The culture history of the Vatican City

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People of God: the struggle for world Catholicism (review)
Reviewed by Dale Wharton, March 1995. Review of book by Penny Lernoux (NY: Penguin Books, 1990). Vatican II reawoke the church during a historic shift of Catholicism from a West European institution to a global church. In 1978 the reawakening came to an end with John Paul II. The book succeeds at documenting the extent of John Paul II's crackdown on reforms.
Secularism & ‘Privatization’ of Religion Are Denounced At Vatican Meeting
American Atheist, AANews, 29 November 1997. Decrying a privatization of morality, the bishops at the Vatican return to the Vatican's traditional feudal ideology.
In time for millennium hoopla, Vatican resurrects indulgences
American Atheists, AANews, 30 November 1998. The Roman Catholic Church has brought back a practice which even many of its followers had consigned to the historical dustbin as both obsolete thinking and an embarrassment, even an overt expressionism of greed and commercialism.
Pope running ‘saint factory’?
American Atheists, AANews, 2 May 1999. John Paul beatifies monk accused of mental illness, fraud, philandering. The pope has canonized 283 saints since his election in 1978, almost surpassing the record of all previous popes in the past 407 years.
Intelligent-design advocates hail Benedict's criticism of ‘scientific’ atheism
The Associated Press, 11 November 2005. Pope Benedict XVI has waded into the evolution debate in the United States, saying the universe was made by an “intelligent project” and criticizing those who in the name of science say its creation was without direction or order.