- Sep 19, 2020
Cardinal Kevin Farrell says if the Church does things right, we’ll never get to the provisions of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ on divorce and remarriage. “Much more needs to be done by the conferences of bishops…instead of saying, ‘Oh, that’s a wonderful document, and let every bishop do what he wants to do,’ it’s got to become a priority issue. It would be as if it never happened,” he said.
Before they met for their recent general congregation (GC) in Rome, Crux contributing editor Austen Ivereigh sat down with one of the Jesuits closest to Pope Francis about the effect on the gathering of the first Jesuit pope. He spoke to him afterwards to ask him to reflect on what happened there.
In a wide-ranging off-the-cuff question-and-answer session with Jesuit delegates in Rome, Pope Francis had two big topics on his mind: the decline of politics, and the rise of rigidity in seminaries.
Cardinal Juan Carlos Osoro of Madrid, Spain, calls for a defense of religious freedom, “the greatest expression of freedom.” On the pope’s condemnation of “gender ideology,” he says Catholics are called to “strongly support” what Francis wrote in his document on the family Amoris Laetitia.
New Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark told Crux on Monday that when it comes to the pope’s document Amoris Laetita and its provisions on Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, U.S. bishops should get together and work out a strategy rather than individually asking the pope for clarifications.
“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.