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Blog Luigi Accattoli - Italy | 27/11/2013

Pope Francis's colossal undertaking

In an apostolic exhortation published on Tuesday, Pope Francis called for a reform of the Catholic Church at all levels. The document Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) won't be well received, Vatican expert Luigi Accattoli writes in his blog: "Pope Francis is sending the Roman Catholic Church on a new adventure. ... However the outcome of this daring enterprise the Pope wants to undertake together with his Church is far from certain. And not just regarding its content, because it's far from clear whether today's world is at all able to understand such a radical message of brotherhood in Christ. ... But also regarding the Catholic Church itself, which would have to become the bearer of this message. It's likely that the Pope's appeal will only sound like good news to the countries of the Global South. ... In our part of the world, however, the opposition will grow further, precisely because the appeal comes from a man who seems more determined than ever to bring about change."

Blog Luigi Accattoli - Italy | 20/09/2013

Pope Francis tears down doctrinal walls

Pope Francis has spoken out against the Church's fixation on sexual morals. In a first detailed interview published on Thursday by the Jesuit magazine La Civiltà cattolica he criticised the Church for being "obsessed" with such issues. Commenting in his blog Vatican expert Luigi Accattoli is delighted: "We had already recognised Pope Francis's spirit of renewal but until yesterday we didn't know how to put it into words. Now we have the right words: first the Gospel, then doctrine. This prioritisation is evident in the interview and can be interpreted as the password for tearing down old walls. ... In the interview a dozen specific issues are addressed, but the core message is the absolute priority of preaching the gospel, not the 'little commandments', the 'many guidelines' or the exaggerated quest for 'doctrinal certainty'. The Pope deals with individual arguments like the awkward subject of homosexuality following this basic principle."

Corriere della Sera - Italy | 14/03/2013

The Church moves out into the world

With the election of an Argentinian pope, the Catholic Church is finally turning its attention to the world's poor, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera observes jubilantly: "The papacy has switched continents, from Europe to America. In these times of global upheaval this event puts the Church back in the limelight of history. The Church has crossed the Atlantic and elected a man from the South - at a time when the poor South is challenging the rich North and demanding its rights and requirements. ... This removal of the papacy from Europe has the same historical significance as the rejection of Italy in 1978: back then, in the final phase of the conflict between East and West, the new order in Europe was under debate. Today the talk is of a new world order. This turning away from Europe is a good sign, because everyone sees that too much historical ballast has clouded the European Churches' view of the new challenges they face from the world's poor. Perhaps now they will learn to see the world through Francis's eyes."

Corriere della Sera - Italy | 23/09/2011

Church open to criticism

Pope Benedict XVI called on the more that 60,000 visitors to the mass held in Berlin's Olympic Stadium on Thursday evening not to leave the Church despite the abuse scandals and other problems. Prior to the mass he had voiced understanding for the indignation provoked by the cases of abuse in Church circles. This is testimony to the openness of the Pope, writes the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: "Respecting the opinion of others is nothing new for the Pope. As demonstrated once again yesterday in Berlin, openness and an ability to sympathise with others are characteristic of this man who grew up with the diversity of opinions prevalent at German universities. They must be attributed to the series of statements by the Pope in which he has repeatedly stressed the positive role of the media in criticising the abuse scandal."

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