- Jan 24, 2020
When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on Feb. 11, 2013, it left many people shocked and worried about the future, but now the idea of a pope emeritus seems basically normal.
The Community of Sant’Egidio is one of the most fascinating chapters of post-Vatican II Catholic history, and, with the encouragement of Pope Francis, after fifty years in many ways it’s just getting started.
Pope Francis has framed the debate over charges against a Chilean bishop of covering up sexual abuse in terms of evidence, not papal authority.
Recent ferment points to possible new divisions within Catholicism over birth control, and possible new consensus in America on abortion.
A recent suggestion by Cardinal Joseph Zen that the Vatican risks “selling out” the Church in China by placating Beijing’s desire for government-approved bishops raises the question of why the Vatican seems so eager for a deal with China in the first place.
Ross Douthat and Austen Ivereigh took part in a remarkable event Wednesday night hosted by the University of Dallas, and it was a great lesson in how disagreement doesn’t have to mean division.