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Pope Benedict Defrocked 400 Priests in 2 Years for Child Abuse

(VATICAN CITY) — A document obtained by The Associated Press shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children. The statistics for 2011-12 show a dramatic increase over the 170 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the Vatican first provided details on the number of priests who have been defrocked. Show More Summary

Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests for child abuse

BREAKING: Document obtained by AP shows pope defrocked nearly 400 priests in 2 years for molesting kids.-- The Associated Press (@AP) January 17, 2014 Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for molesting children over the course...Show More Summary

Pope Francis in ‘discontinuity’ with Benedict, is relieving the Church of its fears: Vatican Bishop

by Sofia Vazquez-Mellado ROME, January 9, 2014 ( – In what is being interpreted as a criticism of Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Enrico dal Covolo, rector of the Lateran University in Rome, praised Pope Francis recently for relieving the Church of “the fears she had in the past.” "I believe that…

The biggest news event of 2013 – the roller-coaster ride of the papal transition

by John-Henry Westen January 2, 2014 ( - On every list of most important news events of 2013 appears the papal transition from Pope Benedict XVI to Francis. LifeSiteNews' 2013 papal coverage began normally with a January 7 address by Pope Benedict to Vatican diplomats, in which he said that there can…

Popes Francis and Benedict Break Bread at Vatican

Former Pope Benedict XVI accepted an invitation to lunch from his successor, Pope Francis, and the two dined together at Francis Residence inside the Vatican Friday. No details on the meal were released, except that the pontiffs were joined by personal secretaries and two other Vatican officials, the Associated Press reports. Show More Summary

Happy Christmas to the Popes!

I love this photograph of Pope Francis exchanging Christmas greetings with Benedict XVI. Let's hope that this happy scene is played out for many years to come. Ad multos annos, Holy Father! And to you, too, Pope Francis.  

Putting Christ at the Center: On the Benedictine Arrangement

Pope Benedict XVI was well known for introducing, in the context of the celebration of the modern Roman Rite, a more traditional arrangement of the candles and crucifix upon the altar—namely, the “big six” with the cross in the middle (or, at times, seven candles—a privilege of bishops). Show More Summary

Is Your Liturgy Like What Vatican II Intended?

Although in recent years much has been done to spread an accurate knowledge of the teaching of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, we are still a long way from Pope Benedict XVI’s desire that the faithful everywhere, led by their pastors, would rediscover the riches of the sixteen conciliar documents. Show More Summary

From The Left: Maybe The Pope Gets It After All

Pope Francis isn’t the first Bishop of Rome to criticize the free market. While Benedict XVI didn’t exactly win awards for Vatican City’s most charismatic bachelor, he was still a strong supporter of universal education and financial reform. John Paul II, a man raised beneath the oppression of the Iron Curtain, penned an entire encyclical...

Obama’s Plunge: A Window onto the MSM

What do Tim Tebow, Pope Benedict XVI, and President Obama have in common? The mainstream-media complex, as represented by one of its bellwether glossies, is decidedly unimpressed with all three of them.They all appear on GQ’s list of...Show More Summary

Liturgical booklets for end of Year of Faith celebrations

VATICAN CITY — This weekend marks the end of the Year of Faith, which Pope Benedict XVI established last year to encourage Catholics to study, profess and demonstrate their faith. For those who want to follow the ceremonies online, here’s everything you’ll need to know: On Saturday at 4:30 pm Rome time (10:30 am EST), […]

NSA Scandal: Obama Takes Pope's Confession

The Obama administration has been accused of spying on Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Popr Francis, "before and during the Vatican conclave at which he was chosen to succeed Benedict XVI," the UK Telegraph reports, citing the Italian magazine Panorama. Show More Summary

Benedict XVI – looking refreshed – welcomes Fatima statue to Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI… sorry, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, can be seen here welcoming the statue of Our Lady from Fatima (which is on a pilgrim tour) to his Vatican residence; this film from also shows him leading prayers. He's looking MUCH better than he was six months ago, and I regret posting the (well-sourced) [...]

Priest Abuse Watchdog Group Critical of Former Pope's Claim That He Did Not Hide Abuse

A Missouri-based group devoted to helping victims of clerical sexual abuse is critical of former Pope Benedict XVI's recent claim that he did not hide sexual abuse incidents.

Bad Holy Water Kabbalah Centre Guru dead Pope Benedict Sentenced

You may not realize this, but at a court hearing held last fall Pope Benedict XVI stood trial, in absentia, for crimes against humanity. Nutty details inside. Philip Berg, the controversial guru of the equally controversial Kabbalah Centre, has died. Consumer alert: holy water may be very bad for you. Full story: Bad Holy Water Kabbalah Centre Guru dead Pope Benedict Sentenced

Benedict defends abuse record in letter to atheist

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Seven months after leaving the papacy, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI broke his self-imposed silence Tuesday by releasing a letter to one of Italy's best-known atheists in which he denied covering up for sexually abusive priests and defended Christianity to non-believers.

Benedict emerges and defends his abuse record

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has emerged from his self-imposed silence inside the Vatican walls to publish a lengthy letter to one of Italy's most well-known atheists. In it, he denies having covered up for sexually abusive priests and discusses everything from evolution to the figure of Jesus Christ.

He's back! Benedict XVI speaks out on sex abuse – and calls Richard Dawkins 'science fiction'

We've heard very little from Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI since his retirement, but he's made a surprise return to public life. Benedict has written a letter to the atheist mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi, covering subjects from the sex abuse scandal to evolution – and extracts have been released by Italy's La Repubblica newspaper. Coming off the [...]

Former pope breaks silence, denies sex abuse cover up

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-editor (CNN) – Retired Pope Benedict XVI says he never tried to hide the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests, breaking his post-retirement silence to address one of the greatest threats to his legacy as a church leader. In a lengthy letter published in La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper, the former […]

2 Popes Reach Out to Atheists in Apparent Campaign

(VATICAN CITY) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has emerged from his self-imposed silence inside the Vatican walls to publish a lengthy letter to one of Italy’s most well-known atheists. In it, he defends his record on handling sexually abusive priests and discusses everything from evolution to theology to the figure of Jesus Christ. Show More Summary

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