- May 25, 2020
Although some Catholics, especially the more conservative sort, often find Pope Francis a bit of a shock to the system, the leader of the Church’s influential Communion and Liberation movement says that if you don’t think this pontiff is the cure, then you don’t understand the nature of the disease we’re facing in a post-modern, secular world.
Denmark, like other Nordic countries, is considered to be one of the most thoroughly secular cultures on earth, which means that traditional Catholic teaching on issues such as abortion, women priests and gay marriage often generates reactions ranging from incomprehension to hostility. Such is Pope Francis’s popularity, however, that Bishop Czeslaw Kozon says most Danes “forgive him” for upholding those positions.
Catholic author Myles Connolly (1897-1964) thought that fatherhood could be a path to holiness. His daughter, in a preface to a new edition of his 1951 novel ‘Dan England and the Noonday Devil,’ said a “father is called upon to model heroic love for his family.”
Cardinal John Ribat of Papua New Guinea is all for policies of compassion and welcome for immigrants around the world, but he also insists that those immigrants have to do their part, showing respect for their host societies and avoiding feeding the crime and security fears that often underlie attitudes of closure and resistance.
Marcelo Figueroa, a Protestant and a close friend of Pope Francis who is now editing the Argentinian edition of the Vatican newspaper ‘L’Osservatore Romano’ in order to get past the local spin on the pope’s words, says that “trying to match or relate Francis to an ideology, be it an economic or political one, whatever the name of the ideology, is a mistake.”