Posts Tagged ‘Pope John Paul II’

Hans Küng, the theologian who wanted to stand tall

Monday, April 12th, 2021
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Hans Küng, the contentious Roman Catholic theologian who died at 93 on April 6, once explained his combative nature by pointing out that he was Swiss. “I come from the land of William Tell and we weren’t brought up to be subservient,” he said. “Why should we always crawl? Standing tall suits a theologian too.” Read more

Polish academics warn against ‘slandering’ John Paul II

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

Nearly 1500 academics in Poland have written an appeal against “slandering and rejecting John Paul II” after the publication of the McCarrick report by the Vatican on November 10. The report documented the rise of disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was laicized by Pope Francis in 2019 after he was credibly accused of abusing Read more

Polish bishop laments failure to elevate St John Paul II

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

The president of Poland’s Bishops’ Conference has said the Vatican rejected his request to have St John Paul II declared a Doctor of the Church and patron saint of Europe. Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan said most bishops worldwide also ignored the proposal. He said: “The title of Doctor of the Church is reserved for Read more

Fr Ernesto Cardenal, Liberation theologian disciplined by JPII: Obituary

Thursday, March 5th, 2020
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Ernesto Cardenal, the renowned poet and Roman Catholic cleric who became a symbol of revolutionary verse in Nicaragua and around Latin America, and whose suspension from the priesthood by St. John Paul II lasted over three decades, died Mar. 1. He was 95. Known for his trademark black beret and loose white peasant shirts, the Read more

Mehmet Ali Agca relieved John Paul II didn’t die. He has new life caring for cats

Monday, February 17th, 2020

The man who shot Pope John Paul II, Mehmet Ali Agca says he is relieved that his victim did not die. “It was destiny. And it was destiny he survived. I am very glad he didn’t die. “The Pope became like a brother to me. When he died [in 2005] I felt like my brother Read more

McAleese says comment on St John Paul II being misrepresented

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Former president Mary McAleese has told the country’s most senior Catholic bishops that she is being wrongly accused of misrepresenting Saint John Paul II’s views on sexual relationships. She told the prelates, including the Papal Nuncio, that her critics had taken out of context her recent comment that the Catholic Church was deliberately making women Read more

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

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

How Our Lady of Fatima kept Pope John Paul II going

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

During the late John Paul II years, one constant bit of subtext on the Vatican beat was the pope’s health and his physical capacity to lead. I used to joke that my definition of bliss would be never having to go on TV or radio again and start by saying, “Well, I’m not a doctor, Read more

Francis visits the Church John Paul II broke

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The last time there was this much excitement about a pope’s inaugural visit to the United States, Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” topped the Billboard charts, Jimmy Carter was in the White House, and cell phones were the size of a brick. But those aren’t the only differences between Pope John Paul II’s Read more

Cardinal Pell destroyed unity of abuse response: Bishop

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

A retired bishop has said Cardinal George Pell destroyed the unity of the Australian Church’s response to child sex abuse. Bishop Geoffrey Robinson said this during testimony to the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney on Monday. Bishop Robinson worked with other bishops on an Australia-wide clergy response to abuse, Read more