Two Popes Cause a Furor Over Celibacy

Ever since Benedict XVI announced he would become the first pope in 600 years to resign, Catholic theologians and canon lawyers warned of the confusion in having two popes living side by side in the Vatican, one reigning, the other retired but calling himself “emeritus pope” and still wearing the white cassock of the papacy.

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Vatican in ‘Shame and Sorrow’ Over Abuses in Pennsylvania

The Vatican expressed “shame and sorrow” Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse “criminally and morally reprehensible” and saying Pope Francis wants to eradicate “this tragic horror.”

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