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Investigations of bishops rise as McCarrick scandal reforms kick in

In the two years since Pope Francis issued Vos estis lux mundi [You Are the Light of the World], his motu proprio addressing sexual abuse, “investigations have been opened to address claims against Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, NY; Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Jose, CA; Bishop John Brungardt of Dodge City, KS; and former Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, NY.” In addition, Bishop Michael Hoeppner of Crookston, Minnesota, recently resigned following an investigation into his handling of an abuse allegation.
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Top Vatican official cautions US bishops on denial of Communion

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has urged the US bishops to be cautious about any national policy regarding the reception of Communion by prominent Catholics who...

Pope formally institutes ministry of catechist

Pope Francis has formally instituted the office of catechist as a ministry within the Church. With an apostolic letter entitled Antiquum Ministerium, released on May 11, the Pope established the...

Pope issues tough new rules against Vatican financial corruption

In a new bid to address persistent concerns about financial improprieties, Pope Francis has issued a motu proprio that sets tough standards for all Vatican officials. The new policies, made...

Central African Republic cardinal: 75% of country is now under government control

Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the the war-torn nation’s leading prelate, said, “For many people there is relative calm again. However, most of them have lost their homes, possessions, and even family or friends.”

Missionaries’ car exploded by land mine in Central African Republic

A car carrying nine Catholic missionaries exploded when it hit a land mine in the Central African Republic on May 5. The blast apparently claimed at least one victim, but Bishop Miroslaw Gucwa of Bouar said that he is still waiting for a full report. The land mine was probably set by rebels active in the region.

Vatican tribunals can judge cardinals, bishops, Pope rules

Pope Francis has altered canon law, to allow cardinals and bishops to face charges before ordinary Vatican tribunals. Previously, canon law had stipulated that a bishop could be tried only by cardinals, in the Court of Cassation. In a motu proprio made public on April 30, Pope Francis explained that the change was made “to ensure the equality of all members of the Church... without privileges that date back to earlier times.” Earlier this week, in another bid to hold prelates accountable, the Pope had issued tough new rules for financial disclosure by all Vatican officials.

Cardinal Burke, 7 others rise in rank in College of Cardinals

On May 3, Pope Francis raised eight cardinals, including Cardinal Raymond Burke and Cardinal Robert Sarah, from the rank of cardinal deacon to the rank of cardinal priest.

Bishop Olmsted backs Archbishop Cordileone on withholding Communion

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix has welcomed a statement by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco—and an earlier statement by Denver’s Archbishop Samuel Aquila—saying that Catholic politicians who support abortion should not receive Communion. Bishop Olmsted lamented “a false patience and pastoral concern that, year after year, stays silent or speaks in abstractions while the slaughter continues...”

Bishop Bätzing opens path to Protestants receiving Holy Communion in Germany

“Anyone who is Protestant and attends Communion can receive Communion” during an ecumenical event in May, Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg announced. Bishop Bätzing has led the German bishops’ conference since March 2020.