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Pope denies cardinal’s request to resign; agrees ‘we have sinned’

By Catholic News Service | June 11, 2021 | 2 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Agreeing with German Cardinal Reinhard Marx that Catholic leaders cannot adopt an “ostrich policy” in the face of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis still told the cardinal that he would not accept his resignation as head of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. “If … Read More about Pope denies cardinal’s request to resign; agrees ‘we have sinned’

European Union bishops express caution about hate crimes legislation

By Catholic News Service | June 10, 2021 | 1 Comment

OXFORD, England (CNS) – The Brussels-based commission representing the Catholic bishops of the European Union is backing tougher steps to combat hate crimes, but warned that current EU proposals could violate religious freedom and have a “chilling and self-censoring effect”. “Hate crimes are more and more common, and are cause … Read More about European Union bishops express caution about hate crimes legislation

Citing ‘systemic failures’ in handling abuse, German cardinal offers resignation

By Catholic News Service | June 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, 67, has submitted his resignation to Pope Francis, saying that bishops must begin to accept responsibility for the institutional failures of the Church in handling the clerical sexual abuse crisis. Cardinal Marx released a statement on June 4 … Read More about Citing ‘systemic failures’ in handling abuse, German cardinal offers resignation

Australia’s plenary council: Listening brings liberation, archbishop says

By Catholic News Service | June 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis insists “synodality” requires listening, and not only on the part of people in the pews. But it is not easy, said Archbishop Mark Coleridge, president of the bishops’ conference of Australia, which will hold the first assembly of its plenary council in October. “I’ve … Read More about Australia’s plenary council: Listening brings liberation, archbishop says

Scholar discounts new claim St Peter’s remains may be in forgotten tomb

By Catholic News Service | June 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The remains of St Peter may have been, and possibly still could be, buried in catacombs under the Mausoleum of St Helena after being moved from the Vatican hillside during anti-Christian persecutions in the third century, according to a paper published recently by three Italian researchers. Labelling their … Read More about Scholar discounts new claim St Peter’s remains may be in forgotten tomb

Pope promulgates revised canon law on crimes, punishments

By Catholic News Service | June 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – A series of laws and procedures promulgated by now-retired Pope Benedict XVI and, especially, by Pope Francis to protect children, promote the investigation of allegations of clerical sexual abuse and punish offenders are included in a heavily revised section of the Code of Canon Law. The … Read More about Pope promulgates revised canon law on crimes, punishments