Just talk about the heinous activities of the Catholic church. Wow. 

Well, when you talk about abortion or religion, you’re going to get people to disagree with you. But, in my opinion, the Catholic church has been complicit in the molestation and rape of children for way too long, and it must stop.  And the fact that the Vatican has only responded by attacking the NY Times for their coverage of the scandal makes it all the more despicable.

I got some nasty email and tweets, and I feel sorry for the people who are defending the church on this one. I spoke about the hypocrisy of organized religion in general and the problems within the Catholic church with comedian John Fugelsang tonight.  I know, that sounds like a non-sequitor, but when you find out about John’s parents religious backgrounds, you’ll understand why he was the perfect person to have this conversation with!

In the first hour, I checked in with David Dayen who writes the news for FireDogLake. We talked about yesterday’s baffling announcement by President Obama on offshore drilling, plus the fact that the Bush administration’s wiretapping program has been ruled illegal, and what that might mean for a CA Congressional race.

And Lisa Derrick, who writes the La Figa blog at FireDogLake joined me to talk about lots of stories that are sort of news, but sort of not… it’s the intersection between news, entertainment and pop culture.  Lisa will be liveblogging tonight’s debut of the new Faux News/faux interview show hosted by Sarah Palin, “Real American Stories.”  Although I’d rather be watching “Grey’s Anatomy,” I’ll join Lisa at FireDogLake.com, for as long as I can take it!

For those of you who celebrate it, have a very Happy Easter! I’ll be back Monday at our regular time… but I hope you’ll join me a little earlier, as I guest host the Randi Rhodes Show Monday from 3-6pm ET too.