National Poetry Month wraps up this week and it would be a travesty to not attend our "Free Verse" poetry night event tonight at KGB's Red Room in the East Village. Also this week, Rome-based artist Gonzalo Orquin re-creates a show that was intended to be exhibited at a private gallery in Rome but w ... More >>
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 >>
Alex Gibney rages against the church's cover-up of abuse
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 >>
American nuns have been helping poor and sick people too much, so the Vatican has appointed a strict supervisor to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious to make these liturgical ladies behave. And as the Voice reported yesterday, the Conference has since shot back at the Church, slamming Ca ... More >>
The Vatican thinks that nuns are wasting their time on human rights and social work -- you know, typical helpful nun stuff. Instead, the Catholic Church wants America's nuns to spend more time doing things that don't typically help people, like telling them not to have premarital sex, according to ... More >>
There are certain words that existed way before Charlie Sheen ever thought to say them, but when he finally strung them together in his particular fashion, they came alive! Thus, he would like to own them, or at least, copyright them. According to the actor's rep Larry Solters, Sheen is tryin ... More >>
File this one under "Probably Fake Trend Stories That Are Funny Enough Regardless," because the Telegraph is reporting that a six-day conference on exorcism blames the internet for a rise in Satanism. "The internet makes it much easier than in the past to find information about Satanism," sai ... More >>
xiquinhosilvaVatican canon law adviser Edward Peters has criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo for receiving Communion. The Daily News reports that because Cuomo has a live-in girlfriend and holds certain political views, Peters said the act of receiving communion at Mass the day after his inaugur ... 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 >>
Just one Google image result for "pope bling."Here's a good plot for Dan Brown's next novel (you read it here, Brown!): Italian magistrates have frozen $30 million from the Vatican bank and are investigating top bank officials for alleged violations of European money laundering rules.
• Though the Vatican issued revisions to laws yesterday that would make it easier to discipline priests involved in sexual abuse (a good thing!), they also stated that ordaining women was as grave an offense as pedophilia, heresy, apostasy, or schism. Oh, Catholic Church. [NYT]
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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 >>
It's a "sign of the times" story, but thankfully not of the "man sells newborn for Beatles: Rock Band" variety. The Brooklyn diocese of the Catholic Chuch may forego one of the nicer innovations of Vatican II -- the passing of the communion cup to worshipers for swigs of the blood of Christ -- for ... More >>
The United Nations General Assembly in New York is poised to take a historic step for LGBT rights today with its first-ever statement affirming that sexual orientation and gender identity are included in human rights protections. It was signed by representatives of 60 countries from all geographic ... More >>
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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