Topic / Catholicism

Idiots of the week: Matt Archbold and Andy Burnham

Archbold, a Catholic commentator, and Burnham, the Mayor of Manchester, qualify for this spot for observations made about atheism and Islam. Archbold, writing for the National Catholic Register at the weekend, boldly declared: Atheism is the Uncoolest Choice Ever, and I Can Prove It. Among this twerp’s “8 Reasons Christianity is Cooler than Atheism” is […]

Trump’s pick for Vatican ambassador is a Catholic loon

The White House is planning announce that a religious zealot – Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich – will be be the next ambassador to the Vatican. The announcement, according to this report, is expected ahead of Trump’s meeting with Pope Francis on May 24 in Rome. This is what is known […]

Heaven populated by gays says Catholic priest Fr James Martin

The controversial Catholic priest –  appointed by Pope Francis last month to the Vatican’s communications office – has ruffled feathers by claiming that faithful Catholics may be in for a ‘surprise’ when they ‘get to heaven to be greeted by LGBT men and women’. Reporting that Martin, editor-at-large of the Jesuit-run America magazine, made the […]

Three women are to be put on trial for parading a giant vagina

Thanks to an intervention by Spain’s Association of Christian Lawyers (ACL), three women who paraded a giant vagina through the streets of Seville in 2014 could be convicted for a ‘religious hate crime’. According to this report, at their first trial a judge acquitted the three, saying they had legitimately exercised freedom of expression. This […]

Ireland’s Sisters of Mercy hospital row takes a fresh turn

Following our report last Thursday that Ireland’s National Maternity Hospital (NMH) was to be handed to the Catholic Sister’s of Mercy order, news has emerged that the former master of the NMH, Dr Peter Boylan, above, has been asked to resign from its board for speaking out against the plan. The hospital’s deputy chairman, former […]

Catholic official arrested for photographing underage boys

Evrard-Nicolas Sarot, 53, above right, employed by the Church to offer pastoral care at Schiphol airport in Holland, was arrested in Cambodia this week for photographing naked underage boys. According to Dutch News, he was nabbed on suspicion of producing child pornography. He paid the boys, all younger than 15, to pose for him. Police […]

Evidence linking Catholics to slavery surfaces in Ireland

Tom Wall, above, who suffered horrific abuse at the hands of Christian Brothers at a notorious industrial school in Limerick in Ireland, claims the Catholic order tried to destroy documents that showed that boys at the school were being sold into slavery. According to this Sunday Independent report, in 1973, with the Glin Industrial School about […]

Irish revolt against a religious order getting a new hospital

More than 57,000 people have signed a petition seeking to prevent the Sisters of Charity in Ireland from becoming the owner of the new National Maternity Hospital. According to this report, survivors of the notorious Magdalene Launderies, which were run by the order, have highlighted the fact the order still has to pay millions of […]

Play featuring biblical figures as gay branded ‘blasphemous’

America Needs Fatima, a conservative Catholic group, has slammed an Atlanta theatre for planning to stage The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, a play  that re-imagines biblical figures as queer. According to this report, the Out Front Theatre Company’s production the play doesn’t officially open until April 27, but has already been slammed as “blasphemous” by […]

So, which religion is right?

Eighty-four percent of the world’s population (5.8 billion out of 6.9 billion in 2010) are affiliated to one religion in some form. Seventy-seven percent identify themselves as a member of one of the five widely recognised world religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. With over 4,300 religions spanning the Earth, how can people be […]