After a century and a half of widespread abuse, followed by decades of scrutiny and years of intense public pressure, Pope Francis finally delivered an apology for the treatment of Indigenous children at Canadian residential schools operated by the Catholic Church. The scripted apology came only after Indigenous leaders traveled to the Vatican to request […]
It has been one week since Pope Francis labeled childfree people “selfish” and I am still not over it. If you were fortunate enough to miss it, I will fill you in: To an audience at the Vatican, Pope Francis explained that “We see that some people do not want to have a child … […]
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Comedian Flip Wilson popularized “The devil made me do it” in the 1960s. Now, the best Pope Francis can offer, after a four-day summit on priest sexual abuse of children, is to contend that these predators are “tools of Satan”?
FFRF Attorney Andrew Seidel explains why the Vatican is wrong: religion has no right to be free from mockery or criticism. Ideas that resort to violence or cries of blasphemy to demand respect are not worthy of it.
When I read of the pope’s encyclical calling attention to global warming of “sister earth,” my immediate reaction, on face value, was that an encyclical calling for action on global warming is about the best we could hope for from a pope. It seems hard to quarrel with someone influential sounding the alarm about climate […]
Pope Francis is a bit like butter, which is to say that lately, he’s been on a roll. FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor has had to explain a few things to him in recent weeks. Obvious things, such as hitting children is unacceptable and mocking religion is not a crime. Well, he’s stepped in […]
A caretaking adult hitting a child is innately demeaning, contrary to what Pope Francis and the bible preach. As the world now knows, the pope, in praising good fatherhood in an address in St. Peter’s Square Wednesday, said: “I once heard at a wedding a father say, ‘I sometimes have to hit my children a […]
“You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.” So chided Pope Francis yesterday in Manila, speaking after the terrorist murders of the staff of the French satiric magazine, Charlie Hebdo. While claiming he wasn’t blaming the victims, that the violent attack wasn’t justified, that’s […]