Posts Tagged ‘Pope St John Paul II’

When a pope asks forgiveness for past wrongs

Monday, April 4th, 2022

Representatives of Canada’s Indigenous communities were in Rome last week for a series of meetings with Pope Francis. The purpose of their visit was to urge Francis to publicly apologize for the abuse that their ancestors – and even some of them – suffered at residential schools run by the Catholic Church. But can a Read more

Still saintly? McCarrick report complicates JPII’s legacy

Thursday, November 12th, 2020
john paul and mccarrick

A new Vatican report’s revelations that Pope John Paul II disregarded reports about ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual misconduct had Catholics on Wednesday debating the legacy of one of the modern church’s towering figures. The report triggered questions about whether John Paul was rushed through the saint-making process, and whether the author of contemporary Catholic teaching Read more

Return to Pope John Paul’s teachings on capitalism mooted

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Some Catholics say returning to Pope John Paul’s views on capitalism is in keeping with Catholic doctrine. Their views on capitalism contrast with those of Pope Francis, who is calling for a rethink of the free market economy. At a recent webinar, “Pope John Paul II Centennial: The Liberation of a Continent’s Political-Economic Systems of Read more

Thieves steal a vial containing Pope St John Paul’s blood

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Thieves have stolen a vial containing Pope St. John Paul’s blood from an Italian cathedral. On Wednesday last week the Spoleto Cathedral’ sacristan, who is in charge of protecting the building and its contents, discovered the vial was missing. Archbishop Renato Boccardo of Spoleto-Norcia, who was a close aide to John Paul for years at Read more

Vatican-China deal conceived under JPII, expert says

Monday, March 9th, 2020

The Vatican-China deal has caused two top prelates to but heads over the legitimacy of the Vatican’s 2018 agreement with China on the appointment of bishops. One expert on Chinese affairs has stepped in insisting that the deal was not only good, but a product of more than 30 years of Vatican diplomacy. Paolo Affatato, Read more

Father, brother, friend, voice of the poor: Cardinal Ortega, RIP

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Many adjectives describe Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who died last week: father, brother, cardinal of Cuban youth, voice of Cuba’s poor, Cuban bridge to the US, accomplished pianist. He “was an important, and at the same time, controversial man of the church, who played a critical role in gaining ‘more spaces’ so that the Catholic Church Read more

Cardinal condemns de-canonisation of St John Paul II

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Poland has condemned attempts to damage the status of his former superior, St John Paul II, and rejected calls for his de-canonisation for ignoring sex abuse in the Catholic Church. “John Paul II was a man of the Second Vatican Council, which shaped his thinking about the Church and contemporary world”, Read more

Paradoxes and indicators of the Capella and McCarrick cases

Thursday, July 12th, 2018
Capella McCarrick

These days we will find out whether Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, the former advisor to the Washington nunciature that the Vatican sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for possession and distribution of “large quantities” of child pornography, will present an appeal against the sentence. A circumstance that various Vatican sources think very probable. The traffic in Read more

Maleness an indispensable element of priesthood

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Male-only priesthood should be held as an unchanging and “definitive” part of the Catholic faith says the head of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal-designate Luis Ladaria. He says maleness is “an indispensable element” of the priesthood and the Church is “bound” by Christ’s decision only to choose male apostles. Ladaria’s opinion reflects Read more

First lay nurse to be beatified on Saturday

Monday, April 30th, 2018

The first-ever lay nurse to be beatified is a model of how to give of oneself for the good of others. Fr Pawel Galuszka has been involved with Hanna Chrzanowska’s canonisation cause. He said the Polish nurse “teaches us how important it is to make a sincere gift of oneself, even sacrifice, for the good Read more