Pope Tells Dissident Nun: Trans People ‘Must be Accepted’

Pope Francis has said transgender people must be “accepted and integrated into society” in a private letter to the founder of a dissident Catholic ministry. The letter was addressed to Sr. Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, an organization that provides pastoral outreach to self-identified LGBT persons and called for changes to the Church’s … Read more

Goodbye and Good Riddance to CCHD Czar

The director of the USCCB’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development resigned this month, as anti-poverty program faces questions regarding its financial management and ongoing viability. Ralph McCloud, who began leading the CCHD in 2008, resigned earlier this month, USCCB spokesperson Chieko Noguchi confirmed to The Pillar Monday. RELATED: Lepanto Institute’s Reports on CCHD Corruption “After … Read more

BRAVO! D.C. Knights’ Council Calls for Removal of Rupnik Art from National Shrine

A Knights of Columbus council has called for the removal of artwork by Father Marko Rupnik at a national shrine, following the disgraced priest’s decades-long legacy of sexual and spiritual abuse claims by multiple victims. The Knights’ Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle Council 11302, based in Washington, reportedly adopted an April 9 resolution urging the fraternal organization’s … Read more

Accused Priest Faces Sisters of Life Allegations

The New York-based Sisters of Life have reported to the Vatican that a priest groomed and manipulated sisters while providing spiritual direction to members of the community. The priest, Fr. David Nicgorski, has previously been accused of misconduct in spiritual direction, and of sexually assaulting a religious sister. His own religious order, the Oblates of … Read more

Bishop’s Former Secretary Claims ‘Hush Money’ Payments Made to Alleged Victims

Cherrille Quilty told The Pillar that from 2016 to 2017 she worked for Bishop Saunders, who led the Western Australia Diocese of Broome until 2021. Quilty said that she was among the first to raise a criminal complaint against the bishop, whom she also accused of abusive bullying as an employer, and to give evidence … Read more

Withdrawn English Episcopal Nomination Triggers Multiple Investigations

Complaints against an English priest named to become a bishop also triggered a Vos estis lux mundi investigation into his own diocesan bishop, who was accused of failing to handle the allegations appropriately. Canon Christopher Whitehead of the Diocese of Clifton has returned to parish ministry, the diocese announced in a brief statement on March … Read more

Cardinal Grech Sets Out Vision for ‘Rainbow’ Synodal Church

The Secretary General of the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops used an interview with a Swiss newspaper last week to lay out a vision for the Church, which addressed several contentious issues, including women’s ordination, same-sex blessings, and division among the world’s bishops. In the March 21 interview Cardinal Mario Grech described that he believes synodality … Read more

Orange Man Bad – Bishop Cozzens Threatened to Cancel Jason Evert Over Trump Prayer Rally?

Cozzens, the bishop in-charge of the upcoming Eucharistic Congress, reportedly threatened to cancel Evert’s talk at the event if he participated in the Catholic Prayer Rally for Trump. The Eucharistic Congress cautioned a scheduled speaker this week about participating in a political prayer event, organized by a group barred from calling itself Catholic by local … Read more

USCCB Mandates “Political Correct” Passion Disclaimer Bulletin Inserts

The U.S. bishops’ conference announced recently that it will require a pastoral note on antisemitism to be placed in worship aids and pew missals ahead of all Good Friday passion narratives, beginning this year. The new requirement was announced last year in a memo from the heads of USCCB Committees on Divine Worship and Ecumenical … Read more