- Apr 14, 2021
Pope Francis legendarily has a keen sense of justice and a hard-wired bias in favor of the underdog, but it’s also clear that Francis, like pretty much every reformer pope before him, is still struggling with the institutional translation of those core instincts.
A shadowy lay Italian financier named Gianluigi Torzi was called in to rescue the Vatican on a London deal gone bad, but now is charged with extortion.
Despite a delay in the formal swearing in of new members due to the coronavirus, the Pontifical Swiss Guard Wednesday still honored fallen comrades with a private ceremony held digitally for the first time.
Pope Francis said Friday in Mozambique that the planet too has been abandoned and maltreated, and she “groans in travail.”
Despite being investigated for allegations of having sexually abused two seminarians, an Argentinian bishop close to the pope has once again been allowed by a judge to travel to Rome.
What one might call the “weaponization” of clerical sexual abuse charges as part of the wars of culture in Catholicism is nothing new. Decisions to lodge such charges or to make them public, as well as whether people are inclined to believe or reject them, often are tied up with politics, try as reasonable souls might to remain objective.
After months of leaving the “sostituto,” or deputy, post at the Vatican Secretariat of State vacant, Pope Francis Wednesday tapped Venezuelan Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra for the position – a man who has an extensive background in areas close to the pope’s heart, including advocating for human rights.