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Archbishop Cordileone quickly shot back on his Twitter account: “Representatives in Congress: you have free will. Use it today to vote no to legalizing the killing of babies even weeks from birth. You have a choice. Give it to unborn babies, too.”
The new Vatican policy, which takes effect October 1, requires visitors to prove either that they are vaccinated against Covid, or have recovered from the disease, or have recently tested negative for the virus. The policy allows an exception for those participating in liturgical ceremonies inside the Vatican, “for the time strictly necessary for the performance of the rite.”
The policy was issued by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, who at the age of 79 will soon step down as head of the Vatican city-state governorate, at the request of Pope Francis, who had authorized “all appropriate measures” to curb the epidemic. Coincidentally, Cardinal Bertello’s resignation will take effect on October 1, the day the new policy takes effect.
During an exchange with reporters on his return flight from Slovakia on September 15, Pope Francis did not explicitly answer a question about withholding Communion, but advised: “Be a pastor; don’t go condemning.” The Pope said that “abortion is murder,” but also that “I have never refused the Eucharist to anyone.”
The archbishop asked Catholics to pledge to fast and pray the Rosary for the Speaker. For the first 1,000 people who signed the pledge, he said, the archdiocese would send Pelosi a rose on October 1, the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, “as a symbol of your prayer and fasting for her.”
9decision to grant Cardinal Rainer Mari Woelki of Cologne a sabbatical, permitting him to remain in office.
More than 200,000 children were abused by Catholic clerics over the past 70 years, and another 100,000 by lay church workers, according to a report issued on October 5 by an independent investigating commission.
The commission estimated that at least 3,000 abusers had served as priests or other church officials in France during the period that it had studied: between 1950 and the present. That figure, the report observed, “would imply a very high number of victims per aggressor.”
The figures in the report were projections, based on an in-depth study of 1,600 cases and reports on about 10,000 incidents. These results were supplemented by a telephone survey. The report’s authors acknowledge that their final projections could overestimate or underestimate the number of victims by as many as 50,000.
The investigation concluded that 80% of the abuse victims were boys. That figure contrasts dramatically with estimates of sexual abuse in France generally, where 75% of the victims are girls.
The report was issued by the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church, established by the French bishops’ conference in November 2018. The investigation, a 30-month effort, was led by Jean-Marc Sauvé, a former vice-president of the French Council of State.
The 2,500-page report called upon Church leaders to denounce the abuse, end the culture of silence, and provide compensation for abuse victims. Until recently, said Sauvé, Church leaders had shown “a deep, cruel indifference toward victims.”
Correction: An earlier version of this report said that over 300,000 children were abused “by Catholic clerics”— failing to note the very large number reportedly abused by lay workers.