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Ireland: drive-thru confessional pokes fun at Catholic Church

An enormous drive-thru confessional has been erected in Dublin to coincide with the Pope’s visit to Ireland this weekend – but bookmakers Paddy Power, the company that erected it near Phoenix Park where thousand are due to see the pontiff, clearly did so to mock the Catholic Church. According to this report, a spokesperson for […]

NYC Inspectors denied access to 15 ultra-Orthodox schools

A three-year investigation into ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in New York culminated in a report published last Thursday that revealed that 15 of 30 yeshivas did not allow education authorities to carry out inspections. According to this report, the city launched a probe into its yeshiva system in 2015 following a complaint by the Young Advocates […]

Mormon’s objection to medical cannabis is ‘abjectly stupid’

Later this year, Utah will vote on Proposition 2 which would legalise cannabis for patients suffering from certain qualifying medical conditions as well as allow for the plant’s cultivation and sale – but Salt Lake City-area lawyer Walter J Plumb III, above, wants the ballot blocked on religious and constitutional grounds. According to this report, […]

Crazed US missionary racially abuses Ugandan hotel workers

Screaming ‘You hate Jesus’, Jimmy L Taylor, above, went into meltdown in a Kampala hotel, and threw punches at staff. Police arrested the 69-year-old  Arizona missionary after reviewing security camera footage that showed him striking out at the Grand Imperial Hotel staff at and yelling racial slurs. Kampala Metropolitan Police’s Facebook page says: Upon police […]

‘Catholic Church must stop ordaining homosexual men’

Daniel Mattson, author of Why I don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace,  has weighed in over the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis, saying that the church needs to admit that it has a homosexual priest problem and must stop ordaining men with homosexual inclinations to the priesthood. Mattson […]

‘Ex-gay’ Christian outfit sues UK cinema chain – and wins

Vue Cinemas, which refused to screen a ‘pray away the gay’ film, has settled a lawsuit brought against it by the Christian group Core Issues Trust. According to this report, “ex-gay” Mike Davidson, above, producer of Voices of the Silenced, said he was “delighted” with the outcome. Vue Cinemas — which operates nearly 90 theaters […]

New website names Catholic clergy who covered up abuse

A newly-launched website – ComplicitClergy.com – identifies ten American bishops who ‘should have known’ about the predatory behaviour of disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who recently resigned from the College of Cardinals after the Archdiocese of New York admitted that there were ‘credible allegations’ that he had sexually abused a minor. The website, created by […]

Christian baker Jack Phillips sues over alleged harassment

Phillips, above, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, this week filed a lawsuit against Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission, alleging that it was on a ‘crusade to crush’ him. The lawsuit, according to this report, centres on an incident in which Phillips refused to make a cake for Autumn Scardina, a Denver attorney, who […]

Awful week for the Vatican as more abuse allegations surface

The iter sabbati began with news that in Chile authorities raided the headquarters of the Catholic church’s Episcopal Conference as part of a widespread investigation into sex abuse committed by members of the Catholic Marist Brothers. This coincided with reports that a grand jury yesterday revealed that more than 300 Catholic ‘predator priests’ in Pennsylvania […]

Argentina: Catholics urged to quit church after abortion vote

Last week, despite massive demonstrations in support abortion in Argentina, the country’s Senate voted against a Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy (IVE) Bill. It’s now being reported that those in favour of legal, safe and free abortion are being urged to quit the Catholic Church, which vigorously campaigned against the Bill, and that thousands have already […]