I Scarcely Know Where to Begin….

There is so much happening that I scarcely know where to begin. I am referencing what is occurring in the Church, especially with the continued press that the Holy Father has been given and for which he has been asking.

Coming on the heels of a major interview with the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, Pope Francis has given another major Italian news source an extensive interview (La Repubblica). Take a look at the link, in English. (Please be advised: The interview was conducted in Italian and in my opinion is poorly translated into English. Thus, some of the comments they report the Pope made I would have translated differently with a significant meaning change. Also, remember the context of this interview, i.e., with a non-believing Catholic.)

Today, the Pope has begun meetings with the eight cardinals he has appointed to a commission to assist him in governance of the universal Church. This group, which some are calling the G-8, is undertaking a study of major reforms that may be upcoming in the Roman Curia as well as in how the Church today approaches her ministry.

I think it is always difficult to know what all this will look like when completed, so I will not speculate like many are now doing, predicting changes in major issues that have been divisive in the past. We all indeed may be in for surprises, but I will let Francis and events speak for themselves. I do think though that Francis is letting everyone know that he intends to bring about change, and that he is pope, exercising his freedom and his authority as pope.

Stay tuned and keep praying.

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Moderator: Deacon Bob Yerhot of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota.
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