Friday’s Religion News Roundup: Sede vacante * demonic sweaters * whipping converts

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Pope Benedict XVI's Twitter page now reads "Sede Vacante", which translates "Seat Vacant". RNS photo courtesy Twitter (

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It's the day after the night before as the Catholic Church feels its way through the "sede vacante." Here's everything you need to know about what comes next, as well as how to pray over your demon-possessed sweaters from Goodwill.

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  • Kevan Scott

    It’s 2013 and a major religious leader is telling someone to pray over clothes she bought from Goodwill because you never know what demons might be attached to them. Fear of everything is NOT what Christ preached. If you haven’t listened to the Robertson clip it’s worth listening to because he goes into real detail about what might happen if you are not careful of the underwear you buy at Wal-Mart. I am more and more convinced that religion, ANY religion is based upon fear and control of the people. It’s just that in 2013 I expected us to be a lot more advanced in our religious thinking than a major Christian leader saying something like this.

  • Kevan Scott

    Oh, I forgot the writing by all of you at RNS is what keeps me reading your post’s. You are thorough and point out all the important details to all the stories. Thanks!

  • dj spellchecka

    “Southern Baptist policy guru Richard Land said people who oppose homosexuality (especially in the Boy Scouts) are being treated like the modern version of the KKK.”

    Well, if the shoe fits…..

  • the bee

    Today is my first day as a subscriber. Torn between thinking this is the greatest info I will receive daily (see conclave playlist, Sweet Sistine) or whether it will just depress me (see everything else). Hoping for the former and understanding that a professing Christian needs to know the latter.

  • kfreed

    I love the roundups… for daily video updates on the lunatic religious fringe:

    P.S. Kevan (up top) just now introduced me to RNS – perfect. You’re one subscriber richer.