• The Top 5 over-covered Vatican stories of 2014

    • Dec 28, 2014

    ROME — Typically my final column of the year is devoted to under-covered Vatican stories from the past 12 months, on the premise that the Vatican doesn’t get the same attention in the American press as the White House or Congress, and so important developments often slip through the cracks.

  • The perils of weak-kneed ecumenism with Russia

    • Nov 1, 2014

    Imagine if the pope were invited to address a summit of Protestant leaders, and used the platform to take a swipe at Italy’s tiny Waldensian Protestant church — complaining that it tries to convert Catholics, and demanding that it shut up about the separation of church and state. Protestants would

  • Pope Francis: ‘Evolution is not inconsistent with the notion of creation’

    • Oct 27, 2014

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis waded into the controversial debate over the origins of human life, saying the big bang theory did not contradict the role of a divine creator, but even required it. The pope was addressing the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which gathered at