• How to tell if Pope Francis is losing confidence in his finance czar

    How to tell if Pope Francis is losing confidence in his finance czar

    • Oct 28, 2015

    On Tuesday, Pope Francis issued a letter reminding aides that even though his council of nine cardinal advisors is pondering a sweeping reform of the Church’s central administration, in the meantime all existing rules and regulations for various Vatican departments still apply. As the pope put it, there is no

  • Pope Francis’ risky love/hate relationship with the Vatican

    • Dec 22, 2014

    ROME – Pope Francis delivered a blistering criticism of the headquarters over which he presides on Monday, ticking off a catalogue of “spiritual diseases” to which he believes Vatican officials are susceptible, such as careerism, arrogance, and gossip, calling it all the “pathology of power.” His annual Christmas speech to

  • New cardinals, fighting abuse, Vatican reform set for February

    • Dec 11, 2014

    ROME — February is shaping up to be a busy month at the Vatican, with movement on the fight against clerical sex abuse, further steps on the reform of Church governance, and the creation of new cardinals. Sexual abuse A Vatican spokesman announced Thursday at a press briefing in Rome