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  • Amid avalanche, real questions about the papacy risk being obscured

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

    Tools for thinking about the Vatican’s two latest scandals

    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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  • In Vatican trial, question remains: Whose reputations are on the line?

    In Vatican trial, question remains: Whose reputations are on the line?

    As the latest major Vatican criminal trial resumed on Tuesday, judges seemed to challenge claims by the main defendant that spending $500,000 from funds belonging to a papally-sponsored children’s hospital to remodel the private apartment of a Vatican cardinal was entirely routine and above-board. As the trial plays out, the reputations of both that cardinal and Pope Francis’s broader financial reform appear at stake.

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  • Vatican calls alleged bombshell over vanished girl ‘false and ridiculous’

    Vatican calls alleged bombshell over vanished girl ‘false and ridiculous’

    Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi, known for his role in the “Vatileaks 2.0” affair, published a purported bombshell document on Monday allegedly showing the Vatican spent a half-billion lira between 1983 and 1997 on a 15-year-old girl and daughter of a Vatican bank employee who vanished — but the catch is, right now there’s no way of knowing if the document is real or a fake.

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  • A potpourri of nuggets from a week on the Vatican beat

    A potpourri of nuggets from a week on the Vatican beat

    Sometimes on the Vatican beat in a given week, what you get isn’t one grand narrative but lots of little ones. This was one of those weeks, so here’s a potpourri of nuggets on contrasting antidotes for different diseases, counter-intuitive patron saints, and what to make of papal press conferences in terms of the pontiff’s own personal priorities.

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  • Despite wing-clipping, Sarah not going quiet in defense of tradition

    Although Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea arguably just had his wings clipped, as Pope Francis recently transferred a share of his Vatican department’s control over translating liturgical texts to local bishops, a major address he gave on Thursday suggests that if anyone expects Sarah to go quiet, they can forget it — and equally, if anyone expects him to go to war against the boss, they can forget that too.

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