Pope Francis’ call for structural economic reforms harks back to the American bishops’ 1984 economic pastoral — and then some.
I confess I was pretty excited to read on Huffpost that the Vatican had cleaned up some third-century catacomb frescos and unveiled a female figure with arms raised, acting like a priest. Holy Da Vinci Code!
Or, why should Americans be able to use their religious scruples to refuse to provide commercial services to same-sex couples?
Pope Francis’ choice as the next archbishop of Hartford is cut from the same episcopal cloth as most of John Paul II’s and Benedict XVI’s American appointees. But that means he’s also a yes-man.
Catholic conservatives are more worried about what Pope Francis does than about how the press interprets it.
There’s no doubt that the profligate lifestyle of the Bishop of Limburg, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, stinks like the local cheese. But what Americans would do well to contemplate in this case of episcopal discipline is the criticism that the head of the German bishops conference, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, has leveled at his colleague.
The latest abuse scandal in the Twin Cities points up the importance of Pope Francis’ attack on clericalism.
Announcing that the Roman Curia will be transformed root-and-branch, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said that “Roman centralism” will come to an end. What Pope Francis’ eight Cardinal-Advisers discussed, said Lombardi, was “subsidiarity.” Whoa!
If there’s ever been a pope who has behaved like the present one, I’m quite sure we have no evidence of it. To call up a notorious atheist newspaper publisher and have him over for a friendly discussion about what’s wrong with the Vatican and how the world would be a better place if we all just did what we think is right — well, it feels like we’ve entered an alternative universe.