Religion Sanders makes a pilgrimage to Rome The Democratic presidential candidate and the Catholic pope are engaged in similar missions: both seek to put a “left” face on deeply reactionary institutions. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-04-19T05:00:00Z Justice Scalia repudiates separation of church and state The Supreme Court justice’s statement that there is no barrier to the US government discriminating in favor of religious believers adds to his litany of bigoted attacks on democratic rights. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 GMT 2016-01-04T05:00:00Z A reactionary Congress applauds the Pope The address by Pope Francis to a joint session of Congress was a flagrant violation of the separation of church and state. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-25T05:00:00Z The Pope in America As he parades through Washington at the center of a massive security operation, the pope looks out on an America whose democracy is in shambles. Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:00:00 GMT 2015-09-24T05:00:00Z German constitutional court increases the power of the church The federal court declared legal the dismissal of the chief doctor of internal medicine at a Catholic hospital on the grounds that the church has the “right of self-determination.” Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT 2014-11-29T05:00:00Z The “Dirty War” Pope Placed on the papal throne is a man directly implicated in one of the greatest crimes of the post-World War II era—Argentina’s “Dirty War.” Sat, 16 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-03-16T05:00:00Z New pope elected as Catholic Church tries to stem crisis The occasion is being used by ruling circles internationally to help ensure the survival of the Church, following the eruption of corruption, sexual abuse, and related scandals. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-03-14T05:00:00Z Pope ends reign amid rising scandals Joseph Ratzinger made his last appearance as Pope Benedict XVI Wednesday, delivering a farewell oration. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-02-28T05:00:00Z Pope resigns amid deepening crisis for Catholic Church The resignation of Joseph Ratzinger as head of the Catholic Church provoked expressions of surprise and concern within ruling circles internationally. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 05:00:00 GMT 2013-02-13T05:00:00Z Pope creates Australia’s first “saint” The mediaeval obscurantism pushed by the Catholic Church has been matched by the media’s nauseating nationalism Tue, 26 Oct 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-10-26T05:00:00Z Catholic Church in crisis over sexual abuse reports Multiple cases of sexual abuse within the ranks of the Catholic Church have been covered up and suppressed by those in the very highest offices, including the Pope himself. Thu, 15 Apr 2010 05:00:00 GMT 2010-04-15T05:00:00Z Atheism in the service of political reaction: A comment on author Sam Harris In the recent review of Richard Dawkins’ new book, The God Delusion, Joe Kay mentions in passing the author Sam Harris, noting that the idealist standpoint of Harris and some of the other advocates of atheism is often bound up with reactionary political conceptions. (See “Science, religion and society: Richard Dawkins’s God Delusion). Mon, 16 Apr 2007 05:00:00 GMT 2007-04-16T05:00:00Z Science, religion and society: Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion In his new book, Dawkins has done us a service, if only in making more acceptable the general proposition that religion and science are at odds with each other, and that it is science that should win out. Thu, 15 Mar 2007 05:00:00 GMT 2007-03-15T05:00:00Z Ratzinger’s Crusade The Vatican has gone to some lengths to dampen down the controversy following the lecture given by Josef Ratzinger, alias Pope Benedict XVI, at Regensburg University in Germany. Ratzinger’s remarks provoked violent protests by Muslims across the globe. Fri, 22 Sep 2006 05:00:00 GMT 2006-09-22T05:00:00Z In their own words: the politics behind the anti-Muslim cartoons Common to the statements of virtually all of the pundits and politicians who have come to the defense of the Danish government and Jyllands-Posten in the controversy over the newspaper’s publication of anti-Muslim cartoons is a refusal to consider the political context which gave rise to these ugly and offensive caricatures. Wed, 15 Feb 2006 05:00:00 GMT 2006-02-15T05:00:00Z Letters on the anti-Muslim cartoons The following is a selection of letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site in response to a number of articles written on the anti-Muslim cartoons published in Denmark. Wed, 15 Feb 2006 05:00:00 GMT 2006-02-15T05:00:00Z Death toll mounts in worldwide protests against anti-Muslim cartoons The death toll has reached at least ten in the repression of protests by Muslims angered by the publication in Europe of cartoons defaming the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist. Demonstrations have taken place in nearly every country where there is a sizeable number of Muslims, from New Zealand to the United States—where a protest took place Monday after the Philadelphia Inquirer became the first major US daily to reprint the cartoons. Wed, 08 Feb 2006 05:00:00 GMT 2006-02-08T05:00:00Z Pope Benedict XVI’s political resume: theocracy and social reaction The selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new pope is a clear sign that the Vatican will seek to use its influence to promote the most reactionary political forces within the ruling elites of countries around the world, particularly in Europe. Fri, 22 Apr 2005 05:00:00 GMT 2005-04-22T05:00:00Z From “grand inquisitor” to pope: Benedict XVI to head crusade vs. secularism, democracy With the selection of Josef Ratzinger as the new pope, the Roman Catholic hierarchy has placed at its head a hard-line enforcer of Church dogma, and one of the Vatican’s fiercest opponents of not only Marxism, but liberalism, secularism, science and virtually all things modern. Thu, 21 Apr 2005 05:00:00 GMT 2005-04-21T05:00:00Z Letters on the death of Pope John Paul II The following is a selection of letters received by the World Socialist Web Site on the death of Pope John Paul II. Wed, 13 Apr 2005 05:00:00 GMT 2005-04-13T05:00:00Z Cardinal disgraced in sex-abuse scandal plays prominent role in papal funeral rites Cardinal Bernard F. Law, compelled to step down in disgrace in 2002 as archbishop of Boston because of his role in the cover-up of priests who sexually abused young boys, has been given an honored role in the ceremonies marking the death of Pope John Paul II. Mon, 11 Apr 2005 05:00:00 GMT 2005-04-11T05:00:00Z Pope John Paul II: a political obituary Amidst the media barrage depicting Pope John Paul II as a contemporary saint and uncritically presenting the pomp and mysticism of the Vatican’s funeral rites, almost nothing serious can be found about the personality of John Paul II or his real role in contemporary history. The political issues and concerns that dominated the life of Karol Joseph Wojtyla and consumed his 27-year papacy are barely discussed. Wed, 06 Apr 2005 05:00:00 GMT 2005-04-06T05:00:00Z Why the epidemic of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church? Reports and accusations of sexual abuses carried out by Roman Catholic priests against children and teenagers, mostly male, continue to flood the American media. On March 20 a former professional baseball player, Tom Paciorek, and three of his brothers charged a Detroit-area priest with systematically abusing them in the 1960s when they were adolescents. No charges can be laid because the statute of limitations on such crimes expired years ago, but the priest in question, now 63, was immediately removed from his position by Church officials. Fri, 29 Mar 2002 05:00:00 GMT 2002-03-29T05:00:00Z Vatican beatifies anti-Semitic Pope The beatification of Pope Pius IX has again revealed the deeply ingrained anti-Semitism within the Catholic Church. Pope Pius IX, who reigned from 1846 to 1878, was one of two former pontiffs beatified by Pope John-Paul II on September 3 in a ceremony attended by thousands of pilgrims in St Peter's Square. Tue, 19 Sep 2000 05:00:00 GMT 2000-09-19T05:00:00Z