BREAKING: New Pope Chosen

By: Wednesday March 13, 2013 12:39 pm

The Vatican announced the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, has been selected as the next Pope.


A Humble Suggestion for the College of Cardinals

By: Saturday February 23, 2013 9:00 am

Father James Martin, SJ, humbly proposed to the college of cardinals that they look beyond their own ranks for a new pope, and offered himself as an obvious choice. (Gotta love those Jesuits and their fine sense of humor!). But I think the good father didn’t go far enough.

Things are in a real tough place for the Roman Catholic church, from the scandal of bishops protecting priests who sexually abused children from the law to the non-transparency of the Vatican Bank that is putting their relationship with major EU banks in jeopardy to liturgical translation battles and other worship wars to . . . well, you get the idea. What is needed is something — someone — really outside the box. Someone that will capture the attention of the world. Someone whose selection will be so out-of-the-blue that it could only be seen as a miracle, an act of God. Someone like . . .

It’s Time for a Queer-Friendly Pope

By: Thursday February 14, 2013 2:43 pm

Just hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his unexpected resignation, a bolt of lightning struck St. Peter’s Basilica.

Many say it’s a sign from God.

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.”

New York Times Columnists Support the Nuns, Tell Bishops to Back Off

By: Monday April 30, 2012 11:20 am

This weekend, two prominent New York columnists used their Sunday columns to send a united message to New York’s Cardinal Timonthy Dolan and the Catholic hierarchy: lay off the nuns unless you want to read a lot of stories about predator priests and the massive coverup scandal involving the Bishops and the Vatican.

Late Night: All You Need Is… a Distraction

By: Friday April 16, 2010 8:00 pm

I’m sure that wherever he is now, John Lennon is smiling wryly at the Vatican’s inadvertent efforts to make his flippant prediction come true.

On Torturers and Pedophiles, Popes, Presidents and Public Accountability

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 5:40 pm

The still unfolding horrors of pedophile priests and Church coverups now includes the Pope himself, for at least the period in which Cardinal Ratzinger was the head of the Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. But we’ve seen this story before.

Late Night: “Nonresponsibility,” Or, How to Set a Proper Papal Moral Example

By: Saturday March 13, 2010 8:00 pm

The Vatican, today. The pope’s spokesman has launched a vigorous counter-attack against a report linking Benedict XVI to a sex abuse cover-up while he was archbishop of Munich from 1977 to 1981. Father Federico Lombardi appeared to suggest in an interview on Vatican Radio that the pope, who also has strong links to the city [...]

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