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The good cardinal's revealing interview

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley is pastoral to the core. He's also an intelligent person. It's good he has the ear of Pope Francis. This was the theme of a telling "60 Minutes" segment Sunday on CBS. During the interview, the good cardinal was open and honest, navigating some tough questions by correspondent Norah O'Donnell.

However, before the interview was over, he revealed clearly the increasingly untenable nature of the Catholic teaching that women cannot be ordained priests.

O'Malley talks LCWR, sex abuse, women's ordination

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Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, a key adviser to Pope Francis, was featured in a lengthy interview on the U.S. television program "60 Minutes" Sunday night.

The interview covered a wide range of topics: from O'Malley's relationship with the pope, to his feelings about the Vatican's investigations of U.S. women religious, to his thoughts on the possibility of women's ordination to the priesthood.

One revelation? O'Malley and the pope regularly communicate via fax.

Ambassador: Pope's critique of capitalism makes me 'take notice'

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Pope Francis' frequent criticism of the global market capitalist system is forcing governments around the world to "sit up and take notice," the British ambassador to the Holy See has said.

Speaking to a Rome conference on the relationship of faith and culture, Ambassador Nigel Baker said governments have to notice Francis' critiques because of the pope's "huge global impact."

Alleviating Poverty: Just An Option?

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A lot of people like the phrase "preferential option for the poor" because it sounds, well, so optional. We'd prefer if you put in some time at a food bank or picketed your local Representative to raise the minimum wage, but, heck, we know you've got a plateful of things to do around the house so if you don't get around to it don't fret.Those poor people aren't going anywhere.

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