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February 28, 2021
Christopher Altieri
A Vatican City criminal court heard two days of frequently gruesome testimony last week, in the trial of two clerics: 28-year-old Fr. Gabriele Martinelli and 71-year-old Fr. Enrico Radice. Martinelli, a former student at the St. Pius X minor seminary in the Vatican, is charged with sexual abuse of a junior boy when Martinelli was
February 21, 2021
Christopher Altieri
Most of the changes are technical and procedural, and – as my friend, John Allen Jr, rightly noted – are designed to dispel or at least mitigate the impression, general among Vatican insiders, that “Vatican Justice” is heavily weighted against defendants, who are typically laymen and laywomen or clergy of the lower ranks.
February 10, 2021
Christopher Altieri
Pope Francis made some high profile appointments heading into last weekend, naming Sr. Nathalie Becquart and Fr. Luis Marín de San Martín as undersecretaries to the Synod of Bishops. Only, what does the appointment of a woman with full voting rights in the Synod really tell us about how Pope Francis governs the Church?
February 03, 2021
Charles Collins
US President Joe Biden may be Catholic, but he is pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, and pro-transgender rights, putting him at odds with the U.S. bishops, who have set up a task force for dealing with the new president -- and questions have been raised about how a meeting between Pope Francis and Biden might play out – and whether the pontiff will take a hard line with the president on life issues.
January 25, 2021
Ferdie Rous
Over a third of Biden's cabinet nominees may be Catholic, but it won't affect their politics, says Ferdie Rous
January 08, 2021
Matt Hadro/CNA
As Democrats already hold the House and White House, it is in the Senate that CNA's Matt Hadro sees pro-lifers' best chance to thwart pro-abortion policies.
December 28, 2020
Christopher Altieri
Praedicate Evangelium "puts evangelization at the center of the Church, and of everything the Curia does,” but what will Pope Francis's reformed Curia actually be able to do?
December 11, 2020
Christopher Altieri
The way Church authorities dealt with this case of adult abuse bears disturbing resemblance to the bad old days.
November 15, 2020
Adam A.J. DeVille
For years, as reports about McCarrick mounted, the Church operated under a system of episcopal promotion that is still in place today.
November 12, 2020
Adam A.J. DeVille
After thirty years of such reports, the idea that the Church has any credibility left to protect is absurd.
October 22, 2020
Christopher Altieri
While the rest of the world is parsing the Pope’s precise language, a few questions are worth considering from a broader angle.
October 22, 2020
Catholic News Agency
“Francesco,” a newly released documentary on the life and ministry of Pope Francis, has made global headlines, because the film contains a scene in which Pope Francis calls for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples. Some activists and media reports have suggested that Pope Francis has changed Catholic teaching by his remarks.