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Pope Benedict XVI Announces Resignation
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI announced today he will step down on Feb. 28, citing his advanced age. Pope Benedict XVI announced today he will step down on Feb. 28, citing his advanced age. T ...

Pope Benedict XVI Says Lack of ‘Faith’ Could Be Used in Marriage Annulments
Originally Posted: 01/30/2013 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI has asked the Vatican’s highest appeals court to consider reviewing church rules on marriage annulments — a statement that may signal a change in tone more than a change in substance. ...

Vatican: Calling Jews ‘Enemies’ of the Church Is Unacceptable
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican reaffirmed its commitment to dialogue with Jews on Monday after the head of a traditionalist breakaway group called them “enemies of the Church.” The Vatican chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said that it was “me ...

Activists Mobilize Around White House’s Catholic ‘Hate Group’ Petition
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 9:10am | Type: Blog

Now there is a petition to designate the Roman Catholic Church as a hate group for its opposition to gay rights, and it may wind up generating almost as many press releases as signatures. ...

On Sistine Chapel’s 500th, Foot Traffic Remains a Threat
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

As Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance masterpiece, the Vatican said the growing number of tourists who visit the historic site every year might eventually lead t ...

In Lebanon, Pope Benedict Tells Middle Eastern Christians: 'Fear Not'
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

BEIRUT — As violent protests against an anti-Islam film spread to much of the Muslim world on Friday, Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Lebanon to a warm welcome from Christian and Muslim leaders. ...

Pope Benedict's Trip to Lebanon Still a Go, Despite Violence in Region
Originally Posted: 09/12/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican confirmed on Wednesday that Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Lebanon will go ahead as planned, despite growing tension in the region after the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya by a mob enra ...

Legacy of Vatican II at Heart of Dispute Between Vatican, U.S. Nuns
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

In April, the Vatican accused the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the umbrella group that represents the majority of American nuns, of “doctrinal confusion.” As LCWR leaders meet this week (A ...

Mad Men, Catholics and a 'Moral Revolution'
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

Though today’s gender roles are hardly perfect, Mad Men does help point out how much progress has been made in a couple of generations. But it also serves to point out how out of step the Catholic Church is wh ...

Rebel Nuns: When the Faithful Stop Obeying
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

It seems the Sisters of North America are calling the Vatican out. When criticized by Vatican officials for taking a position too far left of center on a number of social issues, the Leadership Conference of W ...

What’s at Stake in Pope Benedict XVI’s Visit to Philadelphia
Originally Posted: 06/05/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

Nearly lost amid ongoing reports about the Vatican leaks scandal, Rome’s battle with American nuns, the American bishops’ battle for religious freedom, and the priest on trial in Philadelphia, was the news tha ...

Vatican ‘Moles’ Say Pope’s Butler Didn’t Act Alone, Vow More Leaks
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Despite the arrest of Pope Benedict XVI's butler two weeks ago, leaks of confidential documents continue to dribble out of the Vatican as “moles” vow to continue their action until the pope's two clo ...

Pope Benedict to Visit Philadelphia in 2015
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI is set to visit Philadelphia in 2015 for the Vatican World Meeting of Families. Pope Benedict XVI is set to visit Philadelphia in 2015 for the Vatican World Mee ...

Vatican Official Calls Leaked Documents an ‘Immoral,' ‘Brutal’ Attack
Originally Posted: 05/30/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

The Vatican's No. 3 official on Tuesday (May 29) condemned the theft and publication of secret papal documents as an “immoral act of unheard-of gravity.” The Vatican's ...

Pope Benedict XVI Gives Direction to U.S. bishops on Hot-Button Issues
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

In his speeches, Pope Benedict XVI often echoed bishops' concern about religious freedom and the challenges confronting the American church. In his last address, on May 22, he warned bishops of the “threa ...

Vatican Settles with Benetton Over Pope-Kissing Ad
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican announced on May 15 it had settled a lawsuit against Italian clothing group Benetton for using an image of Pope Benedict XVI in one of its advertisement campaigns. VAT ...

Pope Finds Kindred Spirit in German ‘Feminist’ Saint
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

On Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI ordered Hildegard von Bingen, who died in 1179, to be inscribed “in the catalogue of saints,” thus extending her cult “to the universal church.” Her ...

Pope Wants Catholic Colleges to Ensure Faculty is Faithful to Church Doctrine
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 1:25am | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday (May 5) called on Catholic colleges and universities in the United States to do more to affirm their "Catholic identity," particularly by ensuring the do ...

What To Do About “Radical Feminist Nuns”
Originally Posted: 04/20/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

American nuns have gotten into some hot water with the Vatican, whose representatives claim the nuns are practicing “certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” ...

After Pope’s Trip, Catholic Bishops Seek End to Cuba Embargo
Originally Posted: 04/20/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Following Pope Benedict XVI's recent trip to Cuba, U.S. Catholic bishops are pushing the State Department to lift the 50-year Cuban embargo in order to improve religious liberty and human rights for the C ...

Is Pope Ratzinger Suffering From the Seven-Year Itch?
Originally Posted: 04/20/2012 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

As Pope Benedict XVI marked his seventh anniversary as pope, many Catholics were wondering if the pontiff is finally becoming the papal enforcer that some feared – and others hoped – he would be when he was el ...

Vatican Official Calls for Stronger Protection for Conscientious Objection
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

A senior Vatican official on Tuesday called for stronger protection for conscientious objection for both the Catholic Church and individual Catholics when they are faced with laws that conflict with their “mor ...

Pope Turns 85 Amid Speculation of Resignation
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI turned 85 on Monday (April 16) amid renewed speculation about his declining health and possible resignation. VATICAN CITY—Pope Benedict XVI turned 85 on Monday ( ...

Elderly Married Couple Writes Pope Benedict XVI’s Good Friday Talk
Originally Posted: 04/02/2012 - 8:39pm | Type: Blog

An elderly married couple asked by Pope Benedict XVI to write the texts for the traditional Stations of the Cross procession on Good Friday at the Colosseum in Rome has chosen to tackle family problems such as ...

Pope Meets with Fidel Castro, Urges More Freedom
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI ended his three-day visit to Cuba on Wednesday (March 28) with an appeal for more religious freedom for the Catholic Church, ahead of a highly anticipated meeting with the island's histo ...

Pope Benedict XVI in Cuba: A Media Round-up
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI’s 3-day visit to Cuba began Monday, when President Raul Castro greeted the pontiff at the airport of Santiago de Cuba. The arrival was fairly quiet, but the evening Mass in Santiago’s plaza w ...

Pope Arrives in Cuba, Blasts Economic ‘Selfishness’
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Cuba on Monday (March 26), renewing the Catholic Church's pledge to "work tirelessly to better serve all Cubans" as the island strives to "renew and broaden its ...

The Top 10 Stories of March 27, 2012
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

<p>&quot;We still give food to people even when they say they don't want to pray.&quot; Paul Brock, founder of the non-profit Community Provisions of Jackson County, IN, which had its emerge ...

Pope to Find Mixed Political Messages in Mexico Trip
Originally Posted: 03/22/2012 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

Times have changed to such a degree that politicians now seek out the pope and prelates for support. But that does not mean all is well. The hostility of some in more liberal Mexico City show how far the relat ...

Bishops’ Point Man on ‘Religious Liberty’ Gets a Promotion
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 8:44am | Type: Blog

If there is any Catholic bishop in the U.S. who probably didn't need a bigger platform, it would be William E. Lori, who was named Tuesday by Pope Benedict XVI as the next archbishop of Baltimore. ...

Pope to Find Challenges, Opportunities in Cuba
Originally Posted: 03/19/2012 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

A small group of protesters occupied a church in central Havana, illustrating the challenges that Pope Benedict XVI will find in Cuba during a March 23-29 trip. VATICAN CITY--Two ...

Cleveland Bishop Has 60 Days to Appeal Church Closures
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

CLEVELAND--Bishop Richard Lennon on Wednesday (March 14) received the official Vatican decrees that overturn his closings of 13 Catholic parishes, the diocese said, kicking off a 60-day period for him to decide whether to appeal. "The process t ...

Jews Ask Pope to Push for Aid Worker’s Release in Cuba
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI will use his upcoming trip to Cuba to press for the release of Alan Gross, a Jewish man who has languished in a Cuban jail for more than two years, according to Gross' supporters. ...

Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop of Canterbury to Meet
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

Despite differences over women's ordination and a controversial Vatican initiative to woo back disgruntled Anglicans, Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will pray together in Ro ...

Vatican Website Hacked for Church’s ‘Crimes’
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

Secret hackers group Anonymous targeted the Vatican website for what it called its "absurd and anachronistic precepts," and the "crimes" of the sexual abuse scandal and cover-up. ...

Vatican to Hold Global Summit on Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 02/04/2012 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY — Ten years after the clergy sexual abuse scandal erupted in the United States, Catholic bishops from all over the world will meet next week at a Vatican summit aimed at preventing abuse and prote ...

Tweet and Pray
Originally Posted: 01/26/2012 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

In his message for the 2012 celebration of World Communications Day, Pope Benedict XVI praised the benefits of social media, while also cautioning against its dangers. In his mess ...

Top 10 Religion Stories of the Year
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

The death of Osama bin Laden is voted the No. 1 religion story of the year by the members of Religion Newswriters Association, the world’s premier association dedicated to helping journalists write about relig ...

The Afternoon News: Monday Nov. 21, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/21/2011 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

A (usually) twice-daily round up of news related to Sojourners commitments to social justice and the poor. THE KANSAS CITY STAR : In 'God's Country': Voting Wa ...

News: Quick Links
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Vatican Meets OWS: 'The Economy Needs Ethics' Vatican Meets OWS: 'The Economy Needs Ethics' The Vatican today elaborated on Pope Benedict XVI's ...

Reflections on the Gulf Oil Spill and a Prayer for Lost Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last year, I was deeply troubled by the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/gulf-coast/" target="_blank">Gulf Oil Spill</a>, having been born and raised on the Florida Gulf Coast. ...

Why I Do Not Support President Obama's Decision on Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last evening, President Obama forcefully <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/us/politics/29prexy-text.html" target="_blank">defended</a> his decision to launch airstrikes ...

Memo to Governor Scott Walker from Pope Benedict XVI
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

An estimated 30,000 people converged in Madison, Wisconsin's Capitol Square and inside the Capitol building on Thursday <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-rt-usreport-us-usa-wisctre71h07e- ...

Pope Benedict: Greatest Persecution is from Sin Within the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On the papal plane, <em>Shepherd One</em>, en route to Portugal to visit the <a href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/portugal/fatima-shrine-of-our-lady-of-fatima" target="_bla ...

'Doing God's Work': A Moral Case for Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As financial reform legislation stalls in the Senate for the moment and embattled Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein testifies today before a congressional subcommittee, faith-based organizations an ...

Another Vatican II Moment for the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy sexual abuse scandals are a source of profound pain and raw anger. These are dark days for Catholics and our church. T ...

The Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal and the Paradoxical Legacy of Pope John Paul II
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Catholic church is reeling from the several sexual abuse allegations that have come to light over the past three months. Downplaying the severity of this scandal will only further damage the alrea ...

Attempting to Understand Clergy Sexual Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The sex abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church simply will not go away. Even the Pope himself is not immune. The sex abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church simply will n ...

What Glenn Beck Doesn't Understand About Biblical Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>When Glenn Beck promised to devote a whole week of his television show to come after me, I wasn't sure he really meant it. I guess he did. Last night he began to make good on the threat he made o ...

The Pope vs. Climate Change Deniers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The recent blizzard of bunk coming from climate change deniers giddy over the recent Snowmageddon that paralyzed the nation's capital is a classic case of putting ideology and politics before scien ...