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How the ‘pirate nun’ changed a gay man’s life

Paul Darrow went to his first gay beach when he was 15. Soon after, he hitchhiked his way to New York, where there was a thriving gay scene and where he could pursue a career in modeling. Once there, he landed a high-end job as an international model and rubbed elbows with celebrities at clubs






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Adam and Eve: Lasting legacy of the first ‘first couple’

The concept for the book originated with the author taking his young daughters through the Sistine Chapel. They wanted to know what was going on in the painting of Adam and Eve. Bruce Feiler realized then that this was a story that has never stopped being interesting to tell. On the first day of a






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Meat on a Lenten Friday

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Full Question If my local bishop hasn’t given a dispensation for corned beef on a Lenten Friday, may I eat it if I am in another diocese on that day? Answer If a diocesan bishop provides a dispensation on a Lenten Friday, such as when St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) lands on a Friday, as






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Concerned About an Antipope

Full Question Is Pope Francis an antipope? If so, may I still go to Mass and receive Holy Communion? Answer Pope Francis is not an antipope, i.e., a false claimant to the papacy. He was validly elected by his fellow cardinals on March 13, 2013. Despite some controversy during his pontificate, and contrary to some






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May a Catholic Celebrate Muslim Holidays?

Full Question May a Catholic celebrate Eid? Answer I assume you are referring to the two Muslim holidays, Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr. Whether or not a Catholic should participate in these festivities depends on the circumstances. A Catholic could attend a private holiday celebration as a guest of Muslim friends or could participate in interreligious






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Is That a Demon Behind the Pope?

Full Question Can you tell me about the Paul VI Audience Hall? How can I defend an artwork some call “demonic” or a “serpent idol”? Answer It sounds as if you’re referring to the large, modern artwork of the resurrected Jesus, a backdrop to the pope’s weekly audiences when they are held in the auditorium during






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What’s the most convincing argument against porn? Science.

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In 2013, Beyonce Knowles topped GQ’s list of “The 100 Hottest Women of the 21st Century." That same year, the “definitive men’s magazine" that promises “sexy women" along with style advice, entertainment news and more ran a shorter listicle: “10 Reasons Why You Should Quit Watching Porn." The list included reasons such as increased sexual






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