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ROME IN TURMOIL

After Dublin, where does Rome stand on the family?

Leonardo de Chirico

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Pope Francis arrives to attend the closing Mass at the World Meeting of Families at Phoenix Park in Dublin | photo: PA Images

Not one but two World Meetings of Families took place in Dublin from 22 to 26 August. One was the official event that ran according to the planned programme centred on religious and cultural activities; the other was dictated by the vast echo of the scandals related to sexual abuses committed by Catholic priests and the unexpected controversy caused by former nuncio Carlo Maria Viganò, who accused vast sectors of the Roman Curia of covering them up, and invoking Francis’ resignation due to his inability to properly deal with the abuses. It is fair to say that the second meeting caught the attention of the public opinion much more than the first.