- Aug 3, 2020
Pope Francis on Monday called out U.S. President Donald Trump for threatening the DACA program, but also told Italians he recognized the need for limits and “prudence” on immigration. One way to explain the apparently different emphasis is that when Francis addresses immigration, he usually makes a (sometimes silent) distinction between spiritual and moral dispositions, and concrete acts of governance.
On Saturday, Pope Francis called Marie Collins, an abuse survivor who recently quit his Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors citing Vatican resistance to reform, a “great woman” and said she’s “right on some things.” In a Crux interview, Collins expressed gratitude but also said that the Church still needs uniform global standards and a way to hold bishops accountable.
Pope Francis on Saturday praised an abuse survivor who quit his own reform commission citing Vatican resistance, saying she was “right on some issues,” but also defended the Church’s record in recovering from the abuse scandals. He also talked about his looming May 24 meeting with Donald Trump, the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, and Medjugorje.
Pope Francis on Tuesday said that fear is a poor adviser for countries struggling to set policies for immigrants and refugees, suggested that Catholicism’s ban on women priests is “forever,” and also confirmed that the Vatican will participate in talks to try to address Venezuela’s tensions under President Nicolas Maduro.