Why Did Bishop Stika Replace Investigator In Seminarian Probe?

Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee, sidelined an investigator appointed to scrutinize allegations of sexual assault and misconduct committed by a diocesan seminarian. The bishop told The Pillar he intervened because he did not believe the investigator appointed by a diocesan review board was competent for the task, and that he is convinced of the … Read more

Bishop Stika Faces Likely Vatican Investigation

The Vatican has received multiple allegations of administrative misconduct against Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville, and is expected to authorize an investigation under the terms of Vos estis lux mundi, The Pillar has learned. Complaints filed against the bishop allege that Stika impeded or restricted investigations into accusations of serial sexual misconduct by a seminarian … Read more

New Investigation Implicates Parolin and Becciu in Vatican Financial Scandal

Italian authorities announced on Monday that an arrest warrant has been issued for Gianluigi Torzi, who brokered the Vatican’s 2018 purchase of a London property. The Italian court order raises a startling assertion from Vatican authorities: that the Secretariat of State acted outside its legal authority when it invested hundreds of millions of euros of … Read more

Vatican Spikes U.S. Bishops’ Statement Warning of Evils to be Advanced by Biden Administration

According to media reports, Cardinals Cupich and Tobin convinced the Vatican Secretary of State’s office to stop Gomez’s statement from being released.  The U.S. bishops’ conference held back a statement on incoming President Joe Biden Wednesday morning, after officials from the Vatican Secretariat of State intervened before the statement could be released. The statement, from … Read more

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