Francis Meets With Yet Another LGBTQ+ Group During Synod

Pope Francis greeted the leaders of an international association for LGBTQ Catholics at the end of his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 25. The pontiff spoke with the co-chairs of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, a coalition that draws together LGBTQ Catholic organizations from across six continents. Among U.S.-based members are … Read more

Vatican’s Secretary of State Claims Clerical Abuse Not Linked to Homosexuality

The Vatican’s secretary of state has dismissed the claim that clergy sexual abuse is linked to homosexuality, labeling it a “serious and scientifically untenable association.” “Homosexual orientation cannot be considered as either cause or aspect typical of the abuser, even more so when it is decoupled from the general arrangement of the person,” wrote Italian … Read more

Heretic Cardinal McElroy Slams EWTN

San Diego Cardinal Robert McElroy sharply criticized the Eternal Word Television Network, the conservative Catholic U.S. media conglomerate, in an interview with Spanish magazine Vida Nueva published on March 24. Vida Nueva asked McElroy about the decision of newly installed Bishop Fernando Prado of San Sebastián, Spain, to ban diocesan television from carrying content produced … Read more

Moral Injury Report Attempts to Measure Impact of Clerical Sexual Abuse

A research team from Xavier University in Cincinnati has created a tool that measures the “moral injury” caused by clergy sexual abuse and its concealment by officials in the Catholic Church. In a report on the pilot study, released Dec. 12, moral injury is described as persistent psychological and emotional distress, spiritual anguish, moral confusion, … Read more

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise: Synod Reports Call For Women’s Ordination, LGBTQ Welcoming

More than a half million U.S. Catholics have participated in synodal listening sessions over the past year as part of Pope Francis’ two-year process of grassroots listening ahead of the 2023 Synod of Bishops in Rome, and responses indicate that many Americans want a more welcoming church that reaches out to the marginalized, especially the … Read more

Bishop Iffert Withdraws Support of Men’s Conference Because Speakers Have “Significant Baggage”

A Kentucky bishop has withdrawn from the speaker lineup of a Catholic men’s conference in Cincinnati that the local archdiocese is not sponsoring or participating in because of the “significant baggage” of its featured speakers, which include EWTN anchor Raymond Arroyo and “Passion of the Christ” actor Jim Caviezel. The Cincinnati Men’s Conference, scheduled for … Read more

Vatican Fraud Trial Sees More Delay Amid Procedural Errors

The Vatican’s big fraud and embezzlement trial, which opened to great fanfare in July, suffered another delay Tuesday as the tribunal postponed any further decisions until prosecutors finish redoing their investigation of four of the original 10 defendants. The delay means the trial, which had already been proceeding at a snail’s pace even by Italian … Read more

Gonzaga University Faces Its Own Complicity In Sexual Abuse Crisis

National Catholic Reporter reports that Gonzaga University, a Jesuit-run institution in the state of Washington, released a 46-page report on Sept. 1 from its University Commission on Gonzaga’s Response to the Catholic Sexual Abuse Crisis. The commission’s work coincided with media reports that detailed a decades long pattern of sexually abusive Jesuits being permitted to … Read more