Get this, Mary. Departing Pope Benedict gets to retain his hot male sidekick, Georg Ganswein, who as Andrew Sullivan says, "will be living with Benedict at the monastery inside the Vatican and keeping his day job as prefect of the new pope's household." Talk about One Man, Two Guvnors! (Or "two se ... More >>
Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the most senior cleric in the UK, has announced that he won't be part of the big old jamboree that will help choose a new Pope. O'Brien tendered his resignation last year in the wake of allegations of "inappropirate behavior" with junior clergy back in the 1980s, when Jerry ... More >>
Pope Benedict XVI is taking off his pretty dress and stepping down, which has led to all sorts of speculations, laments, and mostly, jokes. Like this one from @frankieboyle:
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
As we freak out over possible $16 muffins purchased by the Justice Department -- how could they? Muffins? Muffins aren't even good -- and the overall implosion of the U.S. economy, let us freak out more, about something with some pretty egregious dollar signs. Back in May, Representatives Mic ... More >>
shop.renovaonline.netRenova, a Portuguese paper company, is celebrating Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming trip to Madrid by releasing special edition Papal toilet paper. The yellow and white rolls--representing the colors of the Papal flag--are being released for World Youth Day. The product's des ... 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.
Just in case you thought Pope Benedict XVI was starting to make too much sense with his support for condom use in certain cases (mostly for prostitutes so as not to spread AIDS), he came through on Saturday with an icy cold blast of conservatism. World leaders, he said in an address, should s ... More >>
For years, every hustler I know has been frantically wondering, "What does the Pope feel about condom use? I think he's, like, against it, right? I will only do what he says. He's the one I turn to for sexual wisdom, after all." As they've fucked, sucked, fisted, rimmed, and felched, many an ... More >>
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 >>
We're asking, so tell us: What about our civil rights?
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.
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.
Gee, bad timing by America's pedophiles: Just as a new fracas has broken out about Pope Benedict XVI's possible role in covering for priest molesters, pedophiles are creeping out of their closet to try to change their image with a new euphemism for themselves: "minor-attracted adults." While major ... More >>
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 >>
Can you believe this shit is still news? The last pope got shot, and the next day even the Catholics were all talking about the Boston Celtics. Anyway, people who were upset that Susanna Maiolo knocked over Benedict XVI at Midnight Mass will be happy to learn she has been "taken to a mental inst ... More >>
It's been a busy year for atheists, and they're not, as you might expect, slowing down for the holidays. NYC Atheists has been charging forward on many fronts in 2009, from letting people know you can be good without God on busses, to taking its message to the streets en Espanol. And now, th ... 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 >>
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 >>
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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