Miami Beach's volcanic eruv-tion rumbles on. On Monday, Miami Beach city attorney Raul Aguila responded to complaints that an eruv in Pinetree park is unconstitutional. Aguila told the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) that the city-sanctioned eruv is "consistent" with U.S. court decisions. B ... More >>
Two months ago, Riptide reported that residents of Miami Beach were angry that an eruv -- an orthodox Jewish enclosure -- had appeared in Pinetree Park. The sticks and string were an eyesore and an affront to the separation of church and state, one local complained, but the City of Miami Beach backe ... More >>
Father Jose Antonio Fortea, author of a famous treaty on demonology, spent about an hour with the press at Miami's Archdiocese on Friday. He framed the conversation around the idea that people are turning toward secular solutions or other faiths to overcome spiritual obstacles. Fortea, who is from ... More >>
Local chiropractor Dennis Nobbe, a rotund, ruddy-faced Scientologist allegedly forced employees to scream at ashtrays, perform lengthy staring contests, and convert to his church. Now, the man who says he "used L. Ron Hubbard Technology to build the largest chiropractic office in all of South Flori ... More >>
The Catholic Church has announced that a vial of blood from the deceased Pope John Paul II will tour South Florida beginning tonight. A viewing is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Saint Catherine of Siena Church, 9200 SW 107th Ave. Catholics will be able to touch a prayer card to the vial so they can have ... More >>
The Mormons have arrived. Yesterday, a taxpaying corporate affiliate of the Mormon Church announced it's finalizing a deal with St. Joe Company in the Florida Panhandle that will bring its overall land ownership to nearly 670,000 acres, a swath larger than any other private holding in the Sunshine ... More >>
There's no honor among thieves, and apparently no complimentary wake-up service either. Domonique Pinkard, 21, and Julian Evangelist, 20, broke into a home in Lady Lake, Florida, on Sunday, but when Pinkard passed out on the victim's coach, Evangelist decided to just leave him there. Which turned ... More >>
Sounds like someone is plagued by a serious amount of body thetans. Denise Gentile, the twin sister of David Miscavige, the top religious leader of the Church of Scientology, was arrested in St. Petersburg on marijuana charges over the weekend. Gentile is active in the church as well, and Scientol ... More >>
Father Daniel Kubala of Miami's St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and Parish is on leave after a lawsuit was filed last month claiming that the priest twice made sexual advances on an unidentified adult male who worked at the church. Kubala, however, denies the accusations, and claims he volu ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke assesses the lack of faith in the world.On February 20, the holy spirit lifted 82-year-old Brownsville resident Emma Anderson. Th ... More >>
So, it turned out that those "Satanists" who announced that they were rallying in favor of Rick Scott were really actors for a mockumentary about "the nicest Satanic cult in the world." Though it may have been fiction, the rally still went down as planned this week on the steps of the Old Capitol in ... More >>
So remember when we pointed you to a press release touting members of a Satanic church rallying for Gov. Rick Scott and wondered if it was a real or some high level trolling? Turns out it was the later. Florida's Satanic Temple is only slightly less real than Manti Te'o's girlfriend.
Yom Kippur is in many ways similar to ripping off a band-aid. Unlike some of our Christian brethren who apologize for their wrongdoings throughout the year and flagellate themselves accordingly, we the Jewish people condense all of that into one depressing day of fasting, prayer and spending time wi ... More >>
If Miami's Cuban community had a patron saint, it was surely Agustín Román, who fled Castro with a boatload of other priests and then, as America's first Cuban-born bishop, made such a political mark that current Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski compared him to Felix Varela.Román was found dead of ... More >>
In perhaps the most important meeting of octogenarians all year, Fidel Castro and Pope Benedict XVI sat down yesterday in Havana for a brief, 30-minute tête-à-tête. During the meeting, Castro asked Benedict what exactly a pope does, while Benedict made a bit of a zinger about their old age.
Decades after his education by Havana Jesuits, is Fidel Castro starting to feel kinda bad about the whole renouncing religion and being a hated dictator stuff? According to his Miami-based daughter Alina, the Marxist in fact has "come closer to religion" as he edges stubbornly toward death. Vatic ... More >>
Few pastoral visits caused as much controversy as Pope John Paul II's 1998 visit to Cuba. Catholic exiles worried that the Pope's visit to the island would further legitimize Fidel Castro's dictatorship, and images of the two shaking hands was not a welcome site for many in Miami.Now, the Vatican ... More >>
A local jury has returned a $100 million judgment in a civil lawsuit against Rev. Neil Dohetry, a former Catholic priest with the Archdiocese of Miami. Although the money might be impossible to collect, the judgment is the biggest ever levied in a case concerning the sexual abuse of children ... More >>
photo by C. StilesValdes performing a ceremony in his home.Julio Cesar Garcia had a problem last week. He was sick of his job at Miami International Airport, and he was ready for a promotion. Sadly, his bosses weren't quite so interested in bumping him up the food chain.So Garcia did what any good S ... More >>
Ernest PichardoOba Ernesto Pichardo, the high priest and president of the Santeria church that won a landmark Supreme Court case, doesn't take kindly to a renegade animal-rights activist's claims that his faith practices "torture." In fact, he told Riptide yesterday afternoon, he wants to s ... More >>
The AP reports this morning that the pope has accepted the resignation of Miami Archbishop John Favalora, who has led the Catholic Church in Miami, Broward, and Monroe counties since 1994. Rev. Neil Doherty was accused of drugging and molesting dozens of boys in Miami.Favalora's move ... More >>
The catholic church! Man, they are in the pits, right? Their Q score right now rivals Kate Gosselin's. Heck, it's probably worse than Michelle "Bombshell" McGee's. Ever since international media reported the pope, wacky Benedict, willfully ignored reports of kiddie-diddling priests, the church h ... More >>
What is fast food to a redneck? Hitting a dear at 65 mph.I like White Castle but White Castle doesn't like me. ~Craig Hopson, chef at Le Cirque, N.Y.C.After watching sales falling off for three straight months at Kentucky Fried Chicken, the Colonel calls up the Pope and asks for a favor.The Pope say ... More >>
After Imam Foad Farahi declined to become a federal informant, the government tried to destroy him.
In theaters Friday.
"If the missiles had remained, we would have used them against the very heart of America, including New York."
Fidel and Vladimir Gundjaev The haggard remains of Fidel Castro made headlines earlier this month for meeting with a Russian Orthodox priest in Havana. The story was newsworthy mostly because the meeting produced the first photo of the ailing Cuban dictator since early this summer. But a larger ... More >>
The Catholic Church must hate this guy.
When Rev. Neil Doherty misbehaved, the archdiocese punished Theresa Gerstner.
Pope Visit - Pope Benedict XVI visited the U.S. Tuesday in what is deemed to be a historic a visit. He said he is ashamed of "pedophile priests," but some catholics are demanding more action. Delta, NWA Merge - Delta and Northwest Airlines settled on a deal to merge that would make them the larges ... More >>
The Florida Board of Education passed a new set of teaching standards that requires evolution to be taught in the classroom, but labeled as a scientific theory. This is raising an uproar, widening the divide between creationists and scientist. And caught in the middle are the children who, I’m su ... More >>
"You will believe..." Thetans, rejoice: A Scientology conference is coming to a beach near you. For two days in March — and for $200 — you can learn about the ins and outs of Scientology, the religion/self-help group/Tom Cruise thingy. Flyers were sent to potential Thetans (that ... More >>