Category: National and International

Encuentro opens with procession, papal message, prayers for abuse victims

GRAPEVINE, Texas | A video message from Pope Francis and a procession of Encuentro crosses representing all of the participating episcopal regions were the highlights during the first day of the National Fifth Encuentro gathering taking place Sept. 20-23 in Grapevine. With hearts full of excitement and joy, about 3,000 Hispanic ministry leaders cheered as… Read more »

N.Y. Archdiocese names judge as independent reviewer on abuse protocols

NEW YORK | New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan has named a former federal judge to study archdiocesan policies and procedures with respect to sexual abuse by clergy and recommend enhancements directly to the cardinal. Cardinal Dolan introduced Judge Barbara S. Jones, his first special counsel and independent reviewer, at a Sept. 20 news conference… Read more »

Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

WASHINGTON | Pledging to “heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us,” the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee Sept. 19 outlined actions to address the abuse crisis, including approving the establishment of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops. It also instructed the U.S. bishops’ canonical affairs… Read more »

Two more Chilean bishops step down in wake of abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, bringing to seven the number of bishops who have stepped down since June in response to the clerical sexual abuse scandal in their country. The Vatican announced Sept. 21 the resignations of 60-year-old Bishop Carlos Pellegrin Barrera of San Bartolome de Chillan… Read more »

U.S. bishops tell pope abuse scandal ‘lacerated’ the church

VATICAN CITY | The leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference said they shared with Pope Francis how the church in the United States has been “lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse.” “He listened very deeply from the heart,” said a statement released after the meeting Sept. 13. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the… Read more »

Pope expels Chilean priest found guilty of sex abuse

VATICAN CITY | A priest who was once hailed as a champion of human rights in Chile was expelled from the priesthood by Pope Francis after being found guilty of sexual abuse. The Archdiocese of Santiago announced Sept. 15 that the pope dismissed Father Cristian Precht from the clerical state with “no possibility of appeal.”… Read more »

Pope to convene world meeting on abuse prevention with bishops’ leaders

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis is calling the presidents of every Catholic bishops’ conference in the world to Rome Feb. 21-24 to discuss the prevention of the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. The Vatican made the announcement Sept. 12 after the pope and members of his international Council of Cardinals wrapped up three days… Read more »

Media reporting Vatican-China agreement could be signed in late September

HONG KONG | The long-awaited Sino-Vatican agreement on the nomination of bishops is expected to be signed in September, reported several media outlets. Vatican spokesmen have said only that talks are ongoing. But a Vatican source told America magazine, the New York-based weekly published by the Jesuits, that the deal is due to be signed… Read more »

Another legal fight likely looms over child immigration detention

WASHINGTON | In what is likely to result in another legal showdown over immigration, the Trump administration is seeking to set down new rules that would allow government officials to detain children in immigration detention facilities — this time accompanied by their undocumented parents — for longer periods of time than currently allowed. After the… Read more »

Washington cardinal to meet with pope to discuss resignation

WASHINGTON | In an effort to bring healing and best serve the Catholic Church, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington announced he plans to meet soon with Pope Francis to discuss the resignation that he submitted three years ago. The cardinal made the comments in a Sept. 11 letter to the priests of the archdiocese…. Read more »