The Penitant Warlord: Atoning for 20,000 War Crimes

The Penitant Warlord: Atoning for 20,000 War Crimes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2013

For years, Joshua Milton Blahyi, better known as General Butt Naked, was one of Liberia's most feared warlords. Then he became a pastor. Today he visits the families of his victims to seek forgiveness for his sins. By Jonathan Stock more... Comment ]

Holy Logic: Computer Scientists 'Prove' God Exists

Holy Logic: Computer Scientists 'Prove' God Exists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2013

Two scientists have formalized a theorem regarding the existence of God penned by mathematician Kurt Gödel. But the God angle is somewhat of a red herring -- the real step forward is the example it sets of how computers can make scientific progress simpler. By David Knight more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: Bishop Scandal 'A Major Burden for Catholics'

World from Berlin: Bishop Scandal 'A Major Burden for Catholics'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

The scandal surrounding a German bishop's lavish spending continues to grow in Germany, as Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst awaits an audience with the pope in Rome. German editorialists say the affair could be a turning point for the Catholic Church here. more... Comment ]

Church Financing Scandal: Politicians Demand Radical Reform

Church Financing Scandal: Politicians Demand Radical Reform

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2013

The financial scandal surrounding the lavish new residence of the bishop of Limburg has highlighted how little is known about the true wealth of the Catholic Church. Politicians say it's high time for a reform of church financing to ensure greater transparency. By Anna-Lena Roth more... Comment ]

Ungodly Excess: Chided Bishop Takes Cheap Flight to Rome

Ungodly Excess: Chided Bishop Takes Cheap Flight to Rome

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2013

The bishop of Limburg faces growing calls to resign as more details unfold in the damaging scandal over the cost of his lavish lifestyle. On Sunday, he took an affordable Ryanair flight to Rome and is expected to see Pope Francis in a meeting that could decide his future. more...

Lesus Christ: Vatican Misspells 'Jesus' on Papal Medals

Lesus Christ: Vatican Misspells 'Jesus' on Papal Medals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2013

So much for papal infallibility. Embarrassed Vatican officials are recalling 6,000 commemorative medallions made in honor of Pope Francis after misspelling "Jesus" as "Lesus." more... Comment ]

Lavish Bishop: Catholic Leader Accused of Making False Statements

Lavish Bishop: Catholic Leader Accused of Making False Statements

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

The bishop of Limburg was already under fire for cost overruns on his luxurious new headquarters, and on Thursday he suffered another setback. Prosecutors have accused him of making false statements in affidavits. more...

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 ]

Cutting Controversy: German Court Sets New Circumcision Rules

Cutting Controversy: German Court Sets New Circumcision Rules

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 27, 2013

In the latest twist in a controversy that has divided Germans, a regional court has ruled that doctors need to discuss circumcision procedures with the child before they can be carried out. more... Comment ]

Austere Example: Pope's Message at Odds with Bishops' Lifestyle

Austere Example: Pope's Message at Odds with Bishops' Lifestyle

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2013

At the Vatican, a down-to-earth Pope Francis has been preaching humility and modesty. Many bishops in Germany, however, are having a hard time embracing a more austere lifestyle. By Peter Wensierski more... Comment ]