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Interview With Bishop Athanasius Schneider

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In their recent ad limina visit to Rome, the bishops of Kazakhstan and Central Asia raised a number of concerns which have been widely shared in the Church over the last several years, concerning perceived ambiguities in the magisterium of Pope Francis. At the March 1 meeting, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary of Astana, Kazakhstan, also obtained from Pope Francis […]

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Viganò Issues Message to Pope and Bishops on Opening Day of Sex Abuse Summit

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has written an open message to Pope Francis and presidents of episcopal conferences around the world, who are gathered in Rome for the opening of a Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse. Here below is the full text of Archbishop Viganò’s message, issued on the liturgical memorial of St. Peter Damien. *** We cannot avoid seeing as […]

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Pope Francis on Eve of Sex Abuse Summit: Those Who Spend Lives Accusing Church Are ‘Relatives of the Devil’

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Those who spend their lives accusing the Church are the “friends, cousins and relatives of the devil,” Pope Francis said on Wednesday, on the eve of the Vatican clergy sex abuse summit. The statement comes as the world’s media is focussed on the Vatican as it tackles accusations of clergy sexual abuse, silence and coverup. In an […]

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Pope Picks Liberal Cardinals Cupich, Marx, Tagle for Featured Talks at Vatican Abuse Summit

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Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Germany, and Cardinal Antonio Tagle of the Philippines will be featured speakers at the Vatican’s upcoming summit on clerical sex abuse titled, “The Protection of Minors in the Church” beginning later this week. Cardinal Cupich, one of the main organizers of the summit and a lead […]

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Cardinal Cupich: Vast Majority of Clergy Abuse is Homosexual, but Homosexuality ‘Not a Cause’

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Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, one of only two cardinals on the organizing committee for the upcoming Vatican abuse summit, was repeatedly pressed by journalists at today’s press conference in Vatican City on the role of homosexuality and of a homosexual subculture in the clerical abuse crisis. Faced with the comments of Cardinal Müller that “more than 80 percent of […]

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Cardinal Eijk: The Church Must Investigate Viganò Testimonies to Regain Credibility

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A prominent cardinal is joining a chorus of bishops in calling for a full investigation into the Archbishop Viganò testimonies, which implicated several senior prelates and Pope Francis in the cover-up of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual abuse of priests and seminarians. In a Dec. 13 interview with the Italian daily Il Giornale, Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, Netherlands, says “it is […]

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Pope Concedes to ‘Study’ of Vatican Documents on McCarrick

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Pope Francis will meet privately on Monday with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and Archbishop Jose Gomez, president and vice-president of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference, in light of news today that he has ordered a “thorough study” of all Vatican documents regarding ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. In a statement issue today (see below), the Vatican said that, in […]

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Cardinal Ouellet to Abp. Viganò: Your Testimony was ‘Political’ and ‘Extremely Reprehensible’

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Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, today issued an open letter to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, in response to his explosive 11-page testimony, alleging that Pope Francis and several high-level prelates were complicit in covering up ex-U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s homosexual abuse of seminarians. In his letter, released only in French (official […]

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Viganò: Journalists Must Ask What Happened to the ‘Cache of Documents’ Benedict gave to Francis

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has spoken out from an undisclosed location in response to attempts to discredit his 11-page testimony implicating Pope Francis and several senior prelates in coving up Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s abuse of seminarians and priests. In an interview this week with Aldo Maria Valli, an Italian journalist who helped Viganò plan the publicatin […]