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The Vatican has issued a 450-page report on former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, acknowledging that reports of McCarrick’s sexual misconduct had circulated for...
Pope Francis has ordered the transfer of all investment funds from the Vatican Secretariat of State. The funds will be placed under management by the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic...
“I won’t be able to take a vaccine, brothers and sisters, and I encourage you not to, if it was developed with material from stem cells from a baby that was aborted or material that was cast off from artificial insemination,” said Bishop Joseph Brennan, whom Pope Francis named bishop of Fresno in 2019.
“Donald Trump’s reckless attempts to disenfranchise millions of people across the country struggling during this pandemic is shameful and will not be tolerated,” said Sister Simone Campbell, who offered the invocation at the Democratic National Convention this year.
In a New York Times op-ed piece adapted from a new book, Pope Francis pays homage to health-care workers who care for Covid patients, describing them as “antibodies to the virus of indifference.” He decries protests against government restrictions, saying that the measures serve the common good. And he looks to the future: “We cannot return to the false securities of the political and economic systems we had before the crisis.”
The Vatican has imposed stiff disciplinary measures on Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz, the 97-year-old former Archbishop of Wroclaw. He will be barred from public celebrations, forbidding to act as a bishop, deprived of a funeral service and burial in the city’s cathedral. The Vatican did not explain the reasons for the disciplinary action, but Cardinal Gulbinowicz had been accused of sexual abuse, as well as covering up abuse by other clerics.
Bishop Heinrich Timmerevers of Dresden-Meissen, who said he would welcome approval of a blessing of homosexual unions, praised Pope Francis’s comments on same-sex civil unions and questioned the Secretariat of State’s subsequent clarification.
Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, took part in a gathering of foreign ministers on religious freedom. Speaking for five minutes (Day 1, 44:50), Archbishop Gallagher also discussed extremism, populism, and dialogue; he called on governments around the world to respect religious freedom, and urged non-Christian religious leaders to advocate for freedom of religion for Christians in areas where Christians are in the minority.
In Fulton v. Philadelphia, the City of Philadelphia “argues that our agencies lose all religious liberty protections when they partner with the government to serve those in need — an obvious prerequisite for serving children who have been removed from their homes by the government,” Cardinal Dolan writes. “This novel claim has far reaching implications.”
Discussing the McCarrick Report at their fall meeting, Bishop Joseph Strickland spoke of sin, Bishop Michael Olson noted the omission of recipients of McCarrick’s gift-giving, and Cardinal Blase Cupich warned against “taking sides in this, with the Holy Father or challenging him or even being with those who are calling for his resignation.” (CWN has provided analysis and commentary on the report.)