Zanchetta Will Go To Trial For Sexual Misconduct

Pope Francis has said a preliminary investigation against Bishop Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta has concluded and will now proceed to trial. Zanchetta, Bishop Emeritus of Orán, had been under Vatican investigation for sexual abuse of seminarians and other sexual misconduct. Pope Francis said in an interview with Valentina Alazraki published May 28 at Vatican News that he read … Read more

Pope Francis Signs Motu Proprio to Prevent and Denounce Abuses in the Catholic Church

New Vatican norms for the Church’s handling of sex abuse, issued Thursday, place seminarians and religious coerced into sexual activity through the misuse of authority in the same criminal category as abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. The norms also establish obligatory reporting for clerics and religious, require that every diocese has a mechanism for … Read more

Vatican Press Directors Resign

Pope Francis Monday accepted the resignations of Press Office Director Greg Burke and Vice Director Paloma Garcia Ovejero, who have served at the head of the Holy See’s press office as the pope’s spokespersons since August 2016. Alessandro Gisotti, currently coordinator of social media for the Dicastery for Communication and past deputy editor-in-chief of Vatican … Read more

Pope: ‘I Will Not Say a Single Word’ About Allegations of McCarrick Cover-Up

Pope Francis said Sunday that he will not comment on claims by a former Vatican ambassador to the U.S. that the Pope knew about allegations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and reinstated him in ministry. The Pope said people should make up their own minds about the claims. Asked whether it was true that Archbishop Carlo … Read more