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Listen: Father Guido Sarducci on the Election of Pope Francis

The “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update correspondent made an appearance on KPFK radio’s “Pocho Hour of Power” to comment on popes past and present.

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The Paradoxes of Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict’s resignation shouldn’t have surprised us as much as it did. As an institutionalist who believes in the Roman Catholic Church as the carrier of truth in a sinful world, he would worry a great deal about the impact of his own infirmities on the institution’s capacity to thrive.

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Pope Benedict XVI to Resign From Scandal-Plagued Church

Whatever messages Pope Benedict tried to convey during his tenure were “drowned out” by the child abuse scandal and other controversies that rocked the Vatican during his reign, John Hooper writes at The Guardian.

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It’s Time for St. John XXIII

The Vatican’s decision to speed Pope John Paul II on the road to sainthood aroused great elation—and a backlash among Catholics who see the rush as unseemly.

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Pope Knows Condoms

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The Crisis of Catholicism

I would think one judgment history will make on the Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council (1962-65), under Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI, will be a reproach for its failure to lift the rule of celibacy for secular priests.

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Church Sex Abuse Scandal Reaches Pope’s Circles

One of Pope Benedict XVI’s past decisions as head of an archdiocese in Germany has come back around in relation to a priest accused of molesting boys three decades ago, according to The New York Times.

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Does Obama Have a Friend in the Vatican?

When Obama meets with Benedict XVI on Friday, there will be no right-wing Catholic demonstrators upbraiding the pontiff for conferring the church’s legitimacy upon this liberal politician. In fact, when it comes to economics, this conservative pope is to the left of the president.

Posted on Jul 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Pope Says Capitalism Is Failing

In the spirit of the poignant critiques of capitalism made popular by Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI has written a scathing letter just in time for the capitalist G-8 economic summit in Italy that demands we find a “profoundly new way of understanding business enterprise.”

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Pope: Homosexuality Is Unnatural

Pope Benedict XVI on Monday called for the protection of traditional heterosexuality, comparing the Catholic church’s role in defending the family to saving the rain forests.

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Benedict’s Discomforting Message

The pope came to the U.S. as a quiet but forceful critic of “an increasingly secular and materialistic culture.” Almost any American who paid attention to his sermon Thursday had to be uncomfortable because all of us are shaped by the very forces he was criticizing.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Dubya Meets ‘Legs Benedict’

In this “Daily Show” special feature, “Blessed Week Ever,” Jon Stewart surveys the American media’s scintillating coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit, from brilliant observations about the pope’s “gentle” ways to the glory of his White House visit, and offers his own take on just what President Bush might have said upon first meeting the pontiff. Popemania!

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Pope Preaches About America’s Hope and Pain

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass Thursday in a venue different from his customary surroundings, leading a service at the Washington Nationals baseball stadium on the latest stop of his American tour.

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Coming to America

The pope is set to land Tuesday for a whirlwind visit to America, his first since assuming the mantle of the Roman Catholic Church. A spokesman has indicated that Benedict XVI will address the church’s sex abuse scandal, a topic around which protests are expected.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Pope Goes Green for Christmas

During his midnight Christmas mass at the Vatican on Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI paid special attention to what he called the “ill-treated world” and our “selfish and reckless exploitation” of energy. He’s not just all talk: it turns out the Vatican bought carbon credits this holiday season to offset emissions. It’s just a little present to the world from the biggest little city in Italy.

Posted on Dec 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Pope Blasts Atheism in New Encyclical

Atheist authors Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris have some new material to work with, thanks to the latest official release from Pope Benedict XVI, who critiqued the work of Karl Marx, warned against excessive faith in scientific progress and condemned atheism, which he believes has led to some of the “greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice” in recent history.

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Pope Disses Rice

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may be persona non grata at the Vatican.  When Rice swung through Italy in August, she gave notice ahead of time about her hopes to meet with Pope Benedict XVI, but the pontiff’s camp politely rebuffed her request, explaining that he was on holiday.

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE


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Pope Benedict XVI on Saints and Sinners

Brazilian Catholics thronged to see Pope Benedict XVI in Sao Paulo on Friday as he officially added native-born 18th-century Friar Antonio Galvao to the canon of saints.  While he was at it, the pope emphasized the importance of just saying no to drugs and premarital sex.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE


Pakistan’s Parliament Slams Pope Over Islam Remarks

The country’s lawmakers passed a unanimous resolution condemning Pope Benedict XVI and seeking an apology for what they called his “derogatory” comments about Islam.

  • Also, Muslim leaders in Turkey, Gaza and India are piling on.
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    Muslims Assail Pope’s Remarks on Islam

    Pope Benedict XVI began a speech in Germany by quoting a 14th-century Byzantine emperor as saying, ?Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.? Many Muslim leaders are not happy. (h/t: Huff Po)

    Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


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    No Tampon Ads During the Papal Visit

    The Polish town of Wadowice has banned ads for alcohol contraceptives, lingerie and tampons during Pope Benedict’s visit. You won’t believe why…. Read on….

    Posted on May 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Vatican Mulls Condom Use When Spouse Has HIV

    Pope Benedict XVI has requested a report on whether Catholics might be allowed to use condoms—but only within a marriage in which one partner is infected.

    Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


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