- Jan 24, 2020
Meeting with a group of U.S. bishops this week, Pope Francis warned against seeming to participate in partisan politics and instead have the Church limit itself to promoting Christian values as people prepare to vote.
After a week of hyperventilating tweets and competing press releases, the position of “pope emeritus” has once again been thrust into the spotlight.
The current fracas surrounding Benedict XVI and a new book on priestly celibacy is eerily reminiscent of the tempest that erupted in 2003/2004 around St. John Paul II’s alleged endorsement of Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of the Christ,” expressed in the infamous soundbite, “It is as it was.”
In his new book, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is agreeing with Pope Francis’s own stated position that “optional celibacy” for the priesthood is not on the table.
In fighting religious persecution as in any other walk of life, the trick is paying attention to the little things, so the big things will take care of themselves.
Just weeks after the premiere of “The Two Popes” on Netflix, a new take on the idea of dueling pontiffs is about to show itself.