Viganò issues third testimony

Letter refutes accusations of Cardinal Ouellet

The following is a third letter from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, issued in response to an open letter from Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.  On the Feast of the North American Martyrs To bear witness to corruption in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church was a painful decision for me, and remains so. But I am an old man, one who knows he must … [Read more...]

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Italian journalist Sandro Magister: If pope truly wants reform, he should get rid of these prelates

Francis should free himself of Cardinals Godfried Danneels and Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, and Monsignor Battista Ricca if he truly wants a renovated and purified Church

Ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick is not the only wrong person on whom Francis bet. At least three others can be pointed out in the upper levels of the hierarchy, each one tied with double thread to the changes that this pope wants to introduce into the Church. Then there is Belgian cardinal Godfried Danneels, one who prides himself on having been the kingmaker in the election of … [Read more...]

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Vatican: Youth synod’s final report to be voted on ‘part by part’

Each numbered section will be considered by the synod fathers and require a 2/3 majority to pass

The head of Vatican communications said Monday the youth synod’s final document will be voted on “part by part,” requiring a 2/3 majority to pass each section, before being forwarded to Pope Francis. Speaking at a press briefing Oct. 15, Paolo Ruffini, who serves as Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communications, said the voting on the concluding report produced by the … [Read more...]

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Ouellet vs Viganò: What have we learned?

The cardinal, in refuting claim that Pope Benedict formally imposed sanctions, confirmed that something was done about McCarrick, and far earlier than previously confirmed by the Vatican

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick has begun a life of prayer and penance in a monastery in Kansas. Questions remain, and continue to be asked, about McCarrick’s rise and fall in the Church. Unusual for Rome, these questions are being asked and answered in public. -- Last weekend a letter was released by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops. His … [Read more...]

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Kim Jong Un invites Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang

North Korean dictator seeks meeting with pontiff in hermit kingdom's capital city

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang, a South Korean spokesman said Tuesday. Pope Francis is already set to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in Oct. 18 for an audience at the Vatican Apostolic Palace, where Moon will personally deliver the invitation from Kim Jong Un. President Moon, a Catholic, will also participate in a … [Read more...]

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“Open and scandalous rebellion”

In scathing letter to Archbishop Vigano, Cardinal Marc Ouellett, prefect for the Congregation for Bishops, refutes charges against Pope Francis

The Vatican’s prefect for the Congregation for Bishops released a letter Sunday morning refuting charges Pope Francis lifted sanctions against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and saying that charges made by a former Vatican ambassador are an “unjustified attack” on the pope “cannot come from the Spirit of God.” “Your current position seems to me incomprehensible and … [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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How the synod works

Statistics, working rules for Youth Synod now under way at Vatican

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, introduced the work of the synod on young people Oct. 3 with a variety of statistics and informational notes. He told the gathering that the 267 voting members of the synod include: 51 cardinals (including two patriarchs and three major archbishops of Eastern Catholic churches); four other patriarchs of … [Read more...]

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5 bishops who could influence the youth synod

Behind-the-scenes politics may play a big role in final outcome

This week the Synod of Bishops begins its fifteenth ordinary general session, convoked to discuss the themes of young people, the faith, and vocational discernment. The session will take place over three weeks, from October 3-28, and include bishops and other delegates gathered from around the world. Many concerns have also been raised that the synod itself might be pressured … [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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