Tag Archives: Vatican

A Slip?

Over at the Guardian, Nick Cohen highlights an intriguing detail in Pope Francis’s “who am I to judge” remark about homosexuals: Journalists wanted to know whether a “gay lobby” in the Vatican had covered up Ricca’s alleged sins. “If a … Continue reading

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A Pope for the Descamisados?

Over at the National Catholic Reporter, John Allen exults over the undeniable success of the early months in office of the genial, (sort of Peronist) prelate now known as Pope Francis. Some of the rejoicing is over the top—given the … Continue reading

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Innocent Guilty

Yes, yes, there’s a back-story, and, yes, yes, a later version of the document did get the papal nod, but this snippet of history is too entertaining not to repeat. The Financial Times reports: It was, as these things go, … Continue reading

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Luke 6: 42

The Guardian (2008): The Roman Catholic Church is calling for the effective closure of secretive tax havens as a ‘necessary first step’ to restore the global economy to health. In a policy paper from the Holy See, Pope Benedict pins … Continue reading

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The Cheerleader

On the whole, patriotic priests are preferable to those preaching the old baloney about the universal brotherhood of man, an impossible, unnatural aspiration that, by definition, can only (if it is to mean anything) be coercive. It is however better … Continue reading

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Fascist Loot!

Just a week or so after the latest Papal attack on the iniquities of greed, international finance and all the rest of it, the Guardian obliges with an entertaining piece of history: Behind a disguised offshore company structure, the church’s … Continue reading

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Same Old, Same Old

It’s no great secret that the Vatican has never been particularly fond of the idea of free markets, but here is yet more nonsense from Benedict XVI to remind us of just that. The BBC reports on the Pope’s New … Continue reading

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Social Justice and All That

The Pope, writing in the Financial Times today: Christians work for more equitable sharing of the earth’s resources out of a belief that, as stewards of God’s creation, we have a duty to care for the weakest and most vulnerable. … Continue reading

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Leftists Attack “Speculators”

Via The Independent: The G20 was under growing pressure to call an emergency summit on global food prices last night as the Vatican accused grain speculators of “hampering the poorest and neediest… Yesterday the Vatican’s permanent observer at the UN … Continue reading

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Vatican Math

Via El Pais: The Spanish Catholic Church is also concerned about homosexuality. During his Boxing Day sermon, the Bishop of Córdoba, Demetrio Fernández, said there was a conspiracy by the United Nations. “The Minister for Family of the Papal Government, … Continue reading

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