The Colorado Supreme Court has declined to hear a case in which Englewood-based Catholic Health Initiatives argued that it couldn't be held liable for the deaths of two unborn babies at one of its hospitals because fetuses are not people. The case was the focus of our recent cover story "The Meaning ... More >>
A priest walks into a bar. This isn't beginning of a joke. On Monday night, Reverend John Riley walked into Katie Mullen's Irish Restaurant and Pub for the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver's monthly Theology on Tap gathering. On loan from the Archdiocese of Arlington, Virginia, Reverend Riley, a ... More >>
Due to concerns about his health and advanced age, Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign at months end -- the first pontiff to do so since the 1400s. The news created a Pope-size explosion on Twitter, and meme makers are already busy as well. Below, see our favorite early tweets plus a ... More >>
Catholic Health Initiatives has acknowledged that it was "morally wrong" for its lawyers to argue in court that fetuses aren't people. As explained in our cover story "The Meaning of Life," the Englewood-based operator of 78 Catholic hospitals in seventeen states claimed that it couldn't be held lia ... More >>
Colorado's Catholic bishops say they will "undertake a full review" of a lawsuit in which Catholic Health Initiatives, an Englewood-based operator of 78 Catholic hospitals in seventeen states, has argued that it can't be held liable for the deaths of two unborn babies because fetuses are not people. ... More >>
I'm hardly Catholic anymore. Still, I wear the idea of my Catholicism as a romanticized badge of honor, taking pleasure in the idea that I once was a part of something truly controversial -- and it wasn't even by choice. In fact, I'm only now able to write about being Catholic in the past tense be ... More >>
Big pics below.Yesterday, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests accused the Vatican, as well as four officials, including Pope Benedict XVI, of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. To draw more attention to this action, members of SNAP's Denver ... More >>
Charles Chaput.The appointment of Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput to succeed embattled Cardinal Justin Rigali as the Archbishop of Philadelphia is receiving mostly positive reviews in his new home city, at least thus far. That may say more about antipathy for Rigali, who critics accuse of fa ... More >>
Rob Cancer's "Benedictrix/Coronation # 37."The controversy surrounding the artist Rob Cancer's depiction of what many conservative Christians have protested as the Virgin Mary fellating Christ took a bizarre turn this week, when CONSTRUCT GalleryArtSpaceBlackBox, where the painting has been o ... More >>
Sorry about that priceless fountain, Italy. Eh, whaddaya?The Jersey Shore's third season just wrapped up, and the crew is headed to Italy. In a statement last January, MTV announced that the show's fourth season will be shot in "the birthplace of the culture [the cast members] love and live b ... More >>
Someone in the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver ordered that a mural of the Virgin Mary at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church be covered up two years ago. Or did they?
Last week, we wrote about the case of Katia Birge, who claims to have been raped by a Denver Catholic lay minister in 2008. Today, her father, attorney Tom Birge, called to dispute a statement made by the Archdiocese of Denver spokeswoman -- and to clarify other points.
Chaput.Melanie Asmar's post about Katia Birge, who claims to have been abused by a lay minister, kicked off a fiery debate about whether or not the Archdiocese of Denver, led by Archbishop Charles Chaput, bears any responsibility for this alleged crime. Among the most passionate items was pen ... More >>
Chaput. SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is criticizing Catholic officials in Denver, including Archbishop Charles Chaput, for their handling of the Katia Birge case. Birge claims to have been raped by a Denver lay minister in 2008, when she was 25 years old.
A now-covered painting.This afternoon, a group of about thirty Catholics from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in North Denver marched into the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Denver. Their mission? To deliver a letter asking the archbishop for a third time to restore the church's mural of Ou ... More >>
Sixty Legionnaires of Christ receive their ordination from Pope John Paul II in 1991.The Legion of Christ made the wrong kind of headlines when it was revealed that the Catholic organization's founder, Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, who died in 2008, had fathered children -- which means he ... More >>
The study of neighbors through their lawn ornaments... Figure 11. Jefferson: Silvery One-Eared Bathtub Bambi After ass-soaking and tornado shelter, the third most popular use of a clawfoot tub is in the commission of a yard shrine. With clawfoot legs removed, the bathtub is upended and buried h ... More >>
An image from the Solidarity Institute home page accessible from ecatholichub.net. In "Bob Beauprez Re-emerges -- as a Pro-Catholic Robo-caller for Bob Schaffer," a blog published yesterday, I wrote about a recorded phone message I received on Sunday in which 2006 gubernatorial candidate Bob Beau ... More >>
Scott Pomfret. Scott Pomfret is an anomaly: a gay Catholic. When he decided to write Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir, a book about his experiences in his Boston church, it changed his life in ways he hadn't expected -- including being removed from his shrine. Westword caught up wit ... More >>
A June 17 More Messages blog revolves around a column written by Colorado Springs Independent scribe Rich Tosches about Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen. In the piece, an activist accuses Laugesen of insensitivity and more in regard to comments he made in a series of e-m ... More >>
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The Pope's DJ
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Bringing the Savior to a small town doesn't guarantee salvation.
Father Jim Sunderland chose to spend his life as a middleman -- between killers and God.
Carl Kabat has a sacred mission that could land him in jail -- and outside the priesthood.
Their mission is to help the homeless, but now the Catholic Workers are trying to keep a roof over their own heads.
Dr. Warren Hern ranks high on the anti-abortionists' hit list. They're playing Ken Scott's song.
A local conference on apparitions of the Virgin Mary features a Medjugorje speaker. The critics hoot.
Performance artist Cristofer Lix talks and sings about living with AIDS.
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