Settimana News: Viganò, a blessing in disguise for Francis

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Viganò, a blessing in disguise for Francis Francesco Sisci  5 settembre 2018 Was there a coup in the Vatican? Perhaps not, but there is proof that for the first time ever the Pope is a global leader. It is civil war in the Vatican! These days, that is the refrain in the international media following the wondrous allegations by ex-ambassador Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò against Pope Francis. The press is on fire with the story; yet Pope Francis said, and his secretary of state Cardinal Parolin repeated, that he is serene and unperturbed. This is certainly because he is at peace with God, but it is possibly also because he knows that the revolution he started in the Church, if it is real, it will break a little crockery. So there is nothing special here. What is really new – and it is the first time in the history of the …

Statements of Bishop Burbidge on Arbp Viganó’s Testimony

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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge was eating dinner with fellow priests when the news broke that former papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, had released his unprecedented letter detailing alleged misconduct in the Vatican. “I got in my car and I saw all these text messages. I said, ‘What is happening?’ ” said Bishop Burbidge, relaying the incident on his weekly “Walk Humbly Podcast.” After reading the letter, Bishop Burbidge echoes the call of Cardinal Daniel D. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “We need to review (this) letter carefully, comprehensively, thoroughly and evidence needs to be given,” said Bishop Burbidge. “But the bottom line is, we need to know the truth. All the faithful need to hear the answers to the questions. Cardinal DiNardo is asking the Holy Father to assist in putting into place the support we need to get those answers.” …

America Magazine: U.S. needs to become “humbler church” in response to abuse crisis

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Archbishop Coleridge: U.S. needs to become “humbler church” in response to abuse crisis -Emma Winters, September 05, 2018 In a conversation about sexual abuse in the United States and Australia, Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, Australia, told America that “until there is a genuine restoration of trust, no apology is going to land.” “We have to accept now,” the archbishop continued, “restoring trust will only come over time if in fact we do the things we say we’re going to do.” The Catholic Church in Australia was under inquiry by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse from 2013 to 2017, when a final report was issued. Similar to findings of the Pennsylvania grand jury in the United States, the Royal Commission brought to light instances of abuse, as well as cover-ups by bishops and religious superiors. “The dominant mood probably is a sense of bewilderment, really, …

Crux Article on Importance of Laity in Fighting Clericalism

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Laity must have role in fighting clericalism, Vatican official says Junno Arocho Esteves ROME – Clericalism has led to a distorted view of authority that has contributed to the problems of sexual abuse and the abuse of power and conscience affecting the Catholic Church, said the head of the Vatican’s clergy office. Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, said the crisis facing the Church would not have been so grave if laity were more involved in the formation of current and future priests. “Even the work of the dicastery attests that many situations in the lives of priests – generated by loneliness, tiredness and misunderstandings – would not have degenerated or would have been addressed in time if there had been listening, accompaniment and sharing by bishops and the entire Christian community,” Stella said Sept. 3 in Fatima, Portugal. The cardinal’s office gave the text to Catholic …

Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera and the Scranton Scandal

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As bishop looked on, abusive ‘Father Ned’ got new assignment A Roman Catholic bishop who apologized to his flock last month for the “misguided and inappropriate decisions of church leaders” is reckoning with his own role — revealed in federal court a decade ago — in the system that protected pedophile priests. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera handled three sexual misconduct cases during his three-year tenure as diocesan vicar for clergy. He testified about one of them in a 2007 civil trial over clergy abuse. Under questioning from a plaintiff’s lawyer, Bambera acknowledged the diocese ignored its own policy by failing to report “Father Ned” — a pseudonym used in court — to civil authorities. He testified that Father Ned was removed from ministry only temporarily before getting another parish assignment. Once there, Bambera told the jury, Father Ned was caught “grooming” a boy for sexual assault. The Associated Press has …

Frustrated by Filth? Follow Jesus Christ Our Hope, and Trust in What He Says and Does

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There’s much for each of us to do, and every prayer or good deed is part of the rebuilding the Church desperately needs. Fr. Roger Landry I have tried in recent columns to respond to some of the many questions that people have been asking about the scandals that began with the revelations about the predations of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, were magnified by the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and have now expanded further with the publication of several testimonies by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former apostolic nuncio to the United States. I would like to continue tackling some of the more frequent and important questions I’ve been hearing in some recent talks, comment boxes, social media posts, phone calls and emails. Can I still trust the clergy? It’s clear that trust has been shattered for many Catholics by the actions and omissions of priests and bishops who …

Why it’s so hard to hold priests accountable for sex abuse

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Why it’s so hard to hold priests accountable for sex abuse August 27, 2018 6.47am EDT A grand jury report recently found shocking levels of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. It uncovered, in six dioceses, the sexual abuse of over 1,000 children and named 301 perpetrator priests. It also found that religious officials had turned a blind eye to the abuse. In response, Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, wrote a letter addressed to “the People of God,” saying, “With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives. We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.” The fact is the pope has the power to ensure that this does not happen again. As a scholar of the …

Bishop of Youngstown to release all accused priest’s name

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Youngstown Diocese to publish list of priests removed over sex abuse allegations YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -The Youngstown Diocese says it will make public a list of priests who have been removed from their ministries over credible allegations of sexual abuse. Bishop George Murry made his intentions known during a Tuesday morning news conference to announce that he was back at work after being treated for acute leukemia. After briefly thanking people for their thoughts, prayers, letters, and food sent to him during his recovery, the Bishop addressed the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Murry said that while he has been serving as a Bishop in Youngstown, any priest removed from their ministry for a credible allegation of sexual abuse, all of the parishes and schools where the priest was stationed were notified in writing and were invited to contact us if they knew of someone who had been abused, …

Bishop Schneider on Apostacy in our current culture

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Clergy who promote LGBT are committing a ‘kind of apostasy’: Bishop Schneider DUBLIN, Ireland, September 4, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – “The Christian family is facing a new Goliath in the ideology of homosexuality and gender,” Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan said in a recent talk. “And unfortunately,” he added, “some in the ranks of the clergy became activists and promoters of so-called LGBT ideology, which is, in reality, a kind of apostasy from the Christian faith.” Schneider made his comments in a video address to the Conference of Catholic Families (COCF) which took place in Dublin, Ireland, last month. He lauded those present for proclaiming the truth about marriage and family. The COCF “has meritorious courage to resist the totalitarian and worldwide gender ideology,” he said, in contrast to “other Catholic family meetings, which have surrendered themselves to this ideology or willfully accepted it.” “Such surrender to the gender ideology …

Another Excellent Post by Rod Dreyer – The Stakes In The Catholic Crisis

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The Stakes In The Catholic Crisis By ROD DREHER • September 2, 2018, 8:41 PM Readers, this e-mail came in on Sunday. I share it with you with the permission of the author, though I’ve edited it slightly to obscure his location, to protect his privacy: My name is [deleted] and I live in [deleted]. I am 27 years old. I was brought up as an Evangelical. After a few years of wandering and post-graduation from college, I converted to Roman Catholicism in 2016. No one (and I do mean NO ONE) in my family is Catholic let alone church goers, or even religious. But I, all of my life, I have been on a deep, relentless search for God. In my early twenties I would say I was “searching” for truth, now in my late twenties I would say that search has shifted to a pursuit of peace. Peace in a world …