• Spanish prelates urge unity; some Catalonian Catholics advocate self-rule

    Spanish prelates urge unity; some Catalonian Catholics advocate self-rule

    • Oct 30, 2017

    Cardinal Ricardo Blazquez Perez of Valladolid, president of the Spanish bishops’ conference, expressed sadness for the Catalonian declaration of independence and reiterated support “for the constitutional order and … its restoration.” But in Catalonia, the Catholic justice and peace commission and 12 other Catholic organizations said Catalan institutions “predate and do not derive from the 1978 Spanish constitution.”

  • In speech on Europe, Pope Francis lays out his own ‘Benedict option’

    In speech on Europe, Pope Francis lays out his own ‘Benedict option’

    • Oct 30, 2017

    Catholic bishops across Europe largely have been making a stand in defense of continental unity, a position backed by Pope Francis. Yet in a major speech on Europe Saturday, Francis made clear he’s also no champion of the European status quo, and in fact seems to regard it as passing away. In that context, he laid out his own version of the “Benedict option” for the Church’s role.

  • Catalonia the elephant in the room at Vatican summit on Europe

    Catalonia the elephant in the room at Vatican summit on Europe

    • Oct 27, 2017

    While the Vatican hosted a major summit on Europe on Friday featuring some 350 spiritual and political leaders from across the continent, nobody seemed eager to touch the big European story of the day — Catalonia’s vote to declare independence, and Spain’s move to impose direct rule. That may reflect both the sensitivity of the issue, and the fact that the Church isn’t of one mind.