- Jan 25, 2020
At a major Rome summit on Saturday, leaders of the opposition to Pope Francis’s document “Amoris Laetitia” insisted “we cannot be ignored,” but it’s not clear they jarred Pope Francis out of his “Just don’t look!” strategy.
The August 3 death of Bishop Giovanni Benedetti, who led the Diocese of Foligno in Italy from 1976 to 1992, probably won’t attract much comment anywhere outside his native region of Umbria. That’s too bad, because his life illustrates several truths about Catholic bishops that often go unacknowledged or under-appreciated.
In a message read by his long-time personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI defined late Cardinal Joachim Meisner as a “pastor of souls.” Recalling their last conversation, on the eve of the prelate’s death, the German pontiff wrote that he was impressed by the cardinal’s “loosened happiness, the inner joy, and the confidence that he had found.”
Leading conservative German Cardinal Joachim Meisner has died. His successor as Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, said Meisner stood up for truth, and “fought for the protection of life from the beginning to the end, and raised his voice wherever the dignity of the person was challenged.”
Speaking to a Spanish news outlet, the head of the Vatican’s main working court said that four cardinals who accused Pope Francis of creating confusion with his document on the family “Amoris Laetitia” are guilty of causing “very grave scandal” and the pope could take away their red hats.
For more than two years, Catholicism has been gripped by lively debate over what the implications of opening up Communion to at least some divorced and civilly remarried Catholics might be. Maybe what Francis wants now is some R&D to find out what actually happens.