Catholic Church

Yes, the Church Should Be Liable When Doctrines Interfere with Safe Medical Care for Women

New research into medical decisions at church-run facilities

A lawsuit blames the church, not the doctors, in an outrageously mishandled pregnancy. Research into medical decision-making suggests it's an appropriate target.

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Pope Francis Versus the Vatican

The battle to remake the Church

Francis versus the Vatican.

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He even rides the subway!

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In this week's cover story, Damon Linker investigates how the man once known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio will change the future of Catholic Church. Since being elected Pope in March, Francis has heartened progressive Catholics with his focus on the poor and his toned-down rhetoric on social issues. What kinds of reform can we really expect from the new Pope—and what obstacles will he face in the Vatican bureacracy?  

Pope Francis and the "Dirty War": The Video Testimony

Watch him talk about Argentina's controversial past

Since he became Pope Francis last week, questions have swirled about Jorge Bergoglio’s relationship with Argentina’s junta during the country’s "Dirty War," a period of military rule between 1976 and 1983.

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When Pope Francis Testified About the Dirty War

In a closed hearing, he disputed accusations of complicity with the junta

What did he know?

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Pope With a Purpose

Helping the poor has been his life mission. But can he reform the Church?

The Catholic world got a surprise yesterday: Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio, S.J. was on everyone’s short list in 2005 but, at age 76, most commentators assumed he was too old to assume the papal throne, especially after Pope Benedict XVI resigned citing the effects of old age. Then came the second surprise: Bergoglio chose the name Francis, the first time a pope has chosen the name of Catholicism’s favorite saint.

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White Smoke Is Good News for Cardinal Scola

A short conclave increases the odds the archbishop of Milan will be pope

A short conclave increases the odds the archbishop of Milan will be pope

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D.C. changed, but the Washington Post didn't. Can Metro coverage save it now?

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