Never-Ending Synod: Vatican Delays ‘Controversial’ Topics to 2025

A three-year process aimed at putting the most pressing concerns of lay Catholics front and center in the church was reshuffled on Thursday (March 14), as the Vatican announced that it plans to push discussion of “doctrinal, ethical and pastoral issues that are controversial” to June 2025. The controversial issues include allowing women to be … Read more

Pope Asks Theologians to ‘Demasculinize’ the Church

Speaking to members of the International Theological Commission at the Vatican on Thursday, Pope Francis asked theologians, in an unscripted remark, to “demasculinize” the church. “There is something I don’t like about you, if you excuse my honesty,” said Pope Francis, pointing out that only five women were among the more than 30 theologians. “We … Read more

New Indictments and ‘Cardinal’s Lady’ Shake-Up Vatican Financial Trial

Vatican prosecutors issued new indictments Tuesday (Jan. 25) against four individuals involved in a financial scandal over the Roman Catholic Church’s money-losing investment in a London real estate deal, further expanding the number of defendants in what is already being referred to as the Vatican “megatrial.” All of the newly indicted are familiar figures in … Read more

How Obscure Italian Hospital Became the Eye of a Global Storm

In February 2013, in his last official act as pope, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI appointed a commissioner for a small, seemingly insignificant hospital in Rome, the Immaculate Dermatological Institute (IDI). Two years later, that same hospital was at the center of a tug-of-war between Australian Cardinal George Pell and the Vatican’s Secretary of State. Today, … Read more