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October 11, 2018
October 11, 2018
The Australian archbishop's speech, in which he plainly confronted the abuse crisis and other failures of leadership, was a breath of fresh air
October 11, 2018
The sex abuse crisis is gravely damaging the bishops
October 11, 2018
St Bede’s has become one of London’s great liturgical churches. The departing parish priest explains how it all began
October 11, 2018
Catholic writer John Waters believes his country is blighted by mediocrity – but ‘a better day will dawn’
October 11, 2018
Catholics were starting to wonder whether the Vatican would ever respond to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s passionate and sometimes rambling “testimony”, published six weeks ago. Archbishop Viganò claimed that a network of corrupt prelates had protected ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a serial sex abuser. Most sensationally, Viganò said Pope Francis had known about McCarrick since at
October 11, 2018
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October 11, 2018
✣ Vatican breaks silence on McCarrick case What happened? Pope Francis has ordered a “thorough study” of Vatican files relating to Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, the Holy See said on Saturday. It comes more than a month after Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò alleged Pope Francis had ignored sanctions imposed by Benedict XVI against McCarrick. The next
October 11, 2018
✣ Highlights from the week online Verifying the bones of St Ambrose A forensic team has analysed the relics of 4th-century St Ambrose. Gregory DiPippo, writing for the New Liturgical Movement, reported that the relics were found to be authentic and that the findings appeared to confirm the accuracy of the oldest known portrait of
October 11, 2018
Philadelphia Keep ‘LGBTQ’ out of Church documents, says archbishop Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has told the youth synod that “LGBTQ” should be avoided in official Church documents. The archbishop – one of five US bishops at the synod – said that the Church “doesn’t categorise people” by their “sexual appetites”. As a result, he
October 11, 2018
The Vatican Observatory is being opened up to the public When people ask why the Vatican has an observatory, one Jesuit priest says it’s because it cannot afford a particle accelerator. This nerdy quip by the Vatican Observatory’s vice director, Jesuit Fr Paul Mueller, has become his signature response to those who are surprised to
October 11, 2018
Are the Conservatives still the pro-marriage party? Of all the parties across the political spectrum, the Conservative Party has always been seen as the one most likely to champion marriage and the family. Its very name points to tradition, the desire to conserve the best aspects of our civilisation and culture against whatever new “ism”
October 11, 2018
Catholics are divided by the prospect of an inquiry into the College of Cardinals Few would deny that this is the worst crisis the American Church has faced in living memory. As if the scandal surrounding ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick weren’t enough, a Pennsylvania Grand Jury report released in August identified more than 300 abusive priests
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