March 14, 2013

Cleaning the Augean Stables

Scott Richert, Crisis Magazine

The stunned silence in the second or two after the announcement from the central balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica spoke volumes. No one was expecting the cardinal-archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to be named the immediate successor of Pope Benedict XVI and the 265th successor of Saint Peter. Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, the first Jesuit to be elected pope and the first pope from the Americas, had been mentioned on various lists of papabile but universally dismissed as too old. Never mind that he is two years younger than Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was in 2005, and, by all accounts, in better health than Ratzinger was in then (let alone than Benedict is in now). The conventional wisdom was that the Catholic Church “needed” a younger, stronger, more...

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A German big-spending Catholic bishop has flown to Rome to try and explain himself to humility advocate Pope Francis as he faces multiple calls to resign over his high-roller lifestyle.Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van... more ››
October 23, 2013
Vatican: Still No Communion for Divorcees
Francis Rocca, CNS
Amid rising expectations that the Catholic Church might make it easier for divorced and remarried members to receive Communion, the Vatican's highest doctrinal official reaffirmed church teaching barring such persons from the... more ››
October 22, 2013
My First Day in Rome
Amb. Kenneth Hackett, U.S. Embassy
My name is Ken Hackett and this is my first blog entry as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.  I had the honor of presenting my credentials today to His Holiness Pope Francis inside the apostolic palace, and I am excited and... more ››
October 18, 2013
Cardinals in the Coal Mine
Keith Slack, Politics of Poverty
Is the mining industry having a “coming to Jesus” moment? Possibly, if one can judge by a recent Vatican gathering of mining industry leaders and activists.The “Day of Reflection” convened  in September by the Pontifical... more ››