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Vatican suppresses Italy group, determines revelations fake

By Nicole Winfield — July 5, 2021
(AP) — The dissolution of the Apostolic Movement, which has a presence in several European and African countries, is the latest move to crack down on local religious orders and Catholic movements.

Four reasons for the Vatican’s action on Communion for pro-choice politicians

By Thomas Reese — May 26, 2021
(RNS) — When bishops argue in public, it disturbs the myth of a united magisterium.

German Catholics to bless gay unions despite Vatican ban

By Kirsten Grieshaber — May 10, 2021
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Catholic progressives are offering same-sex blessings at services in about 100 churches this week in defiance of a recent Vatican pronouncement against them.

The future of Catholic liturgical reform

By Thomas Reese — April 13, 2021
(RNS) — Other than sex, nothing is more heatedly debated in the Catholic Church than the liturgy.

Belgian bishop lashes out at Vatican over gay unions decree

By Raf Casert — March 17, 2021
(RNS) — Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny wrote in an opinion piece Wednesday that he feels 'shame for my Church'.

Vatican says yes to gay people, no to blessing gay unions

By Thomas Reese — March 16, 2021
(RNS) — How will the Vatican welcome gays ‘with respect and sensitivity’ while saying no to blessing gay unions?

Vatican causes chaos by invalidating baptism formula

By Thomas Reese — September 15, 2020
(RNS) — The real problem is that the Vatican is treating the traditional words of baptism like a computer password.

Netflix’s ‘Messiah’ is not my Jesus

By Thomas Reese — February 19, 2020
(RNS) — Netflix’s 'Messiah' is intriguing, but in the end, good television makes for bad theology.

How can the church punish bad bishops?

By Thomas Reese — July 30, 2018
(RNS) The church has no more power over a priest than any corporation has over an employee. A priest or bishop can refuse to accept punishment and simply walk away.

Humanae Vitae: Sex and authority in the Catholic Church

By Thomas Reese — July 20, 2018
(RNS) — Many Catholics left the church over the teaching, but even more stayed and simply ignored it, giving rise to the concept of 'cafeteria Catholics,' who picked and chose which teachings they would accept.

The challenge to Catholicism’s consistent ethic of economic life

By Mark Silk — May 22, 2018
It's internal, and it's been going on for over 30 years.

Vatican document on economic ethics is a dismal read on a timely topic

By Thomas Reese — May 21, 2018
(RNS) — The Vatican's new document on economic ethics, 'Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones,' gives theological backing to Pope Francis’ views on the economy, one of the major themes of his papacy. Too bad it's so badly written its timely and important message may not get read.

Scandals in the Catholic Church: Bad news and good news

By Thomas Reese — September 19, 2017
(RNS) — 'The Vatican is injuring itself by not being more forthcoming in handling accusations of child abuse against one of its diplomats,' writes Tom Reese.

Vatican to Catholics: Cremation can be OK, but don’t scatter ashes!

By Josephine McKenna — October 25, 2016
VATICAN CITY (RNS) New guidelines also forbid loved ones from dividing up the 'cremains' or keeping them in jewelry or on the mantelpiece.

Breaking silence, US nuns say Vatican probe cleared up confusion, reinforced their mission

By David Gibson — May 15, 2015
(RNS) After a monthlong media blackout, U.S. nuns are talking about the Vatican investigation that ended abruptly last month. Just don't call it a "win."
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