Universal Free Church is calling for a national petition drive to allow gay marriage and to ban Mormon marriage! (That should even things out. Otherwise, the chapels will be way overbooked.) Like so many people out there, they feel the Mormons have a right to say whatever the ... More >>
We tend to forget that, despite our godless liberal reputation, the Catholic Church plays a huge role in the life of New York. It holds spiritual sway over millions of our citizens and owns some prime real estate, which always buys a seat at the power table. Historically its archbishop has been a pr ... More >>
Pope Benedict XVI is considering clearing the way for the beatification (a sort of pre-certification for sainthood) of Pope Pius XII, who held the Throne of Peter from 1939 to 1958. But Benedict indicates he is not unaware that "in recent years, when Pius XII is spoken of, attention is concentrated ... More >>
This is the invite of the year: "LGBT New Yorkers and Straight Allies Please Join Us... Wednesday, November 12, 6:30-8:00pm at New York Manhattan Mormon Temple, 125 Columbus Ave at 65th Street Tens of thousands of our brothers and sisters are in the streets in California and Salt Lake City and ... More >>
In his 2001 essay, "From Sabbath Proscriptions to Super Sunday Celebrations: Sports and Religion in America," Joseph L. Price examines the similarity between religious ritual and sports fandom. Price is especially interested in the parallels between religious spaces and ballparks, noting that baseba ... More >>
The narrative of Pope Benedict XVI as rock star is already beginning to play itself out in both of our sensational tabloids. The Post describes an audience of elementary school students who were on hand at Andrews Air Force base: "When they caught sight of the white-haired, white-robed" Benedict, st ... More >>
The arrival of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States has been receiving a ton of media coverage in the city. It makes sense: we have a pretty decent Catholic population, and the pope is spending three days here, including a trip to Ground Zero and celebrating a mass in Yankee Stadium (the un-cursed ... More >>
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Parishioners of St. Brigid's on Avenue B held a vigil today, but not inside their Roman Catholic Church that dates to 1848. Instead they were on the sidewalk, watching with dismay as a wrecking crew assembled scaffolding in a first step to taking the historic church down (see slideshow here). This c ... More >>
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