Three clues are said to make a piece if evidence. Therefore, the news of the third inspection ordered by Pope Francis in a Vatican dicastery in just over two months can reasonably be considered the expression of a particular way of working by Pope Francis. When a transition is ongoing, Pope Francis will appoint [...]
What is happening to Pope Francis’ pontificate? Many ask this, especially after Alberto Melloni wrote a long piece in Repubblica that started from Pope Francis’ “unmatched Christian authenticity” and went so far as to predict a “storm” after making a list of several contradictory decisions of this month, defined as “a black June.”
Two events of the week do not seem connected, and yet they are. The events are the publication of the MONEYVAL report, which certifies all the structural problems of the Vatican judicial system, and the resignation as Archbishop of Munich – Freising offered by Cardinal Reinhard Marx and rejected by Pope Francis.
In 2010, Benedict XVI wrote a letter to the Church of Ireland shaken by the case of abuse. And there was a passage in that letter that was enlightening: after the Second Vatican Council – we read – “there was a well-intentioned but misguided tendency to avoid penal approaches to canonically irregular situations.”