Posts Tagged ‘Pope Benedict XVI’

Evangelistion: Ecology, economy, politics Comments 0

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Ecology, economy and politics have everything to do with evangelisation. They are not an alternative to it, Pope Francis says. The topics will be discussed at next month’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon. Francis’s mainly conservative, traditional Catholic critics say these topics distract from evangelisation. “What do ecology, economy, and politics have to do Read more

‘The fragile world’: Church teaching on ecology before and by Pope Francis Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

How does Pope Francis’ thinking about ecology compare with that of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI? Catholic teaching on ecology prior to Pope Francis In 1971 the document Justice in the World, issued by the Synod of Bishops, represented a major step in the development of Catholic teaching on the environment; Barbara Ward-Jackson Read more

Pope victim of half-reported answers about McCarrick abuse Comments 0

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

A transcript of Pope Francis’ comments about disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick only half-reported what he said, the Vatican Communications office says. The truncated transcript of Francis’s lengthy interview with Mexico’s Televisa reporter, Valentina Alazaraki, claimed Francis said he didn’t know anything about accusations of McCarrick’s sexual abuse before the accusations became public last year. What Read more

Why doesn’t Pope Francis want people to kiss his ring? Comments 0

Thursday, March 28th, 2019
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Why do Catholics kiss the pope’s ring? And why doesn’t he want them to? Protocols evolve and changes can be confusing, especially when most people only meet a reigning monarch (or pope) once in their lives. As we have seen in the past few days, old habits die hard, even when the pope is trying Read more

Archbishop Scicluna appointed to top role Comments 0

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Pope Francis has appointed Malta’s Archbishop Charles Jude Scicluna as adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Congregation is the Vatican office that processes sex abuse cases globally and examines appeals (in matters of grave offence). The announcement came as the Vatican prepares for a summit meeting of the presidents Read more

McCarrick kept a robust public presence during years he was allegedly sanctioned Comments 0

Monday, September 3rd, 2018
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While Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò makes a number of accusations against former and current Vatican officials in his 11-page letter, there is only one he aims at Pope Francis. Vigano alleges Pope Francis knew former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had “corrupted generations of seminarians and priests” but nonetheless decided to lift sanctions. Sanctions that included “a Read more

Italian nun martyred after Pope Benedict’s Regensburg lecture Comments 0

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Sainthood causes Pope Francis advanced this week included that of Sister Leonella Sgorbati. Sgorbati was an Italian missionary nun shot to death in Somalia in 2006 along with her Muslim driver and bodyguard, Mohamed Osman Mahamud after Pope benedict XVI’s Regensburg lecture. Read more Related Posts:King Louis XVI’s sister – sainthood possibleTen popes later, world’s Read more

Medjugorje apparitions – yes, no says Pope Comments 0

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Only some of the Medjugorje apparitions are likely to be authentic, Pope Francis said during an in-flight interview after canonising  Saints Jacinta and Francisco last weekend. He was referring to alleged apparitions of Our Lady who  is said to have appeared 35 years ago to six children in Medjugorje. Since then, three of the “children” Read more

Vatican resolving sexual abuse caseloads Comments 0

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Pope Francis has appointed two new officials to oversee the Vatican office responsible for looking after clerical sexual abuse cases. A backlog of unresolved abuse cases has prompted the new appointments. Attention has focused on the Vatican’s response to the clerical sexual abuse crisis since the beginning of last month. That was when abuse survivor Read more

Emeritus Pope Benedict wasn’t pressured to step down Comments 0

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Emeritus Pope Benedict wasn’t pressured to step down, says Father Federico Lombardi. Lombardi, who was Benedict’s spokesman, denied Italian Archbishop Luigi Negri’s claim that Benedict was forced to resign. However according to Negri, Benedict’s resignation was as a result of “tremendous pressure” being put upon him. The Obama administration has been implicated in the pressures Read more