- Jan 22, 2020
Theologians must explore and debate disputed questions, at times even taking “risks” with what they propose, but those discussions should take place within the academy so as not to confuse the faithful, Pope Francis said.
One way the Catholic instinct seeps through in Key West is a tendency among locals to compare the present state of the place unfavorably to a half-remembered, half-imagined past.
There’s a sense in which the Francis papacy can be understood as a sort of salsa-infused homage to St. John XXIII.
What every bishop I’ve ever spoken to who’s taken part in a Vatican synod would say, and I mean unanimously, is this: The experience helped them think in a more global way about the vicissitudes of the Church.
The ironic juxtaposition of two stories on the same day illustrates a chronic confusion within the Church about what an “option for the poor” actually means.
One could make the argument that the Vatican II figure to whom Pope Francis is closest actually isn’t John XXIII but rather Cardinal Giacomo Lercaro of Bologna, Italy, the council’s leading apostle of the “option for the poor.”