• Agree or not, it’s good to know what Vatican insiders think of America

    Agree or not, it’s good to know what Vatican insiders think of America

    • Jul 16, 2017

    An article by two friends of Pope Francis arguing that a ‘Manichean vision’ underlies ‘a surprising ecumenism … between Evangelical fundamentalists and Catholic Integralists’ in the United States may be debatable, but it illustrates a time-honored Vatican take on America that neither this pope nor his advisers invented. (As a footnote, we might want to slow down before blaming the US bishops.)

  • Francis warns of ‘rigid’ liturgy, confesses soft spot for old ladies

    Francis warns of ‘rigid’ liturgy, confesses soft spot for old ladies

    • Nov 11, 2016

    In an interview at the start of a newly published collection of his homilies while archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis has warned of rigidity in those seeking to roll back liturgical reform. He also shares thoughts on preaching, politics and Pentecostals — and his soft spot for ladies of a certain age.