- Jan 25, 2020
A rundown of Crux’s list of Top Ten Vatican Stories for 2018, a tumultuous year in the life of the Church by any standard.
We’ve had several clear instances just in recent months in which Francis has all but taken over the judgment of a local church, at least on specific matters, issuing orders and drawing lines in the sand.
In several different ways, Pope Francis appears to be shaping a less “Vatican-centric” version of Catholicism.
While one could see Monday’s resignation of an embattled Nigerian bishop as the pope blinking, it may also be an act of mercy by the pope and humility by the bishop.
An embattled bishop who has not been able to set foot in his diocese in Nigeria for over five years has resigned his position, saying it is “no longer beneficial to the Church” for him to hold his position, just over eight months after Pope Francis threatened to suspend any priest who refused to accept him.
Pope Francis is remarkably well-informed about the details of running the Church, which means he gets all the credit when things go right but all the blame when they don’t.