Convicted Cardinal Becciu Retains Luxury Vatican Apartment

Cardinal Angelo Becciu retains the use of a palatial grace-and-favor apartment in Vatican City, despite being convicted of numerous financial crimes. Becciu has been resident for years in an apartment on the top floor of the Palazzo del Santo Uffizio, the extraterritorial building adjacent to St. Peter’s square which also houses the Dicastery for the … Read more

Cardinal Müller Dismantles Fiducia Supplicans

According to the criterion of this type of blessings, one could even bless an abortion clinic or a mafia group. With the Declaration Fiducia supplicans (FS) on the Pastoral Significance of Blessings, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) has made an affirmation that has no precedent in the teaching of the Catholic … Read more

Omaha Priest Gets Probation After Stealing $700k

Fr. Michael Gutgsell, 74, pled in a Douglas County courtroom June 29 to two misdemeanor counts of theft, and was sentenced to two years of probation. The priest was initially charged in December 2021 with a felony count of theft along with the abuse of a vulnerable adult — and could have faced five years … Read more

Milwaukee’s Judicial Vicar in a Long-Term Homosexual Relationship?

UPDATE: Priest Placed on Administrative Leave After “Double Life” Made Public While Pope Francis has urged diocesan bishops to take more seriously the canonical discipline of clerics, the outgoing chairman of the U.S. bishops’ canonical affairs committee has not taken steps to address canonically reports of public cohabitation by a senior-ranking official in his archdiocese. … Read more

In Media Blitz, Cardinal Becciu Insists He’s Not a Crook

With the Vatican City court due to deliver its verdict in the landmark financial crimes trial in just three weeks, defendant Cardinal Angleo Becciu has once again insisted on his innocence and said he “has faith” he will be acquitted of all charges. Over the past week, the cardinal and his legal team mounted a … Read more

Papal Nuncio Has Isolated Himself U.S. Bishops

When Archbishop Timothy Broglio began on Tuesday morning his USCCB presidential address on the state of the Church in the U.S., he quoted from scripture, urging that “whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the Churches.” To most of those with ears to hear, it seems clear that Broglio was talking … Read more

Synod Emphasizes Transparency, But Won’t Reveal Its Cost

The Vatican has not responded to questions regarding the expense it incurred to organize and host October’s synod of bishops on synodality, a month-long meeting of more than 400 people, held in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. But sources have confirmed to The Pillar that many of the costs associated with the meeting will be … Read more

From Draft to Final Text: 10 Ways the Synod Report Changed

The report issued at the end of the synod on synodality’s first session evolved considerably from the day a draft was presented to delegates to its Oct. 28 release. An initial draft of the “synthesis report” prompted more than 1,000 amendments after it was shared with participants Oct. 25. The 42-page final report, published Saturday … Read more