- Apr 5, 2020
The coronavirus phenomenon – not the disease, but the social and cultural dynamics surrounding it – has upended normal routines, generating unexpected and, occasionally, surreal new experiences.
If significant historical crises often generate new realities in the Church to respond, what new impulses might arise from the coronavirus pandemic?
For those of us fascinated by the Vatican and its vicissitudes, here’s a lockdown-inspired thought experiment: What would happen if Pope Francis were to die or resign right now?
There’s no sense pretending there isn’t an increasingly political edge to some Catholic conversation about the Church’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
There may be a correlation between declining fertility rates and rapidly rising elderly populations in many societies around the world, and the extent to which those societies have been impacted by the coronavirus.
Since the Catholic Church is sui generis, the coronavirus scare is having some unique implications for ecclesiastical life.