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Monday 14 February 2022
1 – Catholicism should distance itself from ‘culture wars,’ says Czech theologian
2 – Russian roulette: The Pope’s ecumenical dilemma in Ukraine
3 – Catholic League chief says he’s retiring in “next few years” after receiving massive raise
4 – “I didn’t know” should no longer be an excuse, Chilean abuse survivor says
5 – Copies of the Holy Shroud of Turin, made from pure linen, travel the world
1Catholicism should distance itself from ‘culture wars,’ says Czech theologian
What does “Catholic” mean today? asks Czech theologian Father Tomáš Halík. In this reflection, he invites us to make a constant distinction between the “militant Church,” which is on earth, and the “triumphant Church,” which is in Heaven. He explains that it is a question of fighting against the temptation of triumphalism, which clericalism can derive from. Father Tomáš also invites us to distance ourselves from a Catholicism that takes a position in a “cultural war.” God is greater than religious practice, he emphasizes, urging us to always seek answers, even if it means going through crises when faced with questions “that go beyond the catechetical answers offered by tradition.”
Settimana News, Italian
“The people say that if the Pope comes to Ukraine, the war will end,” said Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. However, according to The Pillar, the situation poses a dilemma for the Vatican. The American media outlet notes that while Pope Francis has denounced the “madness of war” several times, he has not mentioned Russia by name. The Argentine Pontiff has also not hidden his desire to meet, for a second time, Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. However, this crisis, with the looming specter of a Russian invasion of Ukraine and the absorption of the Ukrainian Church by the Russian Church, could well freeze the Pope’s plans and have unfortunate ecumenical repercussions.
The Pillar, English