VATICAN CITY (AP) — The 'Lettergate' scandal has embarrassed the Vatican's communications operations and fueled the growing chasm between supporters of Francis' pastoral-focused papacy and conservatives who long for the doctrine-minded tenure of Benedict.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The letter was cited by Monsignor Dario Vigano, chief of communications, to rebut critics of Francis who question his theological and philosophical heft and say he represents a rupture from Benedict's doctrine-minded papacy.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is denying a German tabloid report that suggested Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is suffering from a neurological disease.
(AP) — “I can only say that in the slow decline of my physical strength, internally I am on a pilgrimage home," Retired Pope Benedict XVI wrote.
Conservative Catholic dissidents, who have been attacking Francis, showed their true colors recently by attacking Benedict for his subversive writings and modernist tendencies.
(RNS) — What is remarkable about the critics of Pope Francis is that during the papacies of John Paul and Benedict, they harshly criticized as dissidents and heretics anyone who questioned papal teaching. It is clear that their loyalty was not to the successor of Peter but to their own theological opinions.
(RNS) — The document encouraged the church to meet people where they are and then accompany them on their journey toward God. But who is going to do this accompanying?
(RNS) Pope Francis is not afraid of open discussion in the church. Well, he got it.
Jacob Neusner has died. He revolutionized American Jewish studies.
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (RNS) The silence that hangs over Castel Gandolfo is, according to the locals, principally the result of Pope Francis’ absence.
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) The Milwaukee Art Museum says it hopes a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made of condoms will ignite a conversation about the AIDS epidemic in Africa and the role art plays in public discussions.
(RNS) Chicago's Cardinal Francis George thrived under Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Under the more progressive Francis, though, "I don’t yet really have an understanding of ‘What are we doing here?’ ”
(RNS) Clearly, say those familiar with the pope’s thinking, he is enjoying himself and is willing to go on as long as God sees fit.
NEW YORK (RNS) Cardinal Edward Egan was never beloved by priests or parishioners as were the men who preceded and followed him in office, but he also had a tough job to do.
WASHINGTON (RNS) He's reached statistical tie for top ratings with the immensely popular late pope, who always scored more than 9 in 10 positive views from Catholics.