Steubenville Bishop Bans Latin Mass at Franciscan University, Effective Immediately

Students, faculty, staff and others who attend the traditional Latin Mass at Franciscan University will need to venture off campus to worship in the more ancient form of the Mass following their bishop’s decision to ban the campus’ monthly celebration. Bishop Jeffrey Monforton of the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio, ordered an immediate end to the … Read more

Father Rupnik Concelebrated Mass in a Rome Basilica DESPITE Restrictions

Father Marko Rupnik concelebrated Mass at a basilica in Rome on Sunday despite restrictions prohibiting “any public ministerial and sacramental activity.” The Jesuit priest and artist who has been accused of sexually and psychologically abusing consecrated women stood at the altar of the Basilica of Santa Prassede, a historic church popular with pilgrims located near … Read more

Stopping the ‘Spirit of the Synod’ Before it Starts

Those attempting to exploit the Synod on Synodality are beginning to use a tactic employed by post-Vatican II agitators; their methods should be called out and dismissed before they get started. By most accounts, last week’s European continental assembly was an occasionally tense but overall constructive experience — and a significant setback for those intent … Read more

Portugal Report Details Decades of Sexual Abuse by Priests and Others Within the Catholic Church

Thousands of children have been sexually abused by priests and others within the Catholic Church in Portugal since the 1950s, an independent commission announced Monday. The commission’s final report, authorized by Portugal’s bishops’ conference, marks the first study of its kind in the overwhelmingly Catholic country and paints a grim picture of clerical abuse dating … Read more

Belgian Archbishop: The Fundamental Teachings of the Church Are Currently Under Threat

Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard, the archbishop emeritus of Brussels-Mechelen and former primate of Belgium, has just published a book that will undoubtedly not go unnoticed in the Catholic world. L’Eglise dans tous ses états: 50 ans de débats autour de la foi (“The Church in All Its ‘States’: 50 Years of Debates Around the Faith”) is … Read more

Germany’s Synodal Way Leader: Exclusion of Women From Ordination Drives Women From Church

A leader of the controversial German Synodal Way said in a speech at Europe’s synod meeting Wednesday that the exclusion of women from ordination drives women from the Church. Irme Stetter-Karp, the president of the lay Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), addressed delegates in the meeting in Prague on Feb. 8. “The stubborn adherence … Read more

Synod Chief: Critics of the Synod ‘Won’t Be Able to Stop’ It

One of Pope Francis’ closest aides and a leading figure of the Synod on Synodality has singled out critics of the process, calling them afraid of a “Church on the move” and saying they “know they won’t be able to stop” the synodal experiment. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, the general relator of the 2021-2024 … Read more

Vatican Investigator Says Father Rupnik and Hierarchy’s ‘Complicit Silence’ Ruined Victims’ Lives

The Vatican investigator who uncovered allegations of sexual and spiritual abuse by Jesuit artist Father Marko Ivan Rupnik says the claims are true, according to a letter he sent to Italian priests obtained by the Associated Press. Bishop Daniele Libanari also said the women Father Rupnik is alleged to have abused have “seen their lives … Read more

German Bishops Take Perilous Detour From Unity With Rome

Rome asked — begged, actually — the German bishops to take an off-ramp from their Synodal Way, which demands significant changes in Catholic doctrine, sacramental practice and ecclesial governance. The Germans refused. At the speeds traveled on the autobahn, the coming crash is going to be dreadful. What recently unfolded in Rome was devastating for … Read more