The appointment of Antonio Staglianò, bishop emeritus of Noto, as president of the Pontifical Academy of Theology reveals how Pope Francis wants his theologians to be, and how the Pope himself sees the development of theology.
Pope Francis indeed likes to quote St. Vincent of Lerins and how he defines the development of [...]
The conversations of Pope Francis with the Jesuits have the privilege of being free conversations, without filters, from which Pope Francis’ authentic way of thinking
often comes out. The conversation with the Jesuits of Canada, published, as usual, in La Civiltà Cattolica, was no exception.
There are no striking revelations in the [...]
Pope Francis’ trip to Canada is difficult to categorize. On the one hand, Pope Francis went to ask for forgiveness for an alleged collaboration of Catholics in managing residential schools, or those state schools that, between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, took over the education of indigenous children, separating them from their families—causing them [...]
The great Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, who passed away in 2017, coined the expression “liquid society” to describe today’s society. That is to say, a society in which everything is relativized, in which every point of view is valid and relative, and in which one does not proceed according to one’s convictions but is [...]
There is an essay by the cardinal-elect Gianfranco Ghirlanda that dates back to 2013 and may reveal the path Pope Francis intends to take with the reforms. The paper was published in La Civiltà Cattolica just after the resignation of Benedict XVI on March 2, 2013, and concerns the procedures of the Church [...]
Pope Francis granted three interviews published this past week. One to Reuters, published in installments; one to the Telam agency; and one for the podcast of Guillermo Marcò, his legendary spokesman in Buenos Aires, who made a podcast of the Pope’s words.
Beyond the contents of the interviews, Pope Francis’ strategy [...]
Pope Francis’ Apostolic letter number 83 is the Pope’s response to the question of the traditional Mass. Released on June 29 and formally signed in San Giovanni in Laterano because the Pope preferred this formula to emphasize his role as bishop of Rome, Desiderio Desideravi consists of 65 paragraphs and is, in practice, [...]
The Council of Cardinals that took place online June 21 was, in some ways, an extraordinary meeting. Not only because it lasted a relatively short time (less than an hour, according to the official statement) when in general cardinals meet for three days. It was striking that there was talk of the application of [...]
In different ways, both Pope Francis’s approach to issues concerning the Order of Malta and the renunciation to the cardinalate of the Bishop Emeritus of Gent, Lucas van Looy, are mirror images that demonstrate how Pope Francis operates. Now more than ever, Pope Francis is alone in command and follows a particularly personalist approach [...]
With the entry into force of the new apostolic constitution, Pope Francis was expected to appoint all the new heads of departments. It was a formal necessity: in fact, none of the previous dicasteries existed anymore, there was a new constitution, and therefore everyone had to be reappointed, both those who would remain at [...]