Posts Tagged ‘Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’

Acquittal of Vatican official a ‘scandalous verdict’ Comments 0

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Canon lawyer Professor Thomas Schüller of Münster University, one of Germany’s best-known canon law experts, has sharply criticised the acquittal of Vatican official Fr Hermann Geissler (FSO), an Austrian priest and a former section head at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He called the acquittal a “scandalous verdict” as it had been Read more

Vatican court acquits priest of soliciting in confessional Comments 0

Monday, May 20th, 2019

The Vatican Supreme Court has acquitted an Austrian priest accused of making sexual advances during confession. Father Hermann Geissler who formerly worked at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith resigned from his post in January after allegations against him went public. He has always maintained his innocence. The day he resigned, the congregation Read more

Vatican issues statement following Cardinal Pell’s conviction Comments 0

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

The Vatican is calling Cardinal George Pell’s conviction of sexual abuse of minors’  as “painful”, saying it “shocked many people”. In a statement, the Vatican acknowledges the “utmost respect for the Australian judicial authorities” and says the Vatican is waiting for the outcome of the appeals process. It says, (Pell) “has the right to defend Read more

Archbishop Scicluna appointed to top role Comments 0

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Pope Francis has appointed Malta’s Archbishop Charles Jude Scicluna as adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Congregation is the Vatican office that processes sex abuse cases globally and examines appeals (in matters of grave offence). The announcement came as the Vatican prepares for a summit meeting of the presidents Read more

Three women appointed to Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018
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Pope Francis has made an historic decision to appoint women to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. They are the first females members and the first non-clerics to be appointed to the Congregation. The three women appointed are: Linda Ghisoni, who is a professor of canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University and an Read more

Intercommunion – Cardinal Marx and Pope Francis Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Intercommunion – enabling non-Catholics to receive the Eucharist – is to be discussed in Rome. Although several news sources say Francis has already rejected a draft plan to allow non-Catholics who are married to Catholics to receive Communion in certain circumstances, it seems this is not the case. German Bishops’ Conference president, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Read more

Archbishop Apuron convicted on some charges of abuse Comments 0

Monday, March 19th, 2018
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The Vatican has convicted the suspended Anthony Apuron, Archbishop of Agaña (Guam), of some charges made against him of sexually abusing minors. A five-judge apostolic tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced its verdict in Apuron’s canonical case on March 16. The release did not specify which acts the archbishop had been Read more

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s new man Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has a new undersecretary, with Pope Francis appointing Monsignor Giacomo Morandi to be its second highest-ranking official. Morandi, who is from Italy, is a Biblicist (i.e. a person who interprets the Bible literally). He had already been chosen by the pope in 2015 to be the Read more

Pope replaces Vatican’s doctrinal chief Comments 0

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Pope Francis has replaced the conservative Cardinal Gerhard Müller as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with the Jesuit Archbishop Luis Ladaria. Ladaria, who is 73, has previously served as the office’s secretary. He is a Spanish Jesuit theologian. For the past five years Müller has been the prefect of the Read more

Vatican’s backlog of 2000 sexual abuse cases Comments 0

Monday, May 15th, 2017

The Vatican has admitted it has a backlog of 2000 clerical sexual abuse cases. Despite this, Pope Francis said the Vatican is on “the right path” to resolving each of them. Francis has always made it clear that he has “zero tolerance” for sexual abuse. Speaking during an in-flight interview after leaving Fatima about the Vatican’s Read more