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Alejandro Bermudez

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Pope Francis meets with the cardinals in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on March 15, 2013. Credit: CTV.

The Pope’s agenda

Despite Pope Francis’ immense popularity with the masses, some Catholic pundits have expressed angst and irritation over not knowing clearly where Pope Francis is going. He hasn’t yet been officially inaugurated as Pope, but already some are clamoring to know what his agenda is, how he is going to handle this or that, (with “this [...]

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A Pope who quotes Bloy

Very few Catholics today are familiar with the writings of French convert Léon Bloy. Among other things, it is very likely that the term “politically incorrect” was coined in reference to him. During his first homily, Pope Francis quoted Bloy: “When one does not confess Jesus Christ, I am reminded of the expression of Léon [...]

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The profound minimalism of Francis

I cannot say that Pope Francis is my friend; but I am honored to say I know him well. I first met him many years ago in Buenos Aires in 1993, less than a year after his predecessor, Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, rescued him from the ecclesiastic exile he was confined to by his congregation, the [...]

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Time for the Microculture

In 2005, while covering the conclave that elected Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, I told Laurie Goodstein at the New York Times: “Do not underestimate the power of the microculture that is generated among the cardinals when they are together. The kind of reflections that end up influencing them are completely unpredictable.” In other words, for [...]

Cardinals by the numbers

While the Italian press continues to promote an Italian for Pope, focusing on Cardinal Angelo Scola, the lists of the “papabili” are becoming as numerous as there are Vatican experts. Therefore, some numbers can be helpful in seeing who will actually be voting in the conclave that begins Tuesday evening. Cardinal electors: 115 (tied with [...]

Expanding the pool

Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, said yesterday that most of the cardinals are in no rush to get to the conclave, because they actually want to get it right. And thus the decision to prolong the general congregations – two of them have already been scheduled for Thursday – to think long and hard [...]

A lesson from Don Quixote on the papal election

It was Miguel de Cervantes, the Spanish Shakespeare, who endeared the world to Don Quixote – a deluded old man who led futile charges against windmills thinking he was a knight in shining armor followed by loyal troops. At 84, Swiss theologian Hans Kung seems to be closer to Don Quixote than to the theological [...]

AP’s secret to restore the Catholic Church: Amy Winehouse

Alas, the Associated Press has started a series profiling all those “papabili,” as determined by… the Associated Press. I can tell you already how their list of “papabili” will be put in place. The list will be “fair” to all ethnic groups and continents so that no one, as far as the Associated Press can [...]

A platypus for Pope?

If you ask an Aussie to describe a platypus for you, he will likely tell you that the small mammal is an awkward and almost laughably absurd combination of a beaver, a duck and a kangaroo. The question is: is there room for a platypus Pope? According to the Washington Post, some Catholics believe there [...]

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October 31, 2014

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