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Cardinals Move to Plug Leaks Ahead of Papal Conclave
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

Tensions among the Roman Catholic cardinals meeting here to choose a new pope appeared to escalate on Wednesday as the American prelates in Rome canceled their daily press briefing under pressure from colleagu ...

Pope Benedict XVI Leaves Office, Promises ‘Obedience’ to Successor
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 9:07pm | Type: Blog

The papacy of Benedict XVI came to a quiet end at 8 p.m. on Thursday, making him the first pope in 600 years to voluntarily leave office. VATICAN CITY — The papacy of Benedict XVI ...

What Pope Benedict XVI Shares With His Notorious Namesake
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

You won’t find many Catholic churches named after Pope Benedict IX. You won’t find many Catholic churches named after Pope Benedict IX. Benedict IX squandered the papacy’s ...

Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien Resigns After Sex Accusations
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Scotland resigned on Monday in the wake of explosive charges that he had made “inappropriate” sexual advances to four men, three of them priests, and one now a former seminarian, star ...

Why the Next Pope Should Come from the Global South
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

As the 117 Roman Catholic cardinals walk into the Sistine Chapel next month for the election of a new pope, one hopes that they fully recognize the unfolding, dramatic pilgrimage of world Christianity: The dem ...

Electing A New Pope Draws on Tradition and Secrecy
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI will soon become the first pope to resign since 1415, short-circuiting many of the initial stages of electing a new pope. But the Vatican says the transition to a new papacy shouldn’t be all ...

What Happens Next at the Vatican
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

Following is a brief explanation of the process used in a conclave to elect a new pope. Following is a brief explanation of the process used in a conclave to elect a new pope. ...

Vatican Backtracks On Support for Gay Couples
Originally Posted: 02/08/2013 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

A top Vatican official blamed the media for “derailing” his recent remarks on possible legal protections for unmarried couples, while reaffirming his support for British and French bishops who have been vocal ...

Pope Benedict XVI Says Lack of ‘Faith’ Could Be Used in Marriage Annulments
Originally Posted: 01/30/2013 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI has asked the Vatican’s highest appeals court to consider reviewing church rules on marriage annulments — a statement that may signal a change in tone more than a change in substance. ...

Vatican Welcomes Obama Gun Control Proposal
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

The Vatican applauded President Obama’s gun control proposals. The Vatican applauded President Obama’s gun control proposals. The Vatican continues to appeal for disarmament and m ...

Vatican: Calling Jews ‘Enemies’ of the Church Is Unacceptable
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican reaffirmed its commitment to dialogue with Jews on Monday after the head of a traditionalist breakaway group called them “enemies of the Church.” The Vatican chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said that it was “me ...

On Sistine Chapel’s 500th, Foot Traffic Remains a Threat
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

As Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance masterpiece, the Vatican said the growing number of tourists who visit the historic site every year might eventually lead t ...

Pope Benedict XVI Convenes Bishops to Confront ‘Tsunami’ of Secularism
Originally Posted: 10/09/2012 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council revolutionized life inside the Roman Catholic Church, hundreds of bishops from around the world are gathered in Rome to confront an external threat: a mounting tide ...

Vatican Newspaper Calls ‘Jesus Wife’ Fragment a ‘Clumsy Fake’
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican's newspaper has declared the controversial “Jesus wife” papyrus fragment “a fake." L'Osservatore Romano on Friday (Sept. 28) devoted two articles to Harvard professor Karen King' ...

Vatican Lifts Suspension of Priest who Altered Prayers at Mass
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

An Illinois priest who was forced out of his parish by his bishop for improvising prayers during Mass has had his suspension reversed by the Vatican. An Illinois priest who was fo ...

Five Important Questions About That 'Jesus Wife' Discovery
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 8:44am | Type: Blog

The discovery that some ancient Christians thought Jesus had a wife could shake up centuries-old Christian traditions, Karen King, a well-respected historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School, s ...

Pope Benedict's Trip to Lebanon Still a Go, Despite Violence in Region
Originally Posted: 09/12/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican confirmed on Wednesday that Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Lebanon will go ahead as planned, despite growing tension in the region after the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya by a mob enra ...

What’s Next for the First Catholic Bishop Convicted in Sex Abuse Cover-Up?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Catholic Bishop Robert W. Finn was found guilty Thursday of failing to tell police about a priest suspected of sexually exploiting children, an unprecedented verdict that is being hailed as a landmark in the e ...

An Author's Cry for Help
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 11:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Please Vatican, censor me. I deserve it. AS AN AUTHOR whose book sales have, shall we say, peak ...

The Presumption of Equality
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Women still are forced to operate as second-class citizens in the church. EVER SINCE THE ap ...

More Than 12,000 Christians "Starving" in the Village of Rableh: Humanitarian Law is Invoked
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

Mussalaha, the popular faith-led peace movement in Syria, smuggles humanitarian aid to blockaded Rableh. Agencia Fides, the Vatican news outlet for Catholic missioners, is the onl ...

Federal Court Says Accused Abusive Priest Didn’t Work for the Vatican
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

A federal judge on Monday dismissed the Vatican from a lawsuit filed by a former Portland teenager who says he was sexually abused by a pedophile priest who was transferred from Ireland to Chicago and then Por ...

Nuns Group: We Are Not Leaving the Church
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

A leader of the group of Catholic nuns who are facing a crackdown from the Vatican said on Thursday that her members have no plans or desire to leave the church, or reconstitute their group beyond Vatican cont ...

Paul Ryan, Joe Biden: A Tale of Two Catholics
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

The 2012 presidential campaign could bear a new subtitle: A Tale of Two Catholics. The 2012 presidential campaign could bear a new subtitle: A Tale of Two Catholics. For the fi ...

Nuns Reject Vatican Takeover But Seek Dialogue on Differences
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

American nuns facing a Vatican takeover of their leadership organization on Aug. 10 rejected Rome’s plans to recast the group in a more conservative mold, but declined — for now — to respond with an ultimatum ...

In Defense of the Om
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

In yoga, you gain a whole new appreciation for the body God gave you — the body you spend so much of your life scrutinizing, trying to cover up, or downright hating. I grew up th ...

Do the American Nuns Have a Future?
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

Catholic sisters gathered in St. Louis for their annual assembly on Thursday intensified discussions aimed at thwarting a Vatican takeover of their group, but hanging over the meeting was an even larger existe ...

Nuns Gather to Plot Response to Vatican Crackdown
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

The options under consideration by the 900 nuns — several hundred more than have attended recent gatherings — range from asking the Vatican to continue the dialogue to shuttering the LCWR and reorganizing the ...

Legacy of Vatican II at Heart of Dispute Between Vatican, U.S. Nuns
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

In April, the Vatican accused the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the umbrella group that represents the majority of American nuns, of “doctrinal confusion.” As LCWR leaders meet this week (A ...

Catholics Walk in the Foosteps of New Native American Saint
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

MOHAWK VALLEY, New York — Twelve-year-old Jake Finkbonner leaned over and ran his hand through a pool of water from a natural spring at the National Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, in Fonda, N.Y.. With th ...

President of Women Religious Responds to Vatican on Fresh Air
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

Today on WHYY’s Fresh Air, Sister Farrell talks with Terry Gross about how to deal with conflict. She tells Gross that as the sisters prepare for the national assembly in August, they are busy dialoging and ga ...

Top Church Historian Diarmaid MacCulloch Sees Catholic Schism Ahead
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 8:42am | Type: Blog

Influential church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch said he believes Christianity faces a bright future, but predicted the Roman Catholic Church will undergo a major schism over its moral and social teaching. ...

A 'Hostile Takeover' of Women Religious
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:18pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joan Chittister The Vatican attacks on Catholic sisters will sap the church's impact in the world. AFTER ...

Fulton Sheen on the Road to Sainthood
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday recognized Archbishop Fulton Sheen's "heroic virtues," moving the popular radio and TV evangelist one step closer to sainthood. ...

Vatican Blames Lack of Priests on Secularism, Abuse, Parents
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

The “Pastoral Guidelines for Fostering Vocations to Priestly Ministry” were prepared over the last seven years by the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education. VATICAN C ...

Nuns on the Bus Hits Rep. Paul Ryan's Wisconsin Office
Originally Posted: 06/21/2012 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

When the Nuns on the Bus pulled up in front of Rep. Paul Ryan’s home office in Janesville, Wis., earlier this week, they were challenging the theological rationale he has been using for his budget plan that ha ...

American Nuns Call Vatican Talks ‘Difficult’
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 9:10am | Type: Blog

Relations between the Vatican and the American nuns who are under investigation seem to be worsening after the sisters said on June 18 that initial discussions with Rome about a resolution to their standoff we ...

In ‘Cordial’ Dialogue, Vatican Asserts Control Over U.S. Nuns
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

Leaders of an umbrella group that represents the majority of U.S. nuns met with top Vatican doctrinal officials on June 12 in an atmosphere of “openness and cordiality,” according to a Vatican statement. ...

Franciscan Friars Back American Nuns in Vatican Spat
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Leaders from the seven Franciscan provinces in the U.S. publicly backed a group of American nuns on Thursday (June 7), calling a Vatican crackdown on the women “excessive.” The br ...

Rebel Nuns: When the Faithful Stop Obeying
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

It seems the Sisters of North America are calling the Vatican out. When criticized by Vatican officials for taking a position too far left of center on a number of social issues, the Leadership Conference of W ...

What’s at Stake in Pope Benedict XVI’s Visit to Philadelphia
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

Nearly lost amid ongoing reports about the Vatican leaks scandal, Rome’s battle with American nuns, the American bishops’ battle for religious freedom, and the priest on trial in Philadelphia, was the news tha ...

Vatican ‘Moles’ Say Pope’s Butler Didn’t Act Alone, Vow More Leaks
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Despite the arrest of Pope Benedict XVI's butler two weeks ago, leaks of confidential documents continue to dribble out of the Vatican as “moles” vow to continue their action until the pope's two clo ...

Vatican Censors Nun’s Book on Sexual Ethics
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

A long-simmering conflict between the Vatican and American nuns erupted again on June 4 when the Vatican's doctrinal office issued a scathing critique of a popular book on sexual ethics by Sister Margaret ...

The Nuns Who Once Taught the Bishops Aren’t Done Yet
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When publicly reprimanded by some of the most powerful men in the Vatican, one is expected to respond, "Yes, Your Excellencies. Very sorry, your Excellencies.” American nuns are trying something different ...

Pope Benedict to Visit Philadelphia in 2015
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI is set to visit Philadelphia in 2015 for the Vatican World Meeting of Families. Pope Benedict XVI is set to visit Philadelphia in 2015 for the Vatican World Mee ...

U.S. Nuns Rip Vatican Over 'Unsubstantiated Accusations'
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

The unexpectedly strong pushback to the Vatican may be an indication of how much backlash the campaign has sparked among Catholics, who value the sisters’ longstanding ministry in education, health care and so ...

Vatican Official Calls Leaked Documents an ‘Immoral,' ‘Brutal’ Attack
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

The Vatican's No. 3 official on Tuesday (May 29) condemned the theft and publication of secret papal documents as an “immoral act of unheard-of gravity.” The Vatican's ...

Catholics Rally Around Nuns Amid Vatican Crackdown
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

Catholics around the U.S. are coming together for prayer vigils as a show of support for America's nuns, whom the Vatican accuses of having "serious doctrinal problems." ...

Vatican Details Rules on Virgin Mary Sightings
Originally Posted: 05/24/2012 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican has published rules to evaluate the authenticity of the dozens of apparitions of the Virgin Mary reported each year. The Vatican has published rules to evaluate the au ...

Vatican Denies Bid to Keep Boston Catholic Churches Open
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

Groups of Boston-area Catholics who have waged an eight-year battle to block the sale of parish buildings are running out of options as the Vatican has rejected their appeals. BOS ...