Pope Benedict XVI

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Lent Sacrifices: A Sliding Scale, from Broccoli to the Papacy

    Happy Fat Tuesday -- chow down on that King Cake, because tomorrow begins Lent. For 40 days, you're expected to sacrifice something, because the Lord Our God apparently cares whether you've snuck that Snickers bar you promised to give up. In case you're still deciding what to avoid in your attempt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    The Pope Quits? Popes Don't Quit!

    The world was rocked and shocked with the news that George Ratzinger, 85, was quitting his day job. Sure, 85 seems a reasonable age to retire, but the thing is that Ratzinger also goes by the name Pope Benedict XVI, and popes, to put it simply, don't quit. Borgias have tried to get them to quit an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Ringing in the New Year, Polish Style

    Don't be fooled by my mick-tastic name; I'm actually a quarter Polish (and damn proud of it!). Growing up I spent a significant amount of the winter holidays stuffing my face with my nanny's terrific onion pierogi . The fact that we never stayed with my grandparents through the first of January wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Madonna's Top 5 MDNA World Tour Transgressions

    Madonna's Sex book turned 20 years old this week. The literary capstone on pop music's most frankly sexual career (sorry, Prince), the glossy collection of softcore smut managed to shock even the Material Girl's most ardent fans, crossing a few lines that many weren't entirely aware existed. Gay se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Dan Shea, The Man Who Sued the Pope, Sounds Off on Joe Paterno

    Penn State and the Catholic Church​Bella figura can mean many things, but at its core is one looks, how one comports oneself, how one makes the best possible impression in all things. That such a concept is hardwired into the Italian psyche is no surprise: what else could be ... More >>

  • News

    April 22, 2010

    The Man Who Sued the Pope

    Houston's Daniel Shea thinks Joseph Ratzinger has a lot to answer for if he'd talk.

  • Culture

    April 22, 2010

    The Meeting Place

    FotoFest sifts through thousands of images to find gold.

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    This Week's Cover Story: The Man Who Sued The Pope

    ​Most times when you ask Houston lawyer/theologian Daniel Shea a question, you get a treatise in response, one that can take in everything from the Edict of Constantine and to the deeds of Admiral Rickover to the sins of many a modern-day bishop in the ongoing sex abuse scandal roiling the Rom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Five Fictional Pedophiles Who Could Teach The Vatican A Thing Or Two

    It's hard out here for a priest. The sex-abuse scandals rocking the Roman Catholic Church refuse to go away, with more cases coming to light and casting doubt on the actions of those in the highest offices of the Vatican, including Big Pope-a himself: Critics have charged that Pope Benedict XVI, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    How Sinful Are The Vatican's Favorite Albums?

    ​ The Catholic church has released a slightly tongue-in-cheek list of its favorite albums of all time, via the Holy See's official newspaper L' Osservatore Romano. When first you hear about it, you might think it would be filled with Christian rock (Hey. Petra. Right?) but no, for whatever re ... More >>

  • Film

    May 14, 2009

    Angels & Demons with Tom Hanks

    Another treat for whacked-out male conspiracy theorists

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2008

    Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart? Beautiful. Molesting Altar Boys? Not So Much.

    To celebrate Pope Benedict XVI’s historic U.S. visit, KHOU on Saturday reran its documentary on the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, “Building on Faith.” Doubling as a public relations agency, KHOU gave the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston what seminary student Juan Carlos Patino-Arango gave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2007

    Parish Predators: Trial Set in Molestation Case Against the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

    After three years of legal wrangling, a trial has been set in the case of four men who sued the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for alleged negligence related to sexual abuse they suffered at a diocesan parish in the mid-1990s. The trial has been set for February 25, 2008, in U.S. District Court in ... More >>

  • News

    August 11, 2005

    Kiss and Tell

    Critics want the diocese to explain why this Roman Catholic priest is still celebrating Mass

  • Music

    May 12, 2005

    Bizzy Bone, Phone Home

    A Grammy-winning multiplatinum rapper melts down live on KPFT

  • Music

    April 28, 2005

    Bono for Pontiff

    The only problem: Who could possibly replace him in the arena-rock pantheon?