When asked if the world would be better off without God, Dan Arel, the author of Parenting Without God does not pull punches. “The world would be better off without the idea of God,’ Arel clarifies “the world is already without God.”
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Thursday September 19, 2013 1:20 pm|
Who will be the first American cardinal or bishop to embrace Pope Francis’s compassionate message and cease their open gay-hating? Who will be the first to stop reducing gay human beings to sex acts? How long will it take for the Pope’s words to influence those who profess to serve him?
|By: Brandon Jordan Thursday September 12, 2013 7:04 pm|
Marla Krolikowski, a former New York Catholic teacher who was fired for being transgender or “worse than gay”, received a major victory in court Monday after Judge Duane Hart rejected the defense’s claims that she was a minister for the school. Judge Hart remarked that former Saint Francis Prep teacher did not fulfill the requirement put forth by the defense that because she taught religious classes she was a minister for the school.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Wednesday August 14, 2013 2:00 pm|
In short, Bishop Tobin was so opposed to marriage equality that he was willing to lie about the reach of Supreme Court decisions, back a ridiculous poison pill amendment, and say that marriage equality would not just hurt the state of Rhode Island but injure one’s personal relationship with God.
Yet Bishop Tobin’s loathing of marriage equality and Democrats’ support of it wasn’t enough to prompt him to leave the Democratic Party.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Friday July 5, 2013 11:30 am|
In his first encyclical, released today, Pope Frances has declared that “family” is comprised of a married man and woman and their biological children.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Saturday May 4, 2013 12:20 pm|
Shun your gay loved ones on their most important day or you and God may end up on the rocks. Worse yet, there may be talk in the village.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Sunday March 31, 2013 9:00 am|
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, made a surprising admission during an interview this morning on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that the church doesn’t know how to pursue it’s policy of opposing civil marriage for same-sex couples without being anti-gay.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Monday March 25, 2013 2:50 pm|
Controversy has arisen over whether Pope Francis advocated for a civil unions law in Argentina in 2010 while he served as Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The New York Times and CNN quote sources saying that he did, while a source quoted by Catholic News Agency refutes those claims.
If then-Archbishop Bergoglio didn’t advocate for civil unions, he should have, according to the Vatican document “Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons“.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Monday February 11, 2013 2:35 pm|
Like so many Roman Catholic voters, parliamentarians, legislators and governors have done around the world, Britain’s Roman Catholic Members of Parliament voted overwhelmingly last week in support of marriage equality.
|By: Peterr Saturday October 20, 2012 9:00 am|
With the release of the “perversion files” compiled by the Boy Scouts of America, one of the talking points of the Catholic hierarchy and their defenders has gained more support. “See, child sexual abuse isn’t just a Catholic problem.” As Archbishop Timothy Dolan correctly noted last year, abusers are found in the ranks of not only priests but also teachers, coaches, family members, and yes, boy scout troop leaders. But the release of the Boy Scout files also undercuts those same talking points, too. As Archbishop Dolan incorrectly noted, the attention — and the lawsuits — aren’t restricted to the Catholic church.
Both organizations were clearly worried about institutional reputation, and the records in both the church and the scouts show how they worked to cover up, hide, and otherwise keep things out of the media and the courtroom. Both groups need to be, and increasingly are being, held accountable for this failure. But there is a significant difference between the two groups. One tried to weed these abusers out of their leadership; the other shifted these abusers around.
Meet the (formerly) Rev. William Cramer . . .