Tuesday 5 April 2022
1- Catholics and war. Silencing the Pope?
2- A volunteer in Ukraine: “Mothers try not to cry, children no longer laugh.”
3- An anticlerical reading of the dechristianization of Ireland
4 – Homosexual unions: a “hidden” maneuver is taking shape within the Church
5- The Swiss Church launches a “pilot project” on abuse
Catholics and war. Silencing the Pope?
“How can Pope Francis show such indifference to those who are really dying, for their homeland?” asks Pietro de Marco, a former professor of sociology of religion at the University of Florence. Journalist Massimo Borghesi comments that much of the discussion on peace and war, on pro-Putin or anti-Putin, which occupies all the Italian media space, appears mawkish, useless and ideological. In the end, he explains, it is not a question of Ukraine’s right to resist or to obtain arms against the Russian invasion, but of how to achieve peace. The journalist laments that instead of agreeing on this issue for good, the Catholic intelligentsia is bogged down in sterile debates in which they accuse the Pope of being “pacifist” or even “neutralist,” or of not taking a clear position in favor of Ukraine. However, Borghesi underlines that before criticizing, saying that there could be comparisons with the silences of Pius XII, it is necessary to go back and seriously consider the specter of the war in Iraq, to which John Paul II was absolutely opposed and which ended in the total devastation of the invaded country. Thus, Borghesi says, the realism required is not that which aims to redraw the political geography of the world, but rather that which, in the face of the current tragedy, exploits all possible openings to achieve peace. “This is what the Pope, the true realist, wants and insists on,” he concludes.
According to Unicef, around 7.5 million children in Ukraine are in danger, including becoming victims of trafficking. Avvenire turns the spotlight on mothers and their children, “the other face of the resistance, less visible.” Left to fend for themselves while the men are drafted to defend the country, these women and children – many of them on the run – need not only basic material aid, but also psychological and psychosocial support. According to one humanitarian volunteer, Olimpia, the children “are traumatized.” The mothers gather strength and courage for their children, Olimpia comments, admitting she feels powerless in the drama of the situation. Beyond their emergency needs, all of them “ask only one thing: that the war ends” “Make it stop! Make it stop!” repeats an old woman, in a heart-wrenching cry.