For months, EWTN viewers have been told Pope Francis' synod represents a "hostile takeover" of the Catholic Church, or is a "moment of crisis." The influence of such statements has been profound, media experts told NCR.
Church-government relations are creating some tension in countries like Spain and France, for example, as other EU nations like Germany demonstrate an orderly and earlier coordinated effort to allow public worship to resume.
Catholic bishops have distanced themselves from a letter in which several prominent Catholic clergy warned there were attempts to use the COVID-19 pandemic to create a "world government beyond all control."
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Cardinal Pedro Barreto Jimeno says the agenda, which raises the possibility of ordaining older married men as priests in rural areas, "largely expresses the feelings and desires of many representatives of the Amazon people."