- Jul 4, 2020
As Pope Francis opens his third trip to Asia today, visiting Thailand and Japan, there’s a pretty big doctrinal dog that hasn’t uttered a peep – debates over the theology of religious pluralism.
The individual responsible for stealing the “Pachamama” statues from a Roman church last month is currently on tour in the U.S.
In response to fires that destroy, Francis on Sunday called the roughly 300 bishops and other participants in the synod to kindle a fire that saves – a fire of “daring prudence,” the pope called it, fed by the Holy Spirit.
A network of far-right groups seems eager to capitalize on next month’s events to gain new momentum.
For anyone inclined to question the need for the synod, or to politicize it, layman Mauricio Lopez in Ecuador has a simple message: “Come live in one of these remote communities for a year.”
In his six years in office, Pope Francis has been no stranger to controversy or resistance, yet judging by the all-star lineup of opponents to his coming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, the gathering is shaping up to be one of his most controversial initiatives since the 2014-2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family.