- Apr 11, 2021
Pope Francis will release his eagerly-awaited document on the Amazon next Wednesday, with attention focused on whether he will approve calls by the region’s bishops to ordain married men to address a priest shortage there.
In his new exhortation on young people, Pope Francis did not shy away from delving into the abuse crisis as a major challenge to the Catholic Church’s credibility among youth, but a notable omission was any reference to adopting a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to clerical sexual abuse.
The place Pope Francis chose to sign his letter to young people is an important and popular sanctuary housing the Holy House of Loreto.
Pope Francis will issue a document on “young people, faith and vocational discernment” five months after the world Synod of Bishops gathered to discuss the topic.
In a new document on holiness, Pope Francis makes clear he both believes in the Devil, the “Prince of Hell,” and that he regards critics of his merciful line in “Amoris Laetitia” and elsewhere of seeing the Church as “the possession of a select few.”
The apostolic exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and be glad”), subtitled “On the call to holiness in the contemporary world” will be unveiled April 9 at noon Rome time in a Vatican news conference.
One of the standard talks I’ve given on the Catholic lecture circuit for years now focuses on the cultural gap between the Vatican and Main Street USA. Only semi-jokingly, I sometimes title it “Rome is from Mars, America from Venus,” because it does often seem they’re on two different planets.
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.