From GQ, the Pope and the spy who loved him: Sean Flynn digs around the Vatican's strange, cloistered world and unravels a cloak-and-dagger scandal that's a lot more layered than the Church would have you believe — and that may be just the beginning. William Bole reviews The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church by John Thavis. During the 2013 papal conclave the Catholic church has been criticised for failing to give an adequate voice to the global south, which now garners a majority of Catholics; Nicolas Boccard applies concepts from voting theory to inquire whether the south and the north are equal in the eye of the church. Why can’t demographers agree about how many Catholics are in the United States? Gary Gutting on being Catholic: Can reflective and honest intellectuals actually believe in the church's teachings?

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