- Aug 5, 2020
Italians of all stripes believe the country theoretically is capable of exiting this crisis in good shape, but pre-existing ideological and political divides will prevent it. That’s an examination of conscience the Catholic Church might profitably undertake as well.
Pope Francis is recommending a Christian kind of populism after being attacked by Italian politicians for defending migrants.
Italian cities like Venice are trying to get their Jewish citizens to remain in Catholic Italy. “It is difficult because most young people are leaving for places where they are assured of a more comprehensive Jewish life; in Italy, that means Milan or Rome,” chief rabbi of Venice, Rabbi Scialom Bahbout, said. “Many also move to Israel, Paris or New York.”
The Catholic Archdiocese of Palermo will transfer a chapel to the Jewish community there. Archbishop of Palermo, Corrado Lorefice says, “This transfer is the product of a genuine friendship and ongoing dialogue between the church and Palermo’s Jewish community.”
Many Catholics have a gut instinct that something revolutionary is afoot in the Church under Pope Francis, but for many, its precise contours remain a bit unclear. Perhaps one way to phrase it is that Francis is leading a “Pastoral Revolution.” The pontiff has insisted that he has no intention