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Vatican Admits To Possible Wiretaps Of Church Officials

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 03.01.2013 | Religion

In the wake of several high-profile and salacious scandals alleging corruption and sexual politics inside the Vatican, Rome was rocked again Thursday ...

If The Red Prada Shoe Fits: The Legacy Of Benedict XVI

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

I believe that if a man robs a bank, kills the teller, runs out the door and jumps into the getaway car, the driver is an accomplice to the murder. In the context of the Catholic sex abuse crisis, Ratzinger was behind the wheel of the getaway car for 30 years.

Pope Rope-a-Dope?

Philip David Morton | Posted 05.26.2015 | Comedy
Philip David Morton

The rope-a-dope, made famous by Muhammad Ali when he fought George Foreman, is a boxing strategy a fighter chooses that purposely puts him in a losing position.

With Election Of New Pope, Is It Time For Protestants To Rejoin Rome?

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

Might this be a moment when all sides of the Christian church lay aside their differences? More specifically as Protestants, has the Reformation passed its day?

Vatican Plays Down Australian Cardinal Comments

AP | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is playing down an Australian cardinal's comments that Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign was "slightly destabili...

WATCH: Pope Benedict Leaves Vatican In Helicopter

Posted 02.28.2013 | Religion

At 5 p.m. CET (11 a.m. EST), Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican on a helicopter to the papal seaside retreat, Castel Gandolfo. Once he arrived at the ...

LOOK: The Pope's Guard: Not All Feathered Helmets And Stripes

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 04.30.2013 | World

Being a Swiss Guard is not all feathered helmets and puffy striped uniforms. To even apply, you must be Catholic, male, Swiss and betwe...

Will Benedict Be A 'Shadow Pope'?

HuffPost Italy | Stefano Baldolini | Posted 02.28.2013 | Religion

The theologian Hans Kung has always been very hard on Joseph Ratzinger’s papacy, and was particularly disappointed by Pope Benedict XVI’s last aud...

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...

Sex, Power And Scandals Loom Over Vatican Pre-Conclave Talks

Reuters | Tom Heneghan | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor VATICAN CITY, Feb 26 (Reuters) - The sex and power scandals haunting the Catholic Church look set to...

Former Friar Says Homosexuality Is A 'Ticking Time Bomb' For Catholic Church

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion

A former friar believes that homosexuality is a "ticking time bomb" for the Catholic Church. Days before Pope Benedict XVI is officially set to re...

Vatican Gay-Baiting Is Bigotry That Shames The Church

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Every twist and turn of the long-running Catholic sex abuse scandal brings another round of gay baiting. But three decades after the first claims of abuse were made, the Catholic Church remains mired in the secrecy, narrow-mindedness and fear.

Jaweed Kaleem

Campaigning For Pope Begins Behind Closed Doors | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion

An Italian newspaper publishes a controversial report on an alleged secret network of gay priests in the Vatican. Campaigns start against two American...

Dharma And The New Pope

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 04.26.2013 | Religion
Rajiv Malhotra

If the Vatican would drop claims of exclusivity over religious truth, and reexamine dogmas such as the Nicene Creed, it would pressure other denominations of Christianity to follow suit.

Could Benedict XVI Be Machiavellian?

Georges Ugeux | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
Georges Ugeux

The way he got the pontificate illustrates that he is perfectly capable to have engineered a maneuver to ensure that the Catholic Church remains an entrenched conservative institution.

Report: Pope's Resignation Linked To Secret Vatican Gay Lobby

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion

Was the pope under the influence of a secretive "gay lobby" within the Vatican itself? That's the claim put forth by Italian daily newspaper La Re...

PHOTOS: The Vatican's Florida?

Posted 02.21.2013 | Travel

When Pope Benedict announced that he would resign last week, speculation immediately turned toward who would pick up where he left off, but one of the...

WATCH: The Video The Pope Doesn't Want You To See

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.20.2013 | Comedy

Pope Benedict as an Ensure-swilling, blunt-bogarting grump? A goofy new video, "It's Hard Out Here For A Pope," presents the unholy possibility in ...

The Dark Legacy Of Pope Benedict XVI

Matthew Fox | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Matthew Fox

As a Christian, I witness his legacy, and that of his predecessor, with profoundly mixed feelings: outrage over the crimes committed against the people of God, and relief that the masks covering the corruption of the papacy have at last been removed.

Jaweed Kaleem

Pope Considering Major Changes Before Retirement | 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...

Stifling Or Releasing The Spirit?

Dr. Megan McKenna | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Dr. Megan McKenna

The structures of the Church at the Vatican levels are a tight knit and closed system, especially so when it comes to the transfer of power from one pope to the next. However, the process is not based on anything in the founding years of the Church.

Criticisms Of Cardinal Mahoney's Presence At Conclave Reach Vatican

Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The controversy over Cardinal Roger Mahony's vote in the conclave that will elect a new pope has now reached the Vatican, with at l...

No One Can Know Why Pope Benedict XVI Resigned

Michele Somerville | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

All we outside Vatican who cherish our church have to go by are hunches, beliefs, speculation, conjecture and opinions. We can examine the Ratzinger's legacy and theorize, but no one can know why he resigned. The pope is the pope, accountable to no one. Not even God.

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.