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Francis makes appointments to Roman Rota, Vatican Court of Appeal

Francis makes appointments to Roman Rota, Vatican Court of Appeal

By CNA/EWTN News

Pope Francis appointed Thursday two lay lawyers to tribunals of the Holy See and Vatican City.

On Nov. 8 Enrico Ferrannini was appointed substitute promoter of justice for the Vatican Court of Appeal, and Maria Fratangelo was named defender of the bond of the Roman Rota.

Fratangelo is likely the first woman to hold the position of defender of the bond of the Roman Rota.

The promoter of justice of the Court of Appeal is Raffaele Coppola,…

Letter acknowledges Vatican receipt of allegations against McCarrick in 2000

Letter acknowledges Vatican receipt of allegations against McCarrick in 2000

By CNA

Catholic News Service on Friday published a redacted version of a letter sent in 2006 from a high-ranking official of the Secretariat of State, which implicitly acknowledges receipt of allegations made against then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

The Oct. 11, 2006 letter obtained by CNS is from then-Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, who was Substitute of the Secretariat of State, to Fr. Boniface Ramsey, who had been on the faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary in South Orange, N.J., from 1986 to 1996.

Sandri's…

Ex-nuncio accuses Pope Francis of failing to act on McCarrick’s abuse reports

Ex-nuncio accuses Pope Francis of failing to act on McCarrick’s abuse reports

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register

In an 11-page written testament, a former apostolic nuncio to the United States has accused several senior prelates of complicity in covering up Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s allegations of sexual abuse, and has claimed that Pope Francis knew about sanctions imposed on then-Cardinal McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI but chose to repeal them.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, who served as apostolic nuncio in Washington D.C. from 2011 to 2016, wrote that in the late…

Safeguarding commission member: bishops’ role in crisis must be acknowledged

Safeguarding commission member: bishops’ role in crisis must be acknowledged

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

A member of Pope Francis’ commission for the protection of minors said Tuesday that the role bishops and superiors have played in the crisis of clerical sex abuse must be made explicit if change is to take place.

In comments to CNA Aug. 21, Myriam Wijlens said the text of Francis’ letter on recent clerical abuse revelations “does not contain the words ‘bishop,’ ‘superior,’ and ‘leadership,’” though it was implied, but “necessary conversion requires that…

‘Shame and sorrow’  Holy See responds to Pennsylvania report

‘Shame and sorrow’  Holy See responds to Pennsylvania report

By CNA/EWTN News

The Holy See on Thursday denounced sexual abuse and called for accountability for both perpetrators and leaders who covered up their crimes, following the release of a report detailing alleged clerical abuse in Pennsylvania.

“The abuses described in the report are criminal and morally reprehensible,” said the statement, released Aug. 16.

“Those acts were betrayals of trust that robbed survivors of their dignity and their faith. The Church must learn hard lessons from its past, and there…

Francis continues to watch abuse response in Chile, Vatican says

Francis continues to watch abuse response in Chile, Vatican says

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Pope Francis held a meeting on the abuse scandal in Chile and will continue to follow the actions of the country’s bishops’ conference in response to the crisis, the Vatican press office said Friday.

According to press office vice director, Paloma Garcia, Francis is following “with interest” the response of the Chilean bishops and “has expressed his desire to continue to clarify all the questions in order to give a just answer to everyone.”

The…

Pope Francis: Trust God, not idols

Pope Francis: Trust God, not idols

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Attachment to idols is a failure to trust totally in God – and to reject these idols, Catholics must accept their weaknesses, inviting Christ to heal their hearts, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Healing from the attachment to idols comes from Jesus Christ, “who became poor, who accepted failure, who took our precariousness to the end to fill it with love and strength,” the pope said Aug. 8.

When we let Jesus Christ into our hearts,…

Honduran auxiliary bishop accused of sexual misconduct resigns

Honduran auxiliary bishop accused of sexual misconduct resigns

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Juan José Pineda, auxiliary bishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, following a Vatican investigation into accusations of financial mismanagement and sexual misconduct against seminarians.

The bishop, 57, has long been the subject of accusations of financial misdealings, as well as rumors that he offered support to a male companion using archdiocesan funds. He serves under papal advisor and archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodriguez Maradiaga, who has also been accused…

The Church is without a camerlengo

The Church is without a camerlengo

By Marco Mancini, CNA/EWTN News

With the July 5 death of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the office of camerlengo is now vacant. A sensitive position, above all in the period between the death of a pope and the election of his successor, the Church awaits Pope Francis’ nomination of a new camerlengo.

The camerlengo is one of two head officials of the Roman Curia who do not lose their office while the papacy is vacant. The camerlengo administers Church finances and…

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