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Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide found guilty Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide has been found guilty of covering up child sexual abuse. He is the most senior Catholic official in the world to be charged and convicted of this offence. The 67-year old faces a possible two-year prison sentence. Wilson will be sentenced next week. He has announced he will stand down from Read more

Twenty priests died in plane crash Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Twenty priests were among the 113 people killed when a plane crashed outside Havana last Friday. The evangelical pastors were all from the Nazarene Church in the eastern region of Cuba, Maite Quesada. They had been at a meeting in Havana and were returning to the province of Holguin when the crash occurred. According to Read more

Over 3.5 million Argentinians protest abortion bill Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Over 3.5 million Argentinians have joined forces in 117 cities to protest against a bill to liberalise the country’s abortion laws. The motto of the rally was “Protect them both,” meaning the mother and the unborn child. Catholics – as well as Evangelicals, atheists and others marched together to make their views known. Most of Read more

Profits are down, ethics are up for Vatican bank Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Profits are down for the Vatican bank. The Institute for Religious Works (commonly known as the Vatican bank) issued its annual report on Tuesday. The report says the bank earned 31.9 million euros in profits last year. This is about 7 million euros down from its 36 million euro-profit in 2016. The profits are returned Read more

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller: insisting on women priests is heretical Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller says people who insist on ordaining female priests “fulfil the elements of heresy.” He says they will be excommunicated from the church. Brandmüller is one of the four “dubia” cardinals who has repeatedly asked Pope Francis to provide doctrinal clarity about some elements of Amoris Laetitia. He was responding to comments by Read more

Pope laments haemorrhaging of priests and nuns Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Pope Francis is lamenting the haemorrhaging of nuns and priests in Europe. God only knows how many seminaries, monasteries, convents and churches will close because fewer people are being called to lives of religious service, he says. Read more

The heroic virtues of 12 Servants of God confirmed Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Pope Francis has confirmed the heroic virtues of 12 Servants of God. His decree has promulgated by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Those whose heroic virtues the Pope recognized include American-born Servant of God Norbert McAuliffe (born: John). McAuliffe was a professed religious of the Institute of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Read more

Ireland’s Catholic bishops all considered resigning Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Ireland’s Catholic bishops considered resigning en masse following the publication of the Ryan and Murphy reports into child abuse in 2009, former president Mary McAleese has said. Read more

Independent Anti-Slavery Chief resigns citing government interference Comments 0

Monday, May 21st, 2018

The first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner in Britain has resigned after four years in the job. Commissioner Kevin Hyland says government interference in his role in the Vatican-sponsored Santa Marta Group led to his resignation. “At times independence has felt somewhat discretionary from the Home Office, rather than legally bestowed,” his resignation letter says. “I hope Read more

Fourteen new cardinals named Comments 0

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Fourteen new cardinals have been named by Pope Francis. The new cardinals include prelates based in Madagascar, Peru, Mexico and Japan as well as Iraq and Pakistan, where Christians are a vulnerable minority. “The countries of provenance express the universality of the church, which continues to announce the merciful love of God to all men Read more