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Vatican Standoff with France Tests Pope’s ‘Who Am I to Judge?’ Stance
Originally Posted: 04/24/2015 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has been hailed for his forward thinking, but — at least according to French news reports — the pontiff has put on the brakes when it comes to a gay French ambassador at the Vatican. ...

5 Lessons from the Resignation of Bishop Robert Finn
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Until Finn, no American bishop had ever been forced from office (despite the terse Vatican announcement that he “resigned”) for covering up for a predator priest. When Pope Franci ...

Timeline: The Long and Contentious Duel Between Rome and American Nuns
Originally Posted: 04/17/2015 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

The long and often contentious duel came to an abrupt end on April 16. Here’s how the dispute played out. The long and often contentious duel between the Vatican and the Leadershi ...

Three Years After 'Radical Feminist' Charge, U.S. Catholic Sisters and Vatican Reach Peace Agreement
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

The conflicted and controversial three-year doctrinal investigation by the Vatican of U.S. Catholic sisters in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has formally come to an end. ...

Vatican Ends Controversial Investigation of U.S. Nuns with Olive Branch
Originally Posted: 04/16/2015 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

Both sides also reaffirmed a commitment to maintaining unity and keeping the faith and spiritual practices of the Catholic Church at the heart of their common mission. The Vatican ...

Pope Francis Throws the Weight of His Office Behind Tackling Climate Change
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 6:20pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican is set to host a major conference on climate change this month that will feature leading researchers on global warming and an opening address by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. ...

Cardinal Walter Kasper, ‘the Pope’s Theologian,’ Reveals the Brains Behind Francis’ Heart
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Cardinal Walter Kasper is working to ensure that the pontiff’s legacy endures long after this pope leaves the scene. Pope Francis has repeatedly said he expects his papacy to be a ...

The ‘Pope Francis Effect?' Some Early Data Suggest It Could Be Real
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among American Catholics, and he hasn’t even visited the U.S. Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among American Catholics, and ...

Gay and Transgender Inmates Invited to Lunch with Pope Francis During Prison Visit
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

Among the many innovations Francis has made since his election two years ago this month has been a new tone and approach to gay and transgender people. When Pope Francis pays a vi ...

Vatican Drops Image of Bound Woman after Complaints
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

Following complaints, the Vatican’s cultural office has removed an image of a naked female torso bound in ropes that was used to advertise a women’s conference. Following complai ...

Pope Francis: ‘All I Want Is to Go Out for a Pizza!’
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has given a lengthy — and fascinating — interview to a Mexican television station, which broadcast it on March 13 to mark the second anniversary of his election. The ...

Vatican Knew about Theft of Michelangelo Letters, Refused Ransom Demand
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican on March 9 said it has received a ransom demand to recover letters signed by Michelangelo, stolen from the Holy See nearly 20 years ago. The Vatican on March 9 said i ...

Two Years In, Pope Francis Faces Headwinds in Reforming the Vatican. Here’s How He Can Prevail
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Can Francis change the culture, and the system? One reason the cardinals gathered in the Sistine Chapel elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis two years ago on March 13 was ...

Italy and Vatican On Guard after Threat from Islamic State
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

The Italian government is on high alert after threats from the Islamic State called Italy “the nation signed with the blood of the cross.” The Italian government is on high alert ...

Cardinal O’Malley: The Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal Is Far from Over
Originally Posted: 02/18/2015 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston told a conference at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University that some prelates were still reluctant to deal with the problem openly. The U.S. car ...

LGBT Groups Plan Pilgrimage to See Pope Francis — With Support from Their Bishops
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Both New Ways and a similar Catholic LGBT organization in Britain are finding support from the Catholic hierarchy in their efforts to meet the pontiff when they both visit the Vatican on Ash Wednesday, the sta ...

Pope Francis Condemns Islamic State’s Executions of Christians in Libya
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Feb. 16 denounced the brutal slayings of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by militants linked to the Islamic State, saying “they were assassinated just for being Christian.” ...

Pope Francis: 'We Will Not Find the Lord Unless We Truly Accept the Marginalized'
Originally Posted: 02/15/2015 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

In a powerful sermon that signaled his desire to push ahead with historic reforms, Pope Francis on Sunday said the Roman Catholic Church must be open and welcoming, whatever the costs. ...

Pope Francis Diversifies His Cardinals. But Will They Have Clout Where It Counts?
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 5:54pm | Type: Blog

Will diversifying the College of Cardinals make it look more like the church’s global flock of 1.2 billion members? Pope Francis’ new cardinals, who will be formally installed on ...

Pope Francis Wants ‘Absolute Transparency’ as He Pushes Vatican Reform
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

“Reform is not an end in itself, but a means of bearing a powerful Christian witness,” Francis said. Pope Francis called for a Vatican that operates with “absolute transparency” ...

Pope Francis: Opting Not to Have Children a ‘Selfish Choice’
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

“Not to have children is a selfish choice,” he said. “Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished!” Less than a month after saying Ca ...

Ousted 'Bling Bishop' Makes Soft Landing in Vatican
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

The German churchman christened the “Bishop of Bling” by the media for lavish expenditures he made on his residence and church offices has quietly been given a low-level post at the Vatican, nearly a year afte ...

Papal Commission on Sex Abuse Targets Punishment for Bishops
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

A papal commission on clergy sex abuse is close to giving Pope Francis recommendations on how to punish bishops who shield priests suspected of misconduct, one of several moves announced Feb. 7that are encouraging the two victims on the panel. But th ...

Can Women Have It All? Pope Francis Says They Need 'Freedom to Choose'
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Whether women can, or should, “have it all” — both work and family — has been one of the most contentious cultural debates of the modern age and one any secular or religious figure engages at his or her peril ...

End of an Inquisition?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Phyllis Zagano The Vatican wraps up its three-year investigation of U.S. nuns. What's next for women in the church?  ...

Some See Junipero Serra, Pope Francis’ Next American Saint, as Less Than Holy
Originally Posted: 02/03/2015 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

Some of Serra’s sharpest critics say he was part of an imperial conquest that beat and enslaved Native Americans, raped their women, and destroyed their culture by forcing them to abandon their traditional lan ...

Vatican to Offer Haircuts, Shaves as well as Showers to Rome’s Homeless
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open next month, the head of Pope Francis’ charity office said. T ...

Oscar Romero Declared a Martyr as Vatican Inches Him Toward Sainthood
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

Archbishop Oscar Romero, the hero of the Catholic left who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass in El Salvador, is inching one step closer to sainthood after his case languished in bureaucratic limb ...

Want to See Pope Francis’ Vision for the Church? Look at His New Cardinals
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis reinforced his radical reshaping of the Catholic Church by naming 20 new cardinals from countries as far afield as Ethiopia, Tonga, Thailand, and Panama. Pope Francis ...

Pope Francis Names New Cardinals From Around the Globe, None From U.S.
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 11:35am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis nominated 15 new cardinals Jan. 4 from 14 different nations but leaving several leading U.S. archbishops off the list. Pope Francis nominated 15 new cardinals Jan. 4 ...

Would-Be Papal Assassin Mehmet Ali Agca Expelled From Italy
Originally Posted: 12/30/2014 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who tried to assassinate St. John Paul II in 1981, was expelled from Italy on December 29 after paying a visit to the tomb of the Polish pontiff. An Italian judge on Monday ap ...

Pope Blasts Vatican Administration, Accuses Some of Spiritual ‘Alzheimer’s’
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis launched a blistering attack on the Vatican bureaucracy on Monday, outlining a “catalog of illnesses” that plague the church’s central administration, including “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and gossipy ...

American Nuns: Grounded Leadership in Conflict
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 8:32pm | Type: Blog

In a situation that could have escalated badly, American sisters rose to the occasion. Last week the Vatican released the final report on its unprecedented investigation of Ro ...

Weekly Wrap 12.19.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 5:24pm | Type: Blog

1. Hero mom calls into C-SPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons Whether or not your family expects heated political debate over the holidays, you''ll appreciate the way this mom quiets her sons. ...

If Rome Wins 2024 Summer Olympics, Vatican Could Host Competitions
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis, a keen soccer fan, is reported to be enthusiastic about the idea. Major sporting events could be held at the Vatican if Rome wins its bid to host the Summer Olympics ...

The Vatican vs. the Nuns: 3 Takeaways from the Vatican's Investigation of Women's Religious Communities
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

The 5,200-word report was largely positive, and participants at a Vatican news conference were even more effusive in their praise for each other, the process, the outcome, and prospects for future collaboratio ...

Report: Vatican Investigation Ends with Praise of U.S. Nuns
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The much anticipated final report of a Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. nuns was released today without controversy. The much anticipated final report of a Vatican-ordered i ...

Cardinal Timothy Dolan Cuts Ties with Anti-Abortion Crusader Frank Pavone
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

In the latest clash between the Catholic hierarchy and one of the church’s leading anti-abortion crusaders, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan accused the Rev. Frank Pavone of continuing to stonewall on financial ...

Weekly Wrap 12.12.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

1. Read the Torture Report While its 525 pages — and disturbing subject matter — may cause you to opt for the news coverage and analysis, you can actually read the entire Torture Report yourself — even before ...

Pope Francis Is Naming New Cardinals. Will Any Be American?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican announced Dec. 11 that Pope Francis will name a new batch of cardinals in February, adding to the select group of churchmen who will someday gather to elect his successor. Rome won’t reveal the names until next month, but could an America ...

Dalai Lama Says Pope Francis' Unwillingness to Meet 'Could Cause Problems'
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican has not had diplomatic ties with China since 1951, and its Communist leaders object to meetings between heads of state and the Tibetan leader. The Dalai Lama said Dec. ...

7 Concerning Pope Francis Quotes About Women
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

When Pope Francis this month wanted to highlight his appointment of several women to a blue-ribbon theological commission, he called the female theologians “strawberries on the cake.” ...

Vatican on Nuclear Disarmament: 'Time for Abolition'
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

This week, at a conference in Vienna, Austria on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, Pope Francis issued a statement declaring that "nuclear deterrence cannot be the basis for peaceful coexistence ...

Does a New Book Question Pope Francis' Legitimacy?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Was there a secret plot to elect Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio at the papal conclave last year? Did Bergoglio — who became Pope Francis at that conclave — give the go-ahead to such a plan? And does that cam ...

Pope Francis Makes Overtures to Orthodox and Muslims
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Never mind that Turkey is overwhelmingly Muslim. The most enduring image of Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Turkey was the moment when he bowed his head and asked for the blessing of the leader of Eastern Ort ...

Cardinal O’Malley Urges Church to Embrace Hierarchical Accountability
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Following up on remarks to “60 Minutes” about the clergy sex abuse crisis and other controversial topics, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has stressed that the Catholic Church needs a system to hold bishops acco ...

Sexual Revolution Is Destroying Families, Russell Moore Tells Vatican Conference
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Prominent U.S. evangelicals Russell Moore and Rick Warren blasted the sexual revolution at a Vatican conference Nov. 18 and said it is destroying the institution of marriage. Prom ...

Pope Francis to Build Showers for Homeless in St. Peter’s Square
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

In his latest bid to ease the suffering of the poor — and upend the expectations of the papacy — Pope Francis plans to build showers for the homeless under the sweeping white colonnade of St. Peter’s Square. ...

Catholic Bishops Call for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

“We are not guided by the latest headlines but by the human tragedies that we see every day in our parishes and programs, where families are torn apart by enforcement actions especially,” said Seattle Auxiliar ...

Pope Francis Launches New Panel to Speed Up Abuse Cases
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Nov. 11 created a new Vatican body to deal with the most serious cases of child sexual abuse and to streamline complaints against the clergy. Pope Francis on Nov. ...