• 'Re-Jesusing' the Catholic Church

    • Nov 20, 2015

    How can a Church whose officialdom is worldly and corrupt present Jesus to the world? Pope Francis thinks it cannot. He once told people at the morning Mass in his small chapel, “To be believable, the Church has to be poor.” He has spoken of personal revulsion at seeing a

  • Journalists who published leaks refuse Vatican interrogation

    Journalists who published leaks refuse Vatican interrogation

    • Nov 17, 2015

    ROME — An Italian journalist who is under criminal investigation by the Vatican for publishing a book about scandals at the Holy See said Tuesday he refused to answer the Vatican prosecutor’s questions during an interrogation this week, citing his right under Italian law to protect his sources. Emiliano Fittipaldi,

  • Key Vatican finance adviser says leaks won't stop reform

    Key Vatican finance adviser says leaks won't stop reform

    • Nov 10, 2015

    NEW YORK – While describing sensational recent leaks of secret materials from a papal study commission he led as “very sad,” the Vatican’s key lay financial adviser nevertheless insists those leaks “definitely” will not stop the march toward transparency and accountability on Pope Francis’ watch. “In no way will it

  • Vatican leaks mark the death of the ‘Pontifical Secret’

    Vatican leaks mark the death of the ‘Pontifical Secret’

    • Nov 4, 2015

    At first blush, the release of two keenly anticipated books promising bombshell revelations about Vatican financial scandals would seem to represent something of a “Casablanca” moment. That is, they seem likely to elicit pro forma professions of shock over things which, for the most part, everyone already knew. RELATED: Vatican

  • Author of Vatican scandals book calls arrest of alleged sources ‘abnormal’

    Author of Vatican scandals book calls arrest of alleged sources ‘abnormal’

    • Nov 4, 2015

    ROME — An Italian journalist who allegedly received confidential documents from two members of a now-expired papal study commission on Vatican finances has described the arrest of those figures by Vatican gendarmes as “abnormal,” claiming it’s an effort to obscure the content of his revelations. It was “an attempt [from

  • A primer on the Vatican’s system of crime and punishment

    • Nov 3, 2015

    ROME — With the arrest Monday of a Spanish priest for allegedly leaking secret financial documents to journalists, many were surprised to learn that the Vatican has its own criminal justice system — including police, judges, courtrooms, and even jail cells. Here’s what you need to know. The Vatican City