- May 26, 2020
What does it mean when a priest found guilty of abuse of minors is dismissed from the clerical state, or “laicized”? Father Damián Astigueta offers insights on what dismissal from the clerical state is, why not all priests guilty of abuse are laicized and the role of bishops in abuse cases.
Referring to Marie Collins, who last week resigned from the panel appointed by Pope Francis to look into allegations of past Vatican obstruction of child sex abuse investigations, Campbell said: “Blocked by men. Isn’t this the real problem within the church?”
No Greater Love is a music and arts festival taking place this Saturday, in the spirit of the martyrs of Florida, to offer relief to Christians in the Middle East. Kathryn Jean Lopez spoke with organizer Mary Catherine Damon about the importance of remembering modern-day Christian martyrs.
In a conversation with Crux’s John Allen, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia explains why he thinks Americans are living in a ‘post-Christian’ culture, and also why he thinks it would be a good idea for Pope Francis to answer the dubia about ‘Amoris Laetitia.’
Hosffman Ospino of Boston College reminds American Catholics “that 60 percent of U.S. Catholics younger than eighteen are Hispanic. This is not a number that we can afford to ignore as a church! If we do the math, just in a few years, the majority of Catholics in the United States will share a Hispanic background. They will be writing the next chapter of the history of U.S. Catholicism, but they will not—and should not—do it alone.”
The lone abuse survivor currently serving as an active member of Pope Francis’s commission to fight clerical sexual abuse has quit, citing resistance to the commission’s efforts within the Roman Curia — not over the issue of child protection, she says, but rather the machinations of ‘Vatican politics.’