- Oct 30, 2020
Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, a leading anti-abuse expert and a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, called a report documenting hundreds of cases of physical and sexual abuse at a German boys’ choir “shocking,” and warned that as the taboo lifts in other parts of the world, similar accounts are likely to keep emerging.
In a wide-ranging interview with an Italian daily, the Vatican’s top diplomat, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, spoke about the United States’ administration, about his upcoming trip to Russia, the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, and the Church’s hope for people in China to have the right to “freely profess” their faith.
One year ago today, 85-year-old French Father Jacques Hamel was brutally slain while saying Mass in his small parish in Normandy. Today, his sister says Hamel has become a “brother to all,” and also stubbornly professes hope, both for Christian/Muslim coexistence in France and even for newly elected French President Emanuelle Macron, who will be at Hamel’s anniversary Mass.
Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, the new Jesuit prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). said he is “in a deep and spontaneous harmony” with Pope Francis. The archbishop was speaking during a recent visit to the pope’s homeland, Argentina.
On Monday, Crux’s weekly radio show on the Catholic Channel, “Crux of the Matter,” featured a conversation between Austen Ivereigh and Thomas Williams about a recent article by two close friends of Pope Francis asserting there’s an “ecumenism of hate” in the United States in ties between Evangelical Fundamentalists and “Catholic Integralists.” This is a transcript of their exchange.
In an interview, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia explains the Vatican’s Academy for Life’s new strategy and vision and the important role non-Catholic members could play in promoting them. The archbishop wants the academy to aim to be missionary in outlook, seeking to tackle what he calls “the great frontiers of life” in collaboration with believers of other churches and faiths as well as non-believers.