‘Is the pope Catholic?’ Church experts debate question in re Francis

‘Is the pope Catholic?’ Church experts debate question in re Francis

Critics are now asking, “Is the Pope Catholic?” That may sound like an oxymoron question since the Pope, being the head of the Roman Catholic Church, must naturally be Catholic.

However, the landmark apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”) on marriage and the family released by Pope Francis on April 8 put into question, as some critics would say, the Pope’s fidelity in upholding Catholic doctrines.

To better understand what the Pope is really up to, the Jesuit-run Fordham University in New York City hosted a panel of Catholic experts on Tuesday to thrash out the very question: “Is the Pope Catholic?”

The four participants were New York Times columnist Ross Douthat; former New York Times religion writer and Commonweal magazine editor Peter Steinfels; Natalia Imperatori-Lee, a theologian at Manhattan College; and Alice Kearney Alwin, director of mission and ministry at Marymount School, a Catholic girls school in Manhattan, Religion News Service reports.

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John Sexton, the president emeritus of New York University and a Fordham theology alum, moderated.

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