- Dec 11, 2019
Personnel is always policy in the Eternal City, which makes Pope Francis’s choice Sunday to name the 62-year-old Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila in the Philippines the new prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples a key move indeed.
Going forward, in order to claim a halo, any candidate who was in a leadership position in the Church – meaning, usually, a bishop or religious superior – will have to be shown to have had “clean hands” on the abuse scandals.
Father Joann Baptist Metz, who died Monday at 91, had a little bit of the typical arrogance of the German Doktorvater, but it was always leavened by a capacity to laugh at himself, his colleagues, and the general situation in which he and the Church found themselves.
The very first Pan-African Catholic Congress on Theology, Society and Pastoral Life, taking place at Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu, one of the world’s largest Catholic seminaries, Dec. 5-8, is a chance to take the temperature of a continent deeply consequential for Catholic fortunes, given the stunning growth and youthful energy that permeates African Catholicism.
The Vatican is holding fast at a time when many voices on both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian divide are declaring the idea of two-state solution off the table, saying it’s time to move on.