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Pope Admits 'Serious Doubts About This Whole Organized Religion Thing,' Announces Resignation

Emmett Rensin | Posted 04.14.2013 | Comedy
Emmett Rensin

After a long night reading the complete works of Christopher Hitchens, binge drinking and googling "proof for God," Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation yesterday, effective February 28th.

WATCH: 'Popes Can Do That?'

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.12.2013 | Comedy

With the news that Pope Benedict XVI will resign his post, Jon Stewart has a few questions for what happens in the wake of the move. In a segment enti...

WATCH: 'The View's' Wacky Discussion About The Pope

Posted 02.11.2013 | Media

"The View" took a measured, rigorous approach to the news of the Pope's resignation on Monday, somberly discussing the implications for the Cathol— ...

The Vatican Bumps Tupac, Fleet Foxes

Posted 02.11.2013 | Entertainment

It was announced Monday that Pope Benedict XVI will be resigning on Feb. 28, citing health concerns for his need to step down. In looking back at his ...

WATCH: Networks Scramble To Cover Breaking News Bombshell

Posted 02.11.2013 | Media

News broke early Monday morning that Pope Benedict XVI will be resigning from his post due to health concerns. Some broadcast networks broke in with s...

The Time I Called Pope Benedict 'The Devil' To His Face

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

After seeing Benedict's latest attacks a few weeks ago, calling gay marriage a "threat to the future of humanity," I thought of my upcoming 25th anniversary of calling him out and how it changed my life. Was it wrong to do? Immature? Unproductive? I don't think so.

Showtime Orders 'The Vatican,' Ridley Scott To Direct

Posted 12.21.2012 | TV

Showtime has ordered "The Vatican," a contemporary drama thriller centered around the Catholic church, the network announced Thursday. "The Vatica...

Silence in the House of God, or When the Trail Leads to the Top

Erica Abeel | Posted 01.20.2013 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Alex Gibney, preeminent documentarian and a specialist in the abuse of power, weighs in with the superb Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, which tackles the subject of child sex crimes and cover-up in the Catholic church.

Vatican City: True Financial Crime and Murder

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Those who believe we don't need smart and effective crime-stopping financial regulation have only to look at the smallest independent city-state in the world, Vatican City.

Why Religion Opposes Female Rights

Nigel Barber | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Popularly floated explanations for clerical opposition to female equality with males are unsatisfying. Most reduce to a single word: conservatism; tradition; family; patriarchy, and so forth.

Michelangelo Signorile

Gay Catholic Priest Reveals He's Been Married To A Man For 14 Years, Is Non-Celibate

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.10.2012 | Gay Voices

In a new book, Father Bernard Lynch, a gay Catholic priest who has incurred the wrath of the Vatican for his views supporting LGBT Catholics, not only...

Vatican Seeks 'Reciprocal Understanding' With Nuns

AP | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says it's hoping to forge a "reciprocal understanding" with U.S. nuns over its recent crackdown on the largest umbrel...

Italian Journalist Defends Vatican Leaks

Reuters | Posted 07.30.2012 | Religion

* Vatican says journalist is a criminal * Nuzzi says he only did his job, defends leakers * Says there are 20 Vatican wh...

Walking The (Catholic) Plank

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Why doesn't my Catholic Church get its own house in order first? Get the plank/log/boulder/semi truck/elephant out of its own eye before it tries to remove a speck from another's eye?

The Vatican's War On Women

Paul Gorrell, Ph.D. | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Paul Gorrell, Ph.D.

This is not a new war for the Vatican. This is old time religion. The Catholic Church has been a repressive place for women for its entire history.

Having the Sisters' Back

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.25.2012 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Do most of us believe that the bishops are the only "authentic teachers of faith and morals?" The sisters may be the most positive face of the Catholic Church today, and they are keeping people in the Church who would have given up on the all-male hierarchy long ago.

Radical Disobedience: Why Roman Catholics Won't Heed The Pontiff's Call For 'Radical Obedience'

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

There's not a thing Joseph Ratzinger can do to stop Roman Catholic women from becoming Roman Catholic priests. Alleluia. Alleluia.

The Vatican Tries To Explain Money Laundering Ties

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 03.10.2012 | Business

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican on Friday sought to explain its presence for the first time on a U.S. list of countries that are a potential hub for money...

More Mistresses Than Pedophilia, Priest Sex Abuse A Problem In Asia

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 04.10.2012 | Religion

ROME — A culture of silence across Asia may be keeping many victims of clergy sex abuse there from coming forward, a top Asian church official t...

Pope: Gay Marriage A Threat To 'Future Of Humanity'

Reuters | Posted 03.10.2012 | Gay Voices

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Monday that gay marriage was one of several threats to the...

PHOTOS: Mass For The Epiphany

Posted 01.06.2012 | Religion

The Pope celebrated the Mass for the Epiphany of our Lord, a feast of light, marking the end of the Vatican's Christmas celebrations. To see mo...

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.

I'm With Stupid: Wear These Clothes While You Kiss the Pope

Todd Hartley | Posted 01.19.2012 | Style
Todd Hartley

I'm sure the ads were probably conceived by some high-priced agency, and I imagine they're considered very cutting-edge, but for the life of me I'm not sure what Benetton's point is.

Vatican Investigates Sex Abuse Claims In London

AP | By JILL LAWLESS | Posted 12.25.2011 | World

LONDON -- The Vatican has ordered an inquiry into decades of sexual abuse by clerics at a Benedictine abbey in London, whose former head monk has disa...

Gunshots Fired Near Pope's Mass in Germany

AP | VICTOR L. SIMPSON | Posted 11.24.2011 | World

FREIBURG, Germany — Pope Benedict XVI called Saturday for a common front with Orthodox Christians to defend traditional church values, warning o...