- Mar 27, 2020
Two US bishops in Rome this week to present the results of a major assembly of Hispanic-American Catholics say their presence delivers a simple message: Not all Americans think alike, and most them aren’t anti-pope.
“There always is the schismatic option in the Church,” Francis said. “It’s a choice that the Lord leaves to human freedom. I am not afraid of schism … I pray for them not to happen, as the spiritual health of many people is at stake.”
There are thousands of Americans in Rome. Many of them are students, like Schneible was. The Vatican has several American employees, and hundreds of American priests and religious work and study in the heart of the Church. For all of them, celebrating Thanksgiving takes some effort.
By choosing Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas as the first-ever head of his new department for family, laity, and life issues, Pope Francis has handed a big win to pastoral moderates in the Church and also laid to rest concerns that he’s somehow hostile to Americans.