• Vatican defends membership for theologian over abortion flap

    Vatican defends membership for theologian over abortion flap

    • Jun 19, 2017

    In an interview with Italy’s La Stampa, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia reaffirmed the Vatican’s unwavering opposition to abortion. He said Nigel Biggar, a new member of Pontifical Academy for Life, had been personally recommended by the archbishop of Canterbury, had never written about the issue of when life begins and wouldn’t engage in abortion debates as a member.

  • Catholic university picks new nickname, dropping ‘Crusaders’

    Catholic university picks new nickname, dropping ‘Crusaders’

    • Jun 18, 2017

    Sports teams have come under fire for continuing to have controversial names and mascots that are offensive to some groups. Most of those causing controversy have Native American names or references such as the Washington Redskins. But a college in Pennsylvania has dropped the ‘Crusaders’ from its name, though they say it is not because of outside pressure but in order to reflect the spirit of Francis of Assissi.

  • Excommunicating mobsters? Vatican eyes new legal doctrine

    Excommunicating mobsters? Vatican eyes new legal doctrine

    • Jun 18, 2017

    The Catholic Church has produced many anti-mafia campaigners in Italy, some of whom have been killed for their efforts. And a few years ago a Calabrian archbishop proposed a 10-year moratorium on the naming of godfathers when children are baptized to break the “padrino” system that mobsters use to spread their influence over the next generation.

  • Pope again flexes papal muscle to keep tabs on cardinals

    • Jun 16, 2017

    Pope Francis has revived what has been called a “noble tradition” of asking cardinals to inform him when they leave town and where they’re going. This show of papal muscle comes after the pope wrote a letter asking for obedience to a rioting diocese in Nigeria and the tensions with the Knights of Malta.

  • Secretary of two popes sheds light on their daily lives

    Secretary of two popes sheds light on their daily lives

    • Jun 15, 2017

    A book of interviews with the Polish Reverend Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, “Secretary of Two Popes,” recounts the experience of being close to Pope John Paul II and Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. The book reveals that the now Saint John Paul mused about retiring as pope and Benedict’s love for playing the piano and stray cats.

  • Man who helped ‘Monsignor Meth’ sell drugs sentenced to time served

    Man who helped ‘Monsignor Meth’ sell drugs sentenced to time served

    • Jun 11, 2017

    A man arrested in Bridgeport, Conn., in 2013 for being part of a methamphetamine ring run by Monsignor Kevin Wallin has been sentenced to time served. Wallin, dubbed ‘Monsignor Meth’ in the local press, is presently serving a five-year prison sentence for operating the ring, which also used an adult novelty shop to launder its profits.