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Justice Scalia on music: ‘Well, they had to do something’

by Joel Cohen The time, the mid-1990’s. The place, the Library of Congress, where the Boston Camerata has been commissioned to produce a concert around an exhibit entitled “Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library and Renaissance Culture.” The performance is attended by then-Vice President Quayle and his wife (who introduces the Camerata), by then-Speaker of the House, the late […]

6 Remarkable Facts That'll Change How You Look At The Sistine Chapel

The Vatican's famed Sistine Chapel attracts some five million visitors every year. On any given day, 20,000 people will enter the sacred space, vying for some breathing room to gaze up at Michelangelo's renowned frescoes. What most visitors...Show More Summary

Fear of White Privilege: Open Letter to Pope Francis

February 9, 2016 OPEN LETTER TO HIS HOLINESS, POPE FRANCIS His Holiness, Pope Francis at the Vatican: My name is Mark Charles Hardie. I am a baptized and confirmed member of the Roman Catholic Church. My Catholic/Christian name is Mary Bernadette. Show More Summary

Los Angeles man traveling with Pope Francis will offer a simple gift - a shoeshine box

Noel Díaz is over the moon. On Friday he’s traveling from the Vatican to Mexico with Pope Francis on a plane that left from Rome. Diaz is the only Los Angeles resident traveling with the pope as he flies to Mexico, which begins Friday after a stop in Cuba, where Francis will meet with the patriarch...

Vatican Has A Long Way To Go In Righting Clergy Child Abuse Issues

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

As the Catholic church reckons with decades of indifference to clergy abusing children, some followers are finding both their faith and their patience tested. Catholics world wide are intently watching how the Vatican addresses the issue,...Show More Summary

Vatican DC -- 'Antisocial'

2 days agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams. Read more...

A Somewhat Indulgent Second Day of Lent Post

1. I’m delighted to see Monsignor Peter Wells, the highest-ranking American at the Vatican, now being raised to archbishop and heading to South Africa and Botswana as papal nuncio there. An Oklahoma native in the Vatican diplomatic corps, Msgr. Show More Summary

Vatican: Bishops Need Not Report Clerical Child Abuse to Cops

Catholic bishops who suspect clerical child abuse need not report it to police.

Why Is the Vatican Still Protecting Priests Who Sexually Abuse Kids?

Post by Liz Alterman. This news isn't surprising, and yet it's shocking and appalling at the same time. Newly appointed Catholic bishops were told by French Monsignor Tony Anatrella that they don't have to report clerical child abuse. Show More Summary

Vatican Refuses To Talk About Sex Abuse

2 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

The Popes special commission to root out sex abuse in the church goes from bad to worse as one Monsignor tells new bishops theyre under no obligation to report abuse to police.

Vatican: Bishops Need Not Report Abuse to Cops

Catholic bishops who suspect clerical child abuse need not report it to police. That's apparently the opinion of the Vatican, spelled out in a training document for newly appointed bishops. "According to the state of civil laws of each country where reporting is obligatory, it is not necessarily the duty...

Putin may benefit from meeting of pope and patriarch

VATICAN CITY/MOSCOW (Reuters) - A meeting between Pope Francis and Russia's Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Friday could not happen without a green light from President Vladimir Putin, diplomats and analysts say, and he may be one the beneficiaries.

Critic of Vatican refuses to step down from Catholic sex abuse commission

5 days agoReligion : FaithWorld

A prominent and outspoken British member of a papal advisory commission on sexual abuse by the clergy on Saturday refused to step down despite a no-confidence vote, and said only Pope Francis could dismiss him.

Daily Headlines: February 9, 2016

Nicaragua: Nicaraguan officials still plan to go ahead with the construction of an interoceanic canal despite construction delays, financing issues, and strong opposition from residents. Latin America: The Vatican presented a more detailed...Show More Summary

Salon: Religion Just ‘Fears’ Sex

The progressives at Salon ask, “Why is religion so obsessed with sex?,” yet they themselves cannot seem to write enough articles on the idea that it is. Last week they blamed the “old men running the Vatican” for everyone’s “sexual hangups.” Now they’re going after Christianity in general with an excerpt from a book titled “The Illusion of God’s Presence.”

Why The Vatican Finally Agreed To Watch Spotlight

Officials from the Vatican commission on clerical sex abuse gathered in Rome on Thursday to watch a private screening of Spotlight. The drama documents the journalists investigating the sexual abuse of children by Boston priests, which was covered up by the Catholic Church. Show More Summary

Pope Francis broke my heart, says sex abuse victim sidelined by Vatican

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

A British paedophilia survivor who has been asked to step down from a Vatican panel on the issue told AFP on Monday that he felt betrayed by Pope Francis. “Of course Pope Francis has established he is part of the problem,” Peter Saunders said in an interview with AFPTV, during which he...

Chelsea church will have to shutter, unless Pope Francis decides otherwise

Only Pope Francis can save a Chelsea church from being razed to make way for a new development. The Vatican's highest court, the Apostolic Signatura, ruled that it will no longer hear further appeals... To view the full story, click the title link.

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