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Recognition of ‘Other Forms of Family’ Called for by Youth Synod Small Group Led by Cdl. Cupich

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Fourteen small groups of members of the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment discussed the Instrumentum Laboris (IL), or working document, guiding the Synod’s deliberations this week. Divided by language groups, there were four English-language conversations, three French, two Spanish, one German, and one Portuguese. For many of the participants, these were […]

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Scott Hahn: Don’t Laicize Sexual Predators–Excommunicate Them

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Catholic apologist, author, and Franciscan University of Steubenville professor Scott Hahn has stated that clergy convicted of being sexual predators shouldn’t be defrocked, they should receive “excommunication.” He appeared to be referring to now ex-Cardinal McCarrick without mentioning him by name. Hahn said to participants at the Napa Institute’s Authentic Catholic Reform Conference in Washington […]

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Pope Francis Says he ‘NEVER’ Pardoned Sex Abusers – Has he Forgotten Fr. Mauro Inzoli?

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During his recent flight from Estonia to Rome, Pope Francis denied ever having pardoned clerical sex abusers. This was a surprising statement, given the sad case of Don Mauro Inzoli. On September 26, after answering, and refusing to answer, reporters’ questions, Pope Francis addressed the issue of child sexual abuse during a stream-of-consciousness speech. According […]

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Dutch Bishop Criticizes Pope Francis for ‘Incomprehensible’ Silence on Viganò Allegations

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A Dutch bishop says that the Pope’s silence in response to a Vatican whistleblower’s allegation that he knowingly covered-up for and promoted a sexually abusive prelate is “incomprehensible.” TAKE ACTION: Ask Pope Francis to respond to these allegations Bishop Robert Mutsaerts, auxiliary bishop of ’s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch) in the Netherlands, was chosen by the Dutch […]

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Ignatius Press Founder to Pope Francis: ‘Be a Man. Stand Up and Answer’ Viganò’s Allegations

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The founder of U.S. Catholic publishing house Ignatius Press has called for Pope Francis to answer Archbishop Viganò’s allegations that he knowingly promoted an American cardinal accused of abusing seminarians and priests. Father Joseph Fessio, SJ, told CNN that he finds the pontiff’s refusal to give an answer “deplorable”. In recent weeks, commentators have interpreted Pope Francis’ […]

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Bishop Guglielmone Calls on Pope Francis to Address Viganò Allegations ‘Directly’

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An American bishop has written to the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States to demand an investigation into the advancement of an abusive cleric and into allegations made by Archbishop Viganò. On August 31, Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston, published a letter he addressed to Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the diplomat Pope Francis chose to replace Viganò […]

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Australia’s Daily Telegraph: Pope Must Answer Viganò’s Claims or ‘Resign’

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Australia’s Daily Telegraphhas published an op-ed in which it is declared that Pope Francis must answer Archbishop Viganò’s allegations that the Pope covered-up for and promoted an abuser or he must resign. “We need an honest explanation from the Pope or his resignation,” wrote Miranda Devine in her Sept. 1 column. Devine said that it was “hard […]