- Jul 12, 2020
A surprise trip by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI to his native Bavaria to be with his dying brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, seems to be firing fevered political and religious imaginations.
As they ruminate on a 2020 presidential election featuring a pro-choice Catholic candidate, US prelates might want to take a look at Burundi as an intriguing test case.
Both baseball and Catholicism are victims of their own success, in that dysfunctional management often is facilitated by a wildly passionate fan base that just won’t walk away, no matter how staggeringly obtuse those in charge sometimes can be.
Generally speaking, only three things happen in Rome on Sundays: Mass, lunch and soccer. Thus it was a bit of a surprise last Sunday to see the Vatican announce a personnel move, in this case the pope’s nomination of a new cerimoniere, meaning an official who assists the pope in his liturgies and public events.
It was June 13, 1960, when a distinguished French Jewish historian, intellectual and educator named Jules Isaac met St. John XXIII in a Vatican audience.
Applied to the Catholic Church, what would readiness for the next great global pandemic look like? Here’s one bold suggestion: The Vatican might want to consider creating a “Dicastery for Disasters.”