- Aug 2, 2020
“When Pope Francis spoke to the Missionaries of Mercy, on the evening before our commissioning, he spoke to us about the ‘closeness of God.’ He wanted us to convey to people that the Lord is near and that He is not distant,” says Father John Paul Zeller.
“We all have a series of decisions to make for the next four years,” Josh Brahm says. “Every remark a pro-life person makes to alienate well-meaning but misguided people from the work of saving babies is a remark for which that person is culpable.”
As Bangladesh struggles to defend its legacy of interreligious harmony, the country’s first-ever cardinal says the pope has handed him a megaphone to influence the culture. “For sure, now they’ll listen to me more, they’ll take my contributions more seriously,” said Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario.
“I’m a traditional priest and bishop, and I have great regard and respect for Pope Francis. If they want to construe this as somehow I’m not with Pope Francis, that’s crazy. I enjoy Pope Francis; I think he’s doing some marvelous things for the church.”
Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles says reading his election as vice president of the U.S. bishops’ conference as a referendum on either Donald Trump or Pope Francis is wrong. Instead, he said, it’s a statement about the Hispanic presence in the United States and in the American Catholic church.
What does Tuesday’s election tell us about the integration of Catholics into American life? The evidence is mixed, according to a veteran journalist who recently authored a book on that very topic. Russell Shaw spoke to Kathryn Jean Lopez.