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Statement from Bishop Thomas Olmsted Regarding Archbishop Viganò’s Recent Testimony

August 27, 2018 World News Comments Off on Statement from Bishop Thomas Olmsted Regarding Archbishop Viganò’s Recent Testimony

PHOENIX (Aug. 27, 2018) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has released the following statement today from the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix: “I have known Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò for 39 years. We became colleagues in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See in August 1979, where he had been serving prior to my entrance into this work in service to the ministry of Pope John Paul II. Although I have no knowledge of the information that he reveals in his written testimony of August 22, 2018, so I cannot personally verify its truthfulness, I have always known and respected him as a man of truthfulnes

Texas bishop urges ‘thorough investigation’ of allegations against Pope Francis

August 26, 2018 World News Comments Off on Texas bishop urges ‘thorough investigation’ of allegations against Pope Francis

TYLER, Texas, August 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – After the release last night of an explosive letter by the Vatican’s former nuncio to the United States, a Texas bishop said he found the allegations against the Pope and other senior cardinals to be “credible,” and called for a “thorough investigation.” Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of Tyler, Texas

John McCain to lie in State at U.S. Capitol Rotunda, Arizona Capitol

August 26, 2018 World News Comments Off on John McCain to lie in State at U.S. Capitol Rotunda, Arizona Capitol

Congressional leaders formally announced Sunday that Sen. John McCain will lie in State in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda — an exceedingly high honor rarely granted to public officials. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey also said Sinday that Mr. McCain will lie in state at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, which is also Mr. McCain’s birthday. “The nation mourns the loss of a great American patriot, a statesman who put his country first and enriched this institution through many years of service,” said Senate Majority

Disgraced Cardinal Mahony pulls out of Catholic fundraiser amid sex abuse furor

August 23, 2018 World News Comments Off on Disgraced Cardinal Mahony pulls out of Catholic fundraiser amid sex abuse furor

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, August 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Disgraced Cardinal Roger Mahony pulled out of a scheduled fundraising appearance Monday for Utah’s Catholic diocese in anticipation of possible protests over his involvement in covering up priest sexual abuse while archbishop of Los Angeles in the 1980s. A representative of the Diocese of Salt Lake City confirmed Mahony withdrew as keynote of the annual Bishop’s Dinner after recent reports of clergy abuse and Pope Francis’ call “for greater accountability,” The Sa

Catholic priest attacked, beaten by man saying ‘this is for all the little kids’

August 23, 2018 World News Comments Off on Catholic priest attacked, beaten by man saying ‘this is for all the little kids’

A Catholic priest in Indiana was allegedly attacked and beaten at his church on Monday by a man yelling “this is for all the little kids.” Authorities are investigating the attack as a hate crime, according to CNN. The news outlet noted that the priest, Rev. Basil John Hutsko, told police he was attacked while he was praying at the altar at St. Michaels Byzantine Catholic Church in Merrillville, Ind., earlier this week. “[The attacker] grabbed him by the neck, threw him down on the floor

Pope blames U.S. sex abuse crisis on ‘clericalism,’ leaves out homosexuality

August 20, 2018 World News Comments Off on Pope blames U.S. sex abuse crisis on ‘clericalism,’ leaves out homosexuality

VATICAN CITY, August 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Nearly a week after last Tuesday’s scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report exposing 70 years of clergy sex abuse of 1,000 known victims on the part of some 300 priests, Pope Francis responded to the scandal today, stating that “clericalism” was the root cause. The letter is facing criticism from faithful Catholics for failing to specify any concrete actions he would take to address the crisis, and ignoring the underlying issue of rampant homosexuality in the clergy. “Clericalism, whether fostered

Can Pope Francis’ Death Penalty Teaching be Harmonized with Scripture and Tradition?

August 19, 2018 World News Comments Off on Can Pope Francis’ Death Penalty Teaching be Harmonized with Scripture and Tradition?

August 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — In the less than three weeks since the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) promulgated and explained on August 2 a new papally mandated revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s teaching on the death penalty, the Internet has been awash with conflicting interpretations of this revised version of CCC #2267. It seems like Amoris LaetitiaAll Over Again: some Catholic scholars affirm, while others deny, that another novel papal teaching can be given a valid ‘hermeneutic-of-continuity’ reading in harmony with the previous magisterium. And as we saw in the wake of Amoris two summers ago, scores of reputable Catholic scholars have once

Cardinal says clock ticking for all in Catholic hierarchy over abuse issue

August 18, 2018 World News Comments Off on Cardinal says clock ticking for all in Catholic hierarchy over abuse issue

The chair of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors has warned that “the clock is ticking” for the Catholic hierarchy when it comes to dealing with clerical child sex abuse. “Catholics have lost patience with us, and civil society has lost confidence in us,” said Cardinal Seán O’Malley, who is Archbishop of Boston.

Priests: Why we’re urging Cardinals to challenge Pope Francis on death penalty

August 16, 2018 World News Comments Off on Priests: Why we’re urging Cardinals to challenge Pope Francis on death penalty

ROME, August 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Over 75 clergy, lay scholars and prominent intellectuals today took the unprecedented step of issuing an open appeal to the Cardinals of the Catholic Church, to urge Pope Francis to “withdraw” his new teaching on the death penalty from the Catechism, and to teach the authentic Catholic doctrine on capital punishment. READ MORE: 75 clergy, scholars appeal to Cardinals: Urge Francis to ‘withdraw’ death penalty teaching Here below two of the signatories, including well known priest and canon lawyer, Fr. Gerald Murray, and respected British

Rector Placed On Leave Amid Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Against Boston Catholic Seminary

August 11, 2018 World News Comments Off on Rector Placed On Leave Amid Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Against Boston Catholic Seminary

Following allegations of a culture of sexual misconduct and alcohol abuse at a Boston-based Catholic seminary owned by the Archdiocese of Boston, the head priest is being placed on sabbatical. Rector James P. Moroney has been placed on immediate leave pending an investigation into claims against Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton made