Pray for me and my brother bishops

Archbishop Gomez writes from Chicago

The following comes from a Jan. 8 letter in the Angelus News. I am writing to you from Chicago, where the bishops of the United States are finishing a weeklong spiritual retreat recommended to us by Pope Francis. The retreat has been led by the preacher of the papal household, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., who is focusing our attention on the vocation and … [Read more...]

Catholics unable to look deeper into Our Father?

Italian bishops latest to submit to modernizing

The following comes from a Dec. 28 story in First Things by Charlotte Allen. On November 15 the Italian Bishops’ Conference announced that it plans to change the wording of the Lord’s Prayer in the Mass liturgy. The bishops want the current Italian equivalent of “lead us not into temptation” to become “do not abandon us to temptation.” The bishops have now petitioned the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Bishops should work to avoid “gossip and slander”

Calls for "change of mindset"

The following comes from a Jan. 3 story on the website of the Catholic News Agency. Pope Francis has written to the bishops of the United States calling for a “change of mindset” to restore the Church’s credibility and trust among the faithful. “Clearly a living fabric has come undone, and we, like weavers, are called to repair it,” the pope wrote in a letter to the … [Read more...]

Firing of Pope’s mouthpieces not a surprise

Burke and Garcia Ovejero are journalists at heart

The following comes from a Jan. 2 story on CruxNow by John Allen. When news broke on New Year’s Eve that the Vatican’s two official spokespersons, American Greg Burke and Spaniard Paloma Garcia Ovejero, had resigned, words such as “sudden” and “unexpected” figured in many headlines. One understands the point, as there had been no advance indication their exits were … [Read more...]

The Catholic year from hell

Vigano August letter still unanswered

The following comes from a Dec. 28 story posted by CNN. A prominent cardinal resigned in disgrace. Grand jurors accused hundreds of Catholic clerics of secretly abusing children. A former Vatican ambassador urged the Pope himself to step down. It was enough for New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan to call it the Catholic Church's "summer of hell." The cardinal may have … [Read more...]

Vatican asks bishops to meet with victims ahead of February summit

Letter to participating bishops says meetings with victims are necessary "to learn first-hand the suffering that they have endured"

Organizers of the Vatican’s February meeting on sexual abuse have sent a letter to the participating bishops asking them to meet with abuse victims in advance of the gathering. “We urge each episcopal conference president to reach out and visit with victim survivors of clergy sex abuse in your respective countries prior to the meeting in Rome, to learn first-hand the suffering … [Read more...]

A state crime

Pope Francis doubles down on death penalty, calls it a lingering value of bygone centuries when “the instruments available to us for the protection of society were lacking”

The death penalty is always a rejection of the Gospel and of human dignity, and therefore must be rejected by all countries, Pope Francis told the Delegation of the International Commission against the Death Penalty on Monday. In his meeting with the delegation at the Vatican, the Pope set aside his prepared remarks and gave an impromptu address. In his prepared text, which … [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...]

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...]

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...]