BREAKING THE HABIT
The Secret Sex Lives of Nuns
Pell’s Lawyer Claims Abuse Was ‘Plain Vanilla’ Sex Case
The former Vatican treasurer and close adviser to Pope Francis was taken into custody after lawyers withdrew his bail application.
Steve Bannon and the Pope’s Sex-Abuse Circus
Sideshows abound at the pontiff’s unprecedented crisis summit on clerical sex abuse as victims, children of priests, angry nuns, Bannon, and Cardinal Burke seek the spotlight.
Italy's Schoolteachers Being Taught to Deal With the Devil
Italy's education ministry, run by Matteo Salvini's right-leaning Lega party, has just introduced classes to help educators spot demonic possession.
WOMB FOR ARGUMENT
The Vatican Says ‘Maybe’ to Hysterectomies
The Vatican has long viewed a hysterectomy as taboo because it causes permanent sterilization. Now they're softening their stance—but only in cases of life and death.
Man of the People
Pope Francis Divided the Church. Which Side Will Win?
Jorge Mario Bergoglio has revolutionized the Catholic Church's vision for the future. But enemies within—and an ongoing predator priest scandal—threaten his humanistic message.
SEX, LIES, AND PAPACIES
The Plot to Bring Down the Pope
The pontiff’s silence speaks volumes as powerful conservative Catholic clerics, some of them colluding with Steve Bannon, try to force his resignation.
Pope Francis Condemns ‘Repugnant’ Sex Abuse in Ireland
But the pontiff stops short of promising to take action and appears to deflect blame for decades of abuse.