Gawker Is Filing to Unseal the $10 Million Lawsuit Bill O’Reilly Wants to Keep Secret

J.K. Trotter · 07/29/16 10:10AM

You may have heard that Bill O’Reilly is suing his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy, for upwards of $10 million over vague claims that she somehow defrauded him in their divorce agreement in order to fund an “existing extra-marital relationship.” What you probably haven’t heard is that a New York judge recently granted the 66-year-old Fox News host’s demand to place the entire case under seal—effectively preventing the public from evaluating the merits of a civil lawsuit filed by a public figure against a private citizen. This week, Gawker Media petitioned the court to vacate that ruling and open up the proceedings.

Brendan O'Connor · 02/23/16 06:46PM

According to the Guardian, Catholics in St Louis, Missouri, find themselves confronted with an ethical dilemma over whether they are permitted to buy cookies from the troublingly feminist Girl Scouts. “Each person must act in accord with their conscience,” the archdiocese advises.

Catholic Synod Debates Homosexuality Without Reaching Consensus

Brad Friedman · 10/19/14 01:55PM

A meeting of Catholic clergy in Vatican City over the past two weeks has ended without a consensus on acceptance of homosexuality. A draft released last week of the report on the meeting on family issues contained contentious language at bishops have spent the week walking back.

Same-Sex Couple Denied Communion by Priest at Mother's Own Funeral

Luke O'Neil · 02/08/14 11:15AM

For anyone who thought that the liberalizing perspective of Pope Francis had settled the matter of acceptance of same-sex couples in the Catholic Church, a story from Missouri this week serves as a disappointing rejoinder. Carol Parker and her partner Josephine Martin, both longstanding members of the Saint Columban Catholic Church in Chillicothe, say that they were denied communion by their priest at the funeral for Parker's own mother.

HIV-Positive Priest Arrested for Soliciting Sex and Masturbating

Lacey Donohue · 10/13/13 07:11PM

The Rev. James McGonegal of the St. Ignatius of Antioch Church on the west side of Cleveland had a not-so-good Friday. First he told an off-duty Cleveland Metroparks ranger that he was just out “cruising” in his Jeep. Then the priest offered the ranger $50 to get him off before he began to masturbate in the crowded parking lot. And finally, after he was arrested, McGonegal admitted he was HIV-positive. The whole incident is another crushing defeat for vows of celibacy.

Cardinal Dolan: Gays Are 'Entitled to Friendship'

Rich Juzwiak · 04/01/13 10:25AM

Supporting an institution (such as marriage) over actual human lives isn't a very Christian thing to do, but it is a very Catholic thing to do, and so Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan upheld the Church's interest in protecting marriage from homosexual demons in an interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired Sunday on This Week. This is what a losing battle with a twist of internal conflict sounds like:

Conclave Begins For Cardinals to Elect New Pope

Maggie Lange · 03/12/13 08:33AM

Roman Catholic cardinals gathered today to start the process of electing a new Pope, kicking off the morning with a solemn Mass and prayers that they would select the right leader. Because these guys are great at symbolism, they will vote in the Sistine Chapel below the painting of the Last Judgment.

Cardinal Favored to Become First Black Pope Blames Gay Priests for the Church's Sexual Abuse Scandals

Taylor Berman · 02/19/13 10:32PM

In an interview last week with CNN, Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, considered by many to be the favorite to succeed Pope Benedict XVI (which would make him the first black Pope), created an uproar with his response to Christiane Amanpour's question about the possibility of the Catholic Church's sex scandal spreading to Africa. For Turkson, the issue isn't Church-wide cover ups of the scandal or any other systematic problem; instead, Turkson thinks the abuse occurred because there were too many gay priests in Europe and North America.

Introducing Your Papal Frontrunners

Max Rivlin-Nadler · 02/16/13 02:14PM

When Pope Benedict XVI resigned earlier this week due to his advanced age, Catholics across the world seemed sure about one thing: The next guy has got to be younger. Along with that, he (or she?! no, no, definitely not she) should probably be able to confront the Church's history of child-molestation as well as appeal to growing Catholic demographics in poor countries. After the Pope steps down on February 28th, expect a quick deliberation between the cardinals, eager to have a new Pope by the Easter holiday. In that spirit, here's a quick rundown of the men-or-women-no-no-not-women-who-would-be-Pope: