First Things: MAGISTERIAL IRRESPONSIBILITY: UNDERSTANDING THE MODIFIED TEACHING ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

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MAGISTERIAL IRRESPONSIBILITY UNDERSTANDING THE MODIFIED TEACHING ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT by Steven A. Long October 2018 Luis Francisco Cardinal ­Ladaria Ferrer of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has announced to the bishops Pope Francis’s approval of new material addressing capital punishment in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (number 2267). The inserted passage notes “an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes,” “a new understanding . . . of the significance of penal sanctions,” and “more effective systems of detention.” It concludes, “Consequently, the Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that ‘the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person’, and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.” This addition to the Catechism is widely either heralded or attacked as a major doctrinal …

Vatican News: Pope at Angelus: ‘do not be deaf or silent in the face of suffering’

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Pope at Angelus: ‘do not be deaf or silent in the face of suffering’Pope Francis on Sunday invited the faithful not to “remain deaf and dumb” in the face of the suffering of people marked by disease, anguish and difficulties. He was addressing the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus Prayer. By Linda Bordoni Sept 9, 2018 Pope Francis drew inspiration on Sunday from the Gospel reading of the day to invite all Christians not to turn away from the suffering of their brothers and sisters. Speaking during the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope reflected on the episode that tells of Jesus’ miraculous healing of a deaf and dumb man. Do good without ostentation Pointing out that Jesus always “acts with discretion” as he “does not want to impress people, he is not looking for popularity or success, he just wants to do good …

The Weekly Standard: What Francis Knew

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What Francis Knew MARK HEMINGWAY Sept 8th, 2018 Conservatives pounce, the media fiddles. In 2016, after the film Spotlight—which portrayed a group of Boston Globe reporters who uncover a sex-abuse scandal covered-up by the Catholic Church—won the Academy Award for best picture, a cultural commentator praised the movie on the Vatican website. The Globe reporters, wrote Luca Pellegrini, “made themselves examples of their most pure vocation, that of finding the facts, verifying sources, and making themselves—for the good of the community and of a city—paladins of the need for justice.” Two years later, as a far worse abuse scandal unfolds in the church—a scandal that may involve the pope himself—the Vatican is silent and the paladins of the news media seem eager to ignore the whole thing. https://www.weeklystandard.com/mark-hemingway/what-francis-knew

Crux Article: Pope tells bishops to fight abuse, culture behind it

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Pope tells bishops to fight abuse, culture behind it Nicole Winfield Sep 8, 2018 ROME – Pope Francis told newly ordained bishops Saturday that they must reject all forms of abuse and work in communion to fight the clerical culture that has fueled the sex abuse and cover-up scandal rocking his papacy. Francis cited his recent letter about combatting abuse during an audience with 74 new bishops from 34 developing countries. The bishops were in Rome for training this week. Their seminar took place during a crisis for the pope: A former papal diplomat has alleged Francis covered up for a now-former U.S. cardinal who was accused of sexually molesting children and adult seminarians. Francis has ignored calls from clergy and ordinary faithful to respond directly to the claims, saying there were times when “silence and prayer” were the best response. https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2018/09/08/pope-tells-bishops-to-fight-abuse-culture-behind-it/

National Catholic Reporter: Companion letters ask pope for answers on abuse crisis

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Companion letters ask pope for answers on abuse crisis Sep 7, 2018 by Mark Pattison, WASHINGTON — A pair of open letters to Pope Francis asking him for answers to charges of cover-ups by him and others over abuse allegations against retired Archbishop Theodore McCarrick of Washington were sponsored by the Catholic Women’s Forum, a project of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Washington-based think tank. The prologue to one of the letters declares, “This letter reflects the personal initiative of the individual Catholic women signing this letter, and is not sponsored by any group or organization.” The letter and invitations to sign it, though, are posted on the Catholic Women’s Forum’s website. The first letter, titled “Letter to Pope Francis from Catholic Women,” is dated Aug. 30, four days after publication of an 11-page letter by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Vatican nuncio to the United States, …

Religion News Services: Catholic donor denies he consulted on Viganò allegations against Pope Francis

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Catholic donor denies he consulted on Viganò allegations against Pope Francis Jack Jenkins September 7, 2018 (RNS) — Timothy Busch, a conservative Catholic lawyer and donor, is denying claims he was consulted on a letter written last month by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò alleging, among other things, that Pope Francis ignored accusations of sexual abuse by a prominent cleric in Washington, D.C. Viganò’s 11-page letter alleges Francis rescinded sanctions placed on Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, by Pope Benedict XVI following allegations of sexual abuse of adult seminarians. Many have noted that if McCarrick was, in fact, under sanctions, he clearly defied them regularly under Benedict, who did not appear to enforce them publicly. The letter by Viganò, a former Vatican diplomat who has been openly critical of Francis, has been received as the most public breach in a long-brewing culture war within the Catholic Church over …

Catholic News Service: Letter confirms Vatican officials knew of McCarrick allegations in 2000

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Letter confirms Vatican officials knew of McCarrick allegations in 2000 By Robert Duncan and Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service 9.7.2018 2:47 PM ET VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A top official from the Vatican Secretariat of State acknowledged allegations made by a New York priest in 2000 concerning Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, according to a letter obtained by Catholic News Service. Father Boniface Ramsey, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church Yorkville in New York City, told CNS Sept. 7 that he received the letter dated Oct. 11, 2006, from then-Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, the former Vatican substitute for general affairs, asking for information regarding a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark who studied at Immaculate Conception Seminary and was being vetted for a post at a Vatican office. He made the letter available to CNS. http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2018/letter-confirms-vatican-officials-knew-of-mccarrick-allegations-in-2000.cfm

Catholic World Report: Speak out against injustice, Pope Francis says

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Speak out against injustice, Pope Francis says Sept 7, 2018 Vatican City, Sep 7, 2018 / 04:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- God needs Christians to be his hands and feet on earth, and to speak out about injustice wherever it happens, especially when hidden by silence, the pope said in an interview published Friday. Speaking with “Sole 24 ore,” a daily Italian newspaper, Francis said, “the Lord promises rest and liberation to all the oppressed in the world, but he needs us to make his promise effective.” “He needs our eyes to see the needs of our brothers and sisters. He needs our hands to help. He needs our voice to denounce the injustices committed in silence, sometimes complicit, of many.” “Above all,” he continued, “the Lord needs our heart to manifest God’s merciful love for the least, the rejected, the abandoned, the marginalized.” Speaking in the context of migration and …

Vatican Insider Inquiries and Interviews: Farrell: “I didn’t know of McCarrick’s misbehavior”

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Farrell: “I didn’t know of McCarrick’s misbehavior” ANDREA TORNIELLI Sept 6th, 2018 “He could not but know”. With this charge the former nuncio Carlo Maria Viganò, author of the controversial “memorandum” that calls for the resignation of Pope Francis, has put in the group of those who have allegedly “covered upˮ the abuser cardinal Theodore McCarrick also Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Department for the Laity, Family and Life, who was vicar general of Washington. Vatican Insider interviewed him. Farrell explains that he never heard compromising news and says, “I also know of no complaint about McCarrick during his time in Washington”. http://www.lastampa.it/2018/09/05/vaticaninsider/farrell-i-didnt-know-of-inappropriate-behavior-by-mccarrick-JmPg4K5VsoJNSEisGNTAyN/pagina.html

Lifesite News: US archbishop: Viganò is ‘man of integrity,’ we must ‘ascertain the truth’

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Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, US archbishop: Viganò is ‘man of integrity,’ we must ‘ascertain the truth’ Thu Sep 6, 2018 – 3:54 pm EST September 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The incoming head of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life efforts, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, has released a lengthy statement on the ongoing clerical sex abuse crisis. Archbishop Naumann called Vatican whistleblower Archbishop Carlo Vigano “a man of integrity,” adding that “we cannot ignore” the fact that the majority of the victims described in the Pennsylvania grand jury report were post-pubescent males. He said that priests must be able to articulate Church teaching on sexuality “in a convincing and compelling way.” Naumann was elected last November to lead the U.S. Bishops’ pro-life office, and will begin his tenure this November. “It is inconceivable to me that the bishops who were involved with the settlements for McCarrick’s misconduct …