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David Gibson

David Gibson

David Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.


  1. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson’s statement that he wasn’t sure that sexual abuse of a child was a crime in the i980’s illustrates how miserably educated Catholic clergy were in morality, ethics and conscience. Morality was reduced to blind obedience to their “betters.”

    And if he was confused he could have asked a few parents what they thought. But, no, they weren’t higher than him in status so asking for their views would be out of the question. He could even have asked a few lawyers – he IS talking about a legal confusion – but no.

    Thou hast said it, Archbishop, you have condemned yourself out of your own mouth.

    • Exactly.

      And obedience is NEVER the same as morality.

      Morality is doing what is right no matter what you are told.
      Religion is doing what you are told no matter what is right.

      Gods are BS. Religion must die.

      • Max, as I read an article or someone’s comment I begin thinking of what I would like to say. Then, I read your comments and see that not only have you already written what I was thinking, but done it much better than I could have. It is always a pleasure reading your thoughts.

      • Atheist Max – well that slams down a whole bunch of religious idiocy right there!
        Very well done, sir.

  2. Katherine Cash

    Regarding Denmark: I think you should double check your facts! I suspect that it is all Lutheran churches in Denmark that are required to conduct same-sex marriages, not all churches. The Lutheran Church being the State Church.
    It would be very surprising if the state required the free churches to conduct same-sex marriages. They would end up in the European Court of Human Rights for that and they would lose.

  3. The section about Denmark is misleading (and based on a 2 years old article):

    1: “All churches” only refers to churches (church buildings) of the Church of Denmark (the state church).

    2. There were two different acts of the Danish parliament. First they amended the marriage laws to allow same-sex marriages. And then, acting in their role as the ruling assembly of the Church of Denmark, ruled that the Church of Denmark would perform same-sex marriages, with an opt-out clause for individual priests.

    3. No other religious institutions were affected, it is up to them if they want to perform same-sex marriages.

    4. Since a solid majority of both members and priests of the Church of Denmark approved, it is hardly correct to say that they were “forced” to accept same-sex marriages.