Iowa Bishops Blast New State Law To Curb Illegal Migrant Invasion

In response to the nation’s immigration crisis Iowa’s Catholic bishops have taken aim at both state and federal lawmakers, calling on the former to seek alternatives to a new law that allows the state to deport undocumented immigrants back to their home country, and calling on the latter to “do their job” and a find … Read more

‘Open Borders’ Bishop Seitz Claims America Would ‘Grind to a Standstill’ Without Immigrants

Highlighting that American communities would “grind to a standstill” without the labor of undocumented immigrants, Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso is encouraging Congress to create more avenues to legal employment authorization for those with pending asylum claims. “Without their contributions, American communities would grind to a standstill,” Seitz said in an April 15 statement. … Read more

Peruvian Archbishop Resigns Amidst Abuse Allegations

Amid an ongoing investigation into a scandal-plagued Peruvian lay group, the Vatican Tuesday announced that a top archbishop belonging to the group has resigned from leadership of the Piura archdiocese. According to an April 2 Vatican news bulletin, Archbishop José Antonio Eguren Anselmi of Piura, 67 and a member of the Sodalitium Christinae Vitae (SCV), … Read more

Belgium Bishop Defrocked 14 YEARS after Admitting to Abuse

Pope Francis on Thursday defrocked a notorious Belgian bishop who admitted 14 years ago that he sexually abused his nephew but faced no Vatican punishment. The case of Roger Vangheluwe, the emeritus bishop of Bruges, long ago became a symbol of the Catholic Church’s hypocrisy and dysfunction in dealing with cases of abuse. Not only … Read more

Vatican Says Women Deacons on Docket for Next Synod

Organizers of Pope Francis’s ongoing Synod of Bishops on Synodality announced Thursday that ten different working groups had been formed in the Roman Curia to address specific topics that came out of last year’s session. These topics, they said, are restricted to issues mentioned inside of the synod hall and include hot-button questions such as … Read more

Belgian Bishops Reportedly Back Women Deacons, End to Priestly Celibacy

In the lead up to this year’s closing session of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality, the Belgian bishops have apparently opened a national discussion on allowing women deacons and ending the requirement of priestly celibacy. According to Belgian Catholic news site Kerknet, the Belgian bishops’ conference ahead of the October 2-27 synod have sent … Read more

GASLIGHTING: Bishops Lobby Against Human Trafficking While Simultaneously Making Millions by Enabling It

Crux reports: Ahead of a House vote on a bipartisan human trafficking prevention bill, American bishops are calling on Catholics to urge their representatives to pass the measure, saying it is “critical for continuing and bolstering our nation’s efforts to eradicate human trafficking.” H.R. 5856, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act … Read more

African Cardinal Says ‘Fiducia’ has Discredited Synod on Synodality

An African cardinal who recently led the continent’s bishops in rejecting blessings for same-sex couples has now lashed out at the timing of the Vatican document that opened the door to such a move, calling it “damaging” to the synodal process convened by Pope Francis. Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of … Read more

Brazilian Jesuits Under Fire For Sexual Abuse

A new association of abuse survivors in Bolivia, created in the wake of revelations last May of more than 80 cases of abuse perpetrated by a Jesuit priest over four decades, has filed a lawsuit against the Society of Jesus. “The Jesuits tried to cover-up the cases for many years. They had information on what … Read more