Bishop Befriended By Bergoglio Behind Bars

The criminal conviction of Bishop Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta for the sexual abuse of seminarians has sent shock waves through the Argentine Catholic Church, and the Vatican. The conviction also raises questions about the credibility of Pope Francis, a close friend of Zanchetta, on handling abuse allegations. It could well cast a shadow over the pope’s … Read more

New Investigation Implicates Parolin and Becciu in Vatican Financial Scandal

Italian authorities announced on Monday that an arrest warrant has been issued for Gianluigi Torzi, who brokered the Vatican’s 2018 purchase of a London property. The Italian court order raises a startling assertion from Vatican authorities: that the Secretariat of State acted outside its legal authority when it invested hundreds of millions of euros of … Read more

Priest Jailed for Theft Blames Catholic Doctrine, Also Facing Sex Abuse Charges

When will bishops finally acknowledge that homosexuality IS the cancer that is destroying the Catholic Church? A South Dakota priest has been sentenced to almost eight years in federal prison, after he was convicted of 65 felonies related to stealing donations from Catholic parishes. Ordered to pay more than $300,000 in restitution, the priest said … Read more

USCCB Official “Elated Over Biden’s Choice of Harris

Official’s comment reveals USCCB is in the bag for Biden/Harris. An official at the U.S. bishops’ conference said Thursday that the selection of Senator Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s presidential running mate is good news that will offer policies favorable to marginalized people. RELATED STORY: Kamala Harris’s Anti-Catholic Assault Previews What Would Happen In Her … Read more

The U.S. Church Is Going Broke

Well into the pandemic’s grip on American public life, parishes and dioceses are preparing a return to some new kind of normal. Masses are resuming, albeit for small numbers in limited circumstances. Catholic schools and universities are making plans to reopen in the fall. Regrettably, even the ordinary fault lines and debates among Catholics, somewhat … Read more

More Than Our Appetites

Fr. James Martin, S.J., avers that his advocacy does not challenge Catholic doctrine on homosexuality. He has made a point of publishing an essay delineating Church teaching on the subject. I am happy to take Fr. Martin at face value: If he says he does not wish to challenge the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, even … Read more

Vatican Orders Additional Investigation Into Bishop Hoeppner

The Diocese of Crookston announced Tuesday that the Vatican has ordered additional investigation into the conduct of Bishop Michael Hoeppner, the first U.S. bishop to be investigated through a process developed by Pope Francis last year. Hoeppner will not be permitted to oversee sexual abuse cases in his diocese during the follow-up investigation. “Archbishop Bernard … Read more

Rossi Investigation Still ‘Underway’ 4 Months After It Began

Four months after the Diocese of Scranton began looking into allegations against the rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, a spokesman for the diocese said the investigation is not yet concluded. “At this point, the investigation is still underway and I have nothing new to report at this time,” … Read more