- Jul 21, 2021
Though it’s difficult to keep an accurate count, the lawsuit against La Verità appears to be one of around ten Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu has either filed, or threatened to file, against various press outlets and individuals.
If you want to understand why Pope Francis is willing to use the power of his office to enforce discipline on the Latin Mass but not on communion for pro-choice politicians, maybe a concern for “weaponization” of the faith is at least part of it.
After an historic diplomatic protest by the Vatican against the anti-homophobia bill on religious freedom grounds, which was revealed last month and which sparked a national firestorm, the Vatican’s intervention now seems to be a non-factor.
Like everything else in the 21st century, the Becciu case is becoming politicized and is emerging as a litmus test for broader attitudes toward the Francis papacy.
This is the first significant time in the Francis papacy when an optimistic statement from the Vatican about the pope’s health has been disproven by reality, which makes one wonder: Is this the part where we panic?
Weekly Mass attendance here took a severe dip during the closures and suspensions of the coronavirus from which it’s never fully recovered, and, for some Italians, this may be their first physical contact with the church since the pandemic began.
The number one issue concerning Italians this week isn’t the pope’s health, but the fate of the national soccer team.
Combine intense media interest with an informational vacuum, and what you usually get is chaos.