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Although the pontiff initially proposed a tribunal that would hold bishops accountable for protecting pedophile priests, he announced Saturday that he will instead clarify existing legal procedures. Although the pontiff initially proposed a tribunal that would hold bishops accountable for protecting pedophile priests, he announced Saturday that he will instead clarify existing legal procedures.

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It might seem like the start of a hilarious joke, but Monday a man pretending to be a bishop really did try to sneak his way into the secret meetings Catholic cardinals are holding at the Vatican to decide who will become the next pope.

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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.

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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.

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The Vatican continues to be rocked by a wide-ranging sex abuse scandal, and the pressure it's under could have something to do with its newly revised opinion of The Beatles Although the Holy See's official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, pointed to the potentially Satanic (continued) Updated.

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The powers that be at the Vatican (at least the earthly variety) are even more upset with Bishop Richard Williamson now that he has apologized. After drawing outrage last month when he claimed that no Jews died in gas chambers during the Holocaust, he made an apology this week. The papacy found it inadequate, to say the least.

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