Fr. Thomas Reese takes a look at Pope Francis one year into his Papacy.He gets high marks for many of his administrative reforms, his relationship with the media, his stubborn determination to focus on the poor, but his understanding of women and the sex abuse scandal receive a poor grade. Read Thomas Reese’s assessment: Pope Francis after a year
Another day in a Franciscan Vatican… and with it, yet another change to “the way we’ve always done things.”
Shortly after a report this morning by Paloma García Ovejero of the Spanish COPE network, the VatiSpox Fr Federico Lombardi SJ confirmed that the Pope had decided to take his first edition of the annual Lenten spiritual exercises with the Curia’s superiors to a Pauline retreat house outside of Rome (above), a far cry from their immemorial home in the Apostolic Palace. READ MORE
Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Madariaga, the man appointed to lead the so called, “gang of eight cardinals” to help Pope Francis reform the Curia gave a presentation at the University of Dallas on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Here is a small snippet:
“There is no possible reform of the Church without a return to Jesus….And there the Church, in humble company, helps making life intelligible and dignified, making it a community of equals, without castes or classes; without rich or poor; without impositions or anathemas. Her foremost goal is to care for the penultimate (hunger, housing, clothing, shoes, health, education…) to be then able to care for the ultimate, those problems that rob us of sleep after work (our finiteness, our solitude before death, the meaning of life, pain, and evil…). The answer the Church gives to the “penultimate” will entitle her to speak about the “ultimate.” For that reason, the Church must show herself as a Samaritan on earth –so she can some day partake of the eternal goods….Too many times she gives the impression of having too much certitude and too little doubt, freedom, dissension or dialogue. No more excommunicating the world, then, or trying to solve the world’s problems by returning to authoritarianism, rigidity and moralism, but instead keeping always the message of Jesus as her sole source of inspiration.”
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Pope Francis has begun his appointments to the Roman Curia with a surprise: Franciscan leader Fr. Jose Rodriguez Carballo is the new Secretary of the Congregation for institutes of consecrated life, reports, Vatican Insider. (ARTICLE)
.The new prelate’s appointment may be seen with particular significance in the U.S., where his new congregation had launched an investigation, known as an “apostolic visitation,” of individual orders of U.S. Catholic sisters in 2009, states, Joshua J. McElwee – NCR