- Jan 28, 2020
A Vatican cardinal at the center of a storm over a book about celibacy and the Catholic priesthood is denouncing the “brutality” of criticism directed at him and his collaborator, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.
Looking ahead to the rest of 2020, this year could see several major Vatican shakeups as Pope Francis’s reform of the Roman Curia rolls out and several current department heads have already reached the age of retirement.
Pope Francis opened 2020 with a strong call to acknowledge the dignity of women, end violence against them and stop the exploitation of women’s bodies.
At least for the early part of 2020, it seems likely the biggest papal bombshells will come in things the pope is expected to publish.
“Rigidity that comes from fear of change ends up scattering fences and obstacles on the terrain of the common good, making it a minefield of incommunicability and hatred,” Pope Francis said Saturday, speaking of his project of reform of the Roman Curia.