- May 29, 2020
For enthusiasm, commitment and sheer passion, however, I’ve never met anyone quite so passionate about popes as Fr. Richard Kunst of the Diocese of Duluth in Minnesota.
Roman Catholicism is a sprawling, wildly diverse community of 1.2 billion people spread over every nook and cranny of the planet, and sometimes, when its fault lines and internal tensions seem especially sharp, it almost defies belief that the Church has held together as long as it has. Theologically, of
There have been reminders that Francis’ success on the global stage is not really matched by comparable breakthroughs as a manager.
I was interviewed Friday by an Italian news agency, in conjunction with Bernie Sanders’ speech that day at a Vatican conference on economic justice. The main question was, “Do Americans think Pope Francis is taking sides in the 2016 election?” For the record, this was before news broke that Sanders
To be sure, there’s plenty of text in Pope Francis’ sweeping new document on the family, titled Amoris Laetitia, which was released by the Vatican on Friday. It runs to 60,000 words and 264 pages in the English version, making it a whopper. Yet from a news point of view,
ROME – Formally speaking, Vatican documents are categorized according to their ecclesiastical genre. An “encyclical”, for instance, is a developed form of papal teaching, an “instruction” generally explains or amplifies another document that has legislative force, a “motu proprio” is a legal decree under the pope’s authority, and so on.