The new prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith also makes some bold assertions in a lengthy interview with the Jesuit publication ‘La Civilta Cattolica.’
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The Vatican’s new doctrinal chief says he was referring to the Pope’s unique charism to ‘confirm the brethren in the faith.’
Exclusive: Archbishop Fernandez Warns Against Bishops Who Think They Can Judge ‘Doctrine of the Holy Father’
The Vatican’s new doctrinal chief also discusses his openness to same-sex Church blessings, shares his thoughts on the German Synodal Way, and explains his approach to safeguarding doctrine.
COMMENTARY: Karol Wojtyla believed that the crisis of our time was centered on the question of human dignity, and the grounding of that question in what it means to be human in the first place.
ANALYSIS: The sudden departure of a secretary shows that the Pope does not have a team; he has a small number of longtime friends.
Archbishops in key cities such as Madrid, Buenos Aires, and Brussels were all younger than 60 at the time of their appointments and therefore will be likely to play a decisive role in shaping the public face of the Church.
COMMENTARY: While some of the appointments were expected there were also some surprises, as has been customary during his papacy.
ANALYSIS: In the eight days between his appointment to head the DDF and the announcement that he will be made a cardinal, he has had a lot to say — but his public comments have brought up as many questions as they’ve answered.
Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has created 121 cardinals from 66 countries at eight consistories.
The Supreme Court ended its term with two religion-related decisions, ruling in favor of religious accommodation and free speech. Andrea Picciotti-Bayer explains the Court’s decisions and relevance for any believer and the common good. Also, Pope Francis announced last week a new head for the Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith. Edward Pentin offers reporting and analysis on Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández.