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President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Issues Statement Following Meeting with Pope Francis

September 13, 2018 breaking Comments Off on President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Issues Statement Following Meeting with Pope Francis

Pope convokes world-wide meeting of bishops on abuse crisis

September 12, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Pope convokes world-wide meeting of bishops on abuse crisis
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Vatican City, Sep 12, 2018 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has called for all the presidents of the Catholic bishops’ conferences of the world to meet at the Vatican in February to discuss the issue of sexual abuse of minors. A statement from the pope’s cardinal advisory board Sept. 12 said, “The Holy Father Francis, hearing the Council of Cardinals, decided to convene a meeting with the Presidents of the Bishops Conferences of the Catholic Church on the theme of ‘protection of minors.’”

Pope Francis to meet with US Bishops

September 12, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis to meet with US Bishops

Vatican News: The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, has confirmed that Pope Francis will meet with heads of the American episcopal conference. Pope Francis will be meeting on Thursday with the leaders of the episcopal conference of the United States. The President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, will be received in audience along with Archbishop Jóse Horacio Gómez, the Vice-president of the Conference; and Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield, the General Secretary. The President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors will also take part in the meeting.

CNN catches Cardinal Wuerl in lies over sexual abuse cover-up

September 11, 2018 breaking Comments Off on CNN catches Cardinal Wuerl in lies over sexual abuse cover-up

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted a reminder last week of his August video that caught Cardinal Donald Wuerl denying grand jury report evidence he covered up clerical sex abuse as bishop of Pittsburgh. The 900-page Pennsylvania report documents over 1,000 allegations dating back decades against 300 priests in the state’s six dioceses, and mentions Wuerl over 200 times. The report has led to ongoing,

Pressure is On . . . Vatican promises ‘clarifications’ to pope cover-up claims

September 10, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Pressure is On . . . Vatican promises ‘clarifications’ to pope cover-up claims

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is preparing the “necessary clarifications” about accusations that top Vatican officials including Pope Francis covered up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American ex-cardinal, Francis’ top advisers said Monday. In a statement, Francis’ nine cardinal advisers expressed their “full solidarity” with the pope over the scandal, which has thrown his papacy into crisis. The cardinals, who are meeting at the Vatican this week, said they were aware that “the Holy See is working on formulating the potential and necessary clarifications.” Francis has refused to respond to the 11-page document published Aug. 26 by the retired ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. Vigano named more than two dozen current and former Vatican and…Continue Reading

Catholic watchdog group returns with revamped mission

September 10, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Catholic watchdog group returns with revamped mission

The following is an edited news release, dated Sept. 7, 2018, issued by Stephen Brady, president of Roman Catholic Faithful: In July 2009, the board members of Roman Catholic Faithful (RCF) elected to suspend operations after 12 years of fighting corruption in the Church. Our organization began after we learned the bishop of Springfield, Ill., the late Daniel Ryan, was paying young male prostitutes for sex. Soon afterward, calls for our assistance came from around the United States. We sponsored a number of symposia in cities across the country – and picketed the USCCB on at least two occasion  

Catholic clergyman calls on Wuerl to resign, says he’ll refuse to participate in Mass with him

September 9, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Catholic clergyman calls on Wuerl to resign, says he’ll refuse to participate in Mass with him

A highly visible member of Washington’s Catholic clergy has made a dramatic declaration calling on Cardinal Donald Wuerl to resign, the latest blow to Washington’s embattled archbishop. Deacon James Garcia, in his role as the master of ceremony at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in the District, typically stands beside Wuerl during almost every major liturgy of the year. But Garcia wrote in a letter to Wuerl, which the deacon published online Sat

US bishop calls on Pope Francis to address Viganò allegations ‘directly’

September 7, 2018 breaking Comments Off on US bishop calls on Pope Francis to address Viganò allegations ‘directly’

CHARLESTON, South Carolina, September 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — An American bishop has written to the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States to demand an investigation into the advancement of an abusive cleric and into allegations made by Archbishop Viganò. On August 31, Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston, published a letter he addressed to Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the diplomat Pope Francis chose to replace Viganò as Nuncio to the USA. (The full letter is published below.) In his letter, Guglielmon

De Mattei: Archbishop Viganò – punished for telling the truth?

September 6, 2018 breaking Comments Off on De Mattei: Archbishop Viganò – punished for telling the truth?

Will Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who brought to light the existence of corruption in the Vatican, singling out those guilty, beginning with the highest ecclesiastical authorities, be punished for telling the truth? Pope Francis is examining this possibility – if it is true, as several sources confirm –  that he has consulted Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmiero, and some other canon-lawyer, to study the possibility of canonical sanctions to inflict on the Archbishop, commencing with sospensione a divinis. If this news is confirmed it would be of extreme gravity, and somewhat surreal, seeing as the “expert” summoned to sanction Monsignor Viganò would be precisely Cardinal Coccopalmiero, who is being accused by the former-Nuncio of the United States, of being part of the “homosexual lobby” lording over…Continue Reading

From Pew Research Center . . . 7 facts about American Catholics

September 5, 2018 breaking Comments Off on From Pew Research Center . . . 7 facts about American Catholics

The Catholic Church is larger than any other single religious institution in the United States, with over 17,000 parishes that serve a large and diverse population. In spite of its size and influence, the church in recent decades has faced a number of significant challenges, from a decline in membership to a shortage of priests to continuing revelations that some Catholic clergy sexually abused minors and (in many cases) that their superiors covered up these actions.