by Rev. Nicholas L. Gregoris

 "The corruption of the best is the worst!" Another way we can express this ancient Latin adage is with a famous saying attributed to Lord Acton: "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely!"  During this last leg of my Roman sojourn another major scandal has emerged from the dark shadows into the full light of day, this time concerning secret Vatican documents, leaked by a Spanish monsignor (Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, an official in the Holy See’s department of economic affairs) and his female colleague (Francesca Chaouqui, a public relations consultant!).  

by Rev. Nicholas L. Gregoris


Around the time of the Second World War, Italy boasted the world's highest birth rate. It now boasts one of the world's lowest due to its ever-increasing secularization, which is firmly rooted in a selfish materialism (Pope Francis' "throwaway culture") and the "culture of death" (St. John Paul II), with their two massive pillars: abortion and artificial contraception. Even though Italians with their healthful Mediterranean diet tend to live longer than most other peoples, their rapidly aging native populations are not being replenished. 

By a priest who cares about the Church

Is a homosexual agenda unduly influencing the outcome of the Synod on the family? It’s a question that needs to be raised because snippets gleaned from the Vatican in recent years seem to point in this direction. But before we explore this in more detail we need to underline the following points:

by Rev. Nicholas L. Gregoris

I'll never forget the first time I attended Holy Mass at the Pantheon when I was a seminarian studying in Rome back in the early 1990s. As I listened attentively to the moving polyphonic motets, umbrellas began to open up as a gentle rain came down through the "oculus" ("the eye") or "opening"in the Pantheon's massive rotund roof. I distinctly remember being mesmerized by the rain gathering on the floor of the Pantheon as incense billowed and I chimed in to join the chorus of Gregorian chant that continued to ring out without missing a beat.

by Rev. Nicholas L. Gregoris

That question was once asked by Stalin in a provocative way to poke fun at the Pope from a dark, militaristic standpoint. Following the Synod, one may ask this question in a more wholesome theological and spiritual light.

Those who pretend that the Synod Fathers were not divided – and vocally so on the Synod floor – are living in the land of make-believe. All one has to do is read Pope Francis' final address to the Synod Fathers to get a feel for the divisions that really existed among them. One shouldn't have to apply political labels to matters of faith and morals, but it's hard in common parlance not to speak of differences in the Church without using terms like right, left, center, center-right, center-left, extreme right, extreme left, moderate, traditional, conservative, liberal, progressive, etc.

by Rev. Nicholas L. Gregoris

How many of you remember the childish jingle, "Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire!"? Or perhaps you are familiar with Sir Walter Scott’s insightful line, "Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!" Or, the famous quip of Mark Twain (or was it Benjamin Disraeli?): "There are lies, damned lies, and statistics."

Well, during this immediate post-synodal period, some lies seem to be surfacing in the Vatican concerning matters great and small. Indeed, there are certain strange and scandalous developments happening nowadays, most notably "Part II" (as it were) of "Vatileaks" whose intricacies have yet to be resolved, and which therefore remain far beyond the scope of the present article. So, let's reflect a bit on a smaller matter. 

by Rev. Nicholas L. Gregoris

This Friday afternoon, most of the Synod Fathers got a "merciful" break in the action even as the 10-member Commission chosen by Pope Francis to write the Final Document carried on full steam ahead.

For quite some time now, Pope Francis has made known his desire to reform the Roman Curia. On Thursday, October 22, he took another step in this direction by bringing under one umbrella the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Academy for Life, and the Pontifical Council for the Laity. It is worth mentioning that all three dicasteries (as Vatican departments are known) are post-Vatican II entities, which many have called to be subsumed into one body. It is likely that a few other dicasteries will experience the same "merger" phenomenon, so as to save money and personnel and to function with less duplication.


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