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Are we being bamboozled by this charming Pope?

Are we being bamboozled by this charming Pope?

Posted: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:14 by Terry Sanderson

Pope Francis may be charming – but he is part of a rehabilitation plan that depends on bamboozling us rather than delivering any real change, argues Terry Sanderson.

It may be a new velvet glove, but it’s the same old iron fist at the Vatican

It may be a new velvet glove, but it’s the same old iron fist at the Vatican

Posted: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:43 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues that Pope Bergoglio won't move the Catholic Church forward and help it reform.

Will the UN finally bring the Vatican to account for its child abuse crimes?

Will the UN finally bring the Vatican to account for its child abuse crimes?

Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:30 by Keith Porteous Wood

As a United Nations Committee on children's rights confronts the Vatican on its abysmal record on clerical paedophilia and criminal cover-ups, Keith Porteous Wood describes his role in bringing the Holy See to account.

Same-sex marriage – is Cameron’s commitment wobbling?

Same-sex marriage – is Cameron’s commitment wobbling?

Posted: Thu, 16 May 2013 13:50 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson questions if the recent political upheaval will add leverage for the opponents of gay marriage in the UK.

The Catholic Church must change or die

The Catholic Church must change or die

Posted: Thu, 07 Mar 2013 19:20 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson says level of arrogant politicisation to which The Catholic church aspired under the papacy of Joseph Ratzinger was appalling, but perhaps the decline of support in the pews may bring the Church to its senses.

Joseph Ratzinger’s failed papacy may have fatally undermined the Vatican

Joseph Ratzinger’s failed papacy may have fatally undermined the Vatican

Posted: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:00 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson argues that under Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican has become despised and resented throughout the world – greatly reducing its authority.

Motes and beams in banking ethics

Motes and beams in banking ethics

Posted: Tue, 07 Aug 2012 13:37 by Alistair McBay

Alistair McBay argues that the Vatican should put its own financial house in order before lecturing the financial sector on ethical banking.

The wailing pope and his dirty laundry

The wailing pope and his dirty laundry

Posted: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 08:51 by Terry Sanderson

Ratzinger is wailing about the publication of a book, His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI, by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi. It is based on documents leaked from the Vatican by un-named sources. The documents reveal a web of corruption and cronyism within the walls of Vatican City that would put a Dan Brown novel to shame.