- Jan 18, 2020
The new leader of Opus Dei, Spanish Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, and another top Opus Dei official met the press on Monday. Among other things, they described the surprisingly warm personal relationship between Pope Francis and Opus Dei, despite perceptions that the group is “conservative” and Francis “progressive.”
Although nobody believes there’s going to be a papal election anytime soon, the consistory taking place next month to create 17 new cardinals, 13 eligible to vote, is nevertheless the closest thing the Catholic Church has to the Iowa Caucus, when all the candidates are on display.
Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, a close ally of Pope Francis, said Europe’s Christian legacy is “in danger,” but it’s a self-inflicted problem — not a reason to be hostile to Islam, or to start closing doors across Europe to Muslim immigrants.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Austria, widely considered one of the leading intellectuals among the Church’s senior leadership, said Sept. 11 that Muslims believe their hour is at hand, and warned that an “Islamic conquest” may be in Europe’s future.
In early July, three separate statements by senior Catholic prelates on the implications of Pope Francis’ recent document on the family, Amoris Laetitia, indicate that the debate it opened, especially on Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, is far from resolved.