Thursday 14 December 2017

Michael Kelly: Pope's openness is not a prelude to changes in core Catholic teaching

A girl reacts as she is carried by a security officer to Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A girl reacts as she is carried by a security officer to Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

When it comes to reporting on the Vatican, there are two constants these days: a whiff of sulphur around the Pope's bank and the alleged presence of a so-called gay lobby at the heart of the church's central administration.

Just as Pope Francis, below, flew to Brazil to celebrate World Youth Day with an estimated 3.2 million young Catholics, the respected Italian magazine 'l'Espresso' carried the front page headline 'La lobby gay' about the Vatican.

You don't have to be a scholar of Italian to work it out.

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