In 1998, a gay writer named Alfredo Ormando knelt in St. Peter's Square and lit himself on fire. His self-immolation was a protest against the Church's strict stance against gay marriage and homosexuality in general.
Now, over a decade after Ormando's death, the Pope is resigning in the midst of t ... More >>
Cardinal William LevadaVictims of clergy sex abuse have named a top Vatican official with roots in San Francisco as part of a small group of Catholic Church officials who should be investigated for crimes against humanity in a formal complaint lodged this week with the International Criminal Cour ... More >>
In this week's cover story, SF Weekly takes a look at the voluminous paper trail left behind by Donald McGuire, the defrocked Jesuit priest who is currently serving a 25-year federal prison sentence for transporting minors across state lines to sexually abuse them.Since he was a member of th ... More >>
'Twas a sad day in Birtherville yesterday, as President Barack Obama's abrupt decision to indulge clinically paranoid requests for his extended birth certificate resulted in the non-revelation that our commander-in-chief is, in fact, an American citizen. Racist idiots will now have to find someth ... More >>
What are the odds?The Irish bookie site Paddypower is laying down 3-to-1 odds Pope Benedict XVI will be ousted over accusations that he was behind misdeeds such as helping shield a priest who purportedly raped hundreds of deaf boys. But when God shuts a door, he opens a window -- and if a P ... More >>
Born in Spain, educated in Japan, now 'Black Pope'America now has a black president. And next week San Francisco will be getting a visit from the Black Pope. No, this has nothing to do with the deeper meanings of the Vatican's white smoke and dark smoke, and Pope Benedict XVI was not a black member ... More >>
Pope Benedict XVI named him Roman Catholicism's top doctrinal watchdog -- even though, as San Francisco archbishop, William J. Levada resolutely looked away from sex-abuse complaints against a renowned priest and legal scholar