- John L. Allen Jr.
- September 7, 2017
Despite what appeared to be Vatican hopes that a criminal trial against two Italian laymen for allegedly misappropriating funds from a papally-sponsored hospital to renovate the Vatican apartment of a prominent Vatican cardinal could be wrapped up by the time Pope Francis returns on Monday from Colombia, day one ended with the case suspended until Sept. 19 because new evidence has emerged.READ MORE
As the latest Vatican criminal trial, in this case for financial misappropriation, opens on Thursday, many observers are still wondering how two laymen can be charged with illicitly spending roughly $500,000 from a pediatric hospital’s funds to remodel a cardinal’s Vatican apartment, but that cardinal isn’t facing any charges at all. If this is a test of accountability, in other words, what grade will the Vatican get?READ MORE
Since Pope Francis is making his fifth trip to Latin America this week, this time to Colombia, it got me thinking about similarities between Catholicism and baseball, one of which is that both are big south of the border. Here, I offer my personal list of the Top Five most important churchmen from Colombia, and which big-leaguers they most bring to mind.READ MORE
Mass communication has become the arbiter of people’s social status, and has modified the family structure, reducing the traditional role of authority. That’s according to Italian Bishop Mario Toso. In a new book, he warns that modern media can manipulate and indoctrinate the public, thereby compromising a person’s freedom of judgment and autonomy to make decisions.READ MORE
As more details emerge about a Catholic lay movement in Sicily whose leader and three other top officials have been arrested and charged with sexual abuse of underage minor girls, the questions become: Should more have been done by Church authorities to disown the group, or did local bishops do everything one could reasonably ask?READ MORE
Although the U.S. bishops have long been charged with being in bed with either the political left or right whenever they take positions on public policy issues, if you can look at Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles’s advocacy of immigration reform and still think so, one has to ask, “Then what would it take to change that?”READ MORE