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Topless pro-LGBT protesters beat breasts and squirt water at Catholic archbishop

The Catholic Church in Belgium on Wednesday angrily denounced Femen topless protesters who targeted its primate at a conference though the archbishop himself remained composed and apparently at prayer throughout. The four protesters leapt out of their seats at a debate on blasphemy and freedom of expression held at the…

Pope: Women have a ‘special role’ in the Church

Pope Francis on Wednesday underlined the role played by women in the Roman Catholic Church, saying they had been more willing to believe in Jesus Christ’s resurrection than his own disciples. “Women play a primary, fundamental role in the Bible,” the pope told thousands of pilgrims at an audience in…

Pope Francis washes feet of Muslims in unprecedented Easter rite

Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 young offenders including two girls and two Muslims at a Rome prison on Thursday in an unprecedented version of an ancient Easter ritual, seen as part of efforts to bring the Catholic Church closer to those in need. The pope knelt down, washing…

Pope Benedict XVI leaves the Catholic Church in a state of crisis

Pope Benedict XVI will leave behind a Catholic Church grappling with crises from child abuse scandals involving priests to confronting radical Islam as well as struggling to find its place in an increasingly secular Western world. German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who will step down at the end of this month…

Slovenian referendum unexpectedly rejects rights for same-sex couples

By Bojan Kavcic LJUBLJANA — Slovenians voted Sunday against granting gay couples rights similar to those of married heterosexuals, in a referendum forced by conservative groups and the Catholic Church. With over 99 percent of ballots counted, the results showed that 54.77 percent of voters rejected a proposed new family…

Dissidents occupy Cuba church to press pope on change

HAVANA — With a papal visit looming, dissidents occupied a Catholic church here in a bold show of activism, demanding Pope Benedict XVI press for political freedom in Cuba, religious and dissident sources said Wednesday. Cuba’s Catholic church quickly slammed the move as “illegitimate and irresponsible.” “This is a coordinated,…

Anglican leader, pope pray for unity, warn of greed

The Archbishop of Canterbury and Pope Benedict XVI jointly prayed for the unity of Christianity in a rare gesture on Saturday despite simmering resentment over the Catholic Church’s move to recruit Anglicans. Anglican leader Rowan Williams and the pope celebrated vespers together in the monastery of San Gregorio al Celio…

Hacker group Anonymous takes down Vatican website

The hacking group Anonymous took down several Vatican websites on Wednesday, saying it was targeting the “corrupt” Catholic Church, a day after a high-profile bust of the group’s alleged leaders. “Anonymous decided today to besiege your site in response to the doctrine, to the liturgies, to the absurd and anachronistic…

Pope creates 22 new cardinals

Pope Benedict XVI led a solemn ceremony in Saint Peter’s Basilica on Saturday to induct 22 new cardinals into the prestigious college that will one day elect his successor. The 84-year-old pope, who entered the vast basilica on a rolling platform wearing red and gold vestments, presented the new “princes…

Thesis: Your Mom

There are two basic reactions from Vatican apologists you get when you write a pointed criticism of the dippy shit that the Catholic Church does: incoherent, bed-shitting rage and unbelievably sexist condescension.  Both reactions are hilarious but disturbing, because they tend to be effective at the ultimate goal, which is…

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