Magazine March 23, 2020, Issue

Letters

Pope Francis waves during the weekly audience at the Vatican, February 19, 2020. (Yara Nardi/Reuters)

Problems in the Papacy?

In “The Wayward Shepherd” (February 24), Professor Mahoney longs for a pope to “uphold authentic continuity in the Church” and to refrain from “change for change’s sake.” Surely, the pope who in 2019 compared obtaining an abortion to contracting a hitman; the pope who in 2019 also said he would rather die than end priestly celibacy; the pope who in 2019 publicly celebrated Mass in the United Arab Emirates; the pope who in 2018 paved the way for 1.4 billion Chinese to gain access to the sacraments would be such a pope. Had Pope Francis called for

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