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  1. Kavanaugh: A Safe Supreme Court Pick Who Will Carry Out the GOP’s Extreme AgendaHe’s a careful jurist whose murky abortion stance will make it easier for pro-choice GOP senators to pretend that the future of Roe v. Wade is secure.
  2. Conservative Leader Seems to Rule Out Catholics — and Women? — for Chaplain JobMark Walker thinks clergy that haven’t “walked in the shoes” of the married men who dominate Congress can’t relate to them adequately.
  3. Evangelicals Have Displaced Catholics As the Anti-Abortion Movement’s BaseThe shift of white Evangelicals into the anti-abortion camp has had a lot to do with partisan polarization over abortion policy.
  4. 500 Years After the Reformation Began, Christians Still DividedThe big dividing line among Christians today isn’t between Catholics and Protestants, but between liberals and conservatives in all faith traditions.
  5. Trump’s Blunderful Approach to Wooing CatholicsAfter a series of gaffes, he is in danger of losing white Catholics, which is hard for a Republican to do.
  6. Trump Has a Catholic Problem. But How Bad Is It?A new study shows him shockingly far behind.
  7. The Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn Wants to Be Your Date for MassAnd the campaign is a tad bit creepy.
  8. Pope Francis Almost Backs Evolution, Big Bang TheoryGod, he says, is not “a magician with a magic wand.”
  9. Bishop Asks Voters to Write In Dead CatholicsAs always, it’s about abortion.
  10. Pope Francis Not Actually Cool With Abortion, in Case You MisunderstoodHe clarified today after yesterday’s shocking comments.
  11. Paul Ryan Still Not Clinching the Catholic Vote for Mitt RomneyWhich now favors Obama by 15 points.
  12. adventures in sex
    My Boyfriend Went to Confession Every Time We Had SexNotes on four years of postcoital prayer.
  13. Santorum Struggles With His Own Base: CatholicsRomney leads Santorum among the Republic Catholic vote.
  14. Obama’s Contraception Rule Has Republicans Remembering Social IssuesGOP candidates and Catholic leaders appreciate the opening to battle the administration on a social issue.
  15. Archbishop Timothy Dolan Defends His Halfhearted Fight Against Marriage Equality in New YorkWhatever, I didn’t want to have a say in this anyway.”
  16. Archbishop Timothy Dolan Has Been ‘a Little Down Recently’Wait, why?
  17. Brazil Legalizes Civil Unions for Gay CouplesThe Supreme Court handed down a near-unanimous ruling yesterday.
  18. Televangelist Priest Confesses Affair With CousinNotes from a scandal.
  19. Philadelphia Archdiocese Suspends 21 PriestsHallelujah?
  20. Church Leader: Andrew Cuomo Is Living in ‘Public Concubinage’Ew.
  21. Archbishop Timothy Dolan Did Not Hide $130 Million to Avoid Paying Off Sex-Abuse Settlements, Says Archbishop Timothy DolanSome trouble from Milwaukee is following our guy.
  22. Alberto Cutié to Get Syndicated Talk ShowThe former Catholic priest will be dishing out advice.
  23. Archbishop Timothy Dolan Elected President of U.S. Conference of Catholic BishopsThis was unexpected.
  24. Connecticut Priest Fakes Cancer, Embezzles Church Money for Male EscortsGod, priests are always secretly cancer-free, aren’t they?
  25. From St. Peter’s Square, Pope Asks for ForgivenessThis is the first time he’s done so from a pulpit in the Church’s holy seat.
  26. Pope Assigns Archbishop Dolan, Others to Irish-Church Review PanelThe investigation team will look into churches and seminaries there.
  27. Pope: ‘The Greatest Persecution of the Church Doesn’t Come From Enemies on the Outside But Is Born From the Sins Within the Church’Maybe the Church’s latest troubles aren’t the fault of the ‘Times’ after all!
  28. Times Sets Sights on Vatican Chief DefenderToday’s paper examines the past decisions of Cardinal William Levada.
  29. Vatican: Pope May Apologize for Handling of Abuse CasesYou may have assumed he’s done this before.
  30. Conservative Catholic Leaders Reacting More Strongly to Abuse ScandalTwo news stories today demonstrate a change in the wind.
  31. Pope Breaks Silence Over Recent Church ScandalsI have to say that we Christians, even in recent times, have often avoided the word ‘penance,’ which seems too harsh.”
  32. Atheists Want to Arrest the PopeRichard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are trying to build a case for “crimes against humanity.”
  33. On Good Friday, Church Compares Persecution of Jews to Current Scrutiny Over Priest Pedophilia Cover-UpsThe ‘Times’ continues flagellating the Church.
  34. Vatican Goes After Times Over CoverageMaureen Dowd is just “silly.”
  35. Pope Defended on Palm SundayTimothy Dolan took to the pulpit to speak up for his boss.
  36. Pope Benedict Chose Not to Punish, or Alert Authorities About, Priest Who Molested 200 Deaf ChildrenFather Lawrence Murphy instead was allowed to minister to children all the way up to his death in 1998.
  37. Anne Hathaway Leaves Catholic Church for Gay Brother“Why should I support an organization that has a limited view of my beloved brother?”
  38. Archbishop Dolan Launches Attack on New York TimesThe most combustible example of all came Sunday with an intemperate and scurrilous piece by Maureen Dowd.”
  39. Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Welcome to the BlogosphereBeware, people can talk back to you when you’re in this particular pulpit.
  40. Jolly New Archbishop Not Laughing About Marriage EqualityWell-known scientist Timothy Dolan claims that lifelong marriage between one man and one woman is “embedded in the human DNA.”
  41. Introducing Cardinal CutupArchbishop Timothy Dolan had St. Patrick’s in stitches last night.
  42. New York’s New Archbishop a Dude’s DudeAnd he’s going to get more dudes to join the priesthood.
  43. Milwaukee’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan Tapped to Replace Cardinal EganThe Irish will continue to rule at St. Patrick’s.
  44. Tim Russert As Guardian Angel: Is the Media Going Too Far?The endless memorials were one thing, but now he’s saving people’s lives from beyond the grave?
  45. Brooklyn Man Mugs Catholic Teacher, Faces Extra-Special DamnationAnd it was all caught on video! Somebody’s got a lot of confessing to do.
  46. After Pope’s Departure, the Cardinal Egan Countdown BeginsNew York’s cardinal has reached retirement age, and we have a suggestion for what he should do after.
  47. Papalpalooza! We’re Live-Blogging the Pope’s Visit to NYCThere’s no need for TV. We’ll tell you what His Holiness is up to. And what he’s wearing!
  48. Holy Roller to Hit the Big AppleGuess what everybody? This April, New York is going to get a very important visit! That’s right, the Popemobile is coming! We couldn’t be more excited. We’ve always wanted to see the Popemobile in person. It’s such an honor that the Popemobile is visiting the city during our lifetime; it’s only been here four times before, in history. Apparently, the pope-mobile is going to go down to ground zero and even take part in a giant Mass at Yankee Stadium (last time the pope-mobile was here, it visited Shea — the Popemobile, of course, is a nonpartisan car). During the pope-mobile’s most recent visit to the Big Apple, in 1995, it was carrying Pope John Paul II. This time it will be carrying Pope Benedict XVI. Benedict was last in the city before he was pope, in 1988, when his arrival was met with protests by gay groups because he called their sexuality a “moral disorder” and also by Jews because he thinks that they should become Christian to get “perfected” (well, he said Judaism “finds its fulfillment” in Christianity, but the pope doesn’t go on as many talk shows as Ann Coulter so he can’t be expected to have his rhetoric quite so down pat). Anyway, we can’t wait to go see the Popemobile when it comes. It’s really caught up with the times. We hear it has power steering now! Benedict Will Bless City With April Visit [NYDN] When Benedict Last Visited New York [NYT]
  49. Conan’s Stalker Loves Fellini, JesusWe learn today that Conan O’Brien has a stalker, which is no big news. David Letterman had one before Conan was even a twinkle in NBC’s eye. But what’s interesting here is that Conan’s stalker is a Catholic priest. A totally scary Catholic priest, in the awesomest way. In Father David Ajemian’s letters to Conan, some written on parish letterhead, he comes out with quotes like this: “I’m told by some of those officious little usher people that you’re overbooked. Is this the way you treat your most dangerous fans? You owe me big-time, pal. I want a public confession before I even consider giving you absolution.” Wow, we never before thought of confession and absolution in such a terrifying/erotic way. (There are other letters where he issues veiled threats at Conan’s life, which are, you know, less funny, like when he compares himself to the Virginia Tech killer.) Other fun facts about Ajemian? Well, when he was ordained, the Boston Herald said he was a “turned on to religion partly by Federicio Fellini’s 1960 film La Dolce Vita.” Oh, yeah, and he went to college with Conan. Yeah, that’s right. Harvard: just as unscrupulous with admission as the Catholic clergy. Priest Jailed in Stalking of Conan O’Brien [NYT]
  50. And in Non-Explosion News... • As if last night’s man-made horrors weren’t enough, here’s one from Mother Nature: A tornado touched down in Islip Terrace, uprooting trees and ripping up a law office, as two storms pummeled Long Island at the same time. [WNBC] • Some Wall Street Journal employees answer phones by drawling “News Corporation” in an Australian accent. [NYT] • Congress is refusing to pass a “routine resolution” honoring the New York Archdiocese because it mentions scandal-tainted Cardinal Edward Egan by name. Honorable, we guess. Remind us why Congress is honoring archdioceses in the first place? [NYP] • Al Sharpton, who led the drive to get Don Imus fired, will have no problem with his nemesis’ return to the airwaves: “He has a right to make a living.” So does the Rev, who clearly needs new material. [amNY] • And mazel tov to Mark Malkoff, who visited every Starbucks in Manhattan — there are 171 — in 24 hours. Bad news: Dude’s an “aspiring filmmaker” and, naturally, filmed the journey. [NYDN]
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