Pope Francis outlines his vision of theology in the context of the Mediterranean (Vatican Press Office) On June 21, Pope Francis flew to Naples to take part in a conference hosted by the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy (video 1, video 2). Themes of the Pope’s address at “Theology after Veritatis gaudium in the context of the Mediterranean” include “a theology of justice and dialogue,” “examples of dialogue for a theology of hospitality,” “a theology of hospitality is a theology of listening,” “an interdisciplinary theology,” and “a theology in a network.”
English judge orders abortion for unwilling mother; bishops protest (Catholic Herald) An English judge has ordered an abortion for a mentally handicapped woman, although the pregnant woman and her mother both oppose the procedure, and the grandmother had offered to care for the child. Judge Nathalie Lieven said that although her decision was an “immense intrusion” she was acting in the woman’s “best interests.” In a mild protest, Bishop John Sherrington said that the “sad and distressing” decision “infringes her rights,” and “raises serious questions about the meaning of ‘best interests.’”Update:An appeals court has reportedly reversed the forced-abortion decision, in a ruling that has not been made public.
Vatican women declines soccer match after hosts demonstrate for abortion (CNA) A women’s soccer team from the Vatican declined to play a “friendly” match in Vienna after their hosts disrupted pre-game ceremonies with anti-Catholic and pro-abortion demonstrations. The Viennese team—which had invited the Vatican squad—began demonstrating during the playing of the Vatican anthem. Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna had encouraged the Vatican team to accept the invitation to play in Vienna, saying he expected a friendly match.
Embattled Chilean cardinals participate in bishop's ordination (Crux) Two Chilean cardinals who are being questioned by prosecutors because of their reported role in covering up sexual abuse were on hand at the Vatican when Pope Francis ordained a new auxiliary bishop for the Santiago archdiocese. Cardinals Ricard Ezzati and Francisco Errazuriz have resigned in recent months from their posts—Cardinal Ezzati as Archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Errazuriz as a member of the Council of Cardinals.
'Declare war on bullying' and 'do not be afraid of dialogue,' Pope tells young people (Vatican Press Office) In a message to a conference hosted by the papal educational foundation Scholas Occurrentes on cyberbullying, Pope Francis encouraged each young person to “find your own identity, and without the need to diminish or obscure the identity of others. Finding your own identity is a path, it is a path of dialogue, it is a path of reflection, it is an inner path … [Dialogue] makes us equal, not in identity—we all have different identities—makes us equal along the way. We are journeyers, all equal” (video).
Australian bishops lament suicides among indigenous youth (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference) Jesus “is calling us to work together with love and respect, and to never give up trying to find the best way forward away from this tragic and unnecessary ending of life,” a bishops’ commission stated in its pastoral letter. “While there has been many disproportionate numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people taking their lives, no society is immune from this sad reality. We all need to remember that Jesus who laughs and cries with us is ‘The Way, the Truth and THE LIFE.’”
Missouri rejects license renewal for lone abortion clinic (AP) A judge, however, is permitting the facility to remain open. “You can still come to Planned Parenthood today for all of your reproductive health care, and that is a good day for women,” said the director of Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri.