- Sep 20, 2020
One important factor insulating the Vatican from attempted reforms is the near-impossibility of firing people, but changing that might require a degree of ruthlessness alien to the system.
So far Pope Francis and his Vatican team have been strikingly silent, at least in public, on the latest cycle of street protests and violence in Iran. By no means, however, should that suggest they’re not following the situation closely.
Although no place on earth is more interesting in terms of the intersection of Catholicism and politics than Italy, there’s good reason to think that neither Pope Francis nor the Italian bishops may have a clear favorite in the 2018 elections.
Generally, a pope’s New Year’s Eve visit to the nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square is about the least controversial thing he does all year. This time around, however, there are question marks about whether the scene reflects a “pro-LGBT” agenda.
Under Pope Francis, there’s a river of news every day, often making it hard to separate the important from the ephemeral. In that light, here’s a run-down of stories from the past year whose lasting significance still hasn’t been fully digested.
So far Pope Francis hasn’t talked much about anti-Christian persecution this Christmas, despite it being another bloody period around the world — perhaps suggesting he’s struggling with the limits of rhetoric to change realities on the ground.