Wednesday 27 April 2022
1- Are lay cardinals next?
2- Honduran bishop says Central American nation ‘tormented’ by organized crime
3- The King of Jordan reaffirms Hashemite dynasty’s patronage of Christian and Muslim Holy Places in Jerusalem
4- Worrying signs for the Synod on Synodality
5- Vatican nuncio congratulates East Timor on successful elections
As Pope Francis could call a consistory for the creation of new cardinals in June, American scholar Phyllis Zagano floats the idea in an op-ed that the door is open to lay cardinals, both men and women. Pope Francis is reorganizing the Vatican Curia, she notes. Apart from the Roman Curia’s new apostolic constitution, “Praedicate Evangelium,” which states that heads of dicasteries need not be ordained, Zagano also cites history to consider reviving the tradition of lay cardinals: In the Middle Ages, some members of the Spanish and Italian royal families were created cardinals; in 1858, Pope Pius IX named the curial lawyer Teodolfo Mertel a cardinal; and in the late 1960s, Pope Paul VI considered making the French philosopher Jacques Maritain a lay cardinal. However, Zagano concedes that this would require a change in the Code of Canon Law, or at least a dispensation. So the chances of it happening tomorrow seem low.
Religion News Service, English
2Honduran bishop says Central American nation ‘tormented’ by organized crime
The violence caused by drug trafficking and organized crime in Honduras, one of the countries in Central America in the path to smuggle drugs from South America to the United States, is a concern for the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa, Teodoro Gomez. In a homily following the extradition of former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez to the United States – where he is accused of drug trafficking – the Bishop called for “authentic peace” for this “tormented” nation, which remains the most dangerous in Central America, with 38 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. However only the peace offered by God frees from fears, frustrations and weaknesses, he added. In recent years, tens of thousands of people have been displaced to escape gangs and violence. The condition of women is particularly worrying: in Honduras, a woman is murdered every 36 hours, most often by an intimate partner.