Why Vatican wanted to block U.S. bishops’ reforms

Ouellet-DeNardo letter comes out

The following comes from a Jan. 1 story on the website of the Catholic News Agency. A letter from Cardinal Marc Ouellet indicates that the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops had blocked the U.S. bishops from voting on proposals to address the sex abuse crisis in November because the congregation believed more time was needed to discuss the measures. The Associated Press … [Read more...]

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...]

US bishops fire doctrine consultant for criticizing Pope Francis

Former chief of staff for U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine resigns as consultant to the same committee after making public a letter accusing the pontiff of sowing “chronic confusion” and teaching in an “intentionally ambiguous” manner

A member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission has been asked to resign from his position as a consultant to the USCCB’s Committee on Doctrine, following the publication of a letter written to Pope Francis asking the Pope to correct the “chronic confusion” of his pontificate, which he says “fosters within the faithful a growing unease.” Father Thomas Weinandy, … [Read more...]