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Pan-Amazon Synod Was a Done Deal 5 Years Ago

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Married priests — and perhaps women deacons — are on the way. The Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazon Region comes to a conclusion, with the participants voting on the final report on Saturday. How and when the Church in the Amazon (and elsewhere?) will get there will be left deliberately ambiguous, but the end […]

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Vatican Vindicates Viganò?

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According to the organisers, the recent Vatican sexual abuse summit was aimed at changing a mindset more than specific procedural reforms. Yet the legal reforms announced last week for the Vatican City State may prompt a wide-ranging shift in the culture in the Roman Curia and the Holy See’s diplomatic corps. Indeed, it might be […]

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Vatican Financial Reform is in Tatters

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Frustration has been widely expressed at the lack of progress on sexual abuse reform. But on finances, things are getting worse There is a classic episode of Yes Minister in which Jim Hacker is exasperated that a newly built hospital is fully staffed with some 500 administrators and ancillary staff, but the bureaucracy has decided […]

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A New Day Dawning for Retired Bishops

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Will Los Angeles revisit the Cardinal Mahony file in light of Bishop Bambera’s action in Scranton? In the maelstrom of news on sexual abuse, it may not be immediately noted for the significant step that it is, but the decision of Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton, Pennsylvania, to “permanently restrict” his predecessor, Bishop James Timlin, “from representing […]