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    Amid avalanche, real questions about the papacy risk being obscured

    In the last few days, Pope Francis has faced three remarkable accusations -- one of suffering from narcissistic personality disorder, another of heresy, and a third of dropping the ball on financial reform of the Vatican. In trying to sort through it all, one towering problem is that in an environment defined by hysteria, separating legitimate criticism from the same-old, same-old is increasingly difficult.

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    Female envoys to Vatican say it's past time for Church to empower women

    Three female ambassadors from different parts of the world and of different religious beliefs all agree that the Vatican is a pretty cozy place for women diplomats, but they also concur that when it comes to the role of women in the decision making process inside the Church, there's still a long way to go.

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    U.S. bishops seek to fight racism at both national and local levels

    After the announcement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops last month to form a new ad hoc committee to fight racism, many bishops around the country are also engaging in the fight in their own dioceses, launching initiatives and getting involved in local disputes they believe are augmenting racial tensions.

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  • Tools for thinking about the Vatican’s two latest scandals

    Tools for thinking about the Vatican’s two latest scandals

    • September 24, 2017

    At the moment, the Vatican finds itself facing two less-than-edifying storylines, one involving a priest in the papal embassy in Washington, D.C., suspected of possible violations of child pornography laws, and the other featuring a Vatican trial for financial misappropriation against former officials of a papally-sponsored pediatric hospital. Here are a few resources for thinking intelligently about each.

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  • Meet the man who helped build the pope’s brand on Twitter

    Meet the man who helped build the pope’s brand on Twitter

    • September 21, 2017

    Spanish Catholic layman Gustavo Entrala, who created a successful digital marketing company and who’s advised both Popes Benedict XVI and Francis about their use of Twitter, says that Francis has the most “consistent” and attractive brand among major world leaders today, in part because he’s seen to embody his own message.

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  • Ex-Vatican auditor says he was forced out by old guard with ‘frame-job’
    Ex-Vatican auditor says he was forced out by old guard with ‘frame-job’
    • September 24, 2017

    Breaking a three-month silence, the Vatican’s former Auditor General claimed Saturday he was forced out in June by a “frame-job” engineered by an old guard hostile to reform, while two senior Vatican officials insisted they have “overwhelming evidence” that Libero Milone violated Vatican laws by illegitimately spying on people, including superiors and people in his own office.

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  • Barbara Blaine, founder of abuse victims group SNAP, dies
    Barbara Blaine, founder of abuse victims group SNAP, dies
    • September 25, 2017

    Barbara Blaine, the founder and former president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has died. She was 61. The organization known as “SNAP” announced on its Facebook page that Blaine died Sunday following a cardiac event. Blaine had resigned in February after a former employee sued the group, claiming she was fired after asking superiors whether the organization was referring potential clients to attorneys in return for donations.

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  • Expert sees focus under Francis on Latin American martyrs like Romero
    Expert sees focus under Francis on Latin American martyrs like Romero
    • September 23, 2017

    Martyrdom in which a Christian is killed by a non-Christian is usually clear. The Christian is killed by someone because of their faith or because they refuse to renounce their faith. Large numbers of lay catechists, women religious, deacons, and priests were killed in various Latin American countries over the past few decades. In these cases, the people murdering them claimed to be Catholic. Can they still be martyrs?

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