- Sep 22, 2020
The Church’s battle against sexual misconduct – even if it doesn’t always fit a strict definition of “abuse” – is still in its early stages.
On July 7 in Bari, Italy, Pope Francis will be joined be patriarchs and heads of all the Eastern churches in a day of prayer for peace in the Middle East.
By naming cardinals from cultures where Western issues generally don’t cut much ice, Pope Francis has made the next conclave impossible to handicap.
Pakistan’s new cardinal shows restraint on some controversial issues, which he insists reflects the atmosphere in which he lives.
We’ve had several clear instances just in recent months in which Francis has all but taken over the judgment of a local church, at least on specific matters, issuing orders and drawing lines in the sand.
Doctrinal and control issues may not be the only reason the Catholic Church has never joined the World Council of Churches — it could be about respect.