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Image: The Storm on the Sea of Galilee by Rembrandt, 1633 [whereabouts unknown since 1990]

By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing, April 7, 2022

Stephen P. White is executive director of The Catholic Project at The Catholic University of America and a fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Note: Editor-in-Chief Robert Royal, reporting from Rome, will join host Raymond Arroyo on EWTN’s “The World Over” tonight at 8PM EDT to discuss new personnel in the curia, the papal trip to Malta, and a conference in Chicago about opposition to Pope Francis. Shows are rebroadcast at different times after the initial airing (consult your local listings) and are also usually available later on EWTN’s YouTube channel. And today we inaugurate the new Events category, The Vatican Thing, with Bob Royal’s first entry, “The Sciences and Homophiliac Synodality.” Just click on the title or choose The Vatican Thing from the EVENTS drop-down menu above.


Stephen P. WhiteA group of high-ranking prelates and theologians met late last month in Chicago for an invitation-only conference on the topic of “Pope Francis, Vatican II, and the Way Forward.” The conference was organized by institutes at Loyola University, Boston College, and Fordham University, with organizing help from Michael Sean Winters of the National Catholic Reporter (NCR).

One attendee, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, described to NCR what he saw as the purpose of the event: “We have this what they call ‘opposition’ to the pope. It’s trying to build walls, going backwards – looking to the old liturgy or maybe things before Vatican II.” The names of the attendees at the conference are not public, but one can assume that the presumed “opposition” was not well represented. …

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