John Allen on Chiara Lubich Print
Written by Sherry   
Monday, 17 March 2008 08:33
John Allen has an excerpt up from an interview he did with Chiara Lubich, the founder of Foccolare, who died on Friday.

I enjoyed this telling exchange:

In comments to the press afterwards, Lubich revealed that she had once asked John Paul II over lunch if he was comfortable with a woman being president of a major international Catholic movement (the Focolare constitution actually requires that the president be a woman). Magari! was the pope’s Italian response, roughly the equivalent of “Are you kidding?” He was content with the arrangement, Lubich said, because he believes in what Catholic theologian Hans von Balthasar described as a balance between the “Petrine” and “Marian” principles in the church, between the hierarchical and the charismatic.