Pope Francis has often said that his model is Pope Paul VI. He has said he admired Paul VI’s courage in drafting a Humanae Vitae that ran counter to world public opinion, and he recognized his spiritual depth. But Giovambattista Montini was also the skilled deputy of the Secretariat of State in the [...]
Pope Francis’ meeting with Cardinal Reinhard Marx last Sep. 19 will be a sort of watershed for the Pontificate. There is no news about the meeting. The Pope and the Cardinal likely talked about the upcoming Synod of the Church of Germany that is going to discuss the priestly celibacy, the Catholic moral [...]
Pope Francis will ordain four archbishops on October, 4: monsignors Antoine Camilleri, Paolo Borgia, and Paolo Rudelli; and Fr. Michael Czerny. The first three were promoted nuncios (i.e., Papal ambassadors) though their postings were not disclosed because hosting governments have not given the agrément. Fr. Michael Czerny will be created a cardinal in [...]
Cardinal Roger Etchegaray passed away Sep. 4, marking the end of a Vatican universe that will never be again. With the death of Cardinal Etchegaray, the Church does not only loses one of the main collaborators to St. John Paul II. She also loses a dear friend to Paul VI, and the man who [...]
Benedict XVI himself has wanted to address some of the issues raised after the publication of his essay on the abuse crisis. He thus wrote a short letter to answer a commentary by professor Aschmann. Both the commentary and Benedict XVI’s response were published in Herder Korrespondenz.
Benedict XVI wrote: “It seems to [...]
The Australian bishops’ reaction to the news that the appeal court upheld the guilty verdict against Cardinal George Pell for “historical cases” of sexual abuse were timid. All of the statements referred to the pain of the victims and to the commitment the Australian Church applied and will apply to assisting [...]
In a letter sent from prison, waiting for the appeal sentence to be handed down on August 21, Cardinal George Pell stressed his preoccupation about the upcoming Special Synod on the Panamazonian Region. The letter revamped the discussion on the Synod, which will likely be one of the main crossroads in Pope Francis’ [...]
Events regarding the Pontifical Theological Institute John Paul II have generated a further drift between two camps that have been up in arms during Pope Francis’ Pontificate. On the one hand, those who look for the continuity in the magisterium, on the other hand, those who stress that Pope Francis’ Pontificate broke – [...]
The news that two officials of the Vatican Secretariat of State were promoted to new positions have gone almost unnoticed. The event is revealing of the transition in Pope Francis’ pontificate taking place in the past two weeks.
The appointments can be considered two promotions. Monsignor Carlo Maria Polvani, who headed the Office for [...]
The publication of the new Statutes of the Pontifical Theological Institute John Paul II has marked a moment of transition in Pope Francis’ pontificate.
Elected six years ago with a mandate of reforms, Pope Francis did not make all of his moves at once. He preferred to change the top ranks only when [...]