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In a 2-1 ruling, an Australian appeals court has upheld the conviction of Cardinal George Pell on charges of sexually abusing two choir boys in the Melbourne cathedral in 1996.
In March, the...
In a letter from an Australian prison, Cardinal George Pell expressed serious misgivings about the working document for the Amazon Synod.
The cardinal wrote to friends that “we have reason...
Pope Francis denounced “sovereignism,” and called for the preservation of the European Union, in a new interview with La Stampa.
The Pope said that the European Union should be...
Julia Yost, senior editor of First Things, wrote this op-ed after an Australian appeals court upheld the conviction of Cardinal George Pell
A group of 22 plaintiffs has filed suit against the Diocese of Buffalo, New York, under the terms of the federal RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) statute, charging that the diocese—along with the local Jesuit province and a number of Catholic schools and parishes—engaged in a conspiracy to protect clerical abusers. “All the defendant(s) knew and/or reasonably should have known, and/or knowingly condoned, and/or covered up, the inappropriate and unlawful criminal conduct activities,” the suit charges.
Pope-emeritus Benedict met on August 1 with Msgr. Livio Melina, who had recently been dismissed from his post teaching moral theology at the John Paul II Institute. Msgr. Melina reportedly spoke with the former Pontiff about the problems of the Institute, which has seen a change of statutes and a purge of faculty members.
A Texas woman has filed suit against the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, claiming that she suffered emotional damage as a result of a lay “exorcism” performed during a charismatic prayer service. Exorcisms are allowed only with the formal permission of the diocese. The parish where the incident occurred has suspended the activities of the charismatic prayer group.
The Vatican is not prepared to answer questions about turmoil in the John Paul II Institute, an official has said. Father Riccardo Mensuali—who works at the Pontifical Academy for the Family, headed by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the chancellor of the John Paul II Institute—said that the Vatican is “desirous of giving exhaustive responses, but asks a few weeks’ time” to formulate them.
Bishop José Luís Azcona Hermoso, 79, said that the working document of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region ignores rampant pedophilia and the spread of Pentecostalism. The document, he added, is “ecclesiologically devoid of theological and pastoral foundations, annulling the Gospel of salvation.”
When abortion is praised as “progress and a sign of an enlightened society ... Can there really be a sense of common decency if this is the case?”, San Francisco’s archbishop said. “Perhaps at a superficial level, perhaps we can be polite to each other, but at a deeper level of shared values there is a crisis going on.”