Too Little, Too Late? Vatican Tries to Draw Line on Women’s Ordination and Homosexuality in Letter to German Bishops

The Vatican has informed German bishops in writing that the ordination of women and changes in the Church’s teaching on homosexuality cannot be subjects of discussion in the upcoming meetings with delegates of the German Synodal Way in Rome. The letter, dated Oct. 23, also reminded the bishops of potential disciplinary consequences for anyone defying … Read more

Swiss Study Finds More Than 1,000 Cases of Clergy Sexual Abuse

A comprehensive, yearlong investigation into sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in Switzerland released on Tuesday has documented more than 1,000 instances of abuse dating back to the mid-20th century. The Swiss Bishops’ Conference commissioned the groundbreaking study by the University of Zurich’s Historical Seminar, reported CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner. “The findings expose … Read more

Pope Francis Fails to Correct German Bishops’ Diabolical “Synodal Way” During Visit

Pope Francis received the German bishops at the Vatican on Thursday. The audience with Pope Francis lasted about two hours, the German Bishops’ Conference said in a statement published after the encounter, describing the meeting as an “open round of talks” in which “the bishops were able to raise their questions and issues, and the … Read more

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of German Bishop Found Guilty of Embezzlement

Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a German bishop who was convicted of embezzling money from a woman suffering from dementia. A German court found Auxiliary Bishop Johannes Bündgens of Aachen guilty of misappropriating 128,000 euros (about $128,000). Bishop Bündgens was sentenced to nine months suspended jail time and a 5,000-euro fine, CNA … Read more

Archbishop Chaput: ‘Biden is Not in Communion with the Catholic Faith’

Archbishop Charles Chaput said on Saturday that Joe Biden “is not in communion with the Catholic faith” and that “any priest who now provides Communion to the president participates in his hypocrisy.” Speaking at a Eucharistic Symposium at the Diocese of Arlington on Oct. 22, the 78-year-old prelate also accused the second Catholic president in the history … Read more

Bishop, Accused of Abuse, Helped Pedophile Priests Escape to Latin America

A German prelate who served as bishop in Ecuador is not only accused of having sexually abused minors in several countries. As director of a German aid organization he also helped pedophile priests wanted by authorities escape prosecution, according to an independent investigation published Monday. The late Bishop Emil Stehle (1926-2017) — known in Latin … Read more