- Jul 7, 2020
In another wide-ranging airborne news conference at the end of one of his foreign trips, Pope Francis on Sunday returned to the theme of “gender theory” that he raised on Saturday in Georgia, saying the Church must walk with trans persons but also resist the spread of what he called “ideological colonization.”
The number of cardinal-electors, meaning those eligible to vote for the next pope, is getting low enough that the time is drawing near for a new round of picks — and although an American seems plausible, under Pope Francis all bets are off in terms of where the cardinals might come from and who they might be.
After 20 years on the lecture circuit I thought I’d heard it all, but last Saturday proved I can still be surprised when an audience member rose to angrily accuse me of channeling Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney. The occasion was the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, where, among other
A Scottish cardinal who stepped down as an archbishop in 2013 amid revelations of sexual misconduct now has renounced his rights and privileges as a cardinal, although he will retain the title, the Vatican announced Friday. Though not quite unprecedented, the specter of a Catholic prelate all but losing his
ROME — “Throw the bums out” is a well-recognized instinct in politics, often fueled by cycles of scandal and corruption or simply a perception that the same cast of characters has been in power for too long. In the 1990s, for instance, the desire to shake things up led to
The Catholic Church’s most exclusive club will have new members come February, as the Vatican announced Thursday Pope Francis will hold a consistory to create new cardinals Feb. 14-15. Almost nothing a pope does is as critical to the direction of Catholicism, in part because cardinals are the most influential