Cardinal McElroy Claims Pope’s Climate Vision Not Getting Enough Attention from US Bishops

Pope Francis’ call for the world to address the coming consequences of global climate change has not garnered enough attention at the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference, said a leading American cardinal. In an exclusive interview with National Catholic Reporter in late February, San Diego Cardinal Robert McElroy said the pope’s environmental vision “has not gotten … Read more

Anglican Female Bishop Praises Francis For Inviting Her To Address Women’s Ordinations

An Anglican woman bishop who addressed Pope Francis and his advisory Council of Cardinals says she believes the pontiff took a “risk” in extending her an invitation to speak to the group and hopes that the Catholic Church will continue to explore the topic of women’s leadership with “courage.” “I’m aware — not least from … Read more

On Gay Catholics, Synod Ensured ‘Nothing Is Closed,’ Says African Jesuit

Although the final document for Pope Francis’ summit on the future of the Catholic Church did not mention better inclusion of the faith’s LGBTQ members, it also made sure that “no issue is finalized” ahead of the next assembly in 2024, said one of the leading African voices at the monthlong gathering. In an exclusive … Read more

Vatican’s Secretary of State Claims Clerical Abuse Not Linked to Homosexuality

The Vatican’s secretary of state has dismissed the claim that clergy sexual abuse is linked to homosexuality, labeling it a “serious and scientifically untenable association.” “Homosexual orientation cannot be considered as either cause or aspect typical of the abuser, even more so when it is decoupled from the general arrangement of the person,” wrote Italian … Read more

Former Campus Minister at Franciscan University Indicted on Rape Charges

A former campus minister at Franciscan University of Steubenville has been charged with rape and sexual battery against an individual with mental illness placed under his care for mental health treatment. The charges against Third Order Franciscan Fr. David Morrier were filed on April 7 in Jefferson County, Ohio. Morrier, 59, is charged with one … Read more

Court-Appointed Official Says Vatican Failing on Accountability in Nienstedt Case

A court-appointed official for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is alleging that the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops is failing to comply with new protocols for bishop accountability created by Pope Francis with regard to a potential investigation into former Archbishop John Nienstedt. Nienstedt led the archdiocese from 2008 until resigning under fire in … Read more

Pressure Mounts For Buffalo’s Bishop Malone To Resign After Two Seminarians Leave Over Scandal

As pressure continues to mount for Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone to step down over his handling of sex abuse cases, two seminarians have publicly left the diocesan seminary and echoed calls for his resignation. The first seminarian, Stephen Parisi, withdrew in a 6-page letter dated August 15 where he outlines what he describes as a lack of … Read more