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Catholic Church More Open to Gays Than Contraception

An interesting document emerged Monday from a gathering of Catholic Bishops, signaling a possible change in manners if not policy.

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The Pope Isn’t a Party Boss

President Obama’s first salary as a community organizer was paid by a Catholic group and his earliest social justice work was rooted in Catholic social doctrine. So why don’t the bishops like him?

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Francis’ Anti-Imperial Papacy

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope a year ago, only a few expected that he would confront so many challenges simultaneously.

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Rich Catholics Threaten Pope Francis—Because He Frightens Them

If anyone wonders whether Pope Francis has irritated wealthy conservatives with his courage and idealism, the latest outburst from Kenneth Langone left little doubt.

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Person of the Year

There are really just two possible choices for person of the year. I want to say Pope Francis, but I’ve got to go with Edward Snowden.

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Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

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Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE



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The Most Powerful Person in the World Is…

Forbes has ranked a list of political, religious and business leaders in order of their, uh, power, and guess what? Barack Obama, commander in chief of the largest military force in the history of the world, is only in second place.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE


WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE


Pope Francis Mobile

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The Pope’s Job

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Andrew Sullivan: Catholics Should Be OK With Gay Marriage

The blogger and commentator, who is gay and Catholic, explained to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday why the Catholic Church shouldn’t have any problems with same-sex couples getting married.

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‘Everybody Is Going to Be OK’: The Difference a Gun Makes

“Four people hurt in Albuquerque church stabbing,” reads the L.A. Times headline. “Hurt” being the key word there. According to police and in the words of the church’s pastor, “It sounds like everybody is going to be OK.”

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Listen: Father Guido Sarducci on the Election of Pope Francis

The “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update correspondent made an appearance on KPFK radio’s “Pocho Hour of Power” to comment on popes past and present.

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Meet the New Pope

As The New York Times points out, Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is the first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years.

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Planned Obsolescence

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March Madness

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Dysfunctional

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Three Things the Next Pope Can Do to Save the Roman Catholic Church

I don’t expect the Vatican to take my advice, which is only fair since I’ve been ignoring theirs my whole life.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE


White Smoke

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Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Hiding the Church’s Treasure

I hope the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops contemplating the future of the church’s public and political engagement notice how the good deeds of the Roman Catholic parish of St. Francis de Sales have inspired people far beyond the confines of Catholicism.

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 READ MORE


Get Thee to a Nunnery

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A Catholic Spring?

There is a healthy struggle brewing among the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops.

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Catholicism and the GOP: An Awkward Tango

A novel aspect of the Republican campaign for the party’s presidential nomination has been the importance placed by some candidates, their admirers and some voters on the Catholic religion and certain claims to formal academic certification or endorsement.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE


Catholicism Is Not the Tea Party at Prayer

At their national conference this week, Catholic bishops should ponder how they transformed a moment of exceptional Catholic unity into an occasion for recrimination and anger.

Posted on Mar 11, 2012 READ MORE


What the Flock?

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Will Catholic Bishops and the Religious Right Save Obama?

President Obama’s adversaries don’t seem to realize they have fallen into a trap, whether the White House set them up intentionally or not.

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Martha in the Middle

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A Religious War Out of Thin Air

At ease, Christian soldiers. There is no “war on religion,” no assault on the Catholic Church. A faith that has endured for thousands of years will survive even Nicki Minaj.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Contraception and the Cost of Culture Wars

The problem with culture wars is that one side typically has absolutely no understanding of what the other is trying to say.

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Flock This Way

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America’s Pro-Choice Majority Speaks Out

The leadership of the Catholic Church has launched what amounts to a holy war against President Barack Obama.

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Obama Owes More on Religious Freedom

On contraception, Obama threw his progressive Catholic allies under the bus, strengthened the very forces inside the church that sought to derail the health care law, and created unnecessary problems for himself in the 2012 election.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama’s Catholic Friends and Enemies

Any time the Obama administration touches issues related to the Roman Catholic Church, it seems to get itself caught in a rhetorical and moral crossfire that leaves all involved wounded and angry.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



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The Vatican Meets the Occupiers

Will we soon see a distinguished-looking older man in long white robes walking among the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in New York’s Zuccotti Park?

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE



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A Graham Greene Classic Better Left Alone

The original “Brighton Rock” is so good—in its dank and sometimes almost unwatchable way—that it obviates a remake. But that never stopped anyone, did it?

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE


Boehner’s Catholic Lessons

When the headline is “Catholic Progressives Challenge Conservative Politician on Social Justice,” this is something new and complicated. It’s far easier to write the 10th story of the week about Newt Gingrich.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE


Pope Knows Condoms

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Need a Job? Try Exorcism

While jobs may be scarce in most parts of the country, look out for a boom in the exorcism sector. A shortage in the number of clergy who can perform the rite has led the U.S. Catholic Church to hold a training session in the sacred art of purging spirits from the possessed.

Posted on Nov 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Vatican May Seek to Prevent a Stoning in Iran

The plight of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, is resonating in Italy, a country that does a lot of business with Iran. The story has gained enough notoriety that the Vatican has indicated it might intervene diplomatically.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE


Strange Urges

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Palin’s Payday, Flotilla Folly and Priest-Love, All in One

Why shooting peace activists to death is a big deal—even in foreign policy circles, what priests’ mistresses think of celibacy, and how much public money Sarah Palin got paid to attempt public speech.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE



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Vatican Says Bishops Aren’t Employees

In an effort to keep a rising legal flood below the chin, the Vatican is prepared to argue that bishops are not employees of the church, therefore the church shouldn’t be held responsible for their sometimes nefarious behavior related to allegations of sexual abuse. We’re not lawyers, but that seems pretty ridiculous.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE



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After Religion Fizzles, We’re Stuck With Nietzsche

The traditional religious institutions are in irreversible decline. They have nothing left to say. And their aging congregants, who are fleeing the church in droves, know it. But don’t think the world will be a better place for their demise.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE



Hava Nagila Edition

Noam Chomsky on “the evil scourge of terrorism,” Glenn Greenwald on White House reporters being afraid of the White House, plus: why you can’t be a cop in Papua, Indonesia, if you’ve had your penis enlarged.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


What Would Benedict Do?

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Penance Demands Action

At its holiest time of the year, the Roman Catholic Church is being forced to confront a more worldly riddle: What did the Holy Father know, and when did he know it?

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


The Flock

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Daddy Dearest

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