Differences in abuse responses are cultural

Monday, May 20th, 2024
Hans Zollner

When looking at the entire church, it should not be assumed that everyone is on the same page when it comes to abuse. There are cultural differences in the way abuse is handled within the Catholic Church, according to child protection expert Hans Zollner. Speaking to, Fr Hans Zollner emphasised that in many countries, Read more

Belgian woman sues Church over deaconate training ban

Monday, May 20th, 2024
Belgian woman sues church

A Belgian woman is suing the Catholic Church for gender discrimination after being denied entry into deaconate training. Veer Dusauchoit, 62, claims her exclusion from the programme is solely because she is a woman. “I want to train as a deacon because it interests me and I think that I will then have more tools Read more

Experts applaud updated Vatican guide on weeping Madonnas, bloody crucifixes

Monday, May 20th, 2024

The Vatican has updated its process for evaluating alleged visions of supernatural phenomena. As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, claims of weeping and bleeding statues, mystical visions and stigmata are officially just claims until proven otherwise. Furthermore – the faithful are never obliged to believe in these particular events, says head of the Read more

Pope calls out his conservative critics and their “suicidal attitude”

Monday, May 20th, 2024

Pope Francis said in a CBS 60 Minutes news interview that his conservative critics have a “suicidal attitude”. It is one thing “to take tradition into account, to consider situations from the past, but quite another to be closed up inside a dogmatic box” Francis said. He was responding to a probe into his thoughts Read more

Cardinal Hollerich urges patience on women’s ordination

Monday, May 20th, 2024

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich has cautioned against hastiness in the debate over women’s ordination in the Catholic Church. In an interview with, the Luxembourg archbishop stressed “If you attack too much, you won’t achieve much. You have to be cautious, take one step at a time, and then you might be able to go very Read more

Vatican halts plans for parish closures and mergers

Monday, May 20th, 2024

Some planned parish closures and mergers in the US St Louis archdiocese have ground to a halt following appeals and a Vatican directive. Pastoral planning The proposed parish closures and mergers were part of a major archdiocesan pastoral planning initiative. Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski announced the parish closures and mergers a year ago in a plan Read more

Mexico court protects Catholic baptismal records from gender ideology

Monday, May 20th, 2024

The Twenty-second Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Mexico has upheld the constitutional autonomy rights of the Querétaro Catholic Diocese. With the legal support of ADF International, the Querétaro Diocese successfully fended off a demand from the Mexican National Institute for Data Protection to alter church records according to a transgender-identifying individual’s self-identification. The transgender-identifying Read more

World’s oldest Cistercian abbey has more than 100 monks

Monday, May 20th, 2024

The Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz (Holy Cross) in Austria is the oldest in the world. It dates back almost 1,000 years and currently has more than 100 monks living there. It has never had “interruptions” in its history and is now an oasis of the Catholic Church in Europe. Love for God and others is Read more

Pope praises California death penalty moratorium, governor says

Monday, May 20th, 2024

Pope Francis supports the steps taken by California to halt the use of the death penalty, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said. Newsom told Catholic News Service that the pope “immediately brought up the issue of the death penalty” during their meeting on May 16. The governor said that during their exchange, the pope expressed “how Read more

Microsoft’s AI obsession is jeopardising its climate ambitions

Monday, May 20th, 2024

Microsoft is producing a lot more planet-heating pollution now than when it made a bold climate pledge in 2020. Its greenhouse gas emissions were actually around 30 per cent higher in the fiscal year 2023, showing how hard it could be for the company to meet climate goals as it simultaneously races to be a Read more