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Pope Francis Aided By Law Experts For Vatican Reform | Philip Pullella | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - Pope Francis has brought in international experts to help him overhaul the Holy See and move on from a series of scandals under his predec...

Did A Gay Vatican Underworld Cause Pope Benedict To Quit?

Joseph Ward III | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

Pope Benedict cited his failing health as the reasons he is unable to appropriately fulfill the ministry that was entrusted to him. But the next pope will be handed the same 300-page report detailing Vatican corruption, including information about this alleged gay Vatican underworld.

Cardinals Meet In Shadow Of Scandal, Discord And Intrigue

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 03.02.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - Roman Catholic cardinals gathering to choose a successor to "Pope Emeritus Benedict" will be worrying about a Vatican hierarchy hit by sca...

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 ...

Now We Need A Pope Who Likes To Clean Up

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

When Benedict issued his resignation a few weeks ago, those of us who know about Celestine immediately thought of the 1294 pope, and what happened to him. Like Celestine, I have to believe that Benedict, too, wanted to get out alive. And so, now, we need a pope who loves to clean things up.

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...

Pope's Brother Says Vatileaks Scandal Weighed On Elderly Pontiff

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion

News of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation was greeted with almost immediate speculation when it was announced Monday. Why had the pontiff decided to do ...

Pope Benedict Pardons Ex-Butler Who Stole Documents

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.21.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI granted his former butler a Christmas pardon Saturday, forgiving him in person during a jailhouse meeting for s...

Vatican Austerity Means Donated Nativity Scene

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has happily accepted a donated Nativity scene for St. Peter's Square this Christmas after a previous setup costing (E...

Meet The Pope's New '007' Agent

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion

He probably won't be drinking martinis -- shaken or stirred -- anytime soon, but that doesn't mean the Vatican's head of security can't have a title w...

Pope Cleans House After Vatican Leak Scandal

AP | Posted 12.07.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI moved Friday to shore up the papal household in the aftermath of the Vatican's leaks scandal, naming his trusted sec...

The Men Who Ruin The Pope

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

The modern era has seen a lot of good men come to the Vatican wanting to inspire the world toward more faith, more observance and more good works, as Christ's vicar on earth. What is it, then, that spoils their good intentions?

LATEST: Vatican Computer Tech Guy Convicted In Vatileaks Scandal

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 01.10.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — A Vatican court on Saturday convicted a Holy See computer technician of helping the former papal butler in the embarrassing leak ...

Vatican Court: Butler's Theft Harmed Pope, Church

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 12.23.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican tribunal that convicted the pope's ex-butler of stealing private papal correspondence sharply condemned the theft on ...

Analysis: How The Butler Deceived The Vatican

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — He had the trust of Pope Benedict XVI and the cardinals, monsignors and priests who run the Roman Catholic Church. And because of...

Pope's Butler Pleads Innocence, But Feels Guilty

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 12.03.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI's onetime butler declared Tuesday he was innocent of a charge of aggravated theft of the pope's private corresp...

Police: Butler Had Documents Pope Meant To Be Destroyed

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 12.03.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Vatican police said Wednesday they found thousands of documents hidden inside the home of Pope Benedict XVI's former butler, incl...

Trial Starts With Setback For Pope's Butler

Reuters | Posted 11.29.2012 | Religion

* Court rules against admitting cardinals' evidence * Former butler appears at trial, smiling but pale * Gabriele often ...

Separating Fact From Fiction In Vatican Leaks Case

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 06.23.2012 | Religion

(RNS) For the last six months, the so-called Vatileaks affair has rocked the frescoed halls of the Vatican, plunging the global center of the Roman Ca...

Vatican Blames Media For Latest Scandal

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 08.18.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's No. 2 official on Monday blamed the media – and the devil – for fueling the scandal over leaked Vatican...

Cardinals To Brief Pope On Leaks Scandal

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 08.16.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI is getting a briefing from the three cardinals he appointed in April to investigate a series of leaked Vatican ...

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.

Pope's Butler Faces Up To 8 Years As Vatican Hearings Begin

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI's former butler is facing up to eight years in jail for allegedly stealing confidential documents from the pope's...

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.

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 ...