Pope Benedict XVI

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Catholics should ‘be not afraid’ in seeking truth

In the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, writer Elizabeth Gilbert gives up her entire way of life to spend a year … Continued

The forgotten pope who challenged Hitler

By Marvin Hier Earlier this year, eighteen Catholic scholars from the United States, Germany, and Australia, took the unprecedented step … Continued

“No pedophilia crisis” says Catholic League

According to Dr. William Donohue of the Catholic League, the Catholic Church does not have a “pedophilia crisis.” His opinion … Continued

The logic of Vatican’s linking sex abuse, women’s ordination

by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf As usual, the Vatican’s most recent announcement generated as much confusion and controversy as it did … Continued

Child sex abuse and women’s ordination: the Vatican’s immoral equivalency

Open mouth and insert foot–again and again and again. That must be the Vatican motto under Pope Benedict XVI. How … Continued

Summer reading for infidels

You may have noticed that the forces of religion are falling into a summer torpor. Even the Vatican is taking … Continued

Catholic views of animals

Q: Expensive and time-consuming efforts are being made to rescue and rehabilitate animals threatened by the Gulf oil spill. Do … Continued

The priesthood’s dark valley

Last Friday, at the liturgy marking the end of “The Year of the Priest,” Pope Benedict XVI once again addressed … Continued

Study looks at media coverage of Catholic sex abuse scandal

By William Wan After months of church officials questioning, even attacking at times, the media for its coverage of the … Continued

Not all abortions are evil

It may be that Catholics have overemphasized the child’s right to life and failed to properly include the mother’s right to life in our public discourse.

Pope decries child abuse; satraps try to prevent victim lawsuits

In recent weeks, Pope Benedict XVI has owned up to the pedophile priest scandal in more honest terms than he … Continued

Church’s real enemy: sin

Pope Benedict XVI has named the chief enemy of the Catholic Church today: the Catholic Church today. With his statements … Continued

Vatican questions nuclear deterrence

THIS CATHOLIC’S VIEW By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. Not only is the use of nuclear weapons immoral, the conditions that … Continued

Benedict not to blame

Should Pope Benedict XVI be thrown in jail for whatever role he might have played in covering up the pedophilia … 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

Moral case for financial reform

By John GehringCatholics in Alliance for the Common Good As financial reform legislation stalls in the Senate for the moment … Continued

After scandal, hope for Church renewal

By John GehringCatholics in Alliance for the Common Good These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy … 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

Chatter, inspiration and the pope

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

The Vatican playing victim in the court of public opinion

I had not intended to write another column about the pedophilia scandal that has, at long last, reached the leadership … Continued