From AP and the Washington Post, the latest on the Vatileaks story (that I mentioned earlier) MILAN — A Vatican judge on Saturday indicted five people, including two journalists and a high-ranking Vatican monsignor, in a scandal involving leaked documents that informed two books alleging financial malfeasance in the Roman Catholic church bureaucracy. I’m surprised at how… Continue reading Vatican Values
The Washington Post reported on a Pew survey of countries with a significant Muslim population, asking whether people there have a positive or negative view of ISIS: As the graph shows, in every country, ISIS is unpopular, by huge margins (and I find it interesting that according to the same survey, attitudes vary more from country to country and between… Continue reading Is ISIS’s popularity low? Hard to Tell
The Associated Press reports (via WaPo): “Vatican arrests 2 people in latest probe of leaked documents“. In brief: a few years ago, a monsignor and a collaborator leaked documents relating to pope Benedict 16’s finances. A Vatican spokesman said Vallejo Balda was being held in a jail cell in Vatican City, and that Chaouqui was… Continue reading Hey, the Vatican Has Jail Cells! Who Knew?
Washington Post story, two days ago: Vatican fires gay priest on eve of synod Washington Post story, today: Pope urges prejudices be put aside at start of family synod
The Associated press reports that The Vatican on Friday distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, saying she was one of dozens of people the pope greeted in the U.S. and that their meeting “should not be considered a form of support… Continue reading Homophobic Pope Distances Self From Homophobic Clerk
The news story du cycle is the one about a teen Josh Duggar fondling young womens’ privates, including his sisters. But here are a few stories from the periphery of that story, that I ran across in the past couple of days: The Duggars’ dangerous cult of purity: What they preached was never right at… Continue reading Did the Duggars Just Bring A Spotlight on the Quiverfull Movement?
Part 1 There’s a story being repeated uncritically all over the Net, about a woman who had a brain aneurysm, but didn’t die of it because a dead pope magically healed her. Oh, and this allows the dead pope to level up. From HuffPo: Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared… Continue reading Dead Pope Prankster
A lot of ink has been spilt lately about Arizona Senate Bill 1062 being a homophobic bill. Take, for instance, this leading paragraph from Glenn Beck’s The Blaze (emphasis added): A debate over a proposed Arizona law that would exempt individuals and legal entities from having to cater to gay customers exploded Tuesday night on… Continue reading That Arizona Bill Isn’t Primarily About Homophobia
CBS affiliate WTVR on an important development in the Utah front on the War on Smut: SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KUTV) – An Orem, Utah mom is not happy with a mall window display she calls “pornography.” The PacSun store in Orem refused to take the offending shirts off display. So she bought every last… Continue reading The Monetary War on Smut Marches On
Today, according to the Dallas Morning News, Greg Abbott, the Attorney General of Texas ruled that Domestic partners can’t receive health benefits from counties, cities or school districts because doing so defies Texas law on traditional marriage, Attorney General Greg Abbott said in an opinion made public Monday. This fuckery was made possible by Texas’s… Continue reading Bigoted Amendment Is Bigoted