- Feb 23, 2020
Key papal ally, Father Antonio Spadaro, gave a lecture at Notre Dame on Tuesday arguing that the theme of mercy is critical to understanding Pope Francis’s political engagement. Spadaro said the much talked about “Benedict Option” does not align with Francis’s vision for geopolitics and argued against a diplomacy that divides the world into good versus evil.
According to Brazilian Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, the core of Pope Francis’s ecclesiastical reform is to build “a totally missionary Church,” and as part of that picture, Hummes says Francis wants a Church determined to “move and leave” preferentially towards the peripheries.
Italian Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, retired archbishop of Bologna and one of four cardinals who recently asked Pope Francis to clarify his positions in ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ said on Saturday the cardinals acted because “only a blind man could deny there’s great confusion, uncertainty and insecurity in the Church.”
Mark Shriver’s book on Pope Francis is part-memoir, part-personal journey, and quite unlike other works out there. He goes to the right places, speaks to the right people, and in the process builds a fascinating portrait, according to Crux’s contributing editor, also a papal biographer.