Pope recognizes illicitly ordained Chinese bishops

Vatican announces decision after provisional Vatican-China deal on the nomination of bishops was signed in Beijing on Sept. 22

After the signing Saturday of a provisional Vatican-China deal on the nomination of bishops, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ recognition of seven illicitly ordained Chinese bishops. The decision was made “with a view to sustaining the proclamation of the Gospel in China,” according to a Sept. 22 Vatican press brief. Those bishops who will now be admitted to full communion … [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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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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Few details provided on meeting between pope, U.S. bishops

Senior U.S. bishops thanked pope for the meeting but declined to go into details on what was discussed; no mention of apostolic visitation

The leaders of the US bishops’ conference had a “lengthy, fruitful and good exchange” with Pope Francis during their meeting today, but have not mentioned any details about what was discussed or whether any concrete measures were taken or promised. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, met the Pope at the Vatican along with Cardinal … [Read more...]

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Pope to meet with bishops, cardinals about clerical abuse

USCCB officials meet with Pope September 13; world-wide meeting of bishops to be at Vatican February 21-24

Cardinal DiNardo and USCCB officials to meet with Pope Francis The director of the Vatican’s press office has confirmed that Pope Francis will meet with the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference Thursday, along with the conference’s vice-president, general secretary, and the president of the pope’s commission on child protection. The meeting is expected to address the … [Read more...]

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Will Pope Francis accept Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation?

In letter to priests, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., says: “I intend, in the very near future, to go to Rome to meet with our Holy Father about the resignation I presented nearly three years ago, November 12, 2015"

The Archbishop of Washington told priests Tuesday that he intends to meet with Pope Francis soon to discuss his resignation from office. In a letter sent to priests of the Archdiocese of Washington Sept. 11, Cardinal Donald Wuerl wrote that a decision about his future role in the archdiocese is “an essential aspect so that this archdiocesan Church we all love can move … [Read more...]

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Legatus withholds annual Vatican tithe

Board of influential Catholic business association cites "recent revelations and questions"

The highly influential Catholic business association Legatus has put its annual Vatican tithe “in escrow,” citing the current crisis in the Church. A September 6 letter (full letter below) from Legatus CEO and founder Tom Monaghan states the Legatus board took the step “in light of recent revelations and questions.” “We have also had discussions regarding our (Legatus’) … [Read more...]

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“Holy Father, we come to you for answers”

Group of Catholic laymen wants answers to Viganò allegations

One week after thousands of Catholic laywomen signed a letter asking Pope Francis to respond to their questions about the Church’s sexual abuse crisis, a group of Catholic laymen have penned their own letter to the pope and American bishops, calling for an investigation into the Church’s role in preventing sexual abuse. The letter is hosted on the website “Catholic Men United … [Read more...]

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Bishop Barber wants priests released from the Papal Secret

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber says priests who worked in the Roman Curia and U.S. diocesan offices should be allowed to testify in sex-abuse inquiries

The following is by Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ: Many Catholics have had their faith shaken by the recent revelations in Pennsylvania, the scandalous behavior of an American cardinal and the recent letter from the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. I’ve been in the Navy Reserve for 27 years. Every year about 50 admirals, generals and commanding officers of … [Read more...]

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