- Jul 9, 2020
The editors of a concluding document from a March 19-24 meeting of 300 youth in Rome, intended to advise an upcoming summit of bishops on youth, have insisted there was no “conspiracy” against voices favoring more traditional forms of liturgy.
Pope Francis has revealed that each Friday, he meets quietly with a group of survivors of sexual abuse, saying it’s important for him to hear their stories because “what they have been through is so hard, they are destroyed.”
Sometimes on the Vatican beat in a given week, what you get isn’t one grand narrative but lots of little ones. This was one of those weeks, so here’s a potpourri of nuggets on contrasting antidotes for different diseases, counter-intuitive patron saints, and what to make of papal press conferences in terms of the pontiff’s own personal priorities.
At a conference Thursday marking the 10th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s decree liberalizing use of the Latin Mass, the meeting organizer, Father Vincenzo Nuara, didn’t even mention Francis in his opening remarks. The current pope was mentioned in passing by the second speaker, and ignored entirely by the third.
Letters written in 2011 by then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, today Pope Francis, which have been unearthed and aired by Swedish television, confirm what people close to the pontiff already knew — that over the course of his career, he’s tried several times to bring the breakaway traditionalist Society of St. Pius X back into the fold.
The Vatican has announced a way for the marriages of the traditionalist Society St. Pius X – which is not in full communion with the rest of the Church – to have their marriages recognized by the Church. It is the latest move in a decades-long attempt to bring the group into full unity.