NSA Spied on Future Pope Francis During Papal Conclave

By: Thursday October 31, 2013 6:40 am

Were cardinals in Rome conspiring to launch a terrorist attack on the United States? Probably not. Nonetheless a new report alleges that the NSA was spying on the future Pope Francis before and during the papal conclave. Who becomes pope is now, apparently, a matter of US national security.


Pope Francis Excludes Gays and Adoptees From the Definition of Family

By: Friday July 5, 2013 11:30 am

In his first encyclical, released today, Pope Frances has declared that “family” is comprised of a married man and woman and their biological children.

A Nuanced Opening Look at Pope Francis

By: Saturday March 16, 2013 11:00 am

In all the writing and (for lack of a better word) pontificating about the new pope, one area of discussion that has some of the most misinformation and misunderstanding has to do liberation theology and the new pope’s relation to it in the 1970s as the supervisor of Jesuit priests at the time. Sifting through some of the profiles of Bergoglio, done by people who understand both the church and Argentina, paints a portrait of the new pope that shows a deep compassion for the poor, disdain for those who seek to puff up their own importance (both outside and inside the church), and also a leader who requires obedience from those he leads.

At this point, everyone is reading tea leaves, including me. With that said, and given the possible other candidates who were mentioned as Benedict’s successor, I’m mildly optimistic about Francis. A pope who isn’t automatically bound by how things were done before, and who sticks up for the poor, single mothers, and those on the margins, has a lot to teach some of the rest of the hierarchy of the Catholic church.

The Pope, Pregnant Children, and Violence Against Girls and Women

By: Tuesday February 12, 2013 2:15 pm

Pope Benedict XVII find it strange that Pope Benedict XVI chose a week that will culminate in a global strike to protest violence against women to retire. And for health reasons no less. Orange smoke and irony and all that. On Thursday of this week, all over the globe, people will gather and dance for One Billion Rising, a day dedicated to striking against violence against women. As Eve Ensler, the founder of V-Day which has organized the strike knows better than most, “violence against women is a global, patriarchal epidemic.”

Pope to step down on Feb 28; cites ‘advanced age’ – another scandal shoe about to drop?

By: Monday February 11, 2013 11:52 am

This is historic news; the last time a pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415; “old age” has traditionally meant nothing as popes die in office. Notably, Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was the right-hand man to Pope John Paul II, who not only succumbed to advanced age, but was for all intents and purposes senile for the last few years of his reign.

Will Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum Defy Pope Benedict’s Call for Swift Action on Climate Change?

By: Wednesday May 11, 2011 10:30 am

Attention media: since Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are running as the True Devout Catholics of the Republican Party, could you please ask them what their response is to this Papal decree?

Nightmares Continue for Pope Benedict

By: Saturday July 3, 2010 9:25 am

Last week I wrote about three big scandals that no doubt gave Pope Benedict nightmares. Now, with a big story in the NYT, the nightmares continue, as bishops and canon lawyers — speaking on the record — call out the failures of then-Cardinal Ratzinger to deal appropriately with allegations of priestly child abuse when that was part of his office’s responsibility.

Pope Benedict’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

By: Tuesday June 29, 2010 6:50 am

It’s been a bad week for Pope Benedict. From Italy to Belgium to Washington DC, courts everywhere seem to be taking a hard look at some of the activities of the Catholic church, and they’re not liking what they’re seeing. Worst of all, from Benedict’s point of view, is that the events of the last eight days are but a foretaste of the weeks to come.

Another Day, Another Scapegoat

By: Tuesday April 13, 2010 6:01 pm

How can senior members of a church that emphasizes confession and penance be so insistent on blaming others for its sins? And how could senior members of a church so obsessed with controlling the consensual sex of others have been so cavalier about the non-consensual sex of their own?

Easter Homily — Vatican Compares Outing Its Sex Abuse Scandal to Holocaust

By: Saturday April 3, 2010 6:00 pm

The Catholic Church, like its famed universities’ football teams, thinks the best defense is a good offense. In football, though, truth is not the goal or a casualty of bad playing.

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