This week on the Debrief, Dominic and I give an update on Pope Francis’s condition following surgery, and his meditation on St Therese. We discuss the disconnect between the US Church and the rest of the world. Finally, We discuss areas where the institutional Church needs to improve its approach to communication.

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1) Pope recovering well from Wednesday surgery
2) US bishops meet this month but the Synod on Synodality is not on their agenda
3) Shocking new developments on the nuns vs bishop story in Texas

Summary and Links:

1) On Wednesday, following his weekly general audience, it was announced that Pope Francis had gone to Gemelli hospital in Rome, where he underwent a laparotomy and abdominal wall surgery under general anesthesia. An update on his recovery and reflection on his address that morning.

“Pope using armchair, reading newspapers at Rome’s Gemelli Hospital” (Vatican News)

“Missionary zeal from a hospital bed” (Mike Lewis)

Missionary zeal from a hospital bed

2) On Monday, Brian Fraga of the National Catholic Reporter wrote an article about the fact that when the US bishops meet in orland this month, the Synod on Synodality is not an item on their agenda. Some called it “Astounding” that they will not be addressing it.

“’Astonishing’: Upcoming US bishops’ assembly won’t discuss Pope Francis’ ongoing synod” (Brian Fraga, NCR)

“What’s wrong with the Church in your country?” (Mike Lewis)

“What’s wrong with the Church in your country?”

3) A shocking twist to the story of Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson and the Carmelite nuns in Arlington, Texas.

“The Texas Nuns and the Church’s Cone of Silence” (Mike Lewis)

The Texas Nuns and the Church’s Cone of Silence

“Nun’s lawyer accuses Fort Worth diocese of faking photos of marijuana in monastery” (Fort Worth)

Intro Episode: https://youtu.be/LevSkGFqq4U
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Mike Lewis is the founding managing editor of Where Peter Is. He and Jeannie Gaffigan co-host Field Hospital, a U.S. Catholic podcast.

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