Did the College of Cardinals Foresee the Dirty War Controversy?

In a New York Times piece titled Starting a Papacy, Amid Echoes of a ‘Dirty War’, William Romeiro and Simon Neumann write: And last November, after the future pope’s tenure as head of the bishops’ conference had ended, the church issued another...

Will the Next Pope Embrace Liberation Theology?

Cross-posted from the Dissent Magazine blog Arguing the World. Will the next pope embrace liberation theology? The conventional answer would be: fat chance. However, without going too far out on a limb, one could also answer in the affirmative. In their own ways, both...
Is It Time for an African Pope?

Is It Time for an African Pope?

The startling resignation of Pope Benedict XVI is the first since 1415, when Pope Gregory XII stepped down to help resolve a schism in the Catholic Church. At 85 years old, Pope Benedict cites his advanced age, failing health, and lack of strength as the reasons for...

Church’s Sex Abuse Scandal Reflects Deep Flaw

The Catholic Church didn’t just celebrate Easter this year, it re-enacted it. The main difference between the Church’s ordeal and The Passion of the Christ is that the Church’s wounds are largely self-inflicted. The sexual abuse scandal that began in...
Behind the Afghan Fraud

Behind the Afghan Fraud

All frauds have a purpose, mostly to relieve the unwary of their wealth, though occasionally to launch some foreign adventure. The 1965 Tonkin Gulf hoax that escalated the Vietnam War comes to mind. So, what was the design behind “Operation Moshtarak,” or...