On Monday, a Brooklyn Supreme Court jury needed just nine minutes to decide that Derrick Deacon was innocent of the crime that has kept him behind bars for 24 years. Chalk it up as another wrongful conviction coming out of the Kings County District Attorney's office, which has been embroiled . And ... More >>
Alex Gibney rages against the church's cover-up of abuse
The Virgin Mary might live in a tree in West New York, New Jersey, some now claim. Today's New York Times has a report that religious pilgrims have been flocking to the site, "making the sign of the cross and weeping at the base of a Ginkgo biloba tree with a strange knot that they believe resembl ... More >>
It turns out there is insurance coverage for sexual abuse and molestation. This was brought to our attention by last week's Daily News article that claimed that in the wake of so many recent sex abuse scandals, the city is requiring all contractors who come into contact with youth to carry abuse a ... More >>
What happens when you mix together the crazy plot twists of Dan Brown, the conspicuous nature of Julian Assange and a right-hand serviceman as powerful as Alfred was to Bruce Wayne? You have what the Times has called "perhaps the greatest breach in centuries in the wall of secrec ... More >>
At the Republican debate on Saturday night, several candidates insisted that bigotry goes both ways, and in fact the Catholic Church is the object of steaming piles of it. In the course of the debate, Rick Perry denounced "the war on religion" and Newt Gingrich fumed: "Should the Catholic Church b ... More >>
Yes, Today show host Kathie Lee Gifford and I are the focal points of the print campaign for the smash Broadway musical The Book of Mormon! That's the one about Mormons going to Uganda and spreading lies, which results in the Ugandan natives putting on a fabulous musical revue!
You may be better off going DIY.Things you should know: When going to a voodoo priest, be sure to check his credentials thoroughly, as he may not be a real, honest-to-goodness, certifiable voodoo priest. He may be just a regular person, or worse, a con artist, who's looking to take advantage ... More >>
Monsignor William LynnThe Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal veered into uncharted waters Thursday with the indictment of one of former Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua's top aides. Monsignor William Lynn, now 60, is accused of shielding molester priests from detection and transferring t ... More >>
Or, More Ways to Cash in on Religion
Today Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva said that he would ratify a law making Portugal the sixth European country to legalize same-sex marriage. They join other nice places like Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain.
Remember the other day, when we heard about New York playwright Neil LaBute's new play, which may or may not be about the Mormon religion, which he was basically tossed out of? LaBute doesn't exactly mince words in his plays, but what's now coming to Broadway will likely make whatever he has ... More >>
Cardinal sins: Years after his woeful behavior in the priest sex-abuse scandal, Edward Egan moved to New York and became a cardinal. Here he is with President George W. Bush. (Egan is the one who's not praying.) Documents long sealed and finally released against the Catholic Church's wishes reveal ... More >>
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. The Defender Magazine Date: Issues from January, February and September, 1955 ... More >>
Prospect Park staff were handed the gross job of removing 15 cow tongues from trees one morning last week. The flesh had been driven into park trees with nails which had to be pried out. According to the Parks Department, the severed, dangling organs were spotted by a dog walker who then ga ... More >>
You might have heard that Mayor Bloomberg wants to save a few New York Catholic schools by making them er...not Catholic schools anymore. As public charters, the troubled schools would receive much needed cash from the city. According to the Times, which looked at similar conversions in Washington D ... More >>
Plays about place oddly displaced
Why can't parents face the ugly truth?
It seems a surefire way to get publicity: do something even mildly sexy with the Virgin Mary, then wait for the Catholic Church to denounce you. We saw it last month with the Virgin Mary's Mexican Playboy cover. Now we're seeing it with designer Ricardo Oyarzun's recent fashion show, in which mode ... More >>
A lot of antagonism has been built up against the Kabbalah and even more so over Scientology, throngs of people feeling these are "made up" religions without a lot of credibility or substance. But can anyone who practices a more established religion really perch on a high horse and offer such spew ... More >>
Documentary examines the Catholic Church's history of anti-Semitism
Those wacky Mormons and their mandate to love illegals
Mike Jones wasn't the only one to get regular visits from "Art."
A documentary portrait of a pedophile priest and his pious protectors
Laid in a manger, abridged in the White House
'86'95: From Evangelicals to Trannies, the First Gulf War to Tupac Shakur
The Vatican ponders whether the natives are real people too
A cardinal's Sin: Is he the Church corporeal, or just a cog in a corporate bureaucracy?
The success of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code excites interest in a secretive Catholic lay groupand further notes on the culture of conspiracism
Eligible SWM Seeks Hibernian Honey for Pastoral Passion
The Sexcapades and Politics Behind New Yorks Bogus Catholic Museum
Why Religion Doesn't Have a Prayer in New York Politics
'The World Is Strangely Silent'
A Guide for the Perplexed