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...]

Wuerl’s plan

Cardinals Blase Cupich and Donald Wuerl collaborated extensively on alternative policy for handling abuse allegations against bishops

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington collaborated extensively on a recently proposed policy for handling abuse allegations against bishops, CNA has learned. Cupich submitted the plan Tuesday to leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference, proffering it as an alternative to a proposal that had been devised by conference officials and … [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...]

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...]

Cardinal Cupich launches Amoris Laetitia seminars for US bishops

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy among presenters for conference planned at Santa Clara University, other sites include Boston College and University of Notre Dame

The Archbishop of Chicago has invited some U.S. bishops to a series of conferences on the 2016 apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The seminars will be held at three Catholic colleges later this month. According to a letter obtained by Catholic News Agency, the meetings, dubbed “New Momentum Conferences on Amoris Laetitia,” are designed to offer a “tailor-made program that … [Read more...]

Chicago cardinal extends invite to Fr. Martin amid cancellations

He will speak March 22 and 23

After a series of speaking appearances were canceled in recent weeks, Jesuit Fr. James Martin received a fresh offer Friday from Cardinal Blase Cupich to address his Chicago archdiocese over two nights during the coming Lenten season. The Windy City invite caps a turbulent week where Martin defended himself — as did two bishops and multiple Catholic commentators — against … [Read more...]

Climate of fear at the Vatican

LifeSiteNews editor travels to Rome in wake of Dubia backlash, reports a police-state like environment

The following comes from a December 16 LifeSiteNews article by Steve Jalsevac: Our Nov. 16-23 visit to Rome was the most dramatic of many such twice-per-year work trips we have taken there during the past 10 years. After meeting with cardinals, bishops and other Vatican agency and dicastery staff, John-Henry Westen, our new Rome reporter, Jan Bentz, and I saw a consistent … [Read more...]