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Vatican letter undermines US cardinal on abuse

Vatican letter undermines US cardinal on abuse

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The Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures to address the clergy sex abuse scandal because U.S. church leaders didn't discuss the legally problematic proposals with the Holy See enough beforehand, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. The Nov. 11 letter from the Vatican's Cardinal Marc Ouellet provides the primary reason that Rome balked at the measures that were to be voted on by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at its Nov. 12-14 meeting. The blocked vote stunned abuse survivors and other Catholics who were demanding action from U.S. bishops to address clergy sex abuse and cover-up. Ouellet's letter undermines the version of events provided by the conference president, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo. It could also provide fodder for questions during a spirit...
Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero among 7 people to be canonized at Vatican

Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero among 7 people to be canonized at Vatican

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The embroidered banner-portraits of the seven people Pope Francis will proclaim saints already hang on the façade of Saint Peter’s Basilica ahead of the solemn ceremony Sunday. The new tombstone and mosaic portrait of one of them, Pope Paul VI, the somber, timid pope of the turbulent 60s, is already in place in the crypt of St. Peter’s with his title changed from “Beatus” (blessed) to “Sanctus” (saint) above his name. Among those who will be canonized Sunday with Pope Paul are four religious figures: Mother Catherine Kasper, the German founder of a religious congregation; Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa, the Spanish founder of another order; and two Italian priests, Father Francesco Spinelli and Father Vincenzo Romano. Added to the list in July...
Vatican condemns 'predator priests' in Pennsylvania grand jury report

Vatican condemns 'predator priests' in Pennsylvania grand jury report

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Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The Vatican on Thursday said the systematic coverup of sexual abuse at several Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania is "criminally and morally reprehensible." The director of the Vatican's Press Office, Greg Burke, issued a statement saying the Catholic Church takes the grand jury's investigation seriously and "condemns unequivocally" the sexual abuse of minors. "Regarding the report made public in Pennsylvania this week, there are two words that can express the feelings faced with these horrible crimes: shame and sorrow," Burke wrote. The 900-page report, released Tuesday, detailed sexual abuse by "predator priests" in six dioceses -- Allenton, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton. Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the dioceses followed a pattern of "abus...
Vatican recalls diplomat from U.S. over child pornography

Vatican recalls diplomat from U.S. over child pornography

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Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The Vatican has recalled a diplomat from the United States after the State Department last month requested diplomatic immunity be waived over possible violation of child pornography laws.The U.S. Department of State notified the Vatican on August 21 that one of its diplomats had possibly violated laws related to pornographic images of children through diplomatic channels, and requested the waiver.The Vatican said Friday that it has recalled the diplomat in question, whose name has not been released, and opened its own investigation into the matter."The Holy See, following the practice of sovereign states, recalled the priest in question, who is currently in Vatican City," Vatican officials said in a statement."The Promoter of Justice opened an investigation and has alread...
Cardinal takes leave from Vatican after sex assault charges

Cardinal takes leave from Vatican after sex assault charges

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Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' top advisers, took a leave of absence as the Vatican's financial czar on Thursday to fight multiple criminal charges in his native Australia that allege he committed sexual assault years ago. Pell appeared before reporters in the Vatican press office to forcefully deny the accusations, denounce what he called a "relentless character assassination" in the media and announce he would return to Australia to clear his name. "I repeat that I am innocent of these charges. They are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me," Pell said. The Vatican said the leave takes effect immediately and that Pell will not participate in any public liturgical event while it is in place. Pell said he intends to eventually return to Rome to resume his wo...