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“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons. Crimes that inflict deep wounds of pain and powerlessness, primarily among the victims, but also in their family members and in the larger community of believers and nonbelievers alike. Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient. Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated. The pain of the victims and their families is also our pain, and so it is urgent that we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults.
Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington has reportedly withdrawn permission for a solemn pontifical Mass that was to be offered Aug. 14 in Washington, D.C. A pontifical Mass is celebrated by a bishop in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. The Mass, scheduled for the vigil of the Solemnity of the Assumption, was to be offered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
A Dutch Catholic bishop has launched a strongly worded attack on Pope Francis’ motu proprio restricting Traditional Latin Masses, saying that the document seemed to be a “declaration of war.”
A landmark trial relating to a London property deal that inflicted massive losses on the Holy See has been adjourned until Oct. 5, after the Vatican Tribunal upheld objections raised by the defense. The trial of 10 defendants, including former Deputy Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Becciù, involves accusations of embezzlement, abuse of office and fraud.
“Distraction?” Using euphemisms like this to describe grave misconduct reduces our moral authority elsewhere...
One line from the USCCB’s statement on Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill’s resignation has bothered me: they state he is resigning “in order to avoid becoming a distraction.” Fidelity to your priestly vows seems much more than a “distraction” — it’s an important aspect of being a priest and leading as a priest in the Church. We should see celibacy as more than a “distraction.” The statement stated...
Bigger than Burrill and Newark: Hookup app signals from ‘at least 32 mobile devices’ publicly broadcast inside Vatican walls...
The use of location-based hookup apps by officials or employees of Church institutions could present serious security problems for the Church, even at the level of the Holy See’s diplomatic and international relations. The use of such apps within the Vatican City State could be a point of vulnerability in the Holy See’s efforts to defend itself from cyberattacks and other intelligence-gathering exercises in recent years.
We don’t just have a history of abuse of children in the Church; we may have a subculture of sexually active priests. So we all need to pray.....
After reading that Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill, general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, resigned because it was reported that he was using an app for sex hookups with men, one of my first reactions was to realize that I haven’t been praying enough for the purity of priests. Would you join me in doing so?
The Cardinal, the Brokers and the Lady: Vatican fraud trial features an interesting cast of characters...
Starting today, a historic fraud trial against an array of people will begin in a modified courtroom in the Vatican Museums. The list of those being tried by the Vatican criminal court include a once powerful cardinal, an alleged intelligence analyst who used Vatican money to buy high-end handbags. and the man once tasked with putting the Vatican on Europe’s “white list” for financial propriety.