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 […]
To: Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco Your Excellency, you have denounced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for perpetrating “grave evil” and causing “scandal” because she supports abortion rights and Roe v. Wade. You are consequently denying Pelosi “Holy Communion” — an officious action by the Church that overtly interferes with politics. Nancy Pelosi deserves not censure […]
Editor’s Note: The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its staff would like to wish a Very Happy Birthday to Jim Haught, who turned 90 this week! While they posed as pillars of piety, many medieval popes were depraved criminals. Sergius III (reigned 904-911) allegedly had two papal rivals strangled in prison. John XII (955-964) openly […]
This sanctimonious position on reproductive health seems to expire when there’s a benefit for the Catholic Church, such as in the case of vaccines.
While much of the country is in a holding pattern fixated on the presidential transition, we at the Freedom From Religion Foundation have been firing on all cylinders.
It’s becoming a story as old as the church itself: A young sexual assault survivor courageously reports his or her abuser, only to be shunned and abused again, while the abuser escapes punishment and rises in the ranks of the church.
This essay marks my official departure from the Catholic Church. The Philadelphia grand jury report was the final straw; I could no longer turn a blind eye to the backward institution of the Catholic Church, upbringing and familial expectations be damned.
If you stand by the Catholic Church, if you donate time and money to this organization, you are complicit. There is no way around it. This will not be the last report. It will not be the worst report. It’s just the latest in a long line. And we all know this to be true. If you still support the Catholic Church, you are complicit in the rape of children and its coverup. If you think that is too harsh, start thinking about the victims instead.
FFRF published the very first book, Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children, calling attention in 1988 to institutional child abuse and its cover-up by churches. “From God comes the courage not to be intimidated by petty gossip.” — Pope Benedict XVI’s Palm Sunday sermon, March 28, 2010 “Scandalous and disgraceful attacks [against the pope […]