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Vatican training tells bishops they don’t have to report clerical sexual abuse to authorities

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“Don’t help people who molest kids” seems like a simple enough proposition, right?
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Dominican cardinal can’t stop slurring US ambassador

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The Catholic Church’s rebrand keeps chugging along.
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Fired gay priest: Vatican has a retreat for gay priests to pray the gay away

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As one might imagine, the Vatican hasn’t reported any success stories.
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Vatican: It’s “impossible” for trans people to be godparents

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Pope Francis’s “cool dad” papacy is, again, all talk and no action on social issues.
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Pope Francis’s hip new take on abortion is anything but

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The Catholic Church’s doctrine hasn’t changed, and it’s still bonkers.
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Milwaukee archdiocese miffed at art depicting pope with condoms settles child molestation case for $21 million

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The same people throwing a hissy fit over condom art used every trick in the book to pay child abuse victims less.
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“Eggs Benedict” art installation portrays former pope using 17,000 condoms

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The installation is meant as a commentary on Pope Benedict’s opposition to condom use to fight the AIDS epidemic.
Okay, maybe just a little.

Pope demotes anti-gay cardinal as Vatican refuses to codify watered-down gay statment

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Judging by the reactions of conservatives, the Pope was serious about forging a kinder & gentler papacy after all.
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Facing conservative backlash, Pope no longer “welcomes” gays

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The Bible, apparently, now comes with an asterisk. (*Subject to political whim.)
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The Catholic church hates you a wee bit less

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A new Vatican document says gays have “gifts,” and civil unions and cohabitation have “positive aspects.”
Former French president Sarkozy and wife #3, Carla Bruni. (Via

Former French President Sarkozy is “humiliated” by gay marriage

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Sarkozy, currently on his 3rd marriage, is part of a larger lurch to the far-right by France’s conservatives.
Okay, maybe just a little.

Chicago Catholics fire church choir director for being gay

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Because this apparently came as a surprise to absolutely no one.
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Pope Francis says he’d baptize a Martian (video)

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I’m not ready to name Francis an honorary “amicus Theodora” just yet, but I am becoming increasingly Pope-curious.
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