- Mar 1, 2021
An Italian laywoman and PR expert named Francesca Chaouqui has been flagged by Vatican prosecutors as the “inspirer” of the leak and publication of secret documents on Vatican finances, and they’re recommending the harshest sentence for her in the “Vatileaks 2.0” trial — three years and nine months behind bars.
A group of eight pilgrims walked over 600 miles from Switzerland to Rome to support a “Church with women,” not advocating female ordination, but wanting to open a dialogue. The good news for such folks is that there’s a surprisingly wide range of possible steps that don’t impinge on Catholic teaching or tradition.
During a recent 19-inning baseball game, an announcer exclaimed, “Wow, did that pitch have a lot of spin!” There’s a fair bit of spin on the Vatican beat too, and it beckons the thought, “What if there were play-by-play calls on papal statements?”
In a new interview with an Argentine journalist, Pope Francis says there’s a wing of the Catholic Church that “says no to everything,” and while he’s going ahead, he has no intention of launching a crackdown: “I don’t cut off heads. That was never my style. I’ve never liked doing that,” he said.
Perhaps the Catholic Church hasn’t always lived up to this aspect of her mission, but it’s worth remembering, in an era in which Catholicism is sometimes accused of resisting multiculturalism, that it was actually the world’s original multicultural body.
Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo, who helps train future American priests in Rome, could have been aborted after his mother was advised he could suffer birth defects because she took thalidomide. She refused, and now, through her son, she’s had a moving personal encounter with Pope Francis.