Bishop Strickland Barred from Saying Mass in Tyler Diocese

UPDATE: The Pillar subsequently reported that Bishop Strickland has not been banned from saying Mass, but LSN stands by its original story. LifeSiteNews has learned that Bishop Joseph Strickland has been barred from saying Mass in the Diocese of Tyler, Texas. At a recent staff meeting, employees were reportedly informed that while Strickland cannot offer … Read more

Swiss Abbot Replaced Amongst Homosexual Abuse Scandal

Jean-Michel Girard, who was a senior cleric (provost) for Grand St Bernard, takes over from Abbot Jean Scarcella and the interim head Roland Jacquenoud. Scarcella resigned in September, suspected of sexual abuse and its cover-up. He is being investigated as part of a Catholic Church abuse affair by the apostolic special investigator Joseph Bonnemain. Saint-Maurice … Read more

Vatican Cardinal Breaks Ranks with Ghana’s Bishops on the Criminalization of Homosexual Acts

Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Ghana-born Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, has broken ranks with the bishops of Ghana, who have praised Parliament for passing legislation that criminalizes homosexual acts. “My position is contrary to what has just been passed, to criminalize anybody, if you are able … Read more

Milwaukee’s Judicial Vicar in a Long-Term Homosexual Relationship?

UPDATE: Priest Placed on Administrative Leave After “Double Life” Made Public While Pope Francis has urged diocesan bishops to take more seriously the canonical discipline of clerics, the outgoing chairman of the U.S. bishops’ canonical affairs committee has not taken steps to address canonically reports of public cohabitation by a senior-ranking official in his archdiocese. … Read more

Francis Calls for ‘Drastic’ and ‘Intense’ Action on Environment

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy See’s Secretary of State, has sent a message in the Pontiff’s name to the 97th Semaines Sociales de France (Social Weeks of France), a conference dedicated to Catholic social teaching, and this year to ecology. “Today, more than ever, we understand the relevance of integral ecology, according to the magisterium … Read more

French Bishop Accused of Attempted Rape of Adult Man

A French bishop has been given a preliminary charge of attempting to rape an adult man a decade ago, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Monday. It is the latest of a growing number of accusations of sexual abuse by clergy in France. The Bishops’ Conference of France said the accused bishop, Georges Colomb, contests the … Read more

Ohio Priest Sentenced to Life in Prison for Sex-Trafficking Boys

A Roman Catholic priest received a life sentence Friday for his convictions on five counts related to sex-trafficking charges in the molestation of three boys who prosecutors say he met at an Ohio preschool and coerced to continue sexual activity as adults. Rev. Michael Zacharias, 56, received concurrent life sentences for counts of sex trafficking … Read more