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“Hell is not some arbitrary punishment that God sticks on us like postage stamps…”

Mark Shea with a much needed primer on what Catholicism does (and does not) teach about salvation: Sometime back, the media got itself all in a tizzy about “the Vatican” supposedly issuing “seven new deadly sins”.  As one particularly egregious headline put it “Recycle or go to hell, warns Vatican”. Show More Summary

Italian lesbian author gets papal blessing

12 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Pope Francis has sent his blessing to a lesbian author of children’s books dealing with same-sex families, wishing her and her wife well in their work, it emerged on Friday. As Vatican officials scrambled to clarify that the message was simply a standard courtesy which did not signal any...

Pope Francis sends letter lauding LGBT children’s book

At least the Vatican is on the side of some fictional gay penguins and bunnies.

Vatican mixed-up in Italy's "banned books" battle

Pope sent lesbian children's book publisher formulaic blessing; some of her books among those banned by Venice public preschools

Did the pope just endorse a gay children’s book? Of course not, says Vatican

The Guardian claims a new letter makes Pope Francis 'an unlikely supporter' of a gay book banned by Venice's mayor.

Pope Francis Gives Blessing To Author Of Gay Children's Book

15 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

Pope Francis sent a blessing to the author of a children's book that has been censored in Italy due to its same-sex themes.  Francesca Pardi, author of Piccolo Uovo or Little Egg, received a letter dated July 9 from the Vatican's secretariat of state. Show More Summary

Józef Wesolowski, high-ranking papal diplomat accused of sexual abuse, dies at 67

Józef Wesolowski, the Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic and the highest-ranking Holy See official to ever be charged with sexually abusing young boys, was found dead Aug. 28 as he awaited trial. He was 67.Read full article >>

Highest-ranking Vatican official charged with sex abuse found dead

Jozef Wesolowski, Holy See's former ambassador to Dominican Republic, was awaiting trial under modified house arrest

Ex-papal envoy dies at Vatican while awaiting trial on sex-abuse charges

A former papal envoy accused of paying young boys for sex has died before his trial at the Vatican could get underway, officials said Friday.

Vatican's No. 1 Pervert Dies Suddenly

19 hours agoNews : The Daily Beast

VATICAN CITY — Josef Wesolowski died too soon.  The 67-year-old former papal nuncio to the Dominican Republic, whose undeniable crimes of child-sex abuse ran the gamut from victimizing shoe shine boys in Santo Domingo to hoarding more than 100,000 files with child pornography inside Vatican City died in his private room in a Vatican City palazzo overnight.

Former Vatican Ambassador Accused of Child Sex Abuse Dies

The Vatican says Jozef Wesolowski's death was due to "natural causes."

Vatican Envoy Accused of Sex Abuse Is Dead

Jozef Wesolowski will never see his day in court. The 67-year-old ex-envoy for the Vatican to the Dominican Republic, who was awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing children there, died today of apparent natural causes, the Vatican reports via the AP. His body was found in the room at...

Jozef Wesolowski, Ex-Archbishop Accused of Sexual Abuse, Dies

20 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

He would have been the first high-level prelate to stand before a Vatican tribunal on such charges, but illness prevented the trial from proceeding.

Vatican Official, Charged With Sexual Abuse, Dies

The ex-envoy had been due to go on trial in a Vatican tribunal on July 11, but he was hospitalized on the morning of the hearing

Former Papal Envoy Dies Under House Arrest in Vatican City Ahead of Sex Abuse Trial

21 hours agoNews : Slate: The Slatest

Józef Wesolowski, a former Catholic archbishop and papal envoy who was under house arrest in Vatican City, was found dead Friday ahead of his trial on charges that he sexually abused children, possessed pornography, and offended Christian morality. Show More Summary

Ex-Vatican ambassador dies before his child abuse trial

Autopsy ordered after Vatican's former envoy to Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, dies of apparent natural causes.

Jozef Wesolowski Dead At 67; Former Vatican Ambassador Was Accused Of Sexually Abusing Children

22 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

VATICAN CITY — A Catholic former archbishop accused of child sex offenses was found dead on Friday, the Vatican said, a month after he was hospitalized on the eve of his trial. Jozef Wesolowski faced charges of paying boys for sexual...Show More Summary

Former Vatican ambassador accused of child abuse dies

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A Catholic former archbishop accused of child sex offences was found dead on Friday, the Vatican said, a month after he was hospitalized on the eve of his trial.

Chill Pope and Vatican Set to Do Battle With Ghostly Bosnian Virgin Mary

A spiritual battle is simmering between the Vatican and a popular shrine to the Virgin Mary in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the New York Times reports. The Vatican is investigating the shrine’s main claim to fame: that the Virgin Mary makes regular, in-person appearances. They are skeptical. Read more...

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