The Man with the Golden Mouth

Saint John Chrysostom (+407) is a model bishop, a doctor of the Church, an ascetic and contemplative monk who wanted only to retreat from the turmoil of life in the Eastern empire, was chosen first as a priest in Antioch, where he became renowned for his eloquent yet forthright and clear preaching (hence, his ‘surname’, Chrysostom, ‘golden mouth’). In 397, without his knowledge or consent, he was nominated as Patriarch of Constantinople, taking on the thankless task as the will of God.
John quickly antagonized both the Patriarch of Alexandria, in Egypt, a certain Theophilus, who coveted John’s more exalted position

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The Flexible Francis

I’m not sure what to make of the Holy Father’s most recent comments, again on an airplane back to Rome, from his papal visit to Mauritius and Mozambique. He doubled down on his response to the apparent ‘criticism’ from a certain sector of the Church in America, which seems to have unsettled him, and touched a nerve. He claims that certain people, stuck in a rigid ideology, which masks some morbid ‘moral failings’, are precipitating schism, of which he, Pope Francis, is not afraid.
I for one am rather certain that this is not what Pope John Paul II meant when

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