Bishops Feel Like “Generals Without Armies” – Why Should Anyone Be Surprised?

After years of sexual abuse, financial scandal, appeasing politicians, accepting government handouts and neglecting to form the faithful in the truths of the faith, US Bishops are now expressing frustration over cultural and political weaknesses of the Catholic Church. A series of one-on-one interviews with more than two dozen bishops has revealed significant concern among … Read more

In Unprecedented Move, Cardinal Cupich Criticizes USCCB Statement on Joe Biden

According to media reports, Cardinals Cupich and Tobin convinced the Vatican Secretary of State’s office to stop Gomez’s statement from being released.  Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, used Twitter to issue a scathing criticism of the USCCB’s official statement on the inauguration of President Joe Biden. In his four-part Twitter thread on Wednesday, Cardinal … Read more

Could Money Laundering be the Reason for Unexplained Funds Transfer from the Vatican to Australia?

Vatican investigators have claimed that a report showing $1.8 billion was wired from the Vatican to Australia from 2014 to 2020 is “significantly” overestimated, but many questions remain about the transfers, which some experts say point to money laundering and organized crime involvement. The Australian newspaper, which first broke the story of the transactions, reported … Read more

Emails Reveal Vatican Hostility to Climate Change Skepticism

Five-year-old emails within the Pontifical Academy of Sciences have surfaced to show just how anxious some top Vatican officials were to suppress any voices skeptical of the science of climate change. The testy exchanges, all written that year and leaked to the Register, mostly relate to an invitation the academy made to professor Philippe de … Read more

Australia’s Church Leaders Claim They Were Unaware of $1.7 Billion Transferred From Vatican

The Vatican and its associated financial entities transferred a total of $1.7 billion (AUS $2.3 billion) to Australia since 2014 apparently without the knowledge of Church leaders in Australia, The Australian newspaper reported on Tuesday. The transfers increased from $54.1million in 2014 to $103.6 million in 2015 before doubling again to $223 million in 2016 … Read more

California Bishop Oscar Cantú Under Vatican ‘Vos Estis’ Investigation

The Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops has ordered an investigation into Bishop Oscar Cantu’s handling of allegations of clerical sexual abuse and misconduct. The investigation is being carried out under the provisions of Vos estis lux mundi, Pope Francis’ 2019 law for holding bishops accountable in the handling of sexual abuse cases. Senior sources in the … Read more

McCarrick Report at Odds with Wuerl’s Claims of Ignorance

The McCarrick Report sheds new light on when former Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, knew of allegations made against his predecessor, and what steps he and Vatican officials took to monitor or restrict McCarrick’s travel and residence. The 450-page report, published on Tuesday, examines the “institutional knowledge and decision-making” regarding Theodore McCarrick, the former … Read more

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