Pope Francis vs. The Vatican: The Biggest Religion Story Continues in 2015
By Andrew Brown
The big global religious story will be the continuation of last year’s titanic struggle for the soul of the Catholic church between Pope Francis and the Vatican. I don’t know where you should put your bets. If Francis wins, he and his reforming party will change the interpretation of the church’s hard line on divorce and remarriage. If he loses, the church will maintain its logically perfect but wholly unworkable and dishonest theory of sexuality. The crucial battle will come in October, when bishops from around the world meet in the Vatican for a “synod on the family”. Whichever way the decision goes this time, the losing side will be convinced that the winners have betrayed the gospel.