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San Francisco Archbishop Performs Exorcism Where St. Junípero Serra Fell

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On June 19, the statue of St. Junípero Serra fell to angry protesters inside Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. On Saturday, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone visited the park where St. Junípero once stood to offer prayers, perform an exorcism and conduct other acts of reparation, in response to what he called “horrendous acts of blasphemy.” In a video […]

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Not a Word on McCarrick Report as Second Anniversary of His Removal Passes Quietly

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“The publication depends on the Pope,” said Cardinal Parolin in February. “The work that is done is done, but the Pope must give the final word.” The Vatican is remaining silent about its investigative report into disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C., who was removed from public ministry two years […]

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‘Terrible’ Vatican-China Deal Sending Catholics ‘To Catacombs’

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The Holy See must reconsider pastoral guidelines it issued last year encouraging Chinese clergy to join the country’s official state-run church and urgently make its secret 2018 agreement with China public, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kuin has insisted. In March 20 comments to the Register, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong said he finds it “incredible” […]

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Australian Bishop Steps Aside During Vatican Abuse Investigation

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Australian Bishop Christopher Saunders of Broome has temporarily stepped back from his duties following allegations of historical sexual abuse. The Vatican has begun an investigation into claims that Bishop Saunders sexually abused boys several decades ago. Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth, metropolitan archbishop of the province, announced that Bishop Saunders voluntarily stepped aside on Tuesday, […]

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How Did ‘Credibly Accused’ Priest Concelebrate Mass with Buffalo’s Interim Bishop?

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Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany, whom Pope Francis appointed with oversight of the scandal-ridden Diocese of Buffalo until a new bishop is selected, has come under fire for concelebrating Mass Feb. 24 with priests credibly accused of sexual abuse. The invitation-only event for priests, held at St. Leo the Great Catholic Parish in Amherst and […]

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‘Querida Amazonia’: On the Question of Married Priests, a Papal Pattern Returns

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In Querida Amazonia, as in previous documents, clear questions were posed. Ambiguous answers were given, awaiting clarification by novel maneuvers. In regard to the magisterium of Pope Francis it’s not just what he teaches, but how. In both Amoris Laetitia and in regard to capital punishment, the manner of magisterial teaching was novel. The pattern […]

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The Book Scrubbing Controversy

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The book’s rollout caused a backlash against Benedict appearing as co-author of the book, even though it appears the Pope Emeritus had given at least tacit prior approval for the full manuscript. The controversy regarding the book on the priesthood and priestly celibacy with parts penned by Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah has produced […]