VATICAN CITY (RNS) As important as such structural reform can be, church leaders and Vatican insiders say Pope Francis is really focused on a more ambitious (and perhaps more difficult) goal: overhauling and upending the institutional culture of Catholicism.
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“You are not a royal court,” the pontiff tells more than 100 scarlet-clad “princes of the church” arrayed before him in St. Peter’s Basilica.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Anticipation is mounting for a series of closed-door discussions on Thursday and Friday, when the cardinals will hold what are expected to be frank talks about issues such as contraception, cohabitation, gay marriage and whether divorced and remarried Catholics can receive Communion.
(RNS) The Rev. John Dear has long been known as something of a Lone Ranger type in an order that is known for its powerful communal ethos and its strict vows of obedience.
(RNS) The Vatican once again has had to dispel media reports that went well beyond what Pope Francis actually said. With this pope, it probably won’t be the last time.
(RNS) The Obama administration and faith-based foes of a rule that employer health insurance policies provide free birth control coverage continued back and forth legal filings on Friday (Jan 3.), though with an odd twist: The Justice department says an order of nuns is exempt from the mandate, while the nuns’ lawyers say they are not.
(RNS) “If the conviction is in question, is not the punishment in question?” asked Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina in setting a $250,000 bail for Philadelphia’s Monsignor William Lynn, whose conviction of sheltering abusive priests was overturned.
(RNS) Minnesota Archbishop John Nienstedt, who has come under fire for failing to take action against priests suspected of sexual abuse, announced Tuesday that he is stepping aside while police investigate an accusation that he inappropriately touched a boy on the buttocks during a group photo after a 2009 confirmation ceremony.
(RNS) In private conversations, Pope Francis often acknowledges that reforming the Vatican will be a difficult task opposed by powerful interests in the church. Developments on Monday (Dec. 16) showed the challenges from within.