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Should Papal Office Have Time Limit?

The Catholic Church should not have “leaders for life” in its ranks, otherwise it would risk being like a country under dictatorship, Pope Francis said on Friday.   226 more words

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Pope Benedict XVI departed for Castel Gandolfo

On July 1st, Pope Benedict departed for Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence, 30 km southeast of Rome. He is expected to return to the Vatican on July 14th. 125 more words

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Is that the sound of stimulating, art-centered dialogue I hear?

…nope! My mistake.

(If you’re not already aware of the story surrounding the above-pictured artwork by Nikki Johnson, read this.)

I never was much of a fan of this piece. 235 more words


On Faith and Recognition

Today I’m going to duck the story of the day — the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriages — and dive into a less publicized story that is developing this morning. 943 more words


Late Vietnamese cardinal put on road to sainthood

The Roman Catholic Church on Monday began the sainthood procedure for a Vietnamese cardinal who was imprisoned by the communists for some 13 years.
Pope Benedict, welcoming the start of the beatification process for Cardinal Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, praised him as a “prophet of Christian hope”. 13 more words

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Laudato Si and Teilhard de Chardin

First, my apologies about the longer than expected sabbatical. It has been a crazy few months between work, health issues with my mother-in-law and trying to spend more time with family. 854 more words

Teilhard De Chardin

Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for child abuse

Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests in just two years, for molesting children, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press.

The statistics for 2011 and 2012 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the Vatican first provided details on the number of priests who have been defrocked. 275 more words

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