Archives for September 2018

“Basically, the synod fathers will say whatever the pope says they said”

The Apostolic Constitution, Episcopalis communio, which Pope Francis issued Tuesday morning, introduces significant reforms to the consultative body known as the Synod of Bishops

The Apostolic Constitution, Episcopalis communio, which Pope Francis issued Tuesday morning, introduces significant reforms to the consultative body known as the Synod of Bishops. The General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, in his prepared remarks to reporters gathered at the Press Office of the Holy See for the presentation of the new … [Read more...]

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San Diego: protesters to demand reforms from Bishop McElroy

On September 28, Catholics will gather at San Diego Roman Catholic Diocese Pastoral Center to pray and protest

San Diego Catholics plan to hold a peaceful, prayerful protest Friday, Sept. 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Roman Catholic Diocese pastoral center, 3888 Paducah Drive, to pray for Bishop Robert McElroy and demand reforms. The protest is being organized in the wake of the resignation of former Washington, D.C. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick for sexual abuse of a minor … [Read more...]

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San Bernardino Diocese will release name of every priest accused of sexual abuse

List will be published on the diocese's website within two weeks

The San Bernardino Catholic Diocese plans to release the names of every priest who has been credibly accused of sexually abusing children over 40 years. Diocese spokesman John Andrews said Tuesday that the list will be published on the diocese's website within two weeks. The disclosure will be among the latest made or planned by dioceses around the country, including in San … [Read more...]

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Reports: Vatican delegation to travel to China to finalize agreement later this month

China and the Vatican most likely agreed that the future bishops in China should be approved by the Chinese government and mandated by the Pope"

A newspaper tied to the Chinese Communist Party reported Tuesday that a delegation of Vatican officials will head to China “in late September” for a final round of talks before an agreement on the appointment of bishops is signed. Citing unnamed “sources familiar with the matter,” the Global Times, an English-language newspaper that reflects the position of Chinese … [Read more...]

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Priest faces trial after alleged assault of San Diego seminarian

Fr. Juan Garcia Castillo was associate pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Carlsbad, California

A California priest has been charged with sexual battery, after he is alleged to have sexually assaulted a San Diego seminarian. The priest, Fr. Juan Garcia Castillo, is a member of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, a religious community of priests also known as the Eudists. On May 14, Castillo was charged with one count of misdemeanor sexual battery by the San Diego County … [Read more...]

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Stanford University to remove saint’s name from some properties

Serra Mall, Serra Dormitory, and Serra House will all be renamed; Serra Street will remain

California's Stanford University will strip the name of 18th-century Franciscan friar, St. Junipero Serra, from some of its properties but keep a street named after him. Stanford University announced the changes Sept. 13, saying in a statement that the saint, canonized in the U.S. during Pope Francis' apostolic visit in 2015, established a mission system that, while part of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis approves new constitution for Synod of Bishops

The final document of a synod assembly can now be considered part of the ordinary magisterium

In a new apostolic constitution, Pope Francis has reformed the Synod of Bishops, creating a mechanism for the assembly’s final document to be included in official Church teaching. Episcopalis Communio, promulgated by the pope on Sept. 15, establishes that the final document of a synod assembly, drafted and approved by a special commission, can be considered part of the … [Read more...]

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Archbishop McCarrick’s unofficial role in Vatican-China relations

Former cardinal had been a proponent of a deal between Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Church under Pope Francis

Following reports that the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China could be about to sign an agreement on the appointment of bishops in the country, attention has turned to the role of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick in fostering Vatican-China relations over the last two decades. Over 20 years, Archbishop McCarrick travelled to China on at least eight occasions, sometimes … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood announces new president

Dr. Leana Wen is the former Baltimore City Commissioner of Health

Dr. Leana Wen, a former Baltimore City Commissioner of Health, is the new president of Planned Parenthood. The abortion provider announced Wen’s appointment on Sept. 12. She replaces Dr. Cecile Richards, who was appointed to the role in 2006. In a three-minute video posted by Planned Parenthood announcing her hiring, Wen described her immigrant background--she moved to the … [Read more...]

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Poll: Pope Francis’s popularity plummets among Americans

Only 48 per cent of Americans have a favorable view of Pope Francis, down from two thirds a year and a half ago, according to polling by CNN

Only 48 per cent of Americans have a favourable view of Pope Francis, down from two thirds a year and a half ago, according to polling by CNN. The most recent poll was conducted between September 6 and September 9 amid controversy over allegations raised against Pope Francis by his former US nuncio, Archbishop Carol Maria Vigano. Among US Catholics, the Pope’s favourability … [Read more...]

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