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Understanding Francis on civil unions

Apart from posting some pages from The Great Reformer on how Cardinal Bergoglio confronted the challenge of same-sex marriage issue in Argentina in 2010 and commenting in some interviews, I didn’t say much last week about the row over Francis’s remarks in the new documentary Francesco. There was some excellent commentary, but I still feltContinue reading “Understanding Francis on civil unions”

When the Amazon meets the TIBER

The opening days of the Amazon Synod have been marked by the familiar polar tensions at the heart of the Catholic Church: between center and periphery, universal and local; between the demands of the law and the pastoral needs of a particular people. But now there is something new, something that is tilting the balanceContinue reading “When the Amazon meets the TIBER”