Thursday 5 May 2022
1. The president of the Community of Sant’Egidio reacts to the Pope’s interview in Corriere della Sera
2. The blackmail of the West on the Bishop of Rome
3. Focusing on the consensus amongst the divisiveness of abortion in the USA
4. More than 1,200 Filipino bishops and priests endorse presidential candidate Leni Robredo in election
5. Wall drawings in Rome church recall secret refuge of Jews and anti-Fascists
The president of the Community of Sant’Egidio reacts to the Pope’s interview in Corriere della Sera
Marco Impagliazzo, president of the Community of Sant’Egidio, said he was “very impressed” by Pope Francis’ request for a meeting with Putin, in an interview with Corriere della Sera. He described this gesture as an act of “great courage, great generosity and also great realism.” The Italian newspaper Avvenire asked Impagliazzo a few questions to allow him to elaborate on his remarks. “Proposing to speak directly to Putin is also a way to ‘save’ the Russian Orthodox Church from an excessive dependence on the political logic of the Kremlin,” Impagliazzo analyzed, in response to when asked if the meeting would be possible. Impagliazzo also recalled the role of every religious leader: “to pray for peace and not for victory.” However he did not forget to underline the current paradox: “today, Christians in Ukraine and Russia are in a certain sense obliged to pray for victory.” “The Pope wants to reverse this pattern,” he added.
The blackmail of the West on the Bishop of Rome
Vatican expert Gianni Valente criticizes the “nagging political-ecclesiastical siege” undertaken by some to “extort” from Pope Francis and his collaborators “an explicit excommunication” of Putin and Patriarch Kirill. Nothing the Pope has done to end the conflict, the Italian journalist explains, seems sufficient for those, especially in the United States, who consider that he must “align himself” and clearly support the West against Russia. The Pope, he insists, is not “the guru of a Western-made politico-religious lobby.” It is as Bishop of Rome that he communicates with Patriarch Kirill, and therefore placing himself very far from the “fantasies of Western ideological Christians” that until recently envisaged a rapprochement with Moscow, insists Valente. In this, he is the heir of Benedict XV, Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI and Benedict XVI, he stresses, adding John Paul II to the list, recalling that the Pole, although appreciated by the Atlanticists, had unambiguously criticized the first Gulf War. “The task of the Bishop of Rome is not to give lessons in Western modernization to his Orthodox brothers,” he concludes, considering the Pontiff more useful than ever today in his “disarmed poverty.”
Gianni Valente Blog, Italian
Focusing on the consensus amongst the divisiveness of abortion in the USA
A leaked document, indicating that the majority of the USA’s Supreme Court could be in favor of overturning the 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the country, has ignited both sides of this contentious issue. Charles Camosy, a professor of theology and social ethics, advances that “ the leak may be just as big a story” as the debates over abortion, as it shows how polarizing and critical this issue has become for the population, if someone is willing to “breach the usual black box of Supreme Court decision-making.” “The leaker seems to believe the stakes are so high as to be willing to destroy the court’s ability to function,” Camosy states, highlighting this as a threat to democracy. Having written a book on the divisiveness on abortion, Camosy says much more common ground exists on the issue than what is thought. In this tense moment in the USA, he suggests a “moderating force” can be found in “religious institutions” who can help show both those for and against abortion that they “can cooperate to support women in their desire to keep their children.” “Let’s work as hard as we can to dial down the temperature and focus instead on the common ground held by an exhausted majority,” Camosy concludes.
Religion News Service, English