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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. ...

U.S. Catholic Bishops Grapple with Pope Francis’ Priorities
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

With a controversial Vatican summit on family life just concluded and a papal visit to the U.S. expected in less than a year, the nation’s Catholic bishops on Nov. 10 began taking steps to adapt their agenda t ...

Will Cardinal Raymond Burke's Demotion Enhance His Opposition to Pope Francis?
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

Francis has effectively exiled one of his loudest critics, but Burke’s supporters – and his opponents – warn that his position at the Catholic charity may actually give him more freedom to exercise greater inf ...

Pope Francis Suggests No-Cost Annulments in Divorce Cases
Originally Posted: 11/05/2014 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

“When you attach economic interests to spiritual interests, it is not about God,” Pope Francis said. Pope Francis raised the prospect of no-cost marriage annulments on Nov. 5 afte ...

Pope Francis Has Conservatives Talking Schism. But a Split Is Easier Said Than Done
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 5:50pm | Type: Blog

So is a schism, with its echoes of medieval debates and heretics burning at the stake, a realistic possibility? And can an independent Catholic church be successful in the modern world? ...

Cardinal Says Church Under Pope Francis Is a ‘Rudderless Ship’
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

American Cardinal Raymond Burke, the feisty former archbishop of St. Louis who has emerged as the face of the opposition to Pope Francis’ reformist agenda, likened the Roman Catholic Church to “a ship without ...

Now You Can Eat with Pope Francis … or At Least Cook His Favorite Dishes
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

They say you can feast like a king, and now you can eat like a pope after a young chef from the Vatican’s Swiss Guards published a cookbook featuring the favorite recipes of Pope Francis and his predecessors. ...

7 Lessons from the Vatican’s Wild and Crazy Synod on the Family
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis and senior Catholic leaders wrapped up their two-week Vatican summit on the challenges of modern family life on Oct. 19 without reaching a consensus on a number of hot-button topics. So where does ...

Change in Translation Epitomizes Bishops’ Debate Over Gays
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

The lobbying at the two-week summit of church leaders — a synod on family life that is set to wrap up Saturday with a final report — was epitomized by the retranslation of a headline from “welcoming homosexual ...

Pope Paul VI Is Almost a Saint: Here Are 4 of His Biggest Legacies
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Despite the many affinities between the two popes, Faggioli said that “the difference between Paul and Francis is the kind of boldness, courage — in a way, recklessness — that Francis clearly has. He’s taking ...

Conscience vs. Authority at Pope Francis’ Synod on the Family
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

If there is a common thread among issues as diverse as contraception, divorce, premarital sex and homosexuality, it may be the limits of the church’s authority over Catholics’ behavior and consciences. ...

Vatican Shifts to Tone of Greater Openness Toward Gays and Lesbians
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

The world’s Catholic bishops on Oct. 13 signaled a move toward greater tolerance of gays and lesbians, an about-face so unexpected that leaders of the church’s right wing called it a “betrayal.” ...

Conference Explores Whether the 'Shroud of Turin' Could Be the Burial Cloth of Jesus
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

A 14-foot-long stretch of cloth mysteriously imprinted with a faint, brownish image of a naked man and wounds that mirror those of a crucifixion has inspired decades of debate over whether it could be Jesus’ b ...

Will Pope Francis Win the Nobel Peace Prize?
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is tipped to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, according to some of the world’s leading bookmakers. Pope Francis is tipped to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, acco ...

Pope Francis Wanted Open Debate. With Clashing Cardinals, He’s Got It
Originally Posted: 10/02/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Leading up to a Vatican summit on family life that Pope Francis opens on Oct. 5, high-ranking churchmen have fiercely debated church teaching — and criticized each other — in sharp exchanges that offer a rings ...

US Cardinal Raymond Burke Mounts Defense on Catholic Teaching on Divorce
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

Public disagreements over whether the Roman Catholic Church can change its teachings on Communion for remarried Catholics are growing sharper on the eve of a major Vatican summit, with conservatives led by U.S ...

Pope Francis Orders Accused Envoy Jozef Wesolowski Put Under House Arrest
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis had ordered the arrest of a former Polish archbishop accused of child sex abuse in the Dominican Republic because the case was “so serious,” the Vatican said Sept. 23. ...

Chicago Meets Its New Archbishop as the ‘Pope Francis Effect’ Sets In
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

When Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich got a call 10 days ago with the news that Pope Francis had chosen him to be the next archbishop of Chicago — the pontiff’s most important U.S. appointment to date — he was so t ...

Vatican: Pope Francis Not Under Threat from Islamic State Militants
Originally Posted: 09/15/2014 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis faces no specific threat from Islamic State militants and will not be adding extra security measures on his one-day trip to Albania next week, the Vatican said Sept 15. ...

US Must 'Destroy' Islamic State, Say Religious Conservatives
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

A coalition of more than 50 religious leaders, led by mostly conservative Catholic, evangelical, and Jewish activists, is calling on President Obama to sharply escalate military action against Islamic extremis ...

On Iraq Pope Francis' Message of Peace Meets Realities of War
Originally Posted: 08/11/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Even as Francis called on the international community to find “an efficient political solution that can stop these crimes,” the Vatican also tried to make peace with the idea that U.S. military strikes that be ...

Meriam Ibrahim, Finally Freed from Sudan, Meets with Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis met Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman spared a death sentence for apostasy in Sudan, at the Vatican on Thursday after she was flown to Rome by the Italian government following a vigorous interna ...

Pope Francis Apologizes for Persecution of Pentecostals
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis sought forgiveness for decades of persecution of Italian Pentecostals when he met with around 300 evangelicals from the U.S., Argentina, and Italy in the southern town of Caserta on Monday. ...

Why Is Pope Francis Spending so Much Time Going after the Mafia?
Originally Posted: 07/21/2014 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

It began with the murder of an innocent 3-year-old boy who burned to death in his grandfather’s car in a Mafia ambush in January. It began with the murder of an innocent 3-year-o ...

Pope Francis Appeals for Peace with Shimon Peres, Mahmoud Abbas
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

As Israel continued its ground offensive into the Gaza Strip, Pope Francis urged Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to end the spiraling conflict. ...

Pope Francis Raises Eyebrows by Saying Pedophile Priests Include 'Bishops and Cardinals'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has provoked a debate within the Catholic Church after being quoted as saying that one in 50 Catholic clerics is a pedophile. Pope Francis has provoked a debate withi ...

Pope Francis' Promised Reforms Start to Take Shape with New Leaders for Vatican Bank
Originally Posted: 07/09/2014 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis’ promised reforms of the Vatican bureaucracy are starting to take shape, with new leaders appointed to oversee the troubled Vatican bank and plans to overhaul the Catholic Church’s approach to glo ...

Vatican Bank Profits Tumble as Pope Francis Orders an Overhaul
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

Profits plunged by more than $100 million at the Vatican bank last year after thousands of accounts were shut down in a radical overhaul of the scandal-scarred institution. Profit ...

Pope Francis' Meeting with Abuse Victims Wasn't a PR Stunt, Vatican Says
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Monday held his first meeting with victims of clergy sex abuse, begging for forgiveness and promising to hold “accountable” the bishops who were complicit in covering up for predatory priests. ...

Could Baptizing Children of Gay Couples Become a New Battleground?
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

The default position for most bishops — reiterated in a major Vatican document released on Thursday — is that if the parents pledge to raise the child Catholic, then no girl or boy should be refused baptism. ...

Vatican Confronts Shifting Landscape on Family Issues
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

Faced with a cultural landscape that’s shifting faster than the church’s ability to keep up, Catholic bishops are looking for new approaches toward unmarried couples, divorced people, and single parents who ar ...

Globe-trotting Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Is Almost 84, and Working Harder than Ever
Originally Posted: 06/16/2014 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

The day before a newly-elected Pope Francis was to be formally installed at the Vatican in 2013, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica when he passed out at the altar and had ...

Catholic, Orthodox Bishops Push for More Married Priests
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

Top Catholic and Orthodox church officials in North America are calling on the Vatican to let married men become priests in Eastern rite Catholic churches, another sign that optional celibacy could become a fr ...

Pope Francis Calls for 'Courage' Toward Peace Between Israel, Palestine
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis dived into the Middle East peace process on Sunday, urging the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to act with courage and end what he called the “spiral of hatred and violence” during a historic p ...

Advisers Urge Pope Francis to Slow Down for a Summer Break
Originally Posted: 06/06/2014 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has been working nonstop since his election more than a year ago, and he has shown remarkable resilience for a 77-year-old confronted with an array of church crises. ...

Clergy Abuse Victims Are Divided Over Pope Francis' Offer to Meet
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis’ announcement this week that he would meet with victims of sexual abuse by priests is dividing victim advocates. Pope Francis’ announcement this week that he would me ...

Nuns Say They Will Continue Dialogue Despite Vatican Criticisms
Originally Posted: 05/09/2014 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

The American nuns who were publicly scolded by the Vatican’s top doctrinal official for disobedience and promoting unorthodox beliefs have rejected the criticisms. The American nu ...

Vatican Calls for Release of Kidnapped Nigerian Girls
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican issued an urgent appeal Thursday for the release of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The Vatican issued an urgen ...

Vatican Defends Record on Sexual Abuse to UN Panel
Originally Posted: 05/06/2014 - 4:54pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican has effectively addressed the “worldwide scourge” of clerical sexual abuse over the past decade and promoted the reporting of allegations to both church and legal authorities, a United Nations pane ...

Vatican's Doctrine Chief Blasts U.S. Nuns for Disobedience
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

Catholic nuns in the U.S. have been thumbing their nose at Rome’s demands to toe the doctrinal line and they need to obey or face serious consequences, the Vatican’s enforcer of orthodoxy said in a surprisingl ...

Vatican Could Face Flood of Torture-related Abuse Lawsuits
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican could face a wave of new sexual abuse claims dating back decades if a United Nations inquiry finds that the Roman Catholic Church has violated an international treaty against torture and inhuman tr ...

Vatican Says Bureaucratic Reforms Won't Happen Until 2015
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis and his council of eight cardinals are unlikely to complete a radical shakeup of the Holy See’s administration, or Curia, before 2015, the Vatican said Tuesday. Pope ...

Are Married Priests Next on Pope Francis' Reform Agenda?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis likes to say that he prefers to raise questions rather than issue edicts or change doctrine, and he has certainly generated plenty of debate with his off-the-cuff remarks about gays and his cold-c ...