WASHINGTON (RNS) When Pope Francis needs a savvy back channel operator, he often turns to retired Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. “Why don’t you ask McCarrick to go?” the cardinal says of the Vatican’s thinking. “He’s usually willing to do these crazy things.”
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(RNS) A French Jesuit’s ideas of “conscious evolution” may be at the heart of the showdown between American nuns and Vatican hard-liners.
(RNS) The process of engaging cultures is especially advanced in Asia, where Jesuits have established a beachhead. But it also means that theologians often use nontraditional formulations to try to communicate the faith to Hindu or Buddhist audiences.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “We declare and define Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II be saints, and we enrole them among the saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole church,” Francis declared to the crowd in Latin during the two-hour ceremony.
(RNS) The shift to make popes into saints could backfire if the public assumes that every pontificate comes with an automatic — or at least expected — halo.
(RNS) Less than three years after a new translation of the Catholic Mass was introduced, some U.S. church leaders are pushing to redo what many said were awkward phrasings; a survey just released shows the passage of time has only increased the dissatisfaction with the new liturgy.
ROME (RNS) “The reality that John Paul II was a saint became increasingly apparent to me in the years I worked together with him,” Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said.
(RNS) The pope faces a torrent of criticism from victims advocates and others who noted that Francis did not apologize for the abuse, has not disciplined any bishops and has yet to meet with any abuse victims.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Church leaders welcome the reforms and fresh air that Pope Francis is bringing to an often dysfunctional institution. But at 77, they just want him to have the stamina to keep it up.