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Vatican City: True Financial Crime and Murder

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Those who believe we don't need smart and effective crime-stopping financial regulation have only to look at the smallest independent city-state in the world, Vatican City.

Why Religion Opposes Female Rights

Nigel Barber | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Popularly floated explanations for clerical opposition to female equality with males are unsatisfying. Most reduce to a single word: conservatism; tradition; family; patriarchy, and so forth.

Michelangelo Signorile

Gay Catholic Priest Reveals He's Been Married To A Man For 14 Years, Is Non-Celibate | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In a new book, Father Bernard Lynch, a gay Catholic priest who has incurred the wrath of the Vatican for his views supporting LGBT Catholics, not only...

Italian Journalist Defends Vatican Leaks

Reuters | Posted 07.30.2012 | Religion

* Vatican says journalist is a criminal * Nuzzi says he only did his job, defends leakers * Says there are 20 Vatican wh...

Walking The (Catholic) Plank

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Why doesn't my Catholic Church get its own house in order first? Get the plank/log/boulder/semi truck/elephant out of its own eye before it tries to remove a speck from another's eye?

The Vatican's War On Women

Paul Gorrell, Ph.D. | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Paul Gorrell, Ph.D.

This is not a new war for the Vatican. This is old time religion. The Catholic Church has been a repressive place for women for its entire history.

Having the Sisters' Back

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.25.2012 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Do most of us believe that the bishops are the only "authentic teachers of faith and morals?" The sisters may be the most positive face of the Catholic Church today, and they are keeping people in the Church who would have given up on the all-male hierarchy long ago.

Radical Disobedience: Why Roman Catholics Won't Heed The Pontiff's Call For 'Radical Obedience'

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

There's not a thing Joseph Ratzinger can do to stop Roman Catholic women from becoming Roman Catholic priests. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Pope: Gay Marriage A Threat To 'Future Of Humanity'

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Monday that gay marriage was one of several threats to the...

PHOTOS: Mass For The Epiphany

Posted 01.06.2012 | Religion

The Pope celebrated the Mass for the Epiphany of our Lord, a feast of light, marking the end of the Vatican's Christmas celebrations. To see more g...

The Truth Behind The Godawful New (Old) Roman Catholic Missal

Michele Somerville | Posted 01.29.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The Vatican claims that a translation more faithful to the original Latin is needed. Is this the real reason for this disruption? I don't think so.

I'm With Stupid: Wear These Clothes While You Kiss the Pope

Todd Hartley | Posted 01.19.2012 | Style
Todd Hartley

I'm sure the ads were probably conceived by some high-priced agency, and I imagine they're considered very cutting-edge, but for the life of me I'm not sure what Benetton's point is.

Summertime Book Blues

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.26.2011 | Home
Lev Raphael

I used to put books aside especially for the summer, knowing I'd have more time and feel more relaxed, less stressed, more open to the long loving voyage with an accomplished author at the helm.

Spanish Protests Against The Pope Indicate Youth Is Losing Faith -- And Patience

Posted 10.19.2011 | Home

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Papal Critics

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 10.08.2011 | Religion
Christopher Brauchli

Father Bourgeois is a priest who is a member of the Maryknoll religious order. In 2008 he participated in the ordination of a woman conducted by a group known as the Roman Catholic Womenpriests.

Bishop To Same-Sex Marriage Supporters: Your Money's No Good Here

Michele Somerville | Posted 09.17.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The bishop of Brooklyn and Queens has countenanced electioneering from the pulpit. And it appears clear that he does not welcome gifts from Catholics who support same-sex marriage.

Marriage Equality In New York: A Moral Triumph

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.29.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

On any given day, I am a proud New Yorker, but having long harbored equal marriage envy, I am pleased to be enjoying a novel sensation of "Empire State" pride in being a same-sex marriage state.

Showtime Reveals Skeletons In The Catholic Church's Closet

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 06.07.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

In its new Sunday night series, The Borgias, Showtime has found the magic combination for ultimate crowd appeal in a scintillating soap opera about a bad-boy pope.

Remembering Samuel Ruiz -- The Little Bishop Who Roared

Rose Marie Berger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rose Marie Berger

Retired Catholic Bishop Samuel Ruíz Garcia, known as the champion of the poor and indigenous in southern Mexico, died Jan. 24 of complications from diabetes. He was 86.

Exorcism Reality Show 'The Exorcist Files' Planned By Discovery Channel And Vatican

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The Discovery Channel is teaming up with the Vatican to create an exorcism reality show, James Hibberd reports: The Exorcist Files will recreate stor...

Spain Plans Monument To Gays And Lesbians

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Taking a page from Amsterdam's famed Homomonument, the city of Barcelona will erect a monument in honor of the city's gays, lesbians and transgendered...

New Years Eve Weekly News Round Up

Katie Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper


How The Catholic Church Endorses (Or Ignores) Mystical Visions

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) In 1859, a Wisconsin farmwoman recounted three mystical meetings with the Virgin Mary, who told her to pr...

Christmas in Rome: Four Places to Enjoy Italian Traditions

Kathy McCabe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Kathy McCabe

Traveling to Italy so often -- at least several times a year -- I've discovered that my favorite season to visit Italy is winter, especially right around Christmas.

Barcelona's Gays And Lesbians To Stage 'Kissing Flashmob' During Pope's Visit

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Barcelona is known as one of Spain's most vibrant cities, but when Pope Benedict XVI touches down there Sunday, he'll be greeted with something extra ...