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Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/10/13

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Pope Francis has given his second major interview in 12 days (AP)

Pope Francis has given his second major interview in 12 days (AP)

Pope Francis has given a 4,500-word interview to the atheist co-founder of La Repubblica in which he describes the Vatican’s courtly atmosphere as “the leprosy of the papacy” (full text).

The Council of Cardinals will meet for the first time at the Vatican today, a day after the Pope officially established the new group (full text, video).

Reuters reports that the Vatican bank may close all accounts held by foreign embassies following concerns about accounts held by Iran, Iraq and Indonesia (PDF of bank’s first public annual report).

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has said Pope Francis is unlikely to introduce “a sort of federalist reform” in the Church.

Moral theologian Germain Grisez argues that the Pope “has failed to consider carefully enough the likely consequences” of his major interview with Jesuit publications.

Mary Eberstadt asks if Francis is “really throwing Catholic traditionalists under the Popemobile“.

And Umberto Eco proclaims Francis “the Pope of the internet”, even though the Holy Father doesn’t use a computer.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

  • Paul NY

    I am really sorry to say this, but our Pope talks too much. Too much.

  • paulpriest

    …not enough about certain things though. Friday is being promoted as a day of fasting and prayer for His Holiness; it’s the best thing we can do.

  • dqkelley

    Prof Grisez is off the mark. “Making this assertion suggests, unfortunately, a caricature of the teachings of recent pontificates.” No it doesn’t. It suggests the portrait of those Catholics who club people over the head with dogma instead of engaging them in conversation. “[W]hat is meant by “moral edifice of the Church”? … who knows what he means?” I do. It means the moral authority of the Church, as perceived by people of good will who are not Catholic. “[I]f it was suggested by a spirit, it was not the Holy Spirit …” Does Prof. Grisez mean that the Pope “… hath an unclean spirit”, like they said of that friend of his whom Francis is always talking about? Finally, “[Francis] is self-indulgent enough to take advantage of the opportunity with as little care as he might unburden himself with friends after a good dinner and plenty of wine.” Well put, Professor! Or how about this: “They say, ‘Behold a man that is a glutton and a wine drinker, a friend of publicans and sinners.’ And wisdom is justified by her children.”