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Vatican Finance Guru’s Exit Suggests ‘Back to the Future’ Dynamic on Reform

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It doesn’t take a genius-level systems analyst to conclude that Brülhart was simply fed up and decided to walk away. Logically speaking, it may be contradictory to call something both mystifying and utterly predictable, and yet that seems to be a near-constant when it comes to the Vatican’s handling of sensitive or potentially embarrassing news. […]

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In Synod’s ‘Married Priests’ Debate, Someone Finally Names the Elephant in the Room

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In a Synod of Bishops where priest shortages in the Amazon have been driving discussion of ordaining married men, the surprise really isn’t that someone finally noticed there’s another solution, one that doesn’t require changing the traditional criteria for getting a Roman collar. The only surprise, probably, is that it’s taken this long for someone […]

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It’s Clear Pope Francis ‘Owns’ This Synod

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A Synod of Bishops is often described as the “Congress of the Catholic Church,” with the College of Cardinals being the Catholic Senate. Both comparisons are terribly inexact, beginning with the fact that neither Catholic body holds any real power because it’s all in the hands of the pope. Yet there are certainly parallels, beginning […]

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After Decades of Left v. Right, Is It Now Bishops v. Everybody Else?

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Moments of great crisis generally affect institutions in multiple ways, some of which are immediately evident and others that take longer to discern. Amid the clerical abuse scandals currently rocking Catholicism, it’s worth asking if one such long-term result is playing out before our eyes. To wit, are we seeing a redefinition of the traditional […]