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  • A tacit endorsement of a downsized papacy

     
    There's irony in the decision of the Vatican to fight lawsuits stemming from the allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy. In resisting the claims of victims from the United States, the Holy See is arguing that local bishops are not Vatican...
  • Dodger chef hits them all out of the park

    Dodger chef hits them all out of the park
    The first half of the season has been a yawn, and some of the biggest sluggers in the lineup have holes in their bats. But one time-tested veteran swings for the fences and hits a home run every night at Dodger Stadium. Chef Dave Pearson. Like the...
  • Doubting God but still doing good

    Last week's posthumous publication of Mother Teresa's private letters has sparked a debate on the nature of saintliness and, by extension, what it means to be good. The letters, which she had asked to be destroyed, reveal a complex woman who was tormented...
  • PASSINGS: Leon Lyon, Sandro, Leon Yao Liang, George W. Trippon

    Leon Lyon O.C. builder, arts patron Leon Lyon, 89, an Orange County developer, financier and philanthropist, died Dec. 15 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach of complications from congestive heart failure, his family announced. A Newport Beach resident,...
  • Notre Dame's Obama flap

    Notre Dame's Obama flap
    After Barack Obama was elected president, Pope Benedict XVI sent him a congratulatory letter. So did Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. At the time, neither the Vatican nor the Catholic bishops...
  • Chile earthquake: Pope urges survivors to be courageous

     
    Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday urged the survivors of Chile's devastating quake to be courageous and asked the Catholic church to play a role in relief efforts. The pontiff, speaking first in Italian and then in Spanish, told pilgrims in St. Peter's Square...
  • Vatican defends Pope Benedict's response to Oakland sexual abuse case

     
    The Vatican insisted Saturday that Pope Benedict XVI had done nothing wrong when, earlier in his career, he hesitated to defrock a California priest who had admitted molesting two boys. A Vatican lawyer said it was the local bishop, John......
  • Iraqi-born L.A. priest to head U.S. Syrian Catholic Church

     
    An Iraqi-born priest in Los Angeles has been named to head the Syrian Catholic Church in the United States, a small Eastern Rite sect affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican announced Monday that Pope Benedict XVI had appointed......
  • Romney's JFK moment

    Washington is atwitter. Mitt Romney will give a "JFK speech" accounting for his Mormonism the way then-Sen. John F. Kennedy dealt with his Catholicism. Political junkies just love Kennedy nostalgia. So profound is the Kennedy cargo cult that Michael...
  • All politics is personal

    What do the Hillary Clinton campaign and comedian Michael Richards have in common? When feeling insecure, both appeal to social prejudices to delegitimize their adversaries. Three weeks ago, two Clinton campaign volunteer county coordinators in Iowa...
  • Beyond the Trappings

    Beyond the Trappings
    It's hard to be an absolutist in the modern world—our society simply isn't set up for it. Boundless, diverse and brimming with energy, it's better at fostering a culture where anything goes than one obsessed with strict definitions of right and...