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Ousted Vatican auditor appeals for justice

News analysis by Phil Lawler This week the Vatican’s former auditor general renews his bid to persuade a Vatican tribunal that he was wrongfully dismissed from his position, in a case that...

3 young Buenos Aires priests named bishops

Pope Francis has named three priests of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires as auxiliary bishops of the same archdiocese. The three, all 50 or under, were ordained priests in 2006, 2007, and 2009, when Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ was archbishop.

During his 11-year reign, Pope Francis has appointed 14 Buenos Aires priests as bishops and has raised an additional four from the status of auxiliary bishops to ordinaries. Fathers Sergio Iván Dornelles, Pedro Bernardo Cannavó, and Alejandro Daniel Pardo are the first three who were ordained priests during Cardinal Bergoglio’s 15-year tenure as archbishop (1998-2013).

With the appointments, the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, which has 2.8 million Catholics, will have seven active auxiliary bishops. In contrast, the Archdiocese of Milan, with 4.9 million Catholics, has three active auxiliary bishops, and the Archdiocese of Lagos, with 3.3 million Catholics, has no auxiliary bishops.

Archbishop Vigano, charged with schism, defiant

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has disclosed that the Vatican has charged him with schism, and has responded by saying: “I consider the accusations made against me as a badge of honor.”

Archbishop Vigano posted online a letter from the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, ordering him to appear on June 20 to answer the charge that he has broken communion with Pope Francis. The dicastery said that the proceeding would be an “extrajudicial trial”—an option the Vatican employs in cases when the evidence is compelling.

The archbishop added to that evidence by repeating his claim that Pope Francis was not validly elected, and saying that his pontificate is the culmination of “the ideological, theological, moral and liturgical cancer” growing out of Vatican II. He said that Pope Francis has promoted a “church of humanity, of inclusion, of the environment.”

“But this is not the Catholic Church,” Archbishop Vigano said; “It is a counterfeit.” He continued:

I repudiate the neo-modernist errors inherent in Vatican II and in the so-called “post-conciliar magisterium,” in particular with regard to collegiality, ecumenism, religious freedom, secularism of the state and liturgy. I repudiate, reject and condemn the scandals, errors and heresies of Jorge Mario Bergoglio,...

Not surprisingly, the archbishop said that he expected his trial—scheduled for the day on which his fiery statement was released—would result in conviction. “I assume that the sentence is also ready,” he said.

Archbishop Vigano had served as apostolic nuncio to the US from 2011 to 2016, retiring upon reaching the age of 75. He had not been identified with conservative or traditionalist causes during his service in Vatican diplomacy. But he quickly drew headlines when he reported that he had informed Pope Francis about the misbehavior of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Since his retirement the archbishop has issued a series of increasingly strident statements on both political and ecclesiastical issues, urging resistant to a New World Order. He is living at an undisclosed location, citing threats against his life.

Archbishop Paglia, at climate justice conference, calls for ‘new planetary humanism’

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, called for a “new planetary humanism” at a June 25 conference organized by the pontifical academy in collaboration with Greenaccord, Greenpeace, and the Italian Catholic Press Union.

At the conference—entitled “From Laudato si’ to Fratelli tutti: There is no social justice without climate justice”—Archbishop Paglia said that the two encyclicals “require an overcoming of the old anthropocentrism and push toward a new vision of humanity.”

“A globalization of this humanism must be pursued: the humanism of human rights, of women’s rights, liberty-equality-fraternity, democracy, global solidarity,” he continued. Archbishop Paglia contrasted this “new planetary humanism” with “ancient humanism,” which (according to Paglia) “produced an abstract, ideal universalism, in fact marked by a substantial ethnocentrism and a deviant anthropocentrism.”

Vatican finance inspector received 123 suspicious activity reports in 2023

The Vatican’s Supervisory and Financial Information Authority (ASIF), which is charged with the task of combating combat money laundering and terrorist financing, as well as conducting...

Archbishop Viganò found guilty of schism, declared automatically excommunicated

The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith has found Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò guilty of the canonical crime of schism and has declared him automatically excommunicated.

“His public statements manifesting his refusal to recognize and submit to the Supreme Pontiff, his rejection of communion with the members of the Church subject to him, and of the legitimacy and magisterial authority of the Second Vatican Council are well known,” the Dicastery said in a statement. “The lifting of the censure in these cases is reserved to the Apostolic See.”

Archbishop Viganò, now 83, was Secretary General of the Governorate of Vatican City State from 2009 to 2011 and apostolic nuncio to the United States from 2011 to 2016. He had earlier served as the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe and apostolic pro-nuncio to Nigeria.

Nearly 40% of world’s permanent deacons serve in US

An estimated 19,855 of the world’s permanent deacons (39.5%) serve in dioceses of the United States, which has 6% of the world’s Catholic population, according to a newly-released survey...

Vatican prefect doubles down in defense of use of Rupnik’s art

Paolo Ruffini, the lay prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication, defended his dicastery’s use of Father Marko Ivan Rupnik’s art on the Vatican website. The Slovenian priest and former Jesuit was excommunicated briefly in 2020 for absolving an accomplice in a sin against the Sixth Commandment; he has also been accused of sexually abusing dozens of religious sisters.

Responding to questions from American journalists at a conference in Atlanta, Ruffini said that “as Christian(s), we are asked not to judge” and that it is “not good” to anticipate the decision of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is adjudicating Rupnik’s alleged sexual abuse. “We are not talking about abuse of minors. We are talking (about) a story that we don’t know.”

“Removing, deleting, destroying art has not ever been a good choice,” he said, and removing Rupnik’s art “is not a Christian response ... I don’t think we have to throw stones thinking that this is the way of healing.”

Pressing journalists, he asked, “Do you think that if I put away a photo of an art (away) from … our website, I will be more close to the victims? Do you think so?” In response to the answer of ‘yes,’ he replied, “I think you’re wrong.”

SSPX rejects Archbishop Vigano’s stand

The Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has released a statement criticizing Archbishop Carla Maria Vigano—who has been charged by the Vatican with schism—and said that Archbishop Vigano’s stand is different from that of the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the SSPX founder.

Archbishop Lefebvre was excommunicated in 1988 when he ordained four new bishops in defiance of an order from Rome. In 2009 Pope Benedict lifted the excommunication of the SSPX bishops, but the group’s canonical status remains irregular.

The SSPX statement noted that Archbishop Vigano has taken a significantly different stand, insofar as the SSPX never rejected the authority of the Roman Pontiff. “Archbishop Vigano makes a clear declaration of sedevacantism in this text,” the SSPX said. “In other words, according to him, Pope Francis is not pope.”

Cardinal Fernández ordains 1st bishop of UK ordinariate

In a strong show of Vatican support for ordinariates of former Anglicans, Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, the prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, ordained Father David Waller as the first bishop to serve as ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

The ordinariate ministers to former Anglicans in Great Britain who wished to retain elements of the Anglican patrimony while entering into full communion with the Church. Two other ordinariates minister to former Anglicans in North America and Australia.

The ordination of Bishop Waller in England, like the ordination of Bishop Steven Lopes in the United States in 2016, offers further stability to the structures established by an apostolic constitution of Pope Benedict in 2009. The bishops’ predecessors were former Anglican clergy who were ordained Catholic priests but who, because of their marriages, could not be ordained bishops.

Born in 1961, Bishop Waller is an unmarried former Anglican cleric who entered the Catholic Church and was ordained to the priesthood in 2011.

“We’ve constantly heard rumors that Rome was going to put an end to our ordinariate—that it was just a papal whim which no one wanted,” he said. “Yet this was never the attitude of the Holy See, which has always been supportive and caring. In the eyes of the world, we looked foolish and ridiculous when we risked joining the ordinariate 13 years ago. But no one today regrets doing so.”