• 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

  • Pope warns Curia against ‘spiritual diseases’

    • Dec 22, 2014

    ROME — At the end of a tumultuous year for the Vatican, in which divisions among senior leadership over the direction being set by Pope Francis were at times glaringly apparent, the pontiff today led senior aides in a check-up for what he described as a series of dangerous “spiritual

  • Pope’s advisers start to overhaul the Vatican bureaucracy

    • Sep 17, 2014

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ international Council of Cardinals has begun creating the first draft of a new apostolic constitution that would implement a major reform of the Vatican bureaucracy. The so-called C9, a papally appointed group of nine cardinal members, held its sixth meeting Sept 15-17 with Pope Francis

  • On sex and money, Pope Francis sets his course

    • Jul 12, 2014

    As anyone who paid attention in history class knows, when Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés landed in what’s now Mexico in 1519, he promptly scuttled his ships, thereby leaving his men no choice but to press on in conquest of the Aztec empire. For centuries, that rash act has loomed as

  • Vatican pendulum swings from theater to substance

    • Apr 29, 2014

    In Rome the pendulum is swinging from public theater to behind-the-scenes substance this week, as two closed-door meetings tackle two of the most serious challenges facing Pope Francis: Vatican reform and the child sexual abuse scandals. Following Sunday’s massive canonization ceremony for Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, the