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Tennessee bishop: I would excommunicate Cuomo

Bishop Rick Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee, said on his Twitter account that he would excommunicate a governor who supported legislation similar to the bill recently enacted in New York, and he “might do it for any Catholic legislator under my jurisdiction who voted for the bill.” The bishop’s Twitter remark appeared as the Washington Post carried an account of Catholics demanding the excommunication of New York’s Governor Cuomo.

Cardinal Müller’s ‘Manifesto’ draws criticism from Cardinal Kasper

Citing “growing confusion about the doctrine of the Faith,” Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has released a document...

Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Farrell as Camerlengo of Holy Roman Church

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the prefect of the dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life, has been named camerlengo by Pope Francis. The camerlengo (chamberlain) is the head of the Apostolic Camera,...

Pope downplays expectations for February summit during in-flight interview

“We have to deflate expectations” for the February summit meeting on sexual abuse, Pope Francis told journalists during an in-flight interview as he returned from his World Youth Day...

In Register symposium, prelates offer candid thoughts on Vatican abuse summit

Prominent prelates have offered unusually blunt comments on the prospect for next week’s Vatican “summit” on sexual abuse, in a symposium published by the National Catholic Register. The Register...

Pope acknowledges sexual exploitation of nuns by priests

Pope Francis admitted that women religious have been sexually exploited by priests—and that the problem continues to this day—during his interview with reporters who had accompanied him...

Cardinals Burke, Brandmüller challenge bishops to speak out, defend faith

Cardinals Raymond Burke and Walter Brandmüller have issued a public challenge to bishops to speak out about the current crisis in the Church. In an open message directed primarily to the...

Former bishop’s name removed from building in West Virginia diocese

A Catholic high school in the Diocese of Wheeling, West Virginia has removed the name of former Bishop Michael Bransfield, who is now under investigation for alleged sex-abuse violations. Bishop Bransfield’s resignation was accepted in September, on his 75th birthday. Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, who as apostolic administrator is conducting the investigation, approved the decision to remove the retired bishop’s name.

Greek court convicts Orthodox bishop for comments on homosexuals

According to the report, Bishop Amvrossios of Kalavryta and Aigialeia called upon readers of his blog to “spit upon” homosexuals, adding, “They are not human beings, they are rejects of nature.” He has received a seven-month suspended sentence.

Sainthood causes of Blessed John Henry Newman, Cardinal Mindszenty advance

Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890), paving the way for his canonization. Seven other sainthood causes advanced, including that of Hungarian Cardinal József Mindszenty (1892-1975), whose heroic virtues were formally recognized, and who thus may now be honored with the title “venerable.”