• In speech on Europe, Pope Francis lays out his own ‘Benedict option’

    In speech on Europe, Pope Francis lays out his own ‘Benedict option’

    • Oct 30, 2017

    Catholic bishops across Europe largely have been making a stand in defense of continental unity, a position backed by Pope Francis. Yet in a major speech on Europe Saturday, Francis made clear he’s also no champion of the European status quo, and in fact seems to regard it as passing away. In that context, he laid out his own version of the “Benedict option” for the Church’s role.