"A modern pope gets old school on the Devil
" by Anthony Faiola
"Witness to an Exorcism
" -An interview with Anthony Faiola
"The Exorcists Next Door
In their tidy suburban home, Marion and Larry Pollard have dug deep into the recesses of the Scriptures to save tortured souls—and command demons to get out. Get out now!
The Great Ptolemaic Smackdown
is a nine-part series posted by sci-fi author and statistician Michael F. Flynn
to his blog last year, covering the historical conflict between heliocentrism and geocentrism, with a special focus on Galileo. They are based on an article (pdf)
by Flynn which originally appeared in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Analog
. [more inside]
The deep philosophical differences between the two main conservative factions of the Catholic Church, pitting adherents of John Courtney Murray against the followers of Alasdair MacIntyre is the root cause of the mixed messages being put out by the Church on public policy matters. It is the fight worth watching.
The Vatican’s new secretary of state has said that priestly celibacy is not church dogma and therefore open to discussion, marking a significant change in approach towards one of the thorniest issues facing the Roman Catholic Church.
Brazilian people against the costs of Pope’s Visit.
Video of Clashes in Brazil Appears to Show Police Infiltrators
among Protesters, including throwing a molotov cocktail.
Much of the reporting outside of MSM of these and earlier protests is being done by the Midia Ninja
After a right-wing coup crushed the reforms of Vatican II, one scholar says the last two popes are illegitimate.
It comes near the end of a thousand-year history of the Vatican’s global rise to power, ambiguous flourishing and rapid decline. It also comes after 40 years of internal counterrevolution under the previous two popes, during which a group of hardcore right-wing cardinals have consolidated power in the Curia and stamped out nearly all traces of the 1960s liberal reform agenda of Pope John XXIII and Vatican II. A handful of intellectuals, both inside and outside the church, quietly believe that means Pope Francis isn’t a legitimate pope at all.
The 115 cardinals under 80 years old, who can vote and can be voted for are now in Conclave
. You can watch a Live Stream
, mostly a shot of the Sistine Chapel chimney, who apparently is now on Twitter
. You can get acquainted with the 2013 Papabili using Wikipedia's List of Papabili
A grand ceremony
from 6 years ago bearing some uncanny resemblance to activities on earth (SLYT)
"Footage of Pope John Paul at an indoor batting cage
during his 1987 visit to California"
It’s a good story because of the Vatican’s proverbial secrecy and intrigue and because of its ambiguity between its role as an international political and economic power and its claim to spiritual and ethical leadership. Mix that with the pedophile priest scandals (none in the Vatican itself so far but plenty of accusations of cover-ups) and not surprisingly, there is good copy for all. [more inside]
Pope Benedict XVI has revived many dormant style traditions and introduced a few fashion innovations of his own. Also, he often wears fanciful hats. Examples: A Sombrero
, A camauro
(camel skin hat of red wool or velvet with white ermine
), a free baseball cap
, a wide brim red cappello romano
, (I.E. saturno), a Yarmulke
(a little zucchetto
Pretiosa, Papal Tiara
(there are many in existence
) and so many more
. A Time Magazine
Also: Papal shoes & slippers
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After the rumoured murder of John Paul I
and the attempts on the life of John Paul II
, and following an old, old tradition
, an Italian daily has now published a restricted document
purporting to warn Benedict XVI of a plot to kill him before the end of this year.
"So I admire those artists that are actually spiritually concerned. And have the balls to be concerned about that, and not concerned with fuckin’ George Bush’s dick. It’s very hard to sing when you’ve got someone’s dick in your mouth.”
She shoots a mischievous grin before adding, 'I’ve tried.'" Sinéad O’Connor
on the pope, her music, dating, buying condoms, and everything in between.
Irish PM condemns Vatican interference in sex abuse cases.
Enda Kenny, the new Taoiseach of Ireland, has scathingly criticized the Vatican, citing the Cloyne Report
and a recently-leaked Vatican letter
intended to prevent sex abuse cases from going public, despite their public policy of reporting all abuse claims to the authorities. (Similar claims of the Vatican not reporting recent child abuse cases have also been made in the US
.) Ireland's Minister for Justice has cited an extensive list of The Church's failures to comply with their policies
, and is supporting legislation to make it a crime not to report child abuse claims
. The Vatican's envoy was asked to report to Parliament and explain The Church's position on this matter quickly, with the implied threat that they might be forced to testify.
Today, the Church, citing "surprise and disappointment at certain excessive reactions"
has recalled their envoy. "(This) should be interpreted as an expression of the desire of the Holy See for serious and effective collaboration with the (Irish) Government."
Pope’s child porn 'normal' claim sparks outrage among victims
Pope Benedict XVI said this week that as recently as the 1970's, pedophilia was "theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” but conceded that in 2010 it's gotten pretty bad, and brought "humiliation" on the church. Understandingly, victims feel differently.
Just your typical day at the Vatican. Topless muscle-bound gymnasts perform for the Pope, appreciative cardinals and waving nuns. Make your own jokes.
"Claz Gomez" is reporting live from the 2010 Papal Visit to the UK.
Claz is using a variety of Internet media to provide her personal point of view from the ground, covering events running up to, during and presumably after the visit (official site
) which takes place 16th - 19th September. [more inside]
Pope Benedict XVI has announced
the establishment of a new Vatican department
dedicated to tackling what he called 'a grave crisis in the sense of the Christian faith and the role of the Church." The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of New Evangelisation will (per Archbishop Vincent Nichols,
) focus on countries "in which, even though the Christian Gospel has shaped an entire culture,"
secularism now reigns, in what the Pope termed an "eclipse of a sense of God." [more inside]
Pope John Paul II, the musical:
Two priests, two dancers and a team of young actors are bringing John Paul II to the stage this month, with a musical version of the pope's life and work. [more inside]
Tim Minchin is not keen on the Pope.
Quite rude. No, actually very rude. And yes, it's a single link to a YouTube video. NSFW.
The Benedict Condom:
The British Government has apologised to the Pope over official documents that mocked his forthcoming visit to the UK by suggesting he should bless a gay marriage and even launch Papal-branded condoms. [more inside]
The Pope's Cologne
- Does what it says on the bottle.
As ongoing investigations into the sexual abuse of children, cover-ups and avoidance of justice climb the hierarchy of the Catholic church to implicate Pope Benedict himself, the head of the Vatican's tribunal has taken the unprecedented step of publicly reinforcing the Pope's status not as father of the church but as a head of state - and thus immune from prosecution
. [more inside]
The Pope was drawn directly into the Roman Catholic sex abuse scandal last night as news emerged of his part in a decision to send a paedophile priest for therapy. The cleric went on to reoffend and was convicted of child abuse but continues to work as a priest in Upper Bavaria. [more inside]
George Bush's Mahjong Secrets: Revealed! The Legend of Koizumi
manga, featuring both Georges Bush, Putin, Pope Benedict XVI, Thatcher, et al, has had its first chapter translated into English
is now on Facebook
According to Senior Harvard AIDS Prevention Researcher Dr. Edward Green
, condoms not only are not helping to prevent the AIDS crisis, but are actually making the problem worse
(google video) A former priest's personal journey through the tangled and sometimes violent history between Christians and Jews.
Sabrina Guzzanti, an Italian comedienne who said that Pope Benedict XVI would go to Hell
and be tormented by homosexual demons is facing a prison term of up to five years, according to the provisions of the Lateran treaty. [more inside]
After breaking the ice with his video message
to all Americans, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Washington, D.C. this afternoon for the initial part of his first Papal visit to the United States of America. Watch it all live
. [more inside]
"Ratzinger is an Evolutionist, which by definition makes one an athiest"
, is one of the reasons that this website
, in which the "true" catholic faith (different [?] from the other catholic faith
) is promoted, gives as to claiming Benedict XVI isn't the true pope. And to make their point they have elected a "real" pope themselves: Pope Pius XIII
His real name? Lucian Pulvermacher
) [more inside]
Illustrator Rob Nance
presents: The Do-It-Yourself Posable Paper David Hasselhoff
and Pope Benedict
The Catholic Church is traditionally not seen as a progressive institution, but when it comes to global warming, Vatican City is aiming to become the worlds first fully carbon-neutral state
, and the Pope is expected to use his first address to the United Nations next April to deliver a powerful warning
over climate change in a move to adopt protection of the environment as a "moral" cause for the Catholic Church and its billion-strong following.
Habermas debated the Pope
(pdf) when he was just Ratzinger
. In German
. In Spanish
. In English
. Summaries: 1
. Money quote: "Secular society must acquire a new understanding of religious convictions" (Habermas) while avoiding the "pathologies of reason and religion." (Ratzinger)
An entire realm chained and locked shut.
Who shall inherit all the lost souls? (Especially since it apparently contains everyone who died before the coming of Christ.)
The Cadaver Synod
is a episode from Church history they don't teach you in Sunday school.
The trial began when the disinterred corpse of Formosus was carried into the courtroom. On Stephen VII's orders the putrescent corpse, which had been lying in its tomb for seven months, had been dressed in full pontifical vestments. The dead body was then propped up in a chair behind which stood a teenage deacon, quaking with fear, whose unenviable responsibility was to defend Formosus by speaking in his behalf. ... Stephen VII screamed and raved, hurling insults at and mocking the rotting corpse. Occasionally, when the furious torrent of execrations and maledictions would die down momentarily, the deacon would stammer out a few words weakly denying the charges ... The sentence imposed by Stephen VII was that all Formosus's acts and ordinations as pope be invalidated, that the three fingers of Formosus's right hand used to give papal blessings be hacked off, and that the body be stripped of its papal vestments, clad in the cheap garments of a lay person, and buried in a common grave.
Perhaps you prefer a cartoon version
or the classic poetry of Robert Browning