Thursday 22 February 2018

Is Pope still a Catholic? Yes, he sure is

But hype about Francis being a Marxist or a liberal reformer can only lead to disappointment, writes Colum Kenny

Colum Kenny

Colum Kenny

'WHO would have thought the Pope would be this great proponent [of breastfeeding]?'

“A Wicklow girl in the Eternal City” of Rome (as she calls herself ), Vatican Radio’s Emer McCarthy last week expressed her pleasure to the Catholic News Service that Pope Francis had just told her and other mothers in the Sistine Chapel that they should breastfeed their babies there.

The Pope’s warm words of encouragement are the sort of thing that has led one IrishAmerican cardinal, Raymond Leo Burke, to refer pointedly to “a kind of unpredictability about life in Rome these days”.

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