- Jun 14, 2021
When popes were king, they ordered all their subjects in the Papal States to be vaccinated, using punishments and rewards to convince the hesitant and making sure the poor and the prisoners were inoculated as well.
People who today seem enemies may later become friends; disputes that now seem intractable may dissolve; and ideas that seem anathema may come to be not only acceptable but eminently “orthodox.”
If you’re at all interested in Catholicism, just moving around Italy is like a graduate education in Church history.
The vigil Mass on Saturday evening is not a “two-for-one” Mass for both days.
When I recently told a FedEx employee that I needed to ship something to Vatican City State, his puzzled response was, “What country is that in?”
A cohort of young Catholic traditionalists-cum-integralists today seems surprisingly at home with Pope Francis’s critique of capitalism.