Pope Francis in close-up



Seasoned Vatican observer spots some trends and looks ahead.




The first 100 days of a pope are not like the first 100 days of a president or prime minister or a CEO. A pope thinks long-term, and is under less pressure to put forward a series of short-term goals or programs. Most of the issues facing a pope transcend the pragmatic and the political. They require careful thought, prayer and consultation, not a string of policy statements.

For journalists, though, 100 days is a marker that requires evaluation and commentary. It was certainly the hot topic at the Catholic Media Conference this week in Denver, where I gave a talk this morning to several hundred Catholic communicators.

So what do we know about Pope Francis after 100 days in office? We’ve had no important documents, few significant appointments and no earth-shaking reforms of the Roman Curia.

But we do have a healthy dose of papal thinking and papal preaching – on everything ranging from clerical careerism to sweatshop employment. And we have a number of papal gestures that speak volumes to people inside and outside the church.

I don’t want to recap Pope Francis’ 100-day “greatest hits” here. Instead, I’d like to identify a few core characteristics and directions that seem to be emerging:

1. Francis has relocated the papacy outside the Roman Curia.

First, choosing to live in the less formal Vatican guesthouse instead of the papal apartments has turned out to be a crucial decision, because geography counts at the Vatican. The papal apartments are surrounded by Roman Curia offices, deep inside the Apostolic Palace, and Francis would have been much more isolated there. He is a people person, after all.

Second, the pope has named a group of eight cardinals – now to be expanded to nine – to advise him on matters of church governance and Roman Curia reform. Only one is a member of the Roman Curia. Nothing said more clearly that Francis intends to rely less on Vatican insiders and more on the world’s bishops when it comes to governing.

Third, much of the pope’s preaching has come in morning Masses at the Vatican guesthouse, in off-the-cuff homilies that are brief, insightful and sharply worded. The Vatican bureaucracy doesn’t even consider these homilies part of the pope’s real Magisterium, and has yet to publish full texts. One reason, I think, is that unlike formal papal speeches, these extemporized talks don’t go through the usual bureaucratic machinery. They are less controlled by the Curia.

Source: John Thavis (Blog)


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Papal apartments in the Palazzo Vaticano (Apos...

Papal apartments in the Palazzo Vaticano (Apostolic Palace). Taken in , in May 2007 by Chris Sloan http://www.chrissloan.co.nr (Photo credit: Wikipedia)





Catholic priest faces extradition over ‘sexual abuse’ allegations

If convicted, he may have to spend 30 years in prison with fine.


A Catholic priest allegedly involved in child abuse cases may be extradited to the US as his bail pleas was rejected last week.

Father Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul was serving as an extern priest at a Minnesota church in 2004 when he was allegedly accused of sexual abuse.

If convicted, he may have to spend 30 years in prison with fine.

Based on a warrant issued by the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House Courts, Father Jeyapaul was arrested from Erode district on March 16, 2012 and has been lodged in Tihar Jail.

As his bail pleas were rejected by courts concerned, his sister P Pushpavathy approached the Madras High Court with a habeas corpus petition, claiming there was a delay in his production in the Delhi court and adding that his continued incarceration amounted to illegal detention.

Hearing the plea to quash his arrest, the Bench comprising Justices V Dhanapalan and C T Selvam noted that the Ministry of External Affairs had presented documents such as diplomatic note seeking the extradition sent by the US embassy in New Delhi; certificate of authentication signed by the Indian embassy in Washington; certificate of the US secretary of state and the attorney general; affidavits by the victim, investigator and the prosecutor; and copy of the extradition treaty signed between the two countries.

After receiving the note from the US officials in 2011, the MEA had approached the additional CMM, Patiala House Courts, to inquire the request and decide on its ‘extraditability’ based on the nature of offences. As the arrest was made based on the magistrate’s warrant, it could not be termed detention or illegal detention as charged by Jeyapaul’s sister, said Justice Dhanapalan.

With this, Father Jeyapaul seems to have exhausted his legal options to fight extradition to the US for alleged offences done nearly a decade ago.

Incardinated to the Catholic Diocese of Ootacamund, Jeyapaul was ordained as a priest in May 1982. He was chosen to serve as an extern priest under the Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota, US.

Fr Jeyapaul left for Minnesota in August 2004, and first served as a parochial vicar before being appointed as the administrator of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Greenbush, St Joseph Church in Middle River and St Edward in Karlstad.

Source: Indian Express

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Map of extradition treaties by country

Map of extradition treaties by country (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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