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The Seal of the Confessional

The Seal of the Confessional

Should clergy be required to report child abuse, even if they learn of it in the confessional? Australian PM Gillard says yes.

If Italy can do it …

If such a heavily Catholic country like Italy can start making God experts pay property taxes like everyone else, then why can’t even less-Catholic countries – like this one – do the same thing?

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Remembering Steve Biko

Last month marked the 35th anniversary of the murder of a remarkable humanist, whom the world has sorely missed. Steve Biko is remembered primarily as a black agitator against South African apartheid, but there was a lot more to him than that.

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Healthcare sharing ministries: The greatest loophole ever sold

What’s a healthcare sharing ministry? Apparently, a great way for a few people to get rich by selling non-insurance to the gullible. Oh, and quite legal in most states.

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The Church’s real contraception agenda

To hear the Catholic bishops talk, you’d think today’s hot-button issue of contraceptive coverage in healthcare plans is one of “religious liberty,” where the government is denying Catholics the opportunity to practice their religion as they see fit.

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The parade of privilege

We’re now enduring the “Fortnight for Freedom,” the Catholic bishops’ 14-day whine festival to “restore religious liberty.” What a joke! Religion in America today not only has all the “liberty” one could imagine, but enjoys an extraordinary array of special privileges. So as a brief counterpoint of sanity amidst the sanctimony, I offer the “Parade of Privilege”.

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Taming the nuns

The trouble with God experts is that they squabble among themselves so much. Why is the signal God broadcasts so faint that different humans who tune in to it receive such contradictory information? Can’t God just speak a little louder into the mike?

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Against democracy

Turkey was in the news last month, for putting on trial the two surviving generals who helped lead a successful coup against a popularly-elected government in 1980. Terrible thing, isn’t it, for unelected generals to undermine democracy like that? Or is there more to the story than meets the eye?

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The Pope and the Cristeros

On Pope Benedict’s visit to Mexico, he made a point to honor the Cristeros. Who were they, and why should we all be offended? Luis Granados explains.

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The Amish Angle

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The Amish Angle

I’ve written pieces offending Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, Mormons, Protestants, Jews, Buddhists, and Scientologists. Leaving no toe unstomped, today I turn to the Amish.

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