Pope Francis: Christian Unity Not Optional. William Barr Confirmation Hearing. Catholic America

Pope Francis has reminded the faithful that “Ecumenism is not something optional”.

Speaking during the weekly General Audience, the Pope looked ahead to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity that takes place from 18 to 25 January.

He noted that the annual “Week of Prayer”, on the theme “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue”, kicks off with the celebration of Vespers in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls on Friday.

And William P. Barr brought to his nomination hearings this week some additional baggage in the form of previous hostile opinions to the probe.

But Barr presented himself as first and foremost an institutionalist who, in dramatic contrast to the president, “love[s] the Justice Department and all its components, including the FBI” — someone who sees himself in a “position to provide the leadership necessary to protect the independence and reputation of the department.” It can’t be lost on anyone that the threat Barr sees himself as parrying comes in the person of the president himself.

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