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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 »

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 »

As abuse crisis continues, pope to meet with USCCB officers, Vatican says

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis will meet Sept. 13 with Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and with Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the Vatican press office announced. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of… Read more »

Is there truth in Archbishop Vigano’s text and how are Catholics to know?

VATICAN CITY | Catholics in the pews and even priests in the Vatican are confused about the long document Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano published claiming Pope Francis turned a blind eye to information he had about the sexual misconduct of now-Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick. Pope Francis’ response to journalists Aug. 26 that they should read… Read more »

Pope serene despite ‘pain’ over archbishop’s testimony, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY | While recent accusations by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano have created tension in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis is approaching the situation calmly, the Vatican secretary of state said. In an interview posted Aug. 30 by “Vatican Insider,” the online news supplement to the Italian newspaper La Stampa, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that… Read more »

Former nuncio now says sanctions against McCarrick were ‘private’

ROME | Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former nuncio to the United States who called on Pope Francis to resign for allegedly lifting sanctions placed on Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, now says those “sanctions” were “private” and neither he nor now-retired Pope Benedict XVI ever was able to enforce them. While Archbishop Vigano went into… Read more »

Archbishop Chaput to pope: Cancel youth synod, meet about bishops

PHILADELPHIA | Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is asking Pope Francis to call off the Synod of Bishops on young people this October to focus instead on the life of the bishops. “I have written the Holy Father and called on him to cancel the upcoming synod on young people. Right now, the bishops would… Read more »

Clericalism: The culture that enables abuse and insists on hiding it

Backgrounder and analysis VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis blamed “clericalism” in the Catholic Church for creating a culture where criminal abuse was widespread and extraordinary efforts were made to keep the crimes hidden. Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has targeted clericalism as an illness in the church, an ailment that pretends “the church” means “priests… Read more »

At Knock shrine, pope again begs forgiveness for betrayal of abuse

KNOCK, Ireland | On a foggy, soggy day at a Marian shrine in County Mayo, Pope Francis said he prayed before a statue of Our Lady of Knock for all those who suffered sexual and physical abuse by Catholic clergy or in Catholic-run institutions in Ireland. “None of us can fail to be moved by… Read more »

USCCB president seeks papal audience, answers to former nuncio’s questions

WASHINGTON | The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he was “eager for an audience” with Pope Francis to gain his support for the bishops’ plan to respond to the clergy sexual abuse crisis. In an Aug. 27 statement, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston also said that the questions raised by… Read more »