Cardinal McCarrick and Bishop Belo — On Sexual Abuse, Has Anything Really Changed?

The Vatican acknowledged Thursday that it imposed restrictions in 2020 on the ministry and residency of Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who is accused of sexually abusing teenage boys decades ago. But Vatican officials will almost certainly face more questions about those restrictions, and about the bishop’s past, as details of … Read more

The Dismal Synod Results

Is Pope Francis preparing to change Church teaching based upon the input of less than 1% of baptized Catholics? Pope Francis urged Catholics in Rome diocese last September to make sure that as many people as possible took part in the opening stage of the two-year global synodal process. “Wouldn’t it look bad if the … Read more

Luxembourg’s Synod Calls for Church to Recognize Homosexual ‘Marriage’

Participants in the diocesan phase of the synod on synodality in Luxembourg have called for a change in Church teaching on homosexuality and the abolition of mandatory priestly celibacy. Their appeal was cited in a 16-page report following a consultation process involving 4,590 Catholics in the Archdiocese of Luxembourg, which is led by Cardinal Jean-Claude … Read more

Catholics Protest Injustice in Sexual Abuse Case of Bishop Befriended by Bergoglio

Catholics of the Diocese of Oran, Argentina, gathered in the city’s main square Tuesday and Wednesday to protest the decision to allow their disgraced former bishop, Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta, to live in a retired priests’ home while serving his sentence for the sexual abuse of seminarians. The protests focus on the Church’s handling of Zanchetta’s … Read more

Cardinal Gregory Restricts the Latin Mass in Washington DC

The Archdiocese of Washington will publish Friday its implementation plan for Traditionis custodes, a set of 2021 papal restrictions on the use of liturgical books that precede the Second Vatican Council. The plan will restrict use of the preconciliar liturgy texts at Sunday Mass to three locations in the archdiocese and call for “pastoral outreach” … Read more

WATCH: Homosexual Couple Offer LGBT Homiletic Reflection on Father’s Day in Cardinal Cupich’s Archdiocese

As the Archdiocese of Chicago calls for liturgical orthodoxy in its implementation of Traditiones custodes, at least one parish has permitted lay people to give a homiletic reflection, despite the Church’s requirements that a homily be given at Sunday Mass, and that homilies can be preached only by ordained ministers. The Archdiocese of Chicago declined … Read more

Knoxville Priests Request ‘Merciful Relief’ From Bishop Stika

Priests of the Knoxville diocese asked a papal representative last year for “merciful relief” from the leadership of Bishop Rick Stika. More than six months later, they have received no response to their request, and there has not been any conclusion to a Vatican investigation into Stika’s leadership. “Our experience of our appointed bishop varies … Read more