- John L. Allen Jr.
- September 7, 2017
Following confirmation this week that Pope Paul VI wrote resignation letters in advance in case he was struck by a disabling condition, debate is likely to revive about whether such a preemptive resignation would be valid under Church law. Until that’s resolved, we’re sort of like people driving around without car insurance – gambling the worst won’t happen, but always knowing it could.READ MORE
While he was in Russia this week, the Vatican’s top diplomat said the Holy See is not identified with any “particular political position” — ironically, one day after Pope Francis took a position on citizenship by birth with clear political relevance in Italy right now. In truth, when Vatican officials say they’re not “political,” what they really mean is that they’re not “partisan.”READ MORE
When a devastating 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy last year, 299 people died and the small town of Amatrice was all but wiped from the map. The birthplace of the legendary pasta all’amatriciana, the town has given the Catholic Church a great deal over the centuries, and Catholics rallied to its aid. Today, however, one year later, the need is still very real.READ MORE
Crux announces the addition of two new members to our family. Christopher White joins us as our new national correspondent, based in New York but also spending time in Washington, tracking the interplay between faith and public life — including the intersection between Pope Francis and President Donald Trump. Killian Chimtom is our new Africa correspondent, based in Cameroon but covering the whole continent, bringing stories of the world’s most rapidly growing Catholic continent.READ MORE
In the wake of the latest spike in violence across Europe, the Vatican says it’s not taking extra security precautions, in part because safeguards were already “very strong.” Popes often feel a greater degree of calm about their safety than other public figures, because, let’s face it, from their point of view, they’ve got the ultimate safety net.READ MORE
In general, when communities experience hatred or persecution, enlightened people want them to speak out, knowing we need them to hold our feet to the fire. So why do some Christians hesitate to do precisely that about the global pattern of anti-Christian persecution, documented again this week in a new State Department report?READ MORE