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Catholic bishop doubles down after his bigoted tweet about LGBTQ Pride month goes viral

Providence, Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin found himself under fire this weekend after he posted an extremely homophobic tweet warning his fellow Catholics about LGBTQ Pride month and falsely claiming that gay pride and gay "culture" "are especially harmful for children."

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Here's how this 14th-century mystic appeals to today’s ‘spiritual but not religious’ Americans

The percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religious tradition continues to rise annually. Not all of them, however, are atheists or agnostics. Many of these people believe in a higher power, if not organized religion, and their numbers too are steadily increasing.

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Here's Why Right-Wing Attacks on Real Journalism Are So Dangerous for the Country

Whenever the president complains about "Fake News," always capitalized and often punctuated with exclamation points, rest assured that he doesn't mean the actual sources of fraudulent information that infest the internet and haunt American politics. No, Donald Trump's definition of "fake" has nothing to do with factuality or responsibility in media. It merely means news he doesn't like, usually truthful reporting about him, his family, his administration or his cronies produced by credible newspapers and broadcasters.

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Here's Why the Catholic Church Is So Slow to Act in Sexual Abuse Cases

The Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States, Carlo Maria Vigano, has accused Pope Francis and other officials of covering up that they were aware of sex abuse allegations against Theodore McCarrick, a former archbishop of Washington.

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Here's Why It's So Hard to Hold Priests Accountable for Sexual Abuse

A grand jury report recently found shocking levels of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. It uncovered, in six dioceses, the sexual abuse of over 1,000 children and named 301 perpetrator priests. It also found that religious officials had turned a blind eye to the abuse.

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Some Catholics Blame Priests' Sexual Abuse on Demons

A Pennsylvania grand jury recently released a report on the systematic ways Catholic priests aided and abetted one another to sexually abuse children for 70 years.

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Former Top Vatican Official Calls on Pope Francis to Resign After Claiming He Knew About Abuse Allegations

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, a former top official in the Vatican, says he told Pope Francis about the abuse allegations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2013 shortly after the current Catholic leader was elected.

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Here's How the Catholic Church's Patriarchal Ideology Breed Predators

The Catholic Church sex abuse scandals are often talked about as if they are in the past, but this summer has been a reminder that this horror show continues to unspool, 16 years after the Boston Globe's famous "Spotlight" series exposing the cover-up first ran. This week, a grand jury in Pennsylvania released a report accusing more than 300 priests of abusing more than 1,000 children over seven decades. The details are almost incomprehensibly awful, including accusations of repeated rape, child pornography and priests who marked their victims with jewelry to alert other predators that these children had been "groomed" to accept abuse.

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'They Hid It All. For Decades': Grand Jury Says Hundreds of Catholic 'Predator Priests' Abused More than 1,000 Kids in Massive Cover-Up

More than 1,000 children were victimized by hundreds of "predator priests" over seven decades in Pennsylvania — and the Catholic Church engaged in a massive cover-up to keep it all under wraps, according to a new report from a grand jury.

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Here's How the Catholic Church Came to Oppose Birth Control

July marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark “Humanae Vitae,” Pope Paul VI’s strict prohibition against artificial contraception, issued in the aftermath of the development of the birth control pill. At the time, the decision shocked many Catholic priests and laypeople. Conservative Catholics, however, praised the pope for what they saw as a confirmation of traditional teachings.

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Pope’s Latest Remarks Get Nods - But He’s No LGBTQ Ally

Following Pope Francis’s meeting last week with 34 Chilean bishops — many of whom have been accused or suspected of covering up instances of clerical sexual abuse in their country and all of whom have offered to resign — a survivor who met with Francis recently has shared details of his encounter with the pontiff.

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