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Christopher R. Altieri

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May 14, 2018
The Holy See says the meetings will take place in secrecy, but abuse survivors are not happy
May 11, 2018
Vatican media has said hardly a word about last week's press conference
May 10, 2018
Cardinal Errázuriz, who is in a dispute with abuse survivors, has declined to attend next week's meeting. Will the Pope make him?
May 09, 2018
Can a well-connected Grand Master hold the Knights together? The Knights of Malta, in which Pope Francis has taken a direct and personal interest, have elected a new leader. The development might have been easy to overlook, coming as it did in the midst of other events more apparently touching the common weal of the
May 04, 2018
The Vatican has failed to come down clearly on either side of the German intercommunion debate
May 03, 2018
More transparency, tough action against church leaders, and a role for Juan Carlos Cruz would be positive steps
May 02, 2018
The travails of the C9 Pope Francis’s “kitchen cabinet” of nine ranking prelates met again last week. It is tough to say what, precisely, was the news in the briefing that followed the 24th round of the “C9” cardinal advisers’ reunion ­– if, indeed, there was any at all. Greg Burke, the chief spokesman for
April 27, 2018
The Rome contingent of Alfie's Army is growing daily
April 26, 2018
The German bishops are having trouble getting along, and Pope Francis wants to see if he can’t help smooth things over. That is the short version of why the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Cardinal Reinhard Marx and the Archbishop of Cologne, Rainer Maria Woelki, have been called to Rome along with the Bishop of
April 19, 2018
Francis has apologised over the ‘Barros affair’. But the matter is far from resolved by Christopher Altieri Pope Francis’s letter to the bishops of Chile, written on the Octave of Easter and released to the public last week, has been received with cautious appreciation by abuse victims. It has also set the stage for a
April 12, 2018
If cardinals Walter Brandmüller and Raymond Burke had previously concentrated on the specifically doctrinal confusion that followed the release of Amoris Laetitia, it became apparent at a conference last Saturday that their focus has now shifted to questions of Church governance. Sponsored by the Italian lay association, Amici del Card. Carlo Caffarra, the conference was
April 11, 2018
Those who misled the Pope 'no doubt felt they were protecting the institution', says Marie Collins
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