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Papal Resignation

Pope Benedict Addresses Conspiracy Rumors

Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion

Retired Pope Benedict XVI says his decision to quit last year was his alone -- that he wasn't pressured, that he's not the victim of a conspiracy and ...

Argentina's Very Different Papal Candidates

AP | MICHAEL WARREN | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Both are the sons of Italian immigrants. Both are doctrinal conservatives. And both are known for their warm personali...

Why Cardinal Mahony Should Not Vote For The Next Pope

Tom Rastrelli | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Tom Rastrelli

The picture he and other cardinals paint of sexual abuse victims who demand accountability in the Catholic Church is of unreasonable, insatiable, judgmental, self-righteous and hard-hearted aggressors. Mahony's words send the message that victims should just forgive and forget.

Teacher Who Returned To Church Roots

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — On Monday, April 4, 2005, a priest walked up to the Renaissance palazzo housing the Vatican's doctrine department and asked the d...

Ten Commandments For Starting Your Own Religion

Dan_Weiss | Posted 04.27.2013 | Comedy
Dan_Weiss

The current pope's decision to turn in his satin slippers has stunned many parishioners. If ever there was a window to start your own religion, this may be it.

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Pope Considering Major Changes Before Retirement

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion

In one of his last major moves before the end of his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI is considering changing the rules for the international meeting of card...

What We Need In A New Pope

Lauren Boyle | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Lauren Boyle

If ever there were a perfect time to clean house in the Church, it is now. For the Church, this symbolic time of repentance could be the time in which the Church re-orients itself to serve a 21st century world.

Good News From The Vatican

Ken Atchity | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Ken Atchity

Thank you, Your Holiness, for, wittingly or not, setting an example. Let's all resign from this wrong-headed church and turn our hearts and minds to the God in whose "image and likeness" Genesis claims we are fashioned.

The Grand Refusal

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

Nostalgic for his student days, Pope Benedict XVI has elected to pass out of history much as he stepped into it: blinking blindly at all the bright lights, never quite certain of how he got there, nor what he was supposed to do with the power he possessed.

The Pope's Legacy

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Never the media superstar that his predecessor was, Pope Benedict XVI, a lifelong scholar, exuded his own brand of charisma, which came from his profound theological acumen and his personal relationship with Jesus.

Papal Selection Focused on Preserving Eternal Principles

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Mark R. Kennedy

Though the upcoming procedure for picking his successor may appear political, much forethought has been given to keeping it from being so.

The Latest Betting Line on the Next Pope

Keith Thomson | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Keith Thomson

Much is at stake with the selection of Pope Benedict XVI's successor, including a lot of money.

Pope Wal-Mart Greeter?

Posted 02.12.2013 | Comedy

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has affected millions of faithful Catholics all over the world, but perhaps none are feeling the sting as deeply ...

WATCH: 'Popes Can Do That?'

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.12.2013 | Comedy

With the news that Pope Benedict XVI will resign his post, Jon Stewart has a few questions for what happens in the wake of the move. In a segment enti...

Pope Benedict Is Resigning, But Institutional Catholic Homophobia Isn't Going Anywhere

John Becker | Posted 04.13.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

Benedict has appointed a majority of the cardinals who will elect his successor, and the vast majority of bishops around the world were named by either Benedict or his equally anti-gay predecessor. Popes tend to appoint prelates who share their views.

What Church Law Says About Papal Resignations

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

The process here is not unlike the retirement of any other bishop, with the caveat that the Pope does not answer to anyone, so there is no "technical" recipient of his resignation.

The Popes Who've Quit

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion

-- The Vatican announced Monday that Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down on Feb. 28. While such papal resignations are extremely rare, there are prece...

Pope Resignations Rare: After Several Centuries, Benedict XVI Unlikely To Break Tradition

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

NEW YORK — Only a few popes have resigned in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Don't expect Pope Benedict XVI to join their ranks. The ...