Pope Benedict XVI

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Checking in on the Pope

By DAVID KISH  |  August 08, 2013

Picking on the Pope; pithy phrases; creative economy stimulation

While Phillipe and Jorge are bona fide yucks-a-minute geniuses, we must occasionally draw on other sources for the boffo humor our readers deserve.
Stolen jokes of the week
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 01, 2013

Patronage = corrpution

The Massachusetts legislature is shocked — shocked! — that patronage is rife in the Probation Department! Shocked that it exists anywhere in state government! And it looks as if the both the House and the Senate will be damned if they are going to d
Plus, the Pope + condoms
By EDITORIAL  |  November 26, 2010

The Church and abuse

If the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church is to regain secular respect, and if it is to reassure its troubled communicants that it is worthy of their devotion, it must reconcile itself to the reality that child abuse is not just a horrendous sin requ
Plus, the Republicans' dark soul and the Bay State's education failure
By EDITORIAL  |  April 02, 2010

Judicial ups and downs

It was about time that Rogeriee Thompson was finally confirmed (unanimously, we might add) by the United States Senate for what amounts to an historic spot on the Federal Court of Appeals.
Plus poppy hypocrisy, pressuring the Pope, and even more ‘Buttercup’ trivia
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 26, 2010

Ghouls on parade

The tale of local businessman Joseph A. Caramadre, who paid the terminally ill a fraction of the face value for the right to buy variable annuities in their names — annuities that paid out in full, plus interest, upon their deaths — is enough to make yo
Profiting from the dead; more on ‘Buttercup’; and the latest in Pawtucket
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 19, 2010

Continuing homophobia

Deirdre Fulton's and Shay Stewart-Bouley's comments and Seth Berner's letter on the Marriage Equality Act repeal are insightful. I would add another perspective:
Letters to the Portland Editor, November 27, 2009
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 27, 2009

Harvard ‘ACT UP’ show gets rise from right-wingers

Taking a detour from directly bashing President Obama, right-wingers are now hot and bothered by a Harvard art exhibit. And they have an Obama administration foil toward whom they can channel their bile.
Tea Baggers Meet the Tea-Baggers Dept.
By GREG COOK  |  October 30, 2009

Father Feeney

Leonard Feeney, a defrocked Jesuit priest and pretty much of a legend in this city as a result of the “sermons” he preached on the Common every Sunday without fail for eight years, from 1949 to 1957, attracting sometimes as many as a thousand people to
A Heretic Courted By The Church
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  October 09, 2009

Play by play: July 17, 2009

Boston's theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 17, 2009

Play by play: July 10, 2009

This week in Boston theater
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 10, 2009

piers list

Keeping faith

His publicist calls Piers Paul Read "the anti-Dan Brown." She's capitalizing on a buzz - worthy name, sure, but it's a fairly insightful description of a man whose latest book, The Death of a Pope , explores not the Brownish theme of the Catholic Chur
Piers Paul Read looks inside the Church
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 05, 2009

Catholic Tilt

If, sometime in the next few decades, humanity kicks the religion habit once and for all, the current crop of atheist agitators will deserve plenty of credit.
James Carroll justifies his faith
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 01, 2009

Interview: James Carroll

The Phoenix 's Adam Reilly recently spoke with Globe columnist James Carroll about his new book, Practicing Catholic (Houghton Mifflin), and his critical but durable relationship with the Roman Catholic Church.
The full transcript of the Phoenix's conversation with the author
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 01, 2009

The problem with the Church's selective embrace

Pope Benedict recently lifted the excommunication of four bishops who had been consecrated without the required Vatican consent.
Vatican City
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  February 11, 2009

Crossword: ''Game theory''

I think I see a little pattern
By MATT JONES  |  May 14, 2008


Beating up on Chris (times two)

It’s nice to see the rest of the world picking up on something we Vo Dilunduhs have known for years.
Matthews gets dissected; Young goes egotistical in ATM contretemps
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 16, 2008

Cracking the nutcase

Since Colbert is making fun of know-it-all, combative, mean-spirited talk-show hosts, except when he is going after targets such as Bush, he isn’t Rambo-like.
Letters to the editor
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  |  November 28, 2007

While you were out . . .

When you’re a student, it can seem as if reality just freezes when you leave town for the summer.
Yes, stuff happened in Boston during your summer break. But we’ve got it covered.
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 04, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 80-71

By  |  April 12, 2007

Worst in breed: Newsmakers

Who are the unsexiest newsmaking men of 2007?
The 100 Unsexiest men 2007
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007

Natural born liar

If you ever wanted a definition of “congenital liar,” just look at Dick “Big Time” Cheney.  
“Shots and Beer” lives in persistent denial
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  January 31, 2007

Clerical error

Oliver O’Grady, “Father Ollie,” the pastor of a Catholic Church in a bucolic, tight-knit Northern California community, would have felt at home in The Bells of St. Mary’s . Watch the trailer for Deliver Us from Evil (QuickTime)
The kids haven’t got a prayer
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 11, 2006

Fest or famine?

Women filmmakers dominate this year’s festival, and an unflinching honesty marks their movies.
This year’s Boston Film Festival has a woman’s touch
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2006

Condi’s BC gig

Conservatives want us to think that the flap over Condoleezza Rice’s upcoming Boston College gig is another example of the Loony Left's campus excesses.
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 10, 2006

Quotes + numbers, March 10, 2006

“To His Holiness, Benedict XVI” Inscription (translated from Italian) on the back of Pope Benedict XVI’s 2GB iPod Nano, given to him by Vatican Radio employees.
Pope pod and abortion in South Dakota
By  |  March 08, 2006


What to pay the mayor

Boston pays Mayor Tom Menino $150,000 a year. It pays city councilors $75,000. Is that enough?
Plus, Iraq’s latest bad news and another Catholic crisis
By EDITORIAL  |  March 08, 2006

From Russia with drugs

I generally don’t agree with the advice you give, but I need help and I can’t talk to my friends.
By DAN SAVAGE  |  February 02, 2006
Portland Evolution N&F list photo

God and Darwin

Julie Raines has been teaching biology at Yarmouth High School for 25 years. She hasn't always taught evolution.
A teacher's private battle between fact and faith
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  February 02, 2006