What has been Pope Francis’ way of governing?
Before the latest motu proprio on the implementation of the Vos Estis Lux Mundi, Pope Francis’ latest government decision is the renewal of the Council of Cardinals membership. Nine members with the inclusion of Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, who attended all meetings but who was not initially included in the chirograph [...]
Pope Francis, how will the season of great trials end?
The news of the acquittal “because the fact does not exist” of Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, a former official of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, came on the eve of the testimony in court of Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra, substitute (deputy) of the Secretariat of State, in the trial on [...]
Pope Francis, ten years later
Ten years ago, Pope Francis came out donned as a Pope from the Loggia delle Benedizioni of the Vatican Apostolic Palace for the first time. He had refused the red mozzetta, had asked to be blessed by the people, and immediately began building his pontificate, which was, in reality, a work of visible breach [...]
Pope Francis, a crackdown?
As the tenth anniversary of his pontificate approaches, Pope Francis has executed another crackdown on what he deems a Vatican “system.” With a rescript, a document written after an audience with the Pope, he blocked both the free apartments for office use and the flats at subsidized prices for the department heads. In [...]
Pope Francis, why another blow to the ancient rite?
The Praedicate Evangelium, the apostolic constitution which regulates the functions and duties of the offices of the Curia, gives the Dicastery for Divine Worship the precise task of promoting “the sacred liturgy according to the renewal undertaken by the Second Vatican Council.” The mention of the Council could have been read as a clue [...]
Pope Francis, the signs of power
Pope Francis has various methods of governing, but the technique of relativizing power, or in any case of taking away power, is his most common. Whenever the Pope wants to take control of certain situations, he does not change management or initiate reform. First, he takes away power and credibility from those in the [...]
Benedict XVI, his legacy
For the first time, the anniversary of Benedict XVI’s resignation from the pontificate took place without Benedict XVI. And yet, since Pope Emeritus passed away last December 31, he has never been so present in the life of the Church. So much so that Pope Francis, in the press conference on the return flight [...]
Pope Francis and the challenge of the Synod
An article in the magazine America by Cardinal Robert McElroy - and the following McElroy’s remarks in a podcast - opened a debate destined to last throughout the synodal process, which will end in 2024. McElroy spoke of the need for a “radical inclusion” of LGBT people, women, and others in the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis, his narrative, what he shows
The interview that Pope Francis granted to the Associated Press, published on January 25, points to what appears to be his state of mind. The Pope seems to respond “candidly” to the questions, even accepting to enter tricky terrain, complaining that he would prefer not to receive criticism, and even showing disinterest for [...]
Pope Francis, between reality and representation
The news that the French priest and psychiatrist Tony Anatrella has been barred from public life, but not reduced to the lay state, after his final conviction for abuse, has arrived for Pope Francis while the echoes of the Rupnik case have not yet quiet down. The decision in the Anatrella case demonstrates [...]