DPA

Germany's Pope

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope of the Roman Catholic Church in 2005. Ascending with the intention to improve dialogue between the Church and the secular world and other religions, Benedict has come under public fire for incendiary comments and his hesitant approach to the Church-abuse scandal.

The Pope's Sex Problem: Catholic Survey Reveals Frustrated Flock

The Pope's Sex Problem: Catholic Survey Reveals Frustrated Flock

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 03, 2014

The Vatican last year sent out a survey to Catholics around the world focusing on attitudes to sex and sexuality. The responses are now in -- and they show that the Church is badly in need of reform. Can Pope Francis meet such expectations? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Controversial Theologian Hans Küng: 'I Don't Cling to This Life'

Controversial Theologian Hans Küng: 'I Don't Cling to This Life'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

Hans Küng fought his whole life for the reforms being weighed by the Vatican today. In a SPIEGEL interview, the elderly Swiss theologian discusses Pope Francis' chances to revolutionize the church, why John Paul II shouldn't be canonized and what he hopes to learn in heaven. By Markus Grill more... Comment ]

Testing Limits: Diocese Opens Door to Communion for the Remarried

Testing Limits: Diocese Opens Door to Communion for the Remarried

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2013

The archdiocese of Freiburg recently signalled a willingness to allow remarried divorcées to receive communion. While far from revolutionary, the move reflects a desire to change doctrine long considered out of touch with reality. By Birger Menke more... Comment ]

Vatican Financial Oversight Director: 'Church Strengthens Position By Combating Money Laundering' 

Vatican Financial Oversight Director: 'Church Strengthens Position By Combating Money Laundering' 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 18, 2013

René Brülhart, 40, has been the director of the Vatican's Financial Information Authority (FIA) for nearly half a year. The Swiss lawyer and former head of Liechtenstein's financial intelligence unit is on a mission to clear the Vatican Bank of all suspicions of money laundering and other illegal financial transactions. more... Comment ]

Catholic Laundry: Bishops Decry State of Church on Eve of Conclave

Catholic Laundry: Bishops Decry State of Church on Eve of Conclave

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 12, 2013

As the conclave to select Benedict XVI's successor begins at the Vatican on Tuesday, conservatives and liberals among top Catholic bishops agree: The church needs a renewal. Who should lead that reform, however, is the subject of intense debate. Much dirty laundry has been aired in recent days. By Peter Wensierski more... Comment ]

Phony Bishop: German Imposter Sneaks into Vatican

Phony Bishop: German Imposter Sneaks into Vatican

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 05, 2013

German church officials on Tuesday distanced themselves from the man who infiltrated a meeting of cardinals at the Vatican by masquerading as a bishop, saying he can't be trusted. This isn't the first time the self-proclaimed bishop and "Jesus yoga" proponent has caused a kerfuffle. more... Comment ]

French Muslim Leader on Papacy: 'A New Beginning Is Necessary'

French Muslim Leader on Papacy: 'A New Beginning Is Necessary'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 28, 2013

Dalil Boubakeur is one of France's most prominent Muslims. In a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview, he discusses what retiring Pope Benedict XVI did wrong in bridging the Muslim-Catholic divide and how the two religions need to make a fresh start at interfaith dialogue. more...

Castel Gandolfo: The Colorful History of the Pope's Summer Home

Castel Gandolfo: The Colorful History of the Pope's Summer Home

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 28, 2013

Pope Benedict has withdrawn to Castel Gandolfo while his successor is chosen. But few know that the papal summer residence of almost 400 years has a curious history, serving as a hideout for Jews, delivery ward and target for paparazzi. By René Schlott more... Comment ]

'Joy and Light': Pope Benedict XVI Bids Farewell

'Joy and Light': Pope Benedict XVI Bids Farewell

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 27, 2013

With over 150,000 spectators at St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI held his last general audience, telling followers that his decision to resign from the papacy has filled him with "a profound serenity." more... Comment ]

Zero Hour at the Vatican: A Bitter Struggle for Control of the Catholic Church

Zero Hour at the Vatican: A Bitter Struggle for Control of the Catholic Church

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2013

With Pope Benedict XVI's resignation drawing closer, the struggle for power in the Vatican has gotten underway in earnest. The church badly needs to reform itself, but with Ratzinger lurking in the shadows, will it be able to? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Interview With Swiss Theologian: 'Benedict XVI Could Turn into a Shadow Pope'

Interview With Swiss Theologian: 'Benedict XVI Could Turn into a Shadow Pope'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2013

Progressive Catholic theologian Hans Küng, whose authority to teach Catholic theology was rescinded by the Vatican in 1979, spoke to SPIEGEL about the challenges facing the next pope and the need for reform of the Catholic Church. By Peter Wensierski more...