Posts Tagged ‘Robert Mickens’

Pope’s Instagram ‘liked’ Brazilian model Comments 0

Monday, November 23rd, 2020
Pope’s Instagram model

The Vatican is seeking an explanation from Instagram on how the pope’s official Instagram account ‘liked’ a photo of a scantily clad Brazilian model. Pope Francis’ account “liked” the picture of Natalia Garibotto, who was dressed up in a school uniform of sorts. The image has since been ‘unliked’ by the account. “We can exclude Read more

Francis’ sacking of Cardinal Becciu called “a shocker” Comments 0

Monday, September 28th, 2020
becciu

A cardinal sacked by Pope Francis says he is “devastated,” he did not commit any crimes and has had no communication with the Vatican magistrates. Cardinal Angelo Becciu called his downfall “surreal.” Becciu, former ‘substitute’ (No 2) at the Vatican’s Secretariat of State and until Friday, prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of the Read more

The Mass has ended… but Comments 0

Monday, April 6th, 2020
Sexual abuse

The whole world is now infected. The coronavirus continues to circle the globe, bringing the usual rhythms of life and commerce to an almost total standstill. The pandemic caught most countries and their people completely off-guard and unprepared. And many are already saying that this global crisis will force all of us to radically re-think Read more

Catholics still don’t get it: sexual abuse is not about sex Comments 0

Monday, March 2nd, 2020
Sexual abuse

We continue to hear of incidents that more than suggest that Catholics – and, in particular, their bishops – have learned very little from the clergy sexual abuse crisis. This is quite alarming and depressing because the Church in North America has been dealing with issues regarding priests who abuse children and teenagers for at Read more

The shadow pontificate is drawing to a close Comments 0

Monday, February 10th, 2020
Sexual abuse

It was only a matter of time. Pope Francis has finally lost his patience and gotten rid of Archbishop Georg Ganswein as prefect of the Papal Household. According to the German weekly, Die Tagespost, the pope put the 63-year-old on “indefinite administrative leave.” He did so, the paper said, because of the German prefect’s involvement Read more

What’s really behind the Figueiredo Report and who is the author? Comments 0

Thursday, June 6th, 2019
Sexual abuse

When Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò called on Pope Francis to resign last summer for allegedly covering up the sexual crimes of the former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, it was “like an earthquake for the Church.” That’s how Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo, a former Vatican official and a longtime consultant for CBS News, described Viganò’s “testimony,” an 11-page Read more

Catholic Church enables sex abuse crisis; forcing gay priests to stay in the closet Comments 0

Monday, September 3rd, 2018
roman curia

The Catholic Church is being rocked — again — by high-level sexual abuse scandals, with allegations in recent weeks surfacing in Chile, Honduras and the District, home to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a once-super-popular cleric who is facing accusations by five males of harassment or abuse. And again, people say they are shocked and outraged, which Read more

Importing foreign priests is not the answer Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
roman curia

Pope Francis this weekend will ordain eleven new priests for the Diocese of Rome. At a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter, otherwise known as “Good Shepherd Sunday,” the pope will also ordain five other men for two different religious orders. But only five of Rome’s 11 new priests Read more

Reformed communications, Vatican-style Comments 0

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
communication

During the long reign of Pope John Paul II the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, was regularly derided as the church’s version of Pravda – the propaganda rag that the Communist Party in the former Soviet Union disseminated each day under the banner of “Truth.” The Vatican paper, which had devolved into a receptacle of Read more

Good to see you again: Return of the Letter from Rome Comments 0

Friday, October 10th, 2014
communication

As I was saying last time, before I was interrupted, Pope Francis is facing resistance to the fresh air and change of ethos he’s trying to bring about inside the Church. And those with eyes to see can detect this opposition especially among the current crop of seminarians and younger priests, as well as a Read more