- Aug 1, 2021
Despite recent rumors that Pope Francis might be on the brink of reconciling with a breakaway traditionalist Catholic body, the Society of St. Pius X now says that’s not a priority because of the “great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church.”
Retired Pope Benedict XVI made his second public address Tuesday since retiring at a ceremony to celebrate his priesthood. Pope Francis thanked his predecessor for his years of service to the Church.
In two perceptive speeches, one in Strasbourg in 2014 and another for the Charlemagne Prize earlier this year, Pope Francis warned that treating people as mere “cogs in a machine” has disastrous consequences — and the Brexit result shows how right he was.
Papal trips are important for many reasons, including what they reveal about a pope’s personality and priorities. Francis’s June 24-26 outing to Armenia was no exception, offering insights about the importance of Argentina, his seriousness about the Orthodox, and his stubborn streak.
An official of the Turkish foreign ministry said Monday that Pope Francis’s reference to slaughters of Armenians under the Ottoman Turks in 1915 as a “genocide” will not help efforts to establish peace and stability in the region, after the pontiff defended his word choice in a news conference on Sunday.
In a wide-ranging news conference on Sunday, Pope Francis said Christians should apologize anytime “there are people we could have defended and we didn’t,” insisted that “there’s only one pope” despite recent talk of an expanded papacy, and denied that creating a commission necessarily “opens the door” to women deacons.
In a week with a papal trip, the Brexit vote, the aftermath of the Orlando shootings, and more, plenty of important Catholic news was overshadowed — from sex abuse reform and an apology to the LGBT community, as well as charges of corruption in a pet papal charity.