- Jan 18, 2020
A Vatican congregation said an allegation of abuse made against Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz of Galveston-Houston “is manifestly unfounded” and he has returned to public ministry.
The Vatican’s former doctrine chief has penned a “manifesto of faith” to remind Catholics of basic tenets of belief amid what he says is “growing confusion” in the Church today.
An Austrian priest under canonical investigation stepped down as an official at the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in an effort “to limit the damage already done to the congregation and to his community,” the doctrinal office said.
Pope Francis has named Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta as adjunct secretary, meaning the third most important official, of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reportedly rejected a planned proposal by the German bishops’ conference to publish guidelines permitting non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to receive the Eucharist in some limited circumstances.
Pope Francis named Spanish Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer as the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He replaces German Cardinal Gerhard Müller, who said divorced and civilly remarried Catholics could not receive Communion unless they made a commitment to abstain from sexual relations with their new partners.