- Apr 17, 2021
The French Church has launched a program to combat anti-migrant and anti-Muslim attitudes amid reports of tensions among Catholics.
“We listen to [the voice of the Church] with interest, with respect, and we can even make our own many of its points. But this voice of the Church, we both know deep down cannot be ordering,” the French President Emmanuel Macron told bishops on Monday.
Amid a push to legalize physician-assisted suicide in parts of Europe, 118 French bishops signed a declaration this week promoting end-of-life care and explaining the Church’s opposition to suicide in all forms.
No, Pope Francis did not propose changing the Lord’s Prayer this week. He expressed a preference for the French translation of one line over the English, which is another kettle of fish. Still, can we give over-taxed reporters a break, and accept that sometimes, the nuance is on us?
The president of the French bishops’ conference has said that he welcomes the victory of Emmanuel Macron against populist right wing leader Marine Le Pen. Ahead of the elections the French Catholic Church did not take sides and encouraged discernment.