- Apr 9, 2021
Persecution is the work of the devil, and while anti-Christian persecution is evident in many parts of the world, the devil also is attacking the image and likeness of God present in many other people as well, Pope Francis said.
Moving around the Catholic world, it’s often striking how the culture wars in the Church over matters such as liturgy and “Amoris Laetitia” are products of affluent and basically stable societies, while places with real wars to worry about have more existential concerns. A visit to a Catholic hospital in Lebanon confirmed the point, where the CEO found questions about its Catholic identity almost impossible to fathom.
As an Argentinian, the American concept of the ‘culture wars’ often seems opaque and odd. If one were to take Pope Francis’s concept of the Church as a river seriously, it would seem that there should be room for islands on both the left and the right.
Italy’s new Prime Minister, known as the “cold one,” could easily disappear as the roller-coaster of Italian politics continues, but he brings key assets to the job, including a deep understanding of Catholic tradition, a family history of strong Vatican ties, and a Pope Francis- style outlook on wars of culture.
Journalists with major-media organizations capable of crafting careful, nuanced stories are often considered “religion” folks—put into their little box—and not really considered part of mainstream journalism. Emma Green at “The Atlantic,” however, is an encouraging exception.
Thanks to folks like my fellow panelists that represent an ever-growing and diverse coalition of people that are more interested in better policies, a new course for building a robust pro-life, pro-woman movement is being chartered.
Many commentators these days are floating the idea of a “Benedict Option,” meaning a Church that withdraws from the culture and lives as a remnant. Perhaps instead Catholicism should try the “David Option,” boldly engaging the culture, without power or privilege, with the force of moral authority.
North Carolina bishops say “we accompany all people,” but transgender bathroom access involves religious liberty because Church institutions must operate according to their beliefs.