Worth a thousand words

Pope Francis embraces a disabled young man in Assisi on Friday. Photo from News.va via L’Osservatore Romano. [Read more...]

Cardinal friend to Pope Francis: “You’re not the same guy”

John Allen has some fascinating details about the papal election and the “mystical experience” of the night he was elected, in NCR: I published a column Oct. 4 in which I quoted a cardinal on background (not an American) who recently had a private session with Francis. This cardinal said he’s been struck by the [Read More...]

Just another quiet week at the Vatican

And veteran Vatican-watcher John Thavis helps put it in perspective: It’s been a busy week at the Vatican: a date set for the canonization of two popes, a stunning new papal interview, a meeting of the pope’s “Group of 8” cardinal advisors and an important visit by the pope to the birthplace of his namesake, [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: “You sit here”

Priceless: a little boy shows Pope Francis to his seat during a lunch break in Assisi today. Vatican Radio reports what the Holy Father had to say: Christians and the Church must strip themselves of worldliness, said Pope Francis while addressing some of the poor in the Italian hill town of Assisi early Friday. The [Read More...]

Papal interviews are “a genre to which we are not accustomed”

From Catholic News Service:  When Pope Benedict XVI answered a journalist’s 2010 question about condom use by offering a nuanced reflection on the ethical complexities of a hypothetical case, his words led to a worldwide media sensation, a clarification by the Vatican spokesman, and a statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith [Read More...]

So, what did Pope Francis and the cardinals talk about on Day One?

CNS has the answer: Pope Francis and his eight cardinal advisers on church governance spent much of their first day together discussing reform of the Synod of Bishops, but the Vatican downplayed expectations that their discussions would lead to major changes in the near future. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, told reporters Oct. [Read More...]

For all you folks who speak Italian …

Eugenio Scalfari talks about his interview with what’s-his-name. In Italian. [Read more...]

“In some ways, Francis is the most ‘Jewish’ Pope we have ever encountered”

Some fascinating Jewish analysis of Pope Francis, via The Jewish Daily Forward:  It is not as if the Pope is changing Roman Catholic doctrine on such matters. It simply means that the Church is going to attempt to re-calibrate itself, and to find a sense of balance, moving away from positions that have only succeeded [Read More...]

“He. Is. Peter.”

Gerard Nadal captures something I’ve been thinking for a while, but puts it better than I could. Snip:  Are we only to submit to papal authority when the mood, or mode suits us? Do we place stylistic predilection over our duty to respect and obedience to legitimate episcopal and papal authority? Is our faith on [Read More...]

First reaction to Pope Francis interview: “Context, friends, context”—UPDATED

While people try to find their balance after this morning’s seismic jolt in La Repubblica, at least one observer, Fr. Z., offers something firm to grab onto: I think the Francis has a pretty good BS detector.  He’ll need it. Conscience… Your Holiness you wrote that in your letter to me. The conscience is autonomous, you [Read More...]


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