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Baseball’s Dodgers to honor anti-Catholic hate group

The Los Angeles Dodgers have confirmed plans to honor the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (SPI)—a radical homosexual activist group that mocks the Catholic Church—at Pride Night...

Pope, in interview, describes unborn child as ‘a living being, I’m not saying a person’

In a brief but wide-ranging interview with Julio Vaqueiro of Telemundo, Pope Francis discussed migration, reflected on ecclesial reform, recalled his recent meeting with Ukrainian President...

New Vatican document offers guidance for use of social media [News Analysis]

News analysis by Phil Lawler In a new document released on May 29, the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication offers an unusually thorough and insightful reflection on the “challenge...

Pope Francis, in message, invokes Mary as Mediatrix of all graces, warns against ‘sterile traditionalism’

Thousands of people took part in a Marian procession in the Sardinian city of Sassari on May 28 to mark the 80th anniversary of the sparing of their city from Allied bombing during World War...

Confirmed: Pope sending Italian cardinal to Moscow, Kyiv as mediator

Pope Francis has chosen Cardinal Matteo Zuppi of Bologna to carry out a special peace mission, visiting Moscow and Kyiv, the Vatican has confirmed. Matteo Bruni, the director of the Vatican press...

Bishop Strickland rebuked for criticism of Pope?

According to radio host Terry Barber, Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas—who has been critical of Pope Francis for failing to uphold fundamental Catholic doctrine—was admonished by the apostolic nuncio in the US, Archbishop Christopher Pierre, during the November 2021 meeting of the US bishops’ conference.

According to Barber, Archbishop Pierre told Bishop Strickland to “stop talking about the deposit of the faith.”

Neither Bishop Strickland nor the apostolic nuncio would comment on the report.

Late Jesuit’s diary reveals trail of abuse; former Jesuit provincials suspended as Bolivia launches investigation

The nephew of a deceased gay Jesuit priest turned over his uncle’s diary to a leading Spanish newspaper, which in turn published “Diary of a Pedophile Priest“—an article that...

Pope demands end to ‘senseless war against Creation’

Pope Francis called upon world leaders and Christians to “put an end to the senseless war against creation,” in his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. In...

Bolivian Jesuits announce archbishop was accused of rape

The Society of Jesus in Bolivia has announced that a Jesuit prelate, Archbishop Alejandro Mestre Descals, SJ (1912-1988), was accused in 2021 of raping a young adolescent boy.

“The Jesuits outlined the steps they took, including a preliminary investigation, reporting the incident to the general curia of the Jesuits and the prosecutor’s office, and sending the information gathered to the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith,” the Catholic News Agency reported.

Ordained in 1943, Archbishop Mestre was Auxiliary Bishop of Sucre (1976-1982) and Coadjutor Archbishop of La Paz (1982-1987). He retired as coadjutor when Pope St. John Paul II chose a different prelate to become the next Archbishop of La Paz.

The disclosure of the accusation is part of a burgeoning abuse scandal in the South American nation. Father Bernardo Mercado, SJ, the Bolivian Jesuit provincial, suspended several of his predecessors amid revelations of a cover-up of the sexual abuse of several dozen minors by Father Alfonso Pedrajas, SJ (1943-2009), an openly gay Jesuit priest.

Shanghai bishop leads pilgrimage to Marian shrine

Bishop Joseph Shen Bin, installed as bishop of Shanghai in April without Vatican approval, led a pilgrimage of thousands of Catholics to the National Shrine and Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Sheshan, China’s principal Marian shrine.

The bishop, joined by more than 50 priests, led the faithful in the recitation of the Rosary. He also led the faithful in the communal recitation of Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer for the Church in China, which speaks of the importance of “clinging to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built.”

Both the Vatican newspaper and Fides, the news agency of the Pontifical Mission Societies, published accounts of the pilgrimage—signaling that the Vatican has acquiesced to Bishop Shen Bin’s illicit transfer to Shanghai. [In 2010, the prelate was ordained bishop of another diocese (Haimen) with the approval of both Pope Benedict and the Chinese government.]