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Vatican: Nobel Win For Robert Edwards, IVF Pioneer, Is 'Completely Out Of Order'

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A Vatican official has said the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Medicine to British IVF pioneer Robert Edwards is "completely out of order."...

New York Review Of Books: Newman's Saga With The Catholic Church

The New York Review of Books | Garry Wills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Stealing Newman" By Gary Wills Pope Benedict XVI is the best-dressed liar in the world. And in England he presided over the best set-designed lie i...

Vatican Library Exposed

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The 85km of shelving in the Vatican's Secret Archives holds manuscripts and publications accumulated over more than 800 years. On the day of his visit...

Protests Underway As Pope Begins For UK Tour

Yahoo! News UK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Pope Benedict has said he is looking forward to his visit to the UK next week and thanked everyone for trying to make it a "joyful celebration," as ca...

Where Is the Vatican's Outrage About Child Molestation?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carla Seaquist

The world -- and the molested -- have been waiting, waiting for the Catholic Church's hierarchy to do the right thing in these months of crisis. Sadly, the wait will be longer.

The Long Scandal: A History of Abuse

Alex Wilhelm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Alex Wilhelm

The Catholic Church is in trouble today, but they should be prosecuted in the public mind for millennia of wrongdoings against children. It is a long scandal, a heartbreaking history of abuse.

Cartoon: Vatican Upheavals

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells

I'm not Catholic, or even Christian for that matter, but it seems to me that being forgiven for whatever you did sort of revolves around the idea of doing "it" right the next time.

What Would Rev. Barbie Do?

Jim Lichtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jim Lichtman

She's smart, sassy, and now she's sanctified. Who am I talking about? Why, it's Episcopal Priest Barbie! That's right, fun and flirty Barbie trade...

Is It Time for Vatican III?

ABC News | FATHER EDWARD L. BECK, C.P. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

As Christians begin their celebration of the Easter season, the Catholic church seems stuck in Good Friday. Just when some would like to turn their at...

Putting Aside a Scandal-Ridden Church, Among Other Childish Things

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Leonce Gaiter

With evidence that the Pope enabled the rape of children through inaction, it is appropriate to examine the Church's authority on morality and spirituality.

On Catholic Child Abuse, Please Leave the Jews Out of It

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Alan Elsner

Like many non-Catholics, I have been observing the unfolding international scandal over sexual abuse of children by priests with a kind of shocked fascination.

Christopher Hitchens Slams Vatican, Pope Over Sex Abuse Scandal (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Christopher Hitchens, whose antagonism towards religion is well-established, had harsh words for the Catholic Church, and the Pope in particular, duri...

Christopher Hitchens: Catholic Church Wants 'Wiggle Room' For Rape And Torture Of Children (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Author and journalist Christopher Hitchens appeared on "Real Time With Bill Maher" Friday and slammed the Catholic church for it's handling of the "ra...

Gabriele Amorth, Chief Exorcist, Says Devil Is In The Vatican

timesonline.co.uk | Richard Owen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church are proof that that "the Devil is at work inside the Vatican", according to the Holy See's chief exorc...

Moral Cowardice and the Third Reich: The Legacy of Pius XII

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Pius is being falsely maligned by his critics as a pious fraud and moral coward who disgraced a great world religion, then why doesn't the Vatican fix the error by simply opening their archives?

Pope vs. Doctors: How New Vatican Orthodoxy Undermines Medical Ethics and Imperils Your Health

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

By challenging this longstanding system of benign neglect, bishops and zealots may believe they will achieve ideological purity. What they are actually doing is jeopardizing Catholic hospitals and public health.

Vatican Blamed For Smear Campaign Against Catholic Editor

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Michael Day, The Independent Whispers were reverberating around the corridors of the Vatican yesterday over incendiary claims by the editor of th...

Galileo 400: A Brand New Sky!

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Eric Lurio

Four hundred years ago, Galileo turned his telescope to the heavens. As far as he knew, no one had done it before. In the 21st Century, we're totally blasé about this sort of thing.

Vatican Confirms: Goldman "Doing God's Work"

Tom Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Tom Gregory

L'Osservatore Romano is reporting that Goldman Sachs is indeed Doing God's work, and His Former Holiness Joseph Ratzinger has confirmed the unsolicited hostile takeover.

Tupac Makes Vatican MySpace Playlist (AUDIO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Vatican recently released an official music playlist -- and slipped in among the Mozart and Regina Coeli, the late Tupac Shakur made the cut. O...

So You're Thinking of Converting From Anglican to Catholic

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

In converting to Catholicism, you are really just switching over your "files" (ideas/customs/most profound expressions of faith) to your "Mac" (Catholic) "hard drive" (brain/immortal soul).

Pope John Paul II 'Whipped Himself In Remorse For Sins'

Telegraph | Nick Pisa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Pope, who died five years ago, is being considered for sainthood by the Catholic Church....

Vatican Bombshell!: Goldman Sachs IS The Holy Ghost!

Tom Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Tom Gregory

The Holy Ghost - which shares the power of God - is invisible yet everywhere, can create something from nothing or turn everything back into nothing.

Pope: Greed Has "Wreaked Havoc" On Global Economy

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Pope has called for reform of the United Nations and financial bodies, giving them the "real teeth" needed to tackle economic and social injustice...

Vatican, Russian Orthodox Church Relations Warming

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Festivities in Rome this weekend for the dedication of an Orthodox church on the grounds of the Russian Embassy near the Vatican attest to a surprisin...