Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Vatican admits it has rules for priests who father children Comments 0

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

The Vatican’s rules for priests who father children will not be made public. Alessandro Gisotti, a Vatican spokesman, says a 2017 document synthesised a decade’s worth of procedures and that its “fundamental principle” was the “protection of the child”. The document is for internal use only. Gisotti explains the rules say a priest who fathered Read more

Pope lifts sanctions on suspended priest Comments 0

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Pope Francis has lifted sanctions imposed on Fr Ernesto Cardenal of Nicaragua in 1984. On Monday, Archbishop Waldemar Sommertag, the Vatican nuncio in Nicaragua, said Pope Francis had “granted with benevolence the absolution of all canonical censures” imposed on Cardenal. Cardenal (94) was suspended from his priestly ministry and duties by St John Paul II Read more

NZ abuse survivor hopes to meet Pope Comments 0

Thursday, February 21st, 2019
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A New Zealand sexual abuse survivor, Darryl Smith, has gone to the Vatican to take part in survivor meetings, coinciding with a gathering of the leaders of bishops’ conferences from around the world. Smith is hopeful of an audience with Pope Francis while in Rome. With him he is carrying a letter of introduction from Read more

Sex abuser Theodore McCarrick defrocked Comments 0

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Former cardinal and convicted sex abuser Theodore McCarrick has been laicised by Pope Francis and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). McCarrick is a former cardinal and archbishop emeritus of Washington and was a powerful figure in ecclesiastical, diplomatic and political circles in the US and around the world. The 88-year old Read more

Back-up plan: Pope names Cardinal Kevin Farrell Comments 0

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Pope Francis has named Cardinal Kevin Farrell as the Vatican camerlengo. The camerlengo (chamberlain) is responsible the Vatican’s administration during the vacancy created by the death or resignation of the pope. Only the pope may choose the cardinal to fill the position of camerlengo, though he may choose instead to leave it vacant. The camerlengo Read more

Group of gay priests challenge Pope Comments 0

Monday, February 18th, 2019

An October 2018 letter to Pope Francis from a group of gay priests has been released ahead of this week’s summit in Rome about sex abuse in the Catholic church. In the letter, the Netherlands-based Working Group of Catholic Gay Pastors confront Francis on his views about homosexuality and ask him not to validate gossip Read more

Liturgy is not ‘styles, recipes, trends,’ says pope Comments 0

Monday, February 18th, 2019

The Pope says the liturgy is not about a ‘past that no longer exists’ or a ‘presumed future’ Nor can it be reduced to a matter of taste, becoming the subject of ideological polarisation, because it is a primary way Catholics encounter the Lord. Read more Related Posts:Cardinal Sarah: Receiving Communion in the hand part…Exorcism Read more

5 reasons the pope’s clergy sex abuse meeting in Rome will fail Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Thomas Reece Rome clergy sex abuse meeting

This month’s meeting in Rome, called by Pope Francis to deal with the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, may well be a failure before it even starts. The stakes for the meeting have been ratcheted up, at least for the American church, as the Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sex abuse has summoned Read more

Pope open to married priests in places with pastoral necessity Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Pope Francis married priests

Another wide-ranging and frank press conference with Pope Francis on his flight home from World Youth Day in Panama raised a number of questions for reporters—and resulted in some wildly divergent headlines. Among the confused questions: Is Pope Francis open to married priests? Is he committed to maintaining celibacy for priests? Will men who are Read more

Cardinal John Henry Newman among new saints Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Pope Francis has agreed to canonise Blessed John Henry Newman, Blessed Maria Teresa Chiramel Mankidiyan and Fr Salvatore Vittorio Emilio Moscoso Cardenas (martyr). He has also declared several people to have lived lives of heroic virtue. Newman was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. He was a 19th century theologian, poet, Catholic priest and Read more