- May 30, 2020
Pope Francis has given Paris and Mexico City new archbishops, filling two important positions in the Catholic Church with churchmen he has known and promoted in recent years.
On Oct. 7, ten intellectuals from eight European nations published a call for “A Europe we can believe in.” This “Paris Statement” purports “to actively recover what is best in our tradition,” and to build a “peaceful, hopeful and noble future together.” The signatories say that if Europe abandons her Christian roots, rather than drawing on them for renewal, Europe’s peoples and cultures will lose their “home.”
Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, the Jewish convert who became Archbishop of Paris, died ten years ago. His epitaph, which he wrote, reads: “I was born a Jew. I received the name of my paternal grandfather Aaron. Christian by faith and by baptism, I remained a Jew, as did the Apostles.”
Monsignor Tony Anatrella, a prominent French priest and psychoanalyst who stirred controversy in 2015 when he advised newly appointed Catholic bishops that they were not obligated to report sex abuse allegations to the police, now faces a Church legal procedure for abuse charges himself.
In a Paris rocked by recent terrorist threats, Ukrainian Greek Catholic immigrants have built a thriving parish community, and some French Catholics are even discovering Byzantine spirituality and worship from their new Ukrainian neighbors.
A woman was arrested over the weekend and charged with planning to attack Paris’s historic Notre Dame Cathedral with a car bomb, as France’s Interior Minister says that the country’s security services are discovering and thwarting terrorist plots “every day.”