We left the Archdiocese of Washington to seek the peace and respite of the countryside only to find that in the Era of Francis, one cannot simply move away from the problems plaguing the Church. These problems are like a viper spreading its venom everywhere – dare I caution that in this era of the Church, nowhere and no one is safe.
The Pope’s criticism has nothing to do with the Synodal Way’s attack on Catholic moral teaching, but rather with undermining the authority of the bishops via the 'Synodal Council' the German bishops are trying to set up.
The economies of Russia, China, Iran, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Egypt and the expanded BRICS+ nations are all well positioned to grow, as the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the E.U. are well positioned to shrink.
What occurred last week was a natural result of the pro-life movement's myopic focus on political power and its neglect of cultural transformation. We've tried to change law without simultaneously changing hearts, seeking a harvest without first sowing seeds.
There is a threefold authority in the Church – that of sanctifying, teaching, and governing. Members of the Church must be subject to this threefold authority of Jesus Christ in order to become, and remain, members of the Catholic Church.