- Jan 25, 2020
The controversy surrounding retired Pope Benedict XVI’s contribution to a new book on priestly celibacy demonstrates just how much both substance and appearances matter.
New comments by retired Pope Benedict XVI backing clerical celibacy while Pope Francis considers making an exception to the rule in the Amazon has prompted widespread debate, with many calling for clarification on the role of a pope emeritus.
For Pope Francis, 2019 included his sixth anniversary as pope, his 83rd birthday and his 50th anniversary as a priest, but it also was a year that saw him still confronted with the clerical sexual abuse crisis and with Vatican financial scandals.
The director of Jubilee USA Network wants the pope’s ecological and economic messages from the Amazon Synod to get more attention.
Sister Nathalie Becquart believes Pope Francis is using synods to gradually build consensus and preserve Church unity.
According to Mexican Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes no one in Mexico “can claim that they didn’t know how to act” when it comes to clerical sexual abuse.