Two ejected from ‘listening session’ in San Diego

Security guards say they were told to remove them on October 17 because they had been disruptive at a prior meeting

On Wednesday, two Catholic men were thrown out of a diocesan event in San Diego with little explanation. Hidden-camera footage shows the two men getting thrown out of Nativity Church, where Bp. Robert McElroy was holding a question-and-answer session on the sex abuse scandal. The event was free and open to the public. Moments after they walked in, the men — one identified … [Read more...]

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A bishop’s failure to enforce canon law does not excuse faithful from following it

Canon lawyer Edward Peters reflects on Cardinal Cupich's refusal to withhold Communion from persons in same-sex marriages, calls it "a failure to bishop"

It needs no long blog post from a canon lawyer to explain how wrong would be a failure by a bishop to protect his faithful against scandal (CCC 2284, 2287) and/or to defend the Eucharist against potential sacrilege (CCC 2120) but, make no mistake, in reiterating that “it is not [his] policy” to withhold holy Communion from persons in ‘same-sex marriages’, that is what Cdl. … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis accepts Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation

In the Oct. 12 letter, the Holy Father defended the cardinal from the widespread criticism he has faced in recent months

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Friday, while asking the cardinal to continue leading the Archdiocese of Washington on an interim basis until a permanent successor is appointed. In a letter to Cardinal Wuerl obtained by CNA Oct. 12, Pope Francis told the cardinal: “Your renunciation is a sign of your availability and docility to … [Read more...]

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On the hot seat in El Cajon

Crowd peppers San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy with tough questions at "listening session" held at Our Lady of Grace Church

On October 4th, San Diego's Bishop Robert McElroy held the third in a series of eight "listening sessions" that he said would “focus on seeking input from people in the pews" regarding the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church and the actions required to heal from the scandal. A crowd of roughly 300 people filled the parish hall of Our Lady of Grace in El Cajon. The hall … [Read more...]

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“We’ve come to the sorrowful realization that the problem is at the top”

Oxnard man files federal lawsuit alleging that Vatican leaders have orchestrated a cover-up of priests accused of abuse and top church leaders who have concealed evidence of the abuse

Manny Vega, of Oxnard, is suing the Vatican and taking on Pope Francis in pursuit of the one thing he’s convinced his nearly 20-year-fight as a clergy abuse survivor and victim advocate has not brought. The litigation, filed Wednesday in federal court for the Central District of California, alleges Vatican leaders have orchestrated a cover-up of priests accused of abuse and … [Read more...]

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San Diego bishop greeted by angry questions

Overflow crowd attends first of eight 'listening sessions' by Bishop Robert McElroy, who challenged the idea that sexual orientation has anything to do with clergy abuse

Bishop Robert McElroy may have thought he was bringing good news Monday to 330 Roman Catholics attending his first “listening session” on pedophile priests. McElroy outlined the sensitive way the San Diego diocese responds to sex-abuse reports. He said the “history of abuse is in the past” with no credible accusations against living priests since 2002. But in the parish hall … [Read more...]

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Ex-FBI agents to help investigate cardinals on abuse and corruption

Lay-led initiative has signed up former FBI agents to help produce “The Red Hat Report,” which will cover all cardinals able to vote in the next papal conclave

US lay people are launching a new initiative to assess cardinals’ records on combatting abuse and corruption. Better Church Governance has signed up former FBI agents as investigators, led by Phil Scala, a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent. Academics, lawyers and editors will help to draw up a dossier, “The Red Hat Report”, which will cover all cardinals able to vote in … [Read more...]

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Are some bishops singling out conservative priests for psychiatric treatment?

Father Z's Blog: the number of priests sent for psychiatric evaluations has increased, and it’s conservative and traditional priests who are targeted

American bishops are sending traditional-minded or conservative priests to psychiatric hospitals for “reprogramming” or as punishment, a priest blogger has alleged. Father John Zuhlsdorf, also known as Fr. Z, wrote on his popular blog September 25 that the number of priests sent for psychiatric evaluations has increased, and that it’s conservative and traditional priests who … [Read more...]

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What will Governor Brown do?

California Catholic Conference says it's pleased that governor has signed several educational and environmental bills, awaits news on other measures "that could have devastating impacts"

It has been three weeks since the California Legislature adjourned for the session and sent a stack of more than 1,000 bills to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature or veto. The California Catholic Conference (CCC) is pleased to report that the Governor has signed several educational and environmental bills that will benefit all Californians, while we continue to await news … [Read more...]

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Dangerously close to heresy

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput publishes wide-ranging criticism of the Instrumentum Laboris for upcoming Youth Synod, says it comes close to heresies of naturalism, Lutheranism, and relativism

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has published a wide-ranging criticism of the Instrumentum Laboris (a kind of introduction or preamble) for the upcoming Synod on the Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. In an introductory paragraph, Chaput explains that the analysis was “received from a respected North American theologian”. The article, which appears … [Read more...]

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