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Fabio Pozzebom / Agencia Brasil

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.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE



AP/L'Osservatore Romano

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.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE



AP / Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate

Pope’s Visit Won’t Change Cuban Politics

Pope Benedict XVI may have prayed for change in the Cuban political system during his stopover on the island nation on Tuesday, but he won’t see any tangible results anytime soon, according to one high-profile member of President Raul Castro’s administration.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Contraception Crusade

Being a Catholic himself, Stephen Colbert is able to break down for the layperson (read: godless liberal) the Vatican’s stance on contraception, which recently became a hot-button (read: wedge) issue for Campaign 2012. 

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Catholic Bishop Resigns Over Secret Family

It certainly is difficult to uphold a vow of celibacy when confronted by the contradictory evidence embodied in two teenage children, and this is the reason why a Los Angeles-area bishop, Gabino Zavala, recently resigned from his vaunted position within the Catholic Church. 

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Vatican Isn’t Buying What Benetton’s Selling With Pope-Imam Ad

Italian clothing company Benetton’s latest foray into multiculturalism, this time with interfaith overtones, has landed the retailer in hot holy water with the Vatican. In a blatant bid to stay relevant while broadcasting a shock-inducing message of love in the time of globalization, Benetton launched an ad campaign ... (more)

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Sarandon vs. the Vatican

Susan Sarandon is known for rousing the rabble, both onscreen and off, and she has infused her public persona with her politics in a way that has made her a celebrity spokeswoman for a certain brand of lefty sensibility and a lightning rod for the right. She does give the impression ... (more)

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Your Guide to Papal Beatification

The late Pope John Paul II, who died only six years ago, will move a step farther along the path toward sainthood when the Vatican beatifies him May 1. The campaign for his being declared a saint is being helped by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, and by a French nun ...

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Osservatore Romano, HO

The Pope’s Progress

Now, can millions of Catholics around the world be free to use condoms and worship God? Can thousands of priests and others free their tongues and hands to help fight the scourge of AIDS and not worry about the “evil” of condom use?

Posted on Dec 3, 2010 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
Fabio Pozzebom / Agencia Brasil

More Big Condom News From the Pope

Now there’s a headline we didn’t count on writing anytime soon, at least not with this news under it: Pope Benedict XVI followed his surprising words about male prostitutes and condoms with a clarification, according to one Father Federico Lombardi ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE


Pope Knows Condoms

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Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Osservatore Romano, HO

Pope Gets Preachy About Gays, Abortion in Spain

While in Barcelona, Spain, to dedicate Antoni Gaudi’s famous, yet unfinished Sagrada Familia basilica, Pope Benedict XVI got down to some unfinished business of his own, zeroing in on a short list of favorite family values issues he sees as causes for concern ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Silvia Izquierdo

Deaf Defendant Includes Pope in Sex-Abuse Suit

By virtue of his past and present vaunted positions in the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI has certainly had to deal with the ramifications of the wide-ranging sex abuse scandal that’s still rocking the Vatican. But now the pontiff has actually been named ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Plinio Lepri

Cardinal Error: Pope’s Aide Not Sorry (Yet) for ‘Third World’ Slight

Things got off to a not-so-cracking start for Pope Benedict XVI’s U.K. tour after a member of his entourage, one Cardinal Walter Kasper, compared Britain to a “Third World country” just hours before Team Vatican prepared for arrival Thursday.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / rohan_chennai

British Probe Finds Convicted Priests Still in the Fold

The Catholic Church has made remorseful noises and gestures in response to the widespread allegations of clergy sex abuse coming in from multiple dioceses, and some accused parties have been duly punished in recent months ... or have they?

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 READ MORE


Pope Benedict
AP / Gerald Herbert

Pope Doesn’t Let Irish Bishops Resign

Two Catholic bishops in Ireland attempted to resign late last year in the midst of a scandal about widespread sexual abuse occurring in their Dublin diocese, but Pope Benedict XVI wasn’t having it.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE


Pope Benedict
AP / Gerald Herbert

Italian Women Ask Pope to Drop Celibacy Rule

A group of Italian women has posted an open letter to the pope on an Internet forum, asking Benedict XVI to reconsider the Catholic Church’s celibacy requirement for clergy members, claiming that they ... (continued)

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
AP / Andrew Brownbill

Pope Places Blame for Sex Abuse on Catholic Church

While other officials from the Catholic Church (ahem, Bill Donohue) have hesitated, to say the least, to look within the church for the source of the clergy sex abuse scandal, Pope Benedict XVI has apparently seen the light.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Shealah Craighead

Pope on a Rope: Favorability Rating Falls in U.S. Poll

Pope Benedict XVI hasn’t exactly won the hearts and minds of Americans in recent weeks, according to the results of a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Friday, which showed the wear and tear of the ongoing clergy sex scandal on the pope’s public standing ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: De-Sexifying Catholicism

Now that the shameful clergy sex scandal has reached its grabby hands all the way to the top levels of the Vatican, it’s time for drastic measures. As John Hodgman makes chillingly clear in this “Daily Show” clip, the Catholic Church is an “extremely sexy place” ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
AP / Andrew Brownbill

Pope Changes His Tune, Talks of ‘Penance’

While performing Mass on Thursday morning, Pope Benedict XVI inched toward acknowledging the need for the Vatican to show more contrition over the slew of clergy sexual abuse cases that have compromised the Catholic Church’s public standing in recent months ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


Pope Benedict
Wikimedia Commons / Fabio Pozzebom / ABr

Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens Call for Pope’s Arrest

British authors and atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, whom Terry Eagleton has affectionately referred to as the combined entity known as “Ditchkins,” are joining legal forces to see if Pope Benedict XVI can be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Luca Bruno

Pope Accused of Letting Past Abuse Case Languish

Yet another sexual abuse case from the past has come back to haunt the Vatican, and this time, Pope Benedict XVI is being scrutinized for decisions he made about the case while in his prior position at the Holy See. On Friday, The Associated Press released ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE


Stewart

Jon Stewart’s Not Buying What the Vatican’s Selling

As allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy members continue to challenge the church, the Vatican, according to a visibly agitated Jon Stewart, has failed to respond appropriately, instead adopting a victim stance with the Western media as its persecutor. Quick—cue the kitten footage!

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


Rev. Cantalamessa
bbc.co.uk

Vatican Preacher Compares Backlash Over Clergy Abuse Scandal to Anti-Semitism

Note to the Vatican: Adopting the mantle of victimhood in the face of accusations of sexual abuse by clergy members and attempted cover-ups by other church officials is not bound to go over very well with the public—especially if parallels are drawn to the persecution of the Jews.

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Silvia Izquierdo

Vatican: Pope Has Immunity in Abuse Cases

On Thursday, the Vatican’s top legal official pointed out that Pope Benedict XVI won’t be implicated in any of the sex abuse cases currently under investigation, as he is technically a head of state. Also, the Vatican would like The New York Times to “reconsider its attack mode” regarding the pope.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


O'Connor

Sinead O’Connor Faces Off With Catholic Flack Over Pedophilia, Post-Pubescence

Hey, remember Sinead O’Connor? Remember Sinead O’Connor’s beef with the pope back in the day? Well, now she’s a bit older and has more hair on her head, but she’s still up for a good tussle with the Catholic powers that be, as she demonstrates ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
Fabio Pozzebom / Agencia Brasil

Pope Accepts Irish Bishop’s Resignation

Pope Benedict XVI has OK’d the resignation of Bishop John Magee, an Irish clergyman who had held prominent positions within the Catholic Church for decades and whose diocese was rocked by allegations of child sexual abuse by members of the clergy ranging from at least the mid-1990s.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / roblisameehan

Irish Bishops Called on the Carpet

The long-running clergy sexual abuse scandal within Dublin’s Archdiocese is still the Catholic Church’s problem, and on Monday, Pope Benedict XVI met with Irish bishops for the first part of a two-day strategy and damage-control session at the Vatican.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE


Marx
Wikimedia Commons / marxists.org

Marx Gets a Boost from the Vatican

Although Pope Benedict XVI made a point of denouncing institutionalized Marxism two years ago, the Vatican’s own newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, last week cast a more redemptive light on Karl Marx’s ideas by going to the primary source and validating the German economist’s critiques of capitalism.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE


Pope in Israel
AP photo / David Silverman, pool

Pope’s Nazi Ties Questioned—Again

It was just the second day of his Holy Land Tour 2009, but unsurprisingly, the presence of Pope Benedict XVI in Israel stirred up more static on Tuesday—this time over his personal wartime history.

Posted on May 12, 2009 READ MORE


Pope Benedict
Wikimedia Commons/Fabio Pozzebom/ABr

Pope Bringing Baggage to the Holy Land

Pope Benedict XVI is heading for Jerusalem soon as part of his tour of the Holy Land, and although he occupies the same vaunted position as his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict’s own history, along with that of the church, carries a charge that could present challenges during his visit.

Posted on May 4, 2009 READ MORE


Pope on a plane
AP photo / Andrew Medichini

Pope: Condoms Don’t Help in Fight Against AIDS

On his way to his first visit to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI told attendant members of the press that he believes encouraging condom use not only doesn’t help in the fight against AIDS, but actually worsens the situation. 

Posted on Mar 17, 2009 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Satirist Finds the Pope Is Off-Limits

Jokes about religion often play with the boundaries of tolerance and taste, but they don’t always carry the consequences that Sabina Guzzanti now faces. The Italian actress could go to jail for upsetting the powers that be with a satirical zinger about the pope and two gay devils.

Jokes about religion often play with the boundaries of tolerance and taste, but they don’t always carry the consequences that Sabina Guzzanti now faces. The Italian actress could go to jail for upsetting the powers that be with a satirical zinger about the pope and two gay devils.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
AP photo / Andrew Brownbill

Pope: ‘Insatiable Consumption’ Depleting Earth’s Resources

Pope Benedict XVI hit a green note Thursday, pontificating (har har) about the environment to a crowd of pilgrims at the Roman Catholic Church’s youth festival in Sydney, Australia, and making good on his eco-friendly nickname, “the green pope.”

Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
From www.cjd.cc

Pope Calls For End to Iran Crisis

The pontiff used his first Easter message to ask for “an honorable solution” via “honest and serious negotiations.” He also affirmed Israel’s right to exist.
Somehow we suspect those wishes won’t have much of an impact on the Holocaust-denying president of Iran.

Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


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