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    How Pope's imagery on critical care can overlook long-term rehab

    Pope Francis's famous image of the Church as a "field hospital" is so often invoked that it's easy to forget that a field hospital is about critical care, not long-term recovery. For that, the Church also needs places where the Christian life can be nourished and deepened -- a role the new movements play well, when they overcome their tendency for in-fighting.

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    Manichean-style hatred must be resisted on both left and right

    A recent 'La Civiltà Cattolica' article denounced an 'ecumenism of hate' in the U.S. between fundamentalist Evangelicals and 'Catholic Integralists,' but Charles Camosy says that ironically, the article trafficked in the very dualistic thinking it denounced, and that 'Manichean poison' of either left or right damages the Body of Christ.

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    Questions multiply by the day in latest Vatican money scandal

    Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the former Secretary of State under Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, has denied rumors of involvement in a scheme to overpay for remodeling on his Vatican apartment in order to benefit an Italian businessman and longtime friend. Meanwhile, questions remain about how the businessman was able to bill two different Vatican departments almost $1 million for the same work, which was never even finished.

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  • Can anything burst Pope’s media bubble? Nah, probably not

    Can anything burst Pope’s media bubble? Nah, probably not

    • July 23, 2017

    Next March will mark the five-year anniversary of Francis’s papacy, and one interesting question is whether the broad media love affair with Francis will still be in place when that moment comes. John Allen says “probably yes,” because by now the positive narrative surrounding Francis has become so entrenched as to be basically impervious to reconsideration.

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  • Pope begins answering priests from troubled Nigerian diocese

    Pope begins answering priests from troubled Nigerian diocese

    • July 22, 2017

    Last June, Pope Francis threatened the priests of the Ahiara diocese in Nigeria with suspension unless they wrote a letter addressed to him, apologizing for refusing to accept their bishop, appointed by Benedict XVI in 2012. Days after the deadline, letters from Rome responding to each priest individually began to arrive in the diocese.

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  • Vatican article says ‘main obstacle’ for Pope Francis is bishops, priests
    Vatican article says ‘main obstacle’ for Pope Francis is bishops, priests
    • July 23, 2017

    Shortly after one Vatican article stirred debate by asserting there’s an “ecumenism of hate” in the U.S. between conservative Evangelicals and Catholics, another over the weekend asserted that the “main obstacle” to implementing Pope Francis’s vision for the Church is “closure, if not hostility” from “a good part of the clergy, at levels both high and low.”

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