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Pope Francis: ‘Spiritual worldliness’ one of greatest dangers facing priests, the Church

Aug 7, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

Spiritual worldliness is one of the most dangerous temptations facing priests and the Church because it “reduces spirituality to appearance,”... Read more

The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Lungern, Switzerland

Swiss bishops' Synod report: Catholic Church denies equality to women and excludes LGBT people

Aug 16, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The Swiss Bishops' Conference's report from the Synod says the Catholic Church was seen as suffering from clericalism as well... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Pius XI regional pontifical seminary in Ancona, Italy, June 10, 2021.

Pope Francis: Rigid priests are a manifestation of clericalism

Jun 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Clericalism is a perversion of the priesthood,” the pope told Italian seminarians. Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Nov. 8, 2017.

Pope Francis: Clericalism linked to fixation on sexual morality

Sep 26, 2019

By Courtney Mares

In a meeting with Jesuits in Mozambique earlier this month, Pope Francis said that clericalism is a direct result of... Read more

Pope Francis leads the introductory prayer and delivers his greeting on the opening day of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

Analysis: Pope Francis issues new definition of ‘vulnerable’ adult

Mar 29, 2019

By Ed Condon

How “vulnerable” adults are defined in law has been hotly contested in recent discussions of scandal and reform in the... Read more

Pope Francis venerates a relic at the Palermo cathedral during his encounter with clerics, religious, and seminarians, Sept. 15, 2018.

Pope Francis warns priests against living a double life

Sep 15, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

During a day trip to Sicily Saturday, Pope Francis told priests and religious to fight their vices and strive to... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Jan. 10, 2018.

Pope Francis to Chile's bishops: 'the mission belongs to the entire Church'

Jan 16, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis reminded the Chilean bishops of the importance of living out their priestly fatherhood united in mission with their... Read more

Panamanian pilgrims attend Pope Francis General Audience in St. Peter's Square, April 5, 2017.

Laity, gender ideology shared concerns for Pope and Panama's bishops

Jun 10, 2017

By Elise Harris

World Youth Day wasn't the only topic on the agenda for Panama's bishops during their meeting with Pope Francis this... Read more

We've all got it wrong about women in the Catholic Church

Dec 26, 2016

By Elise Harris

When it comes to talking about women and their role in the Church, discussion tends to focus almost exclusively on... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on October 2, 2013.

Pope prays for Church to be 'free of clericalism'

Dec 16, 2013

In his daily homily preached in the Santa Marta chapel, Pope Francis emphasized the need for prophets in the Church... Read more