Monday, February 12, 2018
In August 2016, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia as president of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life. Paglia immediately wrote new rules that removed all 172 existing members of the Academy, and eliminated the former requirement that all members of the Academy sign a statement promising to defend the Church's official position on the sanctity of human life. In June of last year, Pope Francis named 45 new members to the Academy, including Oxford University professor Nigel Biggar, who has both defended abortion and -- albeit in limited circumstances -- euthanasia. Former members of the Academy and other pro-life activists around the world have criticized the new configuration of the Pontifical Academy for Life as completely inconsistent with the purpose of its founding by St. John Paul II.
And then there is Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, which many clergy and lay scholars alike have criticized as weakening the Church's positions on marriage, divorce and remarriage. The debate about the implications of that document continue to reverberate through the Church.
The China thing seems very bad.