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Religious groups OK with gay Scout ban for years now say no problem. What gives?

For years, the biggest faith groups in the Boy Scouts Mormons, Catholics and Methodists supported the organization’s ban on openly … Continued

Can Pope Francis finish the job that Benedict began?

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, left, is welcomed by Pope Francis … Continued

Catholic Church still plagued by cardinal sin

View Photo Gallery: Cardinals from around the world gathered inside the Vatican for their first round of meetings before the conclave … Continued

Call him ‘pope-emeritus’

JAVIER BARBANCHO AFP/GETTY IMAGES Picture taken on July 8, 2006 of Pope Benedict XVI waving to pilgrims on arrival at … Continued

Second Vatican Council at 50

AP In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful after the … Continued

Sister Farley’s revenge: Want to popularize a book? Ban it.

From papyrus to vellum to paper to e-books, two principles of publishing have not changed over the centuries: 1. Churches … Continued

Susan Sarandon: Pope Benedict a ‘Nazi’

Actress Susan Sarandon arrives at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Gala Tribute to her in New York on May … Continued

Pope Benedict: what the media left out

By Rev. Robert Barron Over a period of about 15 years, in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, the German journalist … Continued

Story takes critical look at Pope’s early role in abuse crisis

By William Wan Talk in the Catholic world today will no doubt focus on a New York Times story published … Continued

In PBS interview, Cardinal Levada discusses abuse crisis

PBS NewsHour will air an exclusive interview today with Cardinal William Levada, whose office is handling about 3,000 claims of … Continued

What matters in clerical abuse

THIS CATHOLIC’S VIEW By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. The media is being attacked by the defenders of Pope Benedict who … Continued

Church and media can do better

Q:A senior Vatican priest last week compared outrage at Pope Benedict’s handling of sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church … Continued

Anti-Catholic bias and irresponsible reporting

Q:Should Pope Benedict XVI be held responsible for the escalating scandals over clerical sexual abuse in Europe? Should he be … Continued

Benedict’s failure and opportunity

THIS CATHOLIC’S VIEW By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. Like most bishops, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI, did … Continued

Investigate the pope

By Christopher Hitchensauthor, commentator This has now ceased to be a matter of opinion or speculation and become a question … Continued

Vatican/clerical abuse updates

Latest developments in the Vatican’s response to cases of clerical sexual abuse in Europe and the U.S.: * Pop star … Continued

Vatican chooses pragmatism over principle

The recent revelations of documents related to the case of the late Father Lawrence Murphy have brought the sexual abuse … Continued

Vatican was warned about abusive priest, NYT reports

Laurie Goodstein of The New York Times is reporting that the Vatican declined in the late 1990s to defrock a … Continued

The Catholic church’s bureaucratic lament: “It wasn’t my responsibility”

As I drank my coffee, read the Sunday papers and mused over Pope Benedict XVI’s bureaucratic, responsibility-evading “apology” for the … Continued

A call to penance

Pope Benedict XVI’s recent letter to Irish Catholics is a sensitive and thoughtful response to another painful exposé of sexual … Continued