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Butlers, Burglars and Bunglers

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.13.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Woodward and Bernstein took us on a walk down memory lane this past weekend with their 40 year retrospective on the idea that Richard Nixon was even worse than we thought, if that's possible.

Cardinal Dolan Has A Lot Of Explaining To Do

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.12.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Timothy Dolan has been curiously silent since the highly damning news that he may have paid pedophile priests in his (former) Milwaukee Archdiocese as much as $20,000 to go away broke on May 31.

Whose Religious Freedom Is Under Attack?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

As a rabbi, I am deeply conscious of the transcendent value of religious freedom. I believe that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is indeed one of God's best creations. So I listen with great care to claims it is being violated.

No Peter's Pence For The Vatican

Alexander Goerlach | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Alexander Goerlach

This year, it's time to cut off the money supply to the corrupt institutions of the Vatican -- and the German Catholic Church has to rally in support of the pope's attempts to quell corruption.

Priests As Pintos: Fraud And The Next Catholic Crisis

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Amid all the more notable intrigue and scandal, a jury in the little city of Appleton, Wis., recently demolished a defense that has shielded the church from hundreds, if not thousands, of claims related to sexual crimes committed by priests against minors.

Nuns' Response To Takeover: Hierarchy Must Tackle Elephants In The Room

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Angela Bonavoglia

You could almost feel the hierarchs gritting their teeth as they pondered the sisters' message, which has the Second Vatican Council written all over it.

Hey Vatican: Lay Off My Sisters!

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Rather than publicly chastising nuns, the Catholic Church should be thanking God for every single compassionate, thought-filled and selfless one of them.

Sister Act

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

I am hopeful that the Sisters going to Rome will let the Vatican know that it is way past time for the male hierarchy to cease seeking to control Roman Catholic women, either lay or religious.

In Praise Of Courageous Nuns Facing The Vatican Crackdown

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

It has been a rough spring for American nuns. They've been thinking unapproved thoughts and talking out of turn, and the male hierarchy of the church is not happy. And they are doing something about it.

Trouble At The Vatican

Pastor Don Mackenzie | Posted 08.04.2012 | Religion
Pastor Don Mackenzie

What is happening at the Vatican is an illustration of the problem of balancing maintenance and attention to substance. But those who are involved at the levels of decision making in Vatican City are not evil people.

Pilgrimage: 14 Of The World's Most Popular Spiritual Destinations

Posted 01.19.2015 | Religion

Every year millions of pilgrims travel to places with unique spiritual significance in hopes of experiencing elevation, transformation and attaining a...

Pope And Top Aide Display Unity Amid Scandal

Reuters | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion

* Pope arrives in Milan midst of worst crisis of reign * Powerful right-hand man at centre of scandal stands by his side ...

The Vatican's Long History Of Intrigue And Controversy

Reuters | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion

* Pope Benedict says media accounts of scandal inaccurate * Leaked documents and intrusions on papal privacy not new * M...

Priest On Nun Crackdown: 'Vatican Is Hypocritical And Duplicitous'

Posted 06.01.2012 | Religion

The Vatican orthodoxy watch dog group known as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced in April its intention to overhaul the largest...

Cardinal Dolan's Blackmail For Jesus: The Empire Strikes Back

Michele Somerville | Posted 07.31.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

If Timothy Dolan is to be believed, he's ready to sacrifice the poor -- many of whom are elderly, juvenile, disabled and infirm -- in Christ's name, for the greater good of wining the war against contraception.

Vatican Says Leaks Scandal Is Brutal Attack On Pope

Reuters | Posted 07.29.2012 | Religion

* Cardinals look for accomplices of butler, held in "safe room" * Vatican's number three says book of leaks is "criminal" act ...

Vatican: Vatican't! (Newsflash to Rome From Joan of Arc)

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 07.27.2012 | Religion
Carol Muske-Dukes

Would Joan of Arc have fought for the current Catholic crowd in Rome? How would they have "contained" her -- just as they seek to "contain" the good nuns? Would she have died for the Vatican Boys Club? Or would she have raised the banner of the Sisters?

Vatican Denies Any Cardinal A Suspect In Leaks Scandal

Reuters | Posted 07.28.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, May 28 (Reuters) - The Vatican on Monday denied Italian press reports that a cardinal was among those being investigated in a scandal ...

Who Is Responsible for Secrecy in the Legionaries of Christ?

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 06.04.2012 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

For years there have been many people in authority above him who were repeatedly made aware of the struggles and difficulties surrounding the abusive behavior of the founder and other dysfunctions in the Legionaries

Vatican Detains Person With Documents In 'Vatileaks' Scandal

Reuters | Posted 07.25.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, May 25 (Reuters) - The Vatican, which has been embroiled for months in a scandal involving the leak of secret papers, said on Friday i...

The Vatican Lays A Cunning Trap For American Nuns

Mary C. Johnson | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Mary C. Johnson

At the end of this month, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will meet to formulate a response to a Vatican trap whose cunning is best appreciated within the long tradition of religious authorities who craft impossible dilemmas for those they perceive as threats.

Vatican Says Unity With Traditionalists Needs 'Further Discussions'

Posted 05.17.2012 | Religion

By Alessandro Speciale Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican's doctrinal office said "further discussions" will be needed with the ...

United States Catholics: A Church Divided

Michele Somerville | Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

So rogue are most Roman Catholics when it comes to papal teaching, that Catholic dissidence often seems the norm.

Dear Cardinal Dolan: Is The Pope Catholic?

Carol DeChant | Posted 07.08.2012 | Religion
Carol DeChant

Does the Pope really want to force American Catholics to choose between standing with our nuns or with a male hierarchy interrogating them for nebulous infractions, with a stated agenda of keeping their findings secret?

A False Claim to Divine Morality: Sex, Lies and Pedophiles

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Jeff Schweitzer

The great crime in the Vatican's sex abuse scandal is not the existence of pedophiles within its ranks of priests, although that is bad enough, but the fact that the Church as a matter of policy transferred known pedophiles to unsuspecting parishes.