A daily guide to what's happening in the Catholic Church
Benedict XVI has declared that “only obedience and love for our Lord Jesus Christ” can lead the Church out of the abuse crisis in a 6,000-word essay published in Germany (full English text, Rod Dreher, RR Reno, Fr John Zuhlsdorf).
The Vatican has launched an investigation into the disappearance of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi in 1983.
Bishop Silvio José Báez Ortega has said he will leave Nicaragua indefinitely following threats.
A bishop has accused Gulf States of pursuing a “secret agenda” in the Central African Republic.
A papal document establishing procedures for reporting bishops in abuse cases is “in its early stages”, according to Reuters.
Paul Elie argues that behind the abuse crisis is “a problem of truth”.
And a choir of elderly people with dementia has visited the Vatican.
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