How reporters got the Pope’s telegram to Trump wrong

A telegram (yes, the Vatican still uses that word) from Pope Francis to Trump was spun as a dramatic challenge to the new president over the poor. In fact, it was largely a cut-and-paste operation from previous such messages, illustrating the importance of context in reporting papal news. [Editor’s note: Crux’s Vatican correspondent and co-editor, Inés… Continue reading How reporters got the Pope’s telegram to Trump wrong

The disagreements between Pope Francis and some Bishops

These days, when the classic Catholic parlor game of deciding who in the Vatican is for the pope and who’s against him gets underway, German Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller often figures near the top of most lists for the latter camp. Prefect of the Vatican’s powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and thus… Continue reading The disagreements between Pope Francis and some Bishops

Talks on Ordaining Women Deacons in the Catholic Church with Pope Francis as considered by John Allen

No doubt, the big story on the Vatican beat this week was Pope Francis’ apparent willingness to entertain whether women can serve as deacons in the Catholic Church. The word “apparent” is required because, as with so many other things in the Francis era, exactly what the pontiff meant is disputed. The question came up… Continue reading Talks on Ordaining Women Deacons in the Catholic Church with Pope Francis as considered by John Allen

Notes on a rollicking hump day at the 2015 Synod of Bishops

Synods of Bishops may be many things under Pope Francis, but dull is certainly not among them. On Wednesday, the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family heard the final set of reports from 13 small working groups. They brought into focus how the summit seems likely to handle its most contentious issues, especially the… Continue reading Notes on a rollicking hump day at the 2015 Synod of Bishops

Why the Synod of Bishops is more than Rock’em Sock’em Robots

When you talk to people taking part in the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family and ask where things stand, one observation you’ll often hear is that public impressions of the event and the actual experience of it are two very different things. In the media and in the blogosphere, many bishops say, one… Continue reading Why the Synod of Bishops is more than Rock’em Sock’em Robots

What did the pope’s mea culpa mean? Take your pick of scandals

ROME – Wednesdays in Rome generally belong to the pope, because that’s when he holds his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, and during the second week of the 2015 Synod of Bishops, Francis certainly found a way to put his stamp on what Americans often refer to as “hump day.” The pontiff delivered… Continue reading What did the pope’s mea culpa mean? Take your pick of scandals

‘Yes We Can!’ emerges as rallying cry at 2015 synod

ROME — Given the blindingly obvious fact that there are deep divisions at the 2015 Synod of Bishops, various ways of analyzing those fault lines have been proposed. Some see them in terms of the difference between a deductive and inductive approach, some between meeting the world halfway versus not being swallowed up by it,… Continue reading ‘Yes We Can!’ emerges as rallying cry at 2015 synod

Not winning the Nobel won’t affect Francis as a ‘Peace Pope.’

ROME — Pope Francis has once again been passed over for the Nobel Peace Prize; it went to a quartet of Tunisian organizations that held the country together when it was on the brink of civil war in 2013. But the obvious question is what difference it will make – to the pontiff personally, to… Continue reading Not winning the Nobel won’t affect Francis as a ‘Peace Pope.’

Synod Notebook: The dirty little secret about media coverage

ROME — Some years ago, I attended a presentation by the late Rev. Raymond Brown, a Sulpician priest and one of America’s great Catholic Biblical scholars, in which he commented on the obvious differences between the Acts of the Apostles and St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians in their accounts of the Council of Jerusalem.… Continue reading Synod Notebook: The dirty little secret about media coverage

Pope Francis is playing with house money in betting on the 2015 Synod

ROME — In the abstract, Pope Francis might have reason to be a bit nervous that his much-ballyhooed Synod of Bishops on the family, an Oct. 4-25 summit he’s been touting as a potentially defining moment of his papacy for almost two years, might be about to run off the rails. We’ve already had confirmation,… Continue reading Pope Francis is playing with house money in betting on the 2015 Synod

On Day One of Synod 2015, conservatives strike first

ROME — When the first Synod of Bishops on the family got underway last October, conservatives concerned with upholding traditional doctrine appeared caught off guard by a progressive push on several fronts, including relaxing the ban on Communion for Catholics who divorce and remarry outside the Church. The leading symbol of that disorientation was the… Continue reading On Day One of Synod 2015, conservatives strike first

What it means that Pope Francis met Kim Davis

ROME – If anyone suspected that Pope Francis didn’t really mean the strong words he spoke on religious freedom last week in the United States – that he was phoning it in, while his real concerns were elsewhere – claims that he held a private meeting with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis certainly should lay… Continue reading What it means that Pope Francis met Kim Davis

Francis 2.0 emerges in America: Pope and Church are a package deal

WASHINGTON – From the beginning, there’s been a popular tendency to pit Pope Francis against the institution he leads. He was swiftly styled as a maverick and a reformer, trying to shake up a staid and deeply traditional Church. There’s certainly some truth to that perception, and early on, Francis benefited from it. The narrative… Continue reading Francis 2.0 emerges in America: Pope and Church are a package deal

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