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Slate - France | 12/03/2015

Reform pope risks same fate as Gorbachev

Pope Francis could suffer the same fate as former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the online magazine Slate worries: "Two years later Pope Francis no longer has the unanimous backing of his own Church. This looks very much like the 'Gorbachev syndrome'. The Soviet leader of the 1980s was more popular in the West than he was in the Communist Bloc. ... The Argentinian pope is now facing the same threat as Mikhail Gorbachev was not too long ago. He prefers slow and steady progress to brutal reforms. But does that not also increase the chances that the changes he's begun in the Church could be reversed, and will ultimately be a flash in the pan? Will his papacy be no more than a brief parenthesis? After Francis, will we revert to the absolute monarchies of yesteryear, to an absolute, hieratic, authoritarian papacy?"

Le Monde - France | 28/01/2008

Secularism, a common base for Europe

By lauding the Christian religion in recent speeches, French president Nicolas Sarkozy has relaunched the debate around the respect of secularism. Henri Tincq, a journalist specialising in religion, considers that "Mr Sarkozy' wrongly confuses secularism with the secularisation of mores, of behaviour, of ideas. ... It is because of the emergence of rights and of nations emancipated from religious power that it has been possible to create democratic States that are independent of rival religious factions. Secularism has become a sort of 'common good' in modern Europe, as the protestant sociologist Jean-Paul Willaime has said. No member state identifies more with a single ideological or religious force. This victory of secularism does not exclude the recognition of the social usefulness and the democratic role played by religion."

Le Monde - France | 10/07/2007

Rome re-establishes Latin Mass

"With the publication, Saturday, July 7th, of Benedict XVI's motu proprio (decree) restoring, with conditions, an old ritual in the church, the critics and supporters of Latin Mass - more than 40 years after Vatican II - could resurface again in France," warns Henri Tincq. "A ritual always forms a vision of religion and the world. 'From Latin Mass, they'll make a flag,' feared the counsellors of Pope Paul VI (1963-1978) referring to the traditionalists. ... No one will fault Benedict XVI for wanting to bring the 'lost sheep' back to the flock, but we can't help but fear that a fraction, even a small minority, of traditionalists - the 'Catholic Resistance' - are trying to retake positions of power in Rome, and in the French clergy, and twist the best Catholic decision of the last forty years."

Le Monde - France | 27/11/2006

The Pope's perilous visit to Turkey

For the journalist Henri Tincq, a specialist on religions, Benedict XVI's speech in Regensburg "had the merit of re-opening debate on faith, reason and the seeds of violence planted in all religions. Muslim intellectuals have seized it. ... For them, to re-open the doors of 'Ijtihad', the interpretation of sacred texts, is no longer a taboo subject. ... The Pope's trip to Turkey is therefore both a risk and a precious opportunity. The risk is that tension will become worse if Benedict XVI makes any statements that are once again judged provocative, or if the nationalist Islamists manifest their impatience. But the opportunity is equally there for a new understanding between Christianism and Islam in a secular Muslim country which 20th century experience has revealed to be, despite its crises and repression, democratically and secularly soluble."

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