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What JFK wrought at Houston

Sandro Magister’s “Chiesa” (Church) newsletter (available at http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it) is an indispensable resource for anyone seriously following the major debates within the Catholic Church, the ideas shaping the pontificate of Benedict […]

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Money, scandal, and Rome

It was virtually inevitable that the media firestorm over Benedict XVI’s handling of sexually abusive clerics—even if the insinuations against the Pope were unsubstantiated and unfair—would spill backwards toward the […]

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The limits of the papacy

During the preparation of the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Pope Paul VI proposed that the constitution’s discussion of papal primacy include the affirmation that the Pope […]

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Scandal-time, once more

Reports of the clerical sexual abuse of the young in Europe—and the gross mishandling of these cases by bishops, including connivance in cover-ups—ignited a media firestorm in late March, including […]