That inefficient administration in Rome, led by an old man...

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Apr 22, 2013

It seems that I spoke too soon. After I poked fun at the Italian politicians who couldn’t put together a new government, they took the first step, selecting a new president. Well, not really. They called back the old president, persuading him to begin serving a new term at the age of 87.

So now, if a ruling coalition can be hammered out in parliament, we can all go back to criticizing the Catholic Church for having an inefficient method of choosing leaders, and being run by old men.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: vjenkins71201 - Mar. 28, 2018 3:56 PM ET USA

    It's a horror to think that a Catholic priest cannot say the name of Jesus in celebrating mass at a Catholic school just because there are non-Catholics in attendance. It's time for these children and or their parents or non-Catholic teachers to understand that Jesus' name "must" be used in conjunction with the mass. No pussy footing on this.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Mar. 27, 2018 11:40 PM ET USA

    Gomez not only tolerates this anti-Catholic teaching but has been a promoter. Look at beliefs on conscience,discernment, marriage and communion. If he did not agree with trash that comes out of these conferences he would condemn them in no uncertain terms. But no, all we hear is a great silence.

  • Posted by: MWCooney - Mar. 26, 2018 11:04 AM ET USA

    Sadly, the millstone assembly line seems to be in full production mode, unable to keep up with demand.

  • Posted by: fenton1015153 - Mar. 24, 2018 9:47 AM ET USA

    This business of Bishops not doing there jobs is a reflection of us not doing our jobs. We do not pray enough. It has always been so. St. Athanasius, Council of Nicaea said, “The floor of hell is paved with the skulls of bishops.” If it was so in 325 AD then how much more today. Bishops and all of us have gotten fat and lazy and you know what happens to the fattened steer. Come Lord Jesus Come.

  • Posted by: dfp3234574 - Mar. 23, 2018 7:33 PM ET USA

    Right on, Phil.