Bishops reject resolution encouraging Vatican to release McCarrick documents

The resolution was voted down by a vote of 83-137, with three abstaining

On the last day of their fall meeting, the U.S. bishops' conference voted down a resolution that would have “encouraged” the Holy See to release all documents on the allegations of sexual misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. After about a half hour of debate, objections that the resolution was redundant and ambiguous won out, and it was voted down by a clicker … [Read more...]

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The Pope’s “Midterms”

Rome’s episcopal picks will be the singular defining task of Francis’ pontificate for Americans

With 5 Days until the US bishops sit for their most consequential Fall Plenary in a generation, a full preview's in the works. For now, one aspect stands out. Lest anyone hasn't already noticed, after moving at a striking clip for the last two years, American Catholicism's second round of an all-out abuse storm has seen the nation's appointment docket essentially grind to a … [Read more...]

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Someone other than synod fathers inserted language into final draft

"Discernment" and "synodality" stressed in proposed document though neither idea figured prominently synod discussions; may feed perceptions among critics of the pope that the process is rigged

A member of the drafting committee for the final document of the 2018 Synod of Bishops says that language on “synodality” and “discernment” in a draft distributed to bishops earlier this week came from neither synod discussions nor the committee, guessing it was inserted by officials appointed by Pope Francis to run the event. “They’re very heavily stressed, discernment and … [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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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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“Like hiring a hitman”

Pope Francis compares abortion to contract killing

In his general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis said that abortion “suppresses innocent and helpless life in its blossoming.” “Is it right to take a human life to solve a problem? It's like hiring a hitman,” Pope Francis said in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 10, in a departure from his prepared remarks. “Violence and the rejection of life are born from fear,” the pope added. For … [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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Pope Francis: Pray the rosary for Church’s protection against the Great Accuser

In Sept. 29 statement, Vatican says pope affirmed that prayer “is the weapon against Satan who ‘goes around the world seeking to accuse.’ Only prayer can defeat him.”

Pope Francis has asked all Catholics to pray the rosary daily during the month of October, asking Mary and St. Michael the Archangel to intercede for the protection of the Church in a moment of “spiritual turbulence.” A Sept. 29 statement from the Vatican said that Pope Francis had recently affirmed that prayer “is the weapon against the Great Accuser who ‘goes around the … [Read more...]

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Pope faces a trust deficit

Francis is dealing with two groups for whom a plea of “trust me” from any Church leader, even him, is especially hard to swallow

Five days after announcing a landmark deal with China over the appointment of bishops, Pope Francis released a letter to Chinese Catholics on Wednesday. The gist of it amounts to, “Trust me.” Specifically, Francis asked the roughly 13 million Catholics in China to “place your trust ever more firmly in the Lord of history and in the church’s discernment of his will.” The idea … [Read more...]

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