- Dec 10, 2019
Cardinal Kevin Farrell says if the Church does things right, we’ll never get to the provisions of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ on divorce and remarriage. “Much more needs to be done by the conferences of bishops…instead of saying, ‘Oh, that’s a wonderful document, and let every bishop do what he wants to do,’ it’s got to become a priority issue. It would be as if it never happened,” he said.
Drugs “are a wound in our society, a venom that corrodes, corrupts and kills,” Pope Francis said on Thursday, addressing more than 50 scientists, judges, politicians and religious who participated in a November 23-24 Vatican-sponsored conference.
The Pontifical Academy of Sciences, a Vatican-sponsored workshop, looked into new ways to address the growing issue of drug abuse. More that 50 experts met on November 23-24 to discuss innovative and effective solutions to drug use, abuse and prevention.
Before they met for their recent general congregation (GC) in Rome, Crux contributing editor Austen Ivereigh sat down with one of the Jesuits closest to Pope Francis about the effect on the gathering of the first Jesuit pope. He spoke to him afterwards to ask him to reflect on what happened there.
Now that the dust has settled a bit on Pope Francis’s Jubilee Year of Mercy, which formally ended last Sunday, it’s worth looking back at some of its key moments, trying to gauge how the pontiff’s appeal for a more merciful world resonated within the Church and beyond.
In a wide-ranging off-the-cuff question-and-answer session with Jesuit delegates in Rome, Pope Francis had two big topics on his mind: the decline of politics, and the rise of rigidity in seminaries.