Happy Fat Tuesday -- chow down on that King Cake, because tomorrow begins Lent. For 40 days, you're expected to sacrifice something, because the Lord Our God apparently cares whether you've snuck that Snickers bar you promised to give up. In case you're still deciding what to avoid in your attempt ... More >>
The world was rocked and shocked with the news that George Ratzinger, 85, was quitting his day job. Sure, 85 seems a reasonable age to retire, but the thing is that Ratzinger also goes by the name Pope Benedict XVI, and popes, to put it simply, don't quit. Borgias have tried to get them to quit an ... More >>
Don't be fooled by my mick-tastic name; I'm actually a quarter Polish (and damn proud of it!). Growing up I spent a significant amount of the winter holidays stuffing my face with my nanny's terrific onion pierogi . The fact that we never stayed with my grandparents through the first of January wa ... More >>
Madonna's Sex book turned 20 years old this week. The literary capstone on pop music's most frankly sexual career (sorry, Prince), the glossy collection of softcore smut managed to shock even the Material Girl's most ardent fans, crossing a few lines that many weren't entirely aware existed. Gay se ... More >>
Penn State and the Catholic ChurchBella figura can mean many things, but at its core is presentation...how one looks, how one comports oneself, how one makes the best possible impression in all things. That such a concept is hardwired into the Italian psyche is no surprise: what else could be ... More >>
Houston's Daniel Shea thinks Joseph Ratzinger has a lot to answer for if he'd talk.
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Most times when you ask Houston lawyer/theologian Daniel Shea a question, you get a treatise in response, one that can take in everything from the Edict of Constantine and to the deeds of Admiral Rickover to the sins of many a modern-day bishop in the ongoing sex abuse scandal roiling the Rom ... More >>
It's hard out here for a priest. The sex-abuse scandals rocking the Roman Catholic Church refuse to go away, with more cases coming to light and casting doubt on the actions of those in the highest offices of the Vatican, including Big Pope-a himself: Critics have charged that Pope Benedict XVI, ... More >>
The Catholic church has released a slightly tongue-in-cheek list of its favorite albums of all time, via the Holy See's official newspaper L' Osservatore Romano. When first you hear about it, you might think it would be filled with Christian rock (Hey. Petra. Right?) but no, for whatever re ... More >>
Another treat for whacked-out male conspiracy theorists
Critics want the diocese to explain why this Roman Catholic priest is still celebrating Mass
A Grammy-winning multiplatinum rapper melts down live on KPFT
The only problem: Who could possibly replace him in the arena-rock pantheon?