Every day, Aleteia offers a selection of articles written by the international press about the Church and the major issues that concern Catholics around the world. The opinions and views expressed in these articles are not those of the editors.
Friday 18 February 2022
1 – Is Pope Francis an anti-clerical pope?
2 – Is religious freedom important for Biden’s Asia diplomacy?
3 – The Church in India plans the canonization of Devasahayam
4 – The Churches of North Africa continue their synodal journey under the sign of Charles De Foucauld
5 – The Cypriot electricity company is developing a solar park project with the Church of Cyprus
Is Pope Francis an anti-clerical pope?
Anti-clericalism is a notion that has appeared often in Catholic discourse in the last years, as Pope Francis has made it one of his battle horses for his ideas of reform, but it is also a great source of misunderstanding, writes Vatican journalist of French media outlet La Vie, Marie-Lucile Kubacki. Although some priests may feel that Pope Francis focuses too often on the “spiritual illnesses” of priests, Kubacki explains that “warnings” are a recurring feature of Francis’ style with everyone he addresses. She also notes that when the Pope criticizes “clericalism” he is not speaking exclusively of the clergy, but also of laypeople who want to create a “little elite” circle around the priest.
La Vie, French