John Allen in Rome: A part of a recent interview with pope Francis wasn't reported exactly right, but that doesn't mean something mystical didn't happen.
We say: There are plenty of other stained-glass ceilings in this church that women could break if only Pope Francis would let them.
(NOTE: An update to this story appears below.)
While stressing the basic “trustworthiness” of a recent blockbuster interview with Pope Francis by Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, left room on Oct. 2 for the possibility of small imprecisions.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who was among the cardinals who elected Francis, today confirmed one such error – a point of fact, as it happens, with important implications for understanding the immediate reaction of Pope Francis to his election.
The German bishops have tabled a controversial new translation of the Mass that had been a bone of contention between them and the Vatican under previous papacies.
While the event was light on specifics, there was no shortage of Francis factors keeping the conversation lively among the panel of Catholic insiders.
Pope Francis criticized the global economic system Thursday, telling an international group celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pacem in Terris that the system is "inhuman."
John Allen in Rome: Days after the Vatican bank attempted to project a new image of transparency, another Vatican financial department faced fresh charges of corruption and shady practices.
John Allen in Rome: Although Pope Francis has earned a reputation for taking on tough questions, so far he's been quiet on child sexual abuse scandals.
Pope Francis' first meeting with eight cardinals advising him on reforming the church saw the group take up a wide range of themes.
Editor's note: This blog previously appeared on Renee Schafer Horton's blog, Bus Stop Jesus, on Sept. 22. It has been edited for style and clarity.
Months ago, I wrote about Pope Francis and the possibility of change in the church. According to last week's extensive interview with various Jesuit journals, it seems that change may be here -- at least in the Vatican.