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Why Is Everyone So Saddened By The Pope's Resignation?

Edward Falzon | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Edward Falzon

The man who stands behind bullet-proof glass as he preaches that one must accept the hour of their death has resigned today.

Tax-Exempt NY Archdiocese Church Publicly Endorses Mitt Romney... in Writing!

Michele Somerville | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Tax-exempt organizations are prohibited from endorsing candidates. The Internal Revenue Service should investigate the Archdiocese of New York for this violation.

Reflections on Pope Benedict's Visit to Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.26.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Several weeks after Pope Benedict arrived on our Island, the phones still weren't working and civic activists remained in detention.

Just Buy 'Just Love'

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Sister Dr. Margaret Farley has done the unforgivable. She's challenging the way the Vatican looks at sex. Not abortion, not contraception -- sex. Farley is, in a sense, using "dirty words."

The Cuba Camila Vallejo Didn't Want to See

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.08.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The two islands in which I live were all mixed up in my head: the Cuba of the official celebrations with smiles and slogans, and the other one, that of dissidents forced into cars and prevented from attending a Catholic Mass.

Interview: Director Nanni Moretti and We Have a Pope

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.06.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

"People have expectations of my films, which I always try not to meet. Many people expected a frontal attack on the Vatican. But I didn't want to do that."

Brothers in Faith: How the Ratzinger Boys Became World Catholic Leaders

Michael Hesemann | Posted 05.01.2012 | Religion
Michael Hesemann

What united both was not only the common blood, as two sons of a very close and loving family, but, first of all, their common Catholic faith and their rural Bavarian piety.

Timothy Dolan: God's 'Beabull'

Michele Somerville | Posted 04.25.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Although I'd never put a nickel in his collection basket, I almost like Timothy Dolan sometimes. And that's the point.

Benedict XVI, A Different Pope, Will Come to a Different Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.13.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Catholics are preparing their liturgies and their pomp to receive Benedict XVI, while others wonder if his arrival will bring some significant transformation in the political or social situation of the nation.

The Truth Behind The Godawful New (Old) Roman Catholic Missal

Michele Somerville | Posted 01.29.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The Vatican claims that a translation more faithful to the original Latin is needed. Is this the real reason for this disruption? I don't think so.

Does Resurrection Contradict Science?

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 06.14.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

For a moment, let us entertain the possibility that Resurrection is not a violation of natural law but an indicator of something beyond our scientific understanding of the universe.

Why The Pope's Words On The Jewish People Matter

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Pope Benedict is putting his own "personal stamp" on the matter of the death of Jesus. Anyone who thinks that Joseph Ratzinger personally "blames the Jews" will have to grapple with these clear comments.

'Culture Of Secrecy' Alive And Well In The Roman Catholic Church

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 12.16.2011 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

It cannot be a sin to question church leaders and the way they run day-to-day operations. Only religious extremists shy away from justified criticism of today's Church.

Papal Biographer Draws Parallels Between Benedict And John Paul II

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Bruce Nolan Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS -- Five years into the papacy of Benedict XVI, papal biographer George Weigel is struck by the conti...

Understanding The Pope's New Stance On Condoms

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

While it doesn't mean at all that the pope has approved condoms for use in terms of birth control, the Vatican's latest pronouncement is the first time that a pope has given voice to what many moral theologians have been saying for years.

Pope to Escalate Anti-Stemcell Research Campaign?

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don C. Reed

On the 27th of this month, in St. Peter's Square, Rome, the center of the Catholic world, Pope Benedict XVI, formerly Josef Ratzinger, will lead a wor...

Catholics -- Shun the Pope Who Has Abused You

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

I know that for many British Catholics, their faith makes them think of something warm and good and kind -- a beloved grandmother, or the gentler sayings of Jesus. That is not what Ratzinger stands for.

What Happens When You Call a Professor Infallible? Lessons from Pope Benedict XVI

Jacob Neusner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jacob Neusner

What the world has learned in five years about a scholar-pope is the price that the academy pays for truth-telling and integrity. Infallibility exacts costs. People prefer conciliatory politicians over contentious critics.

Transcending Ovaries: Toward Male Equality in the Abortion Debate

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

In Florida's House of Representatives, Rep. Janet Long opposed a bill that would require women to pay for ultrasounds before an abortion, telling adversaries: "Stand down if you don't have ovaries."

Report: Pope Benedict XVI Stalled California Pedophile Case

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing co...

Pope Benedict's Gang -- Too Big to Fail?

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rick Ayers

After the defeat of Liberation Theology, the church has reverted to its worst traditions of authoritarianism and repression. It is that cruel history that is being exposed today.

Manuel D. Moreno, Arizona Bishop, Pleaded With Ratzinger To Defrock Priest Over Sex Abuse

Arizona Daily Star | Patty Machelor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The late Tucson Bishop Manuel D. Moreno, often characterized as a poor advocate for sexual abuse victims, struggled with both canon law and Vatican ma...

Learning From the Vatican's Problems: What the U.S. Must Do to Protect Children Now

Marci Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marci Hamilton

As the leader in the free world for human rights enforcement, the U.S. can no longer remain on the sidelines in the face of the breadth and depth of such appalling violations by the Catholic Church.

Employment Testing for the Priesthood Can Prevent Child Abuse

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jerry Chautin

Given the magnitude of the crisis in the clergy, asking the hard questions to ferret out prospective sexual abusers is a necessity.

Jeff Anderson: One Man's Crusade Against The Catholic Church

AP | PATRICK CONDON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Jeff Anderson has filed thousands of lawsuits alleging sex abuse by priests and won tens of millions of dollars for his client...