Posts Tagged ‘France’

France is proud of its secularism. But struggles grow in this approach

Monday, June 10th, 2024

Secularism has been brought into the international spotlight by the ban on hijabs for French athletes at the upcoming Paris Olympics. France’s unique approach to “laïcité” — loosely translated as “secularism” — has been increasingly stirring controversy from schools to sports fields across the country. The struggle cuts to the core of how France approaches Read more

France is still deeply rooted in Christianity, sociologist says

Monday, May 27th, 2024

Specialising in the relationship between democracy and religion, Philippe Portier, a French academic professor and political scientist, is not surprised that secularised France is so interested in rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral in the nation’s capital. “The interest aroused in France by the restoration of Notre Dame is very telling,” he explained to OSV News. Identity Read more

A Catholic springtime in France

Monday, April 8th, 2024

What is a Catholic, from a contemporary perspective? The stereotype is that he or she is a sort of reactionary simpleton, a bit mean, a bit senile, obsessing over abstruse texts, preferring Mass to sleeping in on Sundays, and insisting on obeying an antiquated sect whose main activity is covering up sexual abuse. This pious Read more

Science helps avoid bad compassion

Thursday, September 28th, 2023
Bad compassion

In a candid discussion with reporters on September 23, Pope Francis warned against what he termed bad compassion. Francis defined bad compassion as the law not to let the child grow in the mother’s womb or the law of euthanasia in disease and old age.” Clarifying, he added “I am not saying it is a Read more

Rugby – we shouldn’t pray to win says priest

Thursday, September 28th, 2023

Fr Antony Sumich, a New Zealand priest and former international rugby player and coach, has spoken candidly about the profound impact of rugby on his spiritual journey. A member of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, Sumich has had a dual role as a club player in New Zealand and the coach of Croatia’s national Read more

No numb spectators of migrant shipwreck tragedies

Monday, September 25th, 2023

Pope Francis was visibly moved when on the way home from Marseille he was presented with a photograph of a young migrant child. Francis was in Marseille to address a Mediterranean forum on migration. The image was captured by Reuters photographer Yara Nardi who accompanied the Pope on his journey from Rome to Marseille. “As Read more

French riots reveal deep social fractures

Monday, July 17th, 2023
French riots

The fracture between the French state and youth in impoverished neighbourhoods around the nation’s largest cities has led to widespread violence in recent days. Religious leaders and institutions are trying to respond after thousands of young people, many the children or grandchildren of North African immigrants who first came to France in large numbers in Read more

French riots follow decades-old pattern of rage, with no resolution in sight

Thursday, July 6th, 2023
French riots

Burnt-out cars in the Northern suburbs of Paris, Sarcelles . . . “Throughout the past 40 years in France, urban revolts have been dominated by the rage of young people who attack the symbols of order and the state: town halls, social centres, schools, and shops.” Although they never fail to take us aback, French Read more

Restoring empty churches, but for what purpose?

Monday, June 12th, 2023
empty churches

French President Emmanuel Macron made a promise last Monday while visiting Mont-Saint-Michel for the millennium celebration of the iconic hilltop abbey in Normandy. He said the State would help villages and municipalities throughout France finance the upkeep and restoration of their empty churches. As part of his commitment, the president intends to launch a new Read more

French Catholic leaders mired in sexual abuse scandals dig themselves deeper

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

Like any modern Catholic official, Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, president of France’s Catholic bishops’ conference, realises clergy sexual abuse is a systemic problem, one that calls for serious reform of the church’s uncertain rules and ingrained secrecy. But recent revelations of sexual misconduct by a cardinal and a bishop on Moulins-Beaufort’s watch show how complicated, Read more