Pope Benedict XVI has rejected as “simply absurd” the speculation that he was forced to step down, and he said he still wears the distinctive white papal cassock for “purely practical reasons.”
A year ago Friday, Pope Benedict XVI officially left the Vatican in a helicopter as the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.
The issue is especially pressing in Africa, where Nigeria recently adopted harsh prison terms for people in same-sex relationships.
In the wake of last week’s critical U.N. report on Vatican child protection efforts has come more criticism, though much of it is directed not toward the church but the international body.
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The sainthood process is long and complicated, but the procedure is driven by Catholics in the pews, especially those on their knees.
I am a pretty unlikely candidate to be defending Pope Benedict XVI, but I do feel some of the recent criticism he has received has not been justified and is perhaps misguided.
Veteran journalist John L. Allen Jr., in his last column for the National Catholic Reporter, spoke on a number of issues, but one was the recent Rolling Stone cover story on Pope Francis and the criticism it directed toward Pope Benedict.
A small c catholic: Hans Küng has been a prophetic voice for Christianity for decades. But maybe it's time to listen to someone else.
Reports from bishops' conferences in Germany and Switzerland show a divergence between what the church teaches on marriage, sexuality and family life and what Catholics personally believe.
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5. "New cardinals to be appointed may include next pope" by Thomas Reese, posted Jan. 6. In this analysis, Reese explored what Pope Francis might be looking for in new cardinals. Less than a week later, Francis announced his picks for the red hats. (See No. 3.)