Vatican Insider World News: Ecuador, the bishop’s choice: I’ll leave everything and live a monastic life

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Ecuador, the bishop’s choice: I’ll leave everything and live a monastic life LUCIANO ZANARDINI ROME Pubblicato il 17/09/2018 The humility of understanding the right moment to step aside or rather to put oneself at the service of the Church, in a different way. On Friday 14 September, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Monsignor Lorenzo Voltolini, Archbishop of Portoviejo in Ecuador. He is not resigning for health reasons or for an inner crisis, he simply intends to concentrate on prayer. “I feel a little tired, and I think that many have noticed it, especially after the 2016 earthquake that upset the rhythm of my life and that of the entire archdiocese”, the prelate wrote in a letter to his friends. “I think it is wise to leave others younger and capable of administering a local Church in a positive crisis of growth. At the age of 70, therefore, he will …

Yahoo News: Cardinal says women should train priests to fight abuse ‘crisis’

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Cardinal says women should train priests to fight abuse ‘crisis’ Michel VIATTEAU 16 September 2018 Women should play a greater role in the training of priests to fight the child abuse “crisis” that has engulfed the Catholic Church, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet has said. More must be done within the church to tackle the root causes of the latest wave of global abuse scandals to rock the institution, said Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. “We would need participation of more women in (training) of priests,” he told reporters on Saturday on the sidelines of a meeting in the Polish city of Poznan. Better care must be taken when choosing bishops, he said, adding that more women should select candidates for priesthood and assess their suitability for the job. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/cardinal-says-women-train-priests-fight-abuse-crisis-050804444.html

The Worthy Advisory: D.C. Deacon Calls on Wuerl to Resign

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D.C. Deacon Calls on Wuerl to Resign September 8, 2018 Joelle Casteix One of my dearest friends is a married deacon in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. In his position, he attended to Cardinal Wuerl. But after the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, he decided: No more. After James wrote and delivered the letter attached below, we talked. He told me that telling Cardinal Wuerl was one thing. But the statement meant little if he didn’t let the survivors know how he felt. So he’s letting me publish his letter on my blog. http://theworthyadversary.com/5002-d-c-deacon-calls-wuerl-resign

The Washington Post: Catholic clergyman calls on Wuerl to resign

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Catholic clergyman calls on Wuerl to resign, says he’ll refuse to participate in Mass with him By Julie Zauzmer September 9 at 6:00 AM 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 a master of ceremonies at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in the District, has assisted Wuerl during major liturgies. But Garcia wrote in a letter to Wuerl, which the deacon published online Saturday, that he refuses to assist in any Mass led by Wuerl. Because deacons vow obedience to their bishop, it is a bold gesture. “The time for cowardice and self-preservation is long past. Victims cry out for justice and the faithful deserve shepherds who are not compromised. Apology and accompaniment are critical. But no amount of apology will suffice unless and until …

First Things: THE IMPERATIVE OF THE IMPERIUM

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THE IMPERATIVE OF THE IMPERIUM by Shawn R. Tribe 9 . 10 . 18 In “The End of the Imperial Episcopate,” Fr. Jay Scott Newman speculates about the Church’s current situation. One of his premises is that many bishops have become too much like distant managers and administrators, and that this has contributed to today’s problems. He also suggests “the clerical culture in which bishops and priests live is in many ways diseased and deformed, requiring renewal.” I fully agree with Newman on these points. We do not need politicians and administrators. We need bishops who act like bishops: teaching, shepherding, and, when necessary, disciplining like bishops. We need priests who don’t act like camp counselors, committee chairmen, facilitators, or socialites; we need priests who focus on their priestly, liturgical, and sacramental mission. Further, we need religious who remain faithful to the particular charisms of their founders instead of behaving …

St Louis Review: Archbishop Robert Carlson, Mass of Reparation atones for sins of clergy sexual abuse

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Mass of Reparation atones for sins of clergy sexual abuse Archbishop Robert Carlson asks for God’s grace to “move us along a journey of renewed conversion.” Jennifer Brinker Submitted September 8, 2018 | 8:02 AM Acknowledging the sorrow and shame of sexual abuse of children and adults by clergy was the central focus of a Mass of Reparation Sept. 7 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson called on God forgiveness for the sins of clergy sexual abuse. “The Church today around the world and in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, suffers from the wounds of many scandals,” Archbishop Carlson said in the homily before nearly 800 people in attendance. “The Body of Christ experiences the weight of the scandal and is in need of divine mercy in order to be healed.” “We gather in friendship with Christ to hear the Word of God in Scripture …

Lifesite News: Cincinnati archbishop: Vatican must ‘open the McCarrick file’

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Cincinnati archbishop: Vatican must ‘open the McCarrick file’ Fri Sep 7, 2018 – 12:58 pm EST By:  Dorothy Cummings McLean CINCINNATI, Ohio, September 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The archbishop of Cincinnati has called for the Vatican’s dossier on McCarrick to be opened so that Archbishop Viganò’s allegations can be verified. Appearing on Holy Spirit Radio at the end of August, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr told Annie Mitchell of the SonRise Morning Show that without looking at the documents in the case, the bishops are left with a “he said – she said situation.” “It seems to me that the only way to get to the bottom of the entire situation is to open the McCarrick file,” Schnurr said. “There’s got to be files … within Washington DC and at the Vatican on all of this correspondence.” “Archbishop Viganò mentions a few of the documents,” he continued, “but again his testimony is based …

CBS This Morning: New Mexico AG launches investigation into allegations of Catholic clergy sexual

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New Mexico AG launches investigation into allegations of Catholic clergy sexual CBS NEWS September 6, 2018, 11:58 PM In the latest inquiry into clergy sexual abuse allegations, New Mexico’s attorney general is launching an investigation and asking all three Catholic dioceses in his state for any material related to allegations of abuse by priests. It follows the scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report last month that revealed more than 300 Catholic priests in that state sexually abused more than 1,000 children over seven decades. The same report found a Pennsylvania bishop sent accused priests to New Mexico for treatment. Attorney General Hector Balderas called his state a “dumping ground” for abusers. “There are numerous, numerous families that are demanding justice. And so what I’m hoping for is that the church understand that they also have an obligation to seek justice by reconciling, providing information to a law enforcement agency,” Balderas told …

Repost from 2010 – “The Fall of the Belgian Church”

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The Fall of the Belgian Church From the desk of Alexandra Colen on Thu, 2010-06-24 22:26 In Belgium, today, police searched the residence of the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and the crypt of the Archbishop’s cathedral in Mechelen. They were looking for evidence of cover-ups in the ongoing investigation into widespread pedophilia practices within the Belgian church in the decades during which Cardinal Godfried Danneels was Archbishop. Danneels retired in January of this year. Police also confiscated 450 files containing reports of pedophile offences by members of the clergy, that had been submitted to an investigation committee which was established within the church to deal with pedophilia cases. Since the revelation in April that Cardinal Danneels’s close friend and collaborator, Mgr Roger Vangheluwe, the Bishop of Bruges, had been a practicing pedophile throughout, and even before, his career as a bishop, victims have gained confidence that they will be taken seriously, and complaints …

Third allegation of child sexual abuse committed by Emeritus Bishop Joseph Hart

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Cheyenne, Wyo., Aug 30, 2018 / 07:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Cheyenne announced Wednesday that it has found credible a third allegation of child sexual abuse committed by Emeritus Bishop Joseph Hart. After the diocese announced in July that a canonical investigation had concluded there was “credible and substantiated” evidence that Bishop Hart had abused two Wyoming boys, “a third individual reported that he, too, was sexually abused by Bishop Hart in 1980,” the diocese said Aug. 29. “The diocese reported the allegation to the Cheyenne Police Department and is cooperating with their investigation.” The Cheyenne diocese said Bishop Hart declined to be interviewed as part of the investigation, and that the investigation’s findings were handed over to the Diocesan Review Board. Read more on Catholic News Agency