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Cardinal Pell found guilty of sexually abusing altar boys

Pell has vigorously denied allegations he molested two altar boys during a swimming trip in the 1990s when he was bishop in Ballarat

Cardinal George Pell has been convicted by an Australian court on charges of sexual abuse of minors, according to media reports and CNA sources close to the cardinal. A judicial gag order has restricted Australian media coverage of the trial since June. Despite the gag order, a story published Dec. 11 on the Daily Beast website first reported that a unanimous verdict of … [Read more...]

A reality we can’t deny

Pope Francis discusses homosexuality in the priesthood: "People with that kind of ingrained tendency should not be accepted into the ministry or consecrated life"

In a book-length interview to be published next week, Pope Francis addressed gifts and challenges for clerical and religious vocations, among them the challenge of homosexuality in the clergy. “The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates, if that is the case. We have to be exacting. In our … [Read more...]

SSPX, Vatican impasse continues following November 22 meeting

Society of St. Pius X: the fundamental problem is "irreducible doctrinal divergence"

After a meeting between the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X and the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the canonically irregular priestly society said the problem in its relations with the Holy See is fundamentally doctrinal. Fr. Davide Pagliarani, superior general of the SSPX, met for two hours Nov. 22 with Cardinal Luis Francisco Ladaria … [Read more...]

Pope names Cardinal Cupich to organizing group for February abuse meeting

Gathering will take place Feb. 21-24; pope has asked presidents of the world's bishops' conferences and the heads of the Eastern Catholic Churches to attend

The Vatican announced Friday Pope Francis’ selection for the organizing committee of the Vatican’s February meeting of bishops on abuse prevention. Among the group named is Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago. The gathering, which will take place Feb. 21-24, 2019, is focused on the protection of minors from sexual abuse within the Church. The pope has asked the presidents of the … [Read more...]

Legatus will not collect 2019 tithe to the Holy See

According to the Wall Street Journal, Legatus' 2018 tithe to the Holy See would have been about $820,000

A U.S.-based organization of Catholic business executives has decided not to collect from its members the portion of their dues that would constitute its 2019 donation to the Holy See. Legatus, an organization of Catholic business leaders, had announced in September that it was placing its annual donation to the Holy See in escrow until it can receive clarification on … [Read more...]

Vatican, U.S. bishops sued by six men over allegations of sex abuse

Lawsuit claims the Vatican and the bishops knew about and covered up the “endemic, systemic, rampant, and pervasive rape and sexual abuse” of the plaintiffs

The U.S. bishops' conference and the Holy See face a class action lawsuit filed by six men who claim they were sexually abused by Catholic clergy during their childhoods. They are seeking financial damages as well as public contrition and reparation from the Church. The 80-page suit filed Nov. 13 claims that the Vatican and the bishops knew about - and covered up for - the … [Read more...]

Cardinal Zen delivers new letter on China to Pope Francis

He flew to Rome to beg pope to pay attention of the crisis engulfing the underground Catholic Church in China

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun flew to Rome and handed a seven-page letter to Pope Francis appealing for him to pay attention to the crisis facing the underground church in China. The Hong Kong emeritus bishop on Nov. 8 told ucanews.com that underground clerics have cried to him since the Vatican-China deal on the appointment of bishops. "They said officials have forced them to … [Read more...]

Vatican directive came from Congregation for Bishops

Did Cardinals Blase Cupich and Donald Wuerl, the American members of the Congregation, play role in ordering USCCB to postpone voting on proposed responses to sexual abuse crisis?

The directive not to vote on the proposals which had been expected to form the basis for the response of the Church in the US to the sexual abuse crisis came from the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said Monday. The president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops was speaking at the first press conference held at the bishops' autumn … [Read more...]

Vatican cancels US bishops’ vote on sex abuse reform measures

Instruction to delay consideration of a new code of conduct for bishops and the creation of a lay-led body to investigate bishops accused of misconduct came directly from the Holy See

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference has told the American bishops that they will not vote on two key proposals which had been expected to form the basis for the Church’s response to the sexual abuse crisis. The news came at the beginning of the U.S. bishops’ conference fall general assembly, meeting in Baltimore Nov. 12-14. The instruction to … [Read more...]

Who’s the talk of Rome to be the next pope?

Synods of bishops, summits of roughly 300 prelates from around the world, are a bit like the Iowa Caucuses of the Catholic Church

The Synod of Bishops, a summit of roughly 300 prelates from around the world the popes have now summoned 28 times since it was created after Vatican II in 1965, are always a bit like the Iowa Caucuses of the Catholic Church. It’s just about the only time, at least in the early phases of the race, that all the “candidates” to become the next pope are on display for an extended … [Read more...]