- Oct 28, 2020
In an interview with Italy’s La Stampa, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia reaffirmed the Vatican’s unwavering opposition to abortion. He said Nigel Biggar, a new member of Pontifical Academy for Life, had been personally recommended by the archbishop of Canterbury, had never written about the issue of when life begins and wouldn’t engage in abortion debates as a member.
Sports teams have come under fire for continuing to have controversial names and mascots that are offensive to some groups. Most of those causing controversy have Native American names or references such as the Washington Redskins. But a college in Pennsylvania has dropped the ‘Crusaders’ from its name, though they say it is not because of outside pressure but in order to reflect the spirit of Francis of Assissi.
The Catholic Church has produced many anti-mafia campaigners in Italy, some of whom have been killed for their efforts. And a few years ago a Calabrian archbishop proposed a 10-year moratorium on the naming of godfathers when children are baptized to break the “padrino” system that mobsters use to spread their influence over the next generation.
Pope Francis has revived what has been called a “noble tradition” of asking cardinals to inform him when they leave town and where they’re going. This show of papal muscle comes after the pope wrote a letter asking for obedience to a rioting diocese in Nigeria and the tensions with the Knights of Malta.
A book of interviews with the Polish Reverend Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, “Secretary of Two Popes,” recounts the experience of being close to Pope John Paul II and Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. The book reveals that the now Saint John Paul mused about retiring as pope and Benedict’s love for playing the piano and stray cats.
A man arrested in Bridgeport, Conn., in 2013 for being part of a methamphetamine ring run by Monsignor Kevin Wallin has been sentenced to time served. Wallin, dubbed ‘Monsignor Meth’ in the local press, is presently serving a five-year prison sentence for operating the ring, which also used an adult novelty shop to launder its profits.