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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 »

Pope: Abuse victims’ outcry more powerful than efforts to silence them

VATICAN CITY | “No effort must be spared” to prevent future cases of clerical sexual abuse and “to prevent the possibility of their being covered up,” Pope Francis said in a letter addressed “to the people of God.” “I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of… Read more »

Do good to fight indifference, apathy, pope tells young people

VATICAN CITY | Being a Christian isn’t just about not doing evil, but it is a daily exercise in loving others through good works and deeds, Pope Francis said. Many times, Christians can be tempted to “think they are saints” and justify themselves by saying, “I don’t harm anyone,” the pope told thousands of Italian… Read more »

On Assumption feast, pope asks consolation for all who suffer

VATICAN CITY | Mary’s assumption into heaven was a special sign of God’s favor, but it also indicates God’s desire to save all people, body and soul, Pope Francis said. Reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption Aug. 15, Pope Francis also asked the crowd in St. Peter’s Square to join him… Read more »

Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

VATICAN CITY | Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to commit the church to working toward… Read more »

Pope accepts resignations of three Chilean bishops in wake of scandal

VATICAN CITY | After an in-depth Vatican-led investigation into clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 61-year-old Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, and two other Chilean bishops June 11. The two other bishops, who had reached the customary retirement age of 75, were Archbishop Cristian Caro Cordero of Puerto Montt… Read more »

Synod working document seeks ‘new paths’ of evangelization in Amazon

VATICAN CITY | The Catholic Church must discover new ways to provide the Eucharist and pastoral support to the people of the Amazon, especially indigenous people threatened by forced displacement and exploitation, a new document said. The Vatican released the preparatory document for the special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon June 8. The synod… Read more »