Old Pope, New Pope

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

A rare event in Vatican history occurred when Pope Benedict XVI resigned his office due to deteriorating health. He has been succeeded by an Argentinian, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took the papal name of Francis. Richard Ritenbaugh compares the two popes' doctrinal positions and styles of leadership.


A Pope For Europe

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The recently elected Pope Benedict XVI has already set out sweeping goals for his pontificate. Richard Ritenbaugh wonders, however, how much this German pope will be able to accomplish—and whether his efforts will incite turmoil in Europe.


Pope Francis Questions Hell

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In an interview with a longtime friend and atheist, Pope Francis said that hell does not exist, explaining that condemned souls just disappear.


What Is the Pope Up To?

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Pope Benedict XVI's statement regarding the historic Islamic practice of conversion at the edge of a sword ironically drew swift and violent reaction from the Muslim world. Knowing that the Vatican has a practiced hand in international relations, Richard Ritenbaugh wonders what the Pope's motives were in making such an obviously …


The Pope's 'World Political Authority'

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Pope Benedict XVI recently issued a new encyclical in which he called for a strong "world political authority" to tackle the mounting global problems. Richard Ritenbaugh analyzes his statement in context, suggesting that the Catholic Pontiff had other aims than what most pundits assumed.


The Catholic Church is Changing Direction

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Catholic Church's heretofore historical defense of conservative principles, capitalism, and traditional Biblical morality is about to change dramatically.


The Catholic Church: Declining or Reviving?

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

With all the abuse cases casting aspersions on Catholic priests—and some are indeed guilty of the charges against them—many people believe that the Roman Catholic Church is in decline and that it will never regain its moral authority. Richard Ritenbaugh argues that, instead, Pope Benedict XVI will use this crisis to …


Whatever Became of Sin?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by David F. Maas

Jesus Christ did not preach collective salvation and did not remove the responsibility from any of us for overcoming or qualifying for His kingdom.