Category Archives: The Vatican

In Cash-Strapped Italy, Vatican Pushed to Pay More Taxes

Time has just published my piece about the Italian government’s effort to clarify the Catholic Church’s tax status. Much of the coverage of a controversial new law winding its way through the Italian Parliament has portrayed the measure as a … Continue reading

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Catholic Tastes: The Vatican Enters the World of Contemporary Art

Time has just published my story on the Vatican’s moves into contemporary art. It wasn’t the type of gift you would normally think of for an 84-year-old Pope best known for conservative theology and critiques of secular culture. And indeed, … Continue reading

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Scandal and the Vatican: Let’s Not Talk About Kansas City

Time has published my story on the Vatican’s non-response to the Kansas City sex scandal: The news that an American bishop had been charged with failing to report child abuse should have been colossal news in the Vatican. But the … Continue reading

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Vatican Gets Tough on Child Abuse, but Not Tough Enough

My story on the Vatican’s latest efforts to fight child abuse is up at Time. When the Vatican issued a letter on Monday ordering bishops across the world to draw up tough guidelines for dealing with priests who rape or … Continue reading

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Blessed, John Paul II Moves Closer to Sainthood

I was up early enough Sunday morning to meet the Saturday night crowds going home on my way to cover the beatification of John Paul II for Time. Even before the sun had risen, the crowd attending the beatification of … Continue reading

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Pope John Paul’s Path to Sainthood: A Rush to Judgment?

Time has just published my piece on how victims of sexual abuse are criticizing the beatification of John Paul II. When hundreds of thousands of Catholics gather in Rome Sunday for the beatification of Pope John Paul II, not everyone … Continue reading

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The Father, The Sun, and the Holy Spirit

The Atlantic has just published my piece on Pope Benedict’s plans to green the Vatican. To say I was standing in the shadow of St. Peter’s would be to some extent getting things backward. To be sure, from my vantage … Continue reading

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Why the Pope’s Rejection of Jewish Blame Matters

My piece on Pope Benedict’s statement that Jews are not responsible for the death of Christ has just been published by Time. When Pope Benedict XVI writes that the Jews were not responsible for the death of Jesus, what’s important … Continue reading

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Catholic AIDS Workers Debate Pope’s Condom Remarks

Time has just published my piece on the Pope’s comments about AIDS and condoms. Almost a week after news emerged that the Pope had told an interviewer that there are some situations when using a condom could be morally justified … Continue reading

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Money-Laundering Probe Sparks Another Vatican Scandal

My piece on the banking scandal at the Vatican has been published by Time. When news first broke on Tuesday that Italian prosecutors were investigating the Vatican Bank for violations of anti-money-laundering regulations, the story seemed to be that the … Continue reading

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