- May 13, 2021
The Pope’s “El Pais” interview was about many things yet mainly about one: the need for the Church to be close to people, and concrete. Francis is convinced that the greatest threat to the contemporary age is gnosticism, which shows itself in the Church as fundamentalism and legalism.
From the outside the Catholic Church can sometimes look like a rigid system of command-and-control, one in which there are severe penalties for coloring outside the lines. Father Gabriele Amorth, Rome’s most celebrated exorcist who died Friday at 91, proved that’s only true if you allow it to be.
Former Irish President Mary McAleese believes that movements such as Brexit in the UK and the Trump campaign in the States are unlikely to have much traction in Ireland, where their history as an immigrant people and their Christian faith still shape popular attitudes.
For Vatican II and for Pope Francis, the “hour of the laity” is all about the public activity of lay people, not the internal functioning of the Church or holding quasi-clerical roles.
Preaching May 17 during Mass in his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the pope said Jesus speaks a language of humiliation, death and redemption.
No doubt, the big story on the Vatican beat this week was Pope Francis’ apparent willingness to entertain whether women can serve as deacons in the Catholic Church. The word “apparent” is required because, as with so many other things in the Francis era, exactly what the pontiff meant is
“It’s never the shepherd who tells the laity what they have to do or say [in public life], they know it as well or even better than us”
Anti-Zionists often say they are not opposed to Jews, just the Israeli state. Some are telling the truth, but others are lying. Similarly, hyper-critics of Catholicism often say they are anti-clerical, but not anti-Catholic. Yes, that is true for some, but not universally so. In both cases, even among those