Posts Tagged ‘Papacy’

The end of the oracular papacy

Monday, June 21st, 2021
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As the U.S. Catholic bishops conduct their semiannual meeting virtually this week, the big question is whether they will approve a proposal to create a teaching document on the Eucharist that would deny the sacrament to politicians who support pro-choice policies. No one doubts that the proposal is directed at regular Mass-goer Joe Biden, the Read more

The legend of medieval Pope Joan persists

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

In the late Middle Ages, a popular legend advanced the story of a medieval woman who disguised herself in men’s clothing and ascended to the role of pope. A dramatic ending to the tale ensured its endurance: As the woman, masquerading as Pope Johannes Anglicus, led a religious procession through Rome during the mid-ninth century, Read more

Pope Francis – The idealisation of a person is a subtle form of aggression

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Pope Francis is trying to reduce what he sees is the excessive idealisation and idolisation of the papacy. “I do not see myself as something special, I am a sinner and am fallible.” “We must not forget that the idealisation of a person is always a subliminal kind of aggression. When I am idealised, I Read more

What the canonisations of two popes tells us

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Every spring in Rome, the big production is normally the Easter Mass celebrated by the pope. This year Easter remains the spiritual linchpin, but in popular terms it’s more like a warm-up act for next Sunday’s double-play canonisations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. This will be the first time two popes have Read more

Francis at the six-month mark seems a force of nature

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

As it’s come to be understood in the 21st century, the papacy is really an impossible job. A pope is expected to be the CEO of a global religious organization, a political heavyweight, an intellectual giant, and a media rock star, not to mention a living saint. Any one of those things is a life’s Read more

On papacy and royalty

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

As I watched, read and heard untold stories about the birth of a new member of the British royal family, who becomes the third in line to the throne, it was somewhat disappointing that the news overshadowed so markedly the news of Pope Francis’s arrival in Brazil for the start of World Youth Day festivities Read more

Pope Francis: the story so far

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

This weekend marks the Holy Father’s two-month anniversary (!). Vatican Insider sums it up so far: What has Bergoglio done in the two months since he was elected Pope and what kind of a Pope has he been? Fondness and confessions The wave of affection for the new Pope is undeniable, with requests to attend papal audiences Read more

Meet Pope Francis

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Born in Argentina, Pope Francis is the first Latin American to lead the Roman Catholic Church, as well as the first Jesuit. “It seems my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world [to choose a pope],” he told the crowd in St Peter’s Square in his first address, a joke which belied Read more

Archbishop urges major reforms in Church governance

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

As cardinals prepare to elect a new pope, Emeritus Archbishop John Quinn of San Francisco has urged major reforms in Church governance, including how the papacy is exercised. Calling for major decentralisation of Vatican and papal authority, he said this could be achieved through the creation of regional bishops’ conferences and synods of bishops with Read more

How the traditional pope is redefining the papacy

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI came into office with the reputation of a conservative hard-liner, a vigorous defender of orthodoxy who wanted to restore Tradition — yes, with a capital “T”– to a church that was seen as disturbingly undisciplined. Yet with the stunning announcement that he is resigning as the 264th successor to Saint Peter, Benedict Read more