- Dec 5, 2019
Under Pope Francis, there’s a river of news every day, often making it hard to separate the important from the ephemeral. In that light, here’s a run-down of stories from the past year whose lasting significance still hasn’t been fully digested.
Honduran Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, who is facing allegations of financial mismanagement, said Pope Francis has called him to express his full support for the prelate.
A top aide to Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras says charges of financial irregularities are aimed at pressuring Pope Francis to accept his resignation, and amount to “an attack on the Holy Father.”
An Italian media outlet has reported allegations of financial mismanagement on the part of Honduran Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, although no formal allegations or charges have been raised against the cardinal to date.
While the coordinator of the pope’s ‘C9’ council of cardinal advisers has dismissed American Cardinal Raymond Burke as a ‘disappointed man’ upset with his loss of power, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has defended Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea as someone with whom the Church’s liturgy is in “good hands.”
I’d like to suggest a new parlor game: Debating the greatest “resurrections” under Pope Francis, i.e., figures whose careers once appeared to be over and who are now back. Friday’s nomination of Archbishop Piero Marini as a member of the Vatican’s liturgical department is the latest example.