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Tinted Pope

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Pope Francis to Focus on Changing Times at Bishops’ Summit

This Pope Francis certainly is an ambitious fellow.

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The Most Dangerous Book

This “biography of a book” presents James Joyce’s “Ulysses” as the work that broke the crusading spirit of the U.S. government’s literary censorship during the early 20th century.

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‘Somebody Called the Cops on Jesus’ (Audio)

Residents of “an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes” in Davidson, N.C., now share the block with a statue depicting the Son of God as a vagrant asleep on a park bench outside a local church.

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Newark Archbishop Gets $500K Home Upgrade After Parish School Closure

Lest we forget that religion can provide a powerful cover for those looking to abuse the trust of believers, The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports that a local archdiocese built a lavish addition to an archbishop’s retirement home two years after closing a school for alleged lack of funds.

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Death of an Adjunct Professor

An adjunct 83-year-old professor of French and cancer patient recently dismissed from her 25-year post—without severance pay or retirement benefits—at Catholic Duquesne University in Pittsburgh was found dead on her lawn last month. She died “saddened, penniless and on the verge of being turned over to Orphans’ Court,” according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Paraguayan Bus Drivers Crucify Themselves After Being Fired

In the city of Luque, a group of men who were let go from their jobs at the Vanguardia bus company are protesting by going on a hunger strike and nailing themselves to crosses.

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Pope Says He Won’t ‘Judge’ Gay Priests

Pope Francis on Monday overturned ages of vocal tradition by saying that he would not “judge” gay priests for their sexual orientation. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis said, according to media reports.

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Pope Francis’ Saintly Politics

Pope Francis is proving himself to be a genuinely holy man, a brilliant politician and a leader who knows that reform requires a keen understanding of how creating a better future demands sophisticated invocations of the past. Nothing demonstrated all three traits better than Francis’ announcement that he would make both Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints.

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Father Greeley: Loving Pugilist

Understanding Greeley, the priest, sociologist and novelist who died last week at 85, is essential to understanding the last half-century of American Catholic history and the glorious contradictions of politics.

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Same-Sex Marriage Is Coming to the Ocean State

Rhode Island joined the march of progress Thursday when it became the 10th state to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. The decision marks the culmination of a 16-year effort to expand marriage rights in the heavily Roman Catholic state.

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Maher Mocks Catholicism, Argues Religion Is ‘Like Wikipedia’

Comedian Bill Maher slammed the Catholic Church during the “New Rules” segment on the latest episode of “Real Time,” at one point comparing how the religion is run to his own program.

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Questions From a ‘Dirty War’

They are impolite questions, but they must be asked: What did Jorge Mario Bergoglio know, and when did he know it, about Argentina’s brutal “Dirty War” against suspected leftists in which thousands were tortured and killed? More important, what did the newly chosen Pope Francis do?

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Left, Aequum et Centrum

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether the new center of gravity, geographically speaking, of the papacy will bring a shift in the church’s positions. Also, another Rep. Paul Ryan budget arrives.

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AP/Oded Balilty

Pope Francis: A New Center of Gravity

In winning election as Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio defied the papal pundits, even though they should have seen him coming. His rise marks the decisive shift within Roman Catholicism toward Latin America and the developing world.

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Pope Francis: A Social Conservative Who Loves the Poor?

The first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years was connected to the abduction of two Jesuit priests and has called the Argentine government’s legalization of gay marriage “an attempt to destroy God’s plan.”

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AP/Gregorio Borgia

Meet the New Pope

As The New York Times points out, Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is the first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years.

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$10 Million Deal Settles 4 Catholic Sex Abuse Cases

Four child abuse cases were settled as part of a $10 million deal while the man who helped protect the offender was in Rome helping elect God’s next Catholic representative on earth.

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Planned Obsolescence

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The Best Choice for Pope? A Nun

In giving up the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI was brave and bold. He did the unexpected for the good of the Catholic Church. And when it selects a new pope next month, the College of Cardinals should be equally brave and bold. It is time to elect a nun as the next pontiff.

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AP/Reed Saxon

Cardinal Mahony ‘Forgives’ Those Angry With Him Over Child Sex Abuse Scandal

The level of narcissism and insensitivity displayed by the pedophile enabler in a blog post Thursday shows just how far removed he is from reality.

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‘Left, Right & Center:’ A Hagel Filibuster, SOTU, Pope and North Korea

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists take on the Senate Republicans’ filibuster of Chuck Hagel, the president’s State of the Union speech, North Korea’s nuclear test and the pope’s resignation.

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Three Things the Next Pope Can Do to Save the Roman Catholic Church

I don’t expect the Vatican to take my advice, which is only fair since I’ve been ignoring theirs my whole life.

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AP/Reed Saxon

Cardinal Relieved of Duties Amid Catholic Church Scandal Exposure

Finally, the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has removed Cardinal Roger Mahony, a top clergyman linked to efforts to conceal child abuse, “as it released thousands [of] files [on] priests accused of molesting children,” The Guardian reports.

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Catholic Hospital Chain Wins Lawsuit by Arguing Fetus Is Not a Person

A Catholic health provider has abandoned its beliefs by arguing that a dead fetus and a dead person are not the same thing in order to win a malpractice lawsuit.

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The Pope Is on Twitter

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The Pope on Twitter

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Hiding the Church’s Treasure

I hope the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops contemplating the future of the church’s public and political engagement notice how the good deeds of the Roman Catholic parish of St. Francis de Sales have inspired people far beyond the confines of Catholicism.

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Oops, Time to Adjust the Christian Calendar

Pope Benedict XVI claims that, thanks to a sixth-century monk’s mistake, the most commonly used calendar is off by several years; topless feminists disguised as nuns protest anti-gay marriage in Paris;  meanwhile, mainstream media pile on the same cliches about Israel and Palestine we’ve been hearing for 40 years. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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50 Years After Vatican II

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Religion, Politics and Paul Ryan’s Budget

Is Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s budget blueprint inconsistent with Catholic teachings? Bill Moyers and guests Robert Royal and Sister Simone Campbell discuss that and other issues of faith and politics in the latest episode of “Moyers & Company.”

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Survey: Number of Religious Lobbying Groups in D.C. Is Up Fivefold

Pew researchers discovered that the number of religious groups lobbying politicians in Washington, D.C., has increased 500 percent in the past four decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today. With more than 1,000 lobbyists vying for the ears of Congress members, the groups together spend more than $390 million a year ... (more)

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White House / Pete Souza

The Politics of the Heavenly and Unheavenly

We have embarked on yet another presidential campaign in which religion will play an important role without any agreement over what the ground rules for that engagement should be.

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A Graham Greene Classic Better Left Alone

The original “Brighton Rock” is so good—in its dank and sometimes almost unwatchable way—that it obviates a remake. But that never stopped anyone, did it?

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Strange Urges

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Vatican Says Bishops Aren’t Employees

In an effort to keep a rising legal flood below the chin, the Vatican is prepared to argue that bishops are not employees of the church, therefore the church shouldn’t be held responsible for their sometimes nefarious behavior related to allegations of sexual abuse. We’re not lawyers, but that seems pretty ridiculous.

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First Female Priest to Raise Italian Eyebrows, Blood Pressure

Maria Longhitano, a married teacher, will be the first woman priest ordained in Italy when she takes her vows at an Anglican church near the Vatican. The Roman Catholic Church, which continues to oppose she-priests in all their heretical curviness, will surely be irked by the proceedings.

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Worst Popes Edition

Glenn Beck’s Mormon masterpiece theater, why humans sigh, the 10 worst popes (and no, Benedict isn’t among them) and Aaron Sorkin’s response to the Newsweek gay actor saga.

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How the Pope Can End the Scandal

As the church rightly teaches, acknowledging the true nature of our sin is the one and only path to redemption and forgiveness.

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The Woods Shed

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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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Italy Approves Abortion Pill

In the face of strong conservative Catholic opposition, Italy has approved use of the RU486 abortion drug. Italian authorities decided to allow the drug to be administered by a doctor up to the seventh week of pregnancy.

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