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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.

Belgium Church Panel On Sex Abuse Shuts After Raid

AP | ROBERT WIELAARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BRUSSELS — Belgium insisted Monday in a dispute with the Vatican over credibility that Belgian law enforcement authorities – not the poten...

Vatican Slams Cardinal For Accusations Over Sex Abuse Cases

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Monday issued an unprecedented rebuke of a top cardinal who had accused the retired Vatican No. 2 of blocking cler...

Vatican Moves To Block Questioning Of Pope In Abuse Lawsuit

AP | DYLAN LOVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Vatican is asking a federal judge to reject an attempt to question Pope Benedict XVI under oath in a Kentucky sex abuse la...

Belgian Catholic Offices Raided Amid Sex Abuse Allegations

AP | ROBERT WIELAARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BRUSSELS — Police raided the home and former office of the recently retired archbishop of Belgium on Thursday, carrying off documents and a pers...

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...

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.

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...

Vatican Details U.S. Sex Abuse Defense

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Monday will make its most detailed defense yet against claims that it is liable for U.S. bishops who allowed pries...

Condom Machine In Rome School Incurs Pope's Wrath

AP | ALESSANDRA RIZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ROME — The decision by a Rome high school to install condom vending machines has set off a storm in Italy, with the Catholic Church charging the...

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

Georg Ratzinger, Pope's Brother, Admits Slapping Pupils

AP | MELISSA EDDY and ALESSANDRA RIZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BERLIN — The pope's brother said in a newspaper interview published Tuesday that he slapped pupils as punishment after he took over a renowned G...

Renato Fisichella, Vatican Bioethics Official, Refuses Resignation After Abortion Case

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's top bioethics official on Monday dismissed calls for his resignation following an uproar over his defense of doctor...

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.

Barbara Frale, Vatican Historian, Says Shroud of Turin Is Real

AP | ARIEL DAVID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ROME — A Vatican researcher has rekindled the age-old debate over the Shroud of Turin, saying that faint writing on the linen proves it was the ...

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).