Saturday 24 February 2018

Modern papacy is far from its roots

The latest WikiLeaks transcript reports that requests from the Murphy Commission 'offended many in the Vatican' (Irish Independent, December 11).

The refusal by the Holy See and its ambassador in Ireland, Papal Nuncio Leanza, to acknowledge communications from the commission shows up, once again, the conflict inherent in the exercise of the modern papacy: the Pope is both the absolute sovereign of the Holy See and the head of the Catholic Church.

I have written to Pope Benedict and his predecessor, John Paul II, in recent years as a Catholic through the intermediary of the Papal Nuncio here in Dublin but I have not received any reply.

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