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Habemus Papam

Grant Me the Pope Francis Kool-Aid but Not Yet; Is the New Pope for Real?

Michele Somerville | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Vatican doctrine still holds that same-sex and marriage and love are sinful. The pontiff has yet to fling "open the door" (to employ the terminology Ratzinger et al used) to the discussion of Women's Ordination.

Popacabana: New Tone, Old Message

Michele Somerville | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

So Pope Francis has said "yes" today, to inclusion of LGBT people in Roman Catholic worship, and "no" to the ordination of women. Ironically enough, the mainstream, conservative Roman Catholic Church would collapse without the work of women.

Timothy Dolan in St. Peter's Chair?

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

It is not likely, but I think it is remotely possible that the Irish pol in a mitre from New York might have a shot to replace the having-scurried-off-the-sinking-ship, Ratzinger. It would certainly be a bold move -- and interesting to see.

Vatican Wants New Pope By Next Week

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, March 4 (Reuters) - Roman Catholic cardinals filed into the Vatican on Monday for preliminary meetings to sketch an identikit for the ...

Cannes 2011: Nanni Moretti's Comic Success Habemus Papam

Karin Badt | Posted 07.16.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

While some critics have seen Habemus Papam as a heretical critique of the Catholic Church, the parody goes farther: behind all pomp and circumstance is an empty hole.