- May 26, 2020
In his new book, “Building a Bridge,” Father James Martin fails to mention Catholic organizations trying to help homosexuals live their lives according to Church teaching. However, he does speak approvingly of New Ways Ministry, which has been condemned by both the Vatican and the U.S. Bishops. Is he causing confusion in the Church?
Pretty much everything a pope does exercises leadership and shapes culture in the Church, whether or not it comes wrapped in a binding magisterial declaration. Today is an excellent illustration of the point, as Pope Francis will create 17 new cardinals in an event called a “consistory,” 13 of whom will be eligible to elect his successor.
Recently tapped by Pope Francis as a new cardinal, Archbishop Joseph Tobin is now headed for Newark, New Jersey, to replace Archbishop John Myers. Saying faith is “a willingness to be surprised by God,” Tobin added on Monday, “the last weeks have been exceptionally ‘faith filled’.”
All three new American cardinals set to be elevated by Pope Francis on Nov. 19 bring strong backgrounds in ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue, but in reality there’s little remarkable about that, since the pope could have thrown darts at a dartboard in the US and come up with much the same thing.
Both Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Mayor Joe Hogsett of Indianapolis have thanked Pope Francis for elevating their city’s archbishops to the College of Cardinals, praising both men as important spiritual and civil leaders in their environments.
By naming Blase Cupich of Chicago, Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis and Kevin Farrell, formerly of Dallas, as cardinals, Pope Francis has moved the senior leadership of the American Catholic Church to a centrist, non-cultural warrior stance reminiscent of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s “seamless garment.”