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

Wilton Gregory Cancels Youth Rally, Mass for Life Held at March for Life Events

The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., announced that its annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life, which both typically take place in conjunction with the national March for Life in Washington D.C., have been canceled. “After a consultation process that involved dialogue with other dioceses, ministry leaders, and the partners who assist the archdiocese in hosting … Read more

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of German Bishop Found Guilty of Embezzlement

Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a German bishop who was convicted of embezzling money from a woman suffering from dementia. A German court found Auxiliary Bishop Johannes Bündgens of Aachen guilty of misappropriating 128,000 euros (about $128,000). Bishop Bündgens was sentenced to nine months suspended jail time and a 5,000-euro fine, CNA … Read more

Cardinal Burke and Bishop Schneider Restate Concerns About Restrictions on the Traditional Liturgy

Cardinal Raymond Burke has questioned the basis of papal-led efforts to restrict and eventually eliminate the traditional Latin Mass, while Bishop Athanasius Schneider has said the “millennium-old treasure” cannot be destroyed, as it is the work of the Holy Spirit. The cardinal and bishop kindly shared their comments as part of a talk I gave … Read more

Synod Artwork Misrepresented Our Views, Catholic Students Say

Artwork based on a listening session for Philadelphia-area Catholic university students drew global comment and criticism after it was shared on Vatican social media. Organizers are now taking seriously some students’ objections that the art mislabels their images and misrepresents their professed Catholic faith. “We thought it was misrepresenting what we were standing for,” Sean … Read more

Synod Organizers Are Making Their Crisis of Credibility Worse

As it transitions into its continental phase, the multi-year Synod on Synodality process faces an ironic crisis of credibility: How can it be considered an accurate portrayal of Catholics’ experience of how the Church listens, when the Synod itself has largely failed to hear from a significant number of Catholic voices? At least in the … Read more