• Prosecutors roll out recommended sentences in ‘Vatileaks 2.0’ trial

    Prosecutors roll out recommended sentences in ‘Vatileaks 2.0’ trial

    • Jul 4, 2016

    An Italian laywoman and PR expert named Francesca Chaouqui has been flagged by Vatican prosecutors as the “inspirer” of the leak and publication of secret documents on Vatican finances, and they’re recommending the harshest sentence for her in the “Vatileaks 2.0” trial — three years and nine months behind bars.

  • Pilgrimage illustrates Catholicism’s ‘woman problem’

    Pilgrimage illustrates Catholicism’s ‘woman problem’

    • Jul 4, 2016

    A group of eight pilgrims walked over 600 miles from Switzerland to Rome to support a “Church with women,” not advocating female ordination, but wanting to open a dialogue. The good news for such folks is that there’s a surprisingly wide range of possible steps that don’t impinge on Catholic teaching or tradition.

  • What if papal statements had play-by-play like baseball?

    What if papal statements had play-by-play like baseball?

    • Jul 4, 2016

    During a recent 19-inning baseball game, an announcer exclaimed, “Wow, did that pitch have a lot of spin!” There’s a fair bit of spin on the Vatican beat too, and it beckons the thought, “What if there were play-by-play calls on papal statements?”