- Jan 28, 2020
An Italian priest was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly drugging and sexually abusing members of his parish.
No shot has been fired yet in the Mexican standoff that has seen Italian bishops go up against “one of the most influential leaders in Europe,” but while there have been efforts to ease the tensions neither of the two parties are quite ready to drop the gun.
Italian bishops deliver excuses on streamlining marriage annulments and reducing the number of dioceses, but bring results on child protection.
Catholic bishops across Europe encouraged their faithful to go to the polls in late May to elect members of the European Parliament who would promote unity and take seriously the power of the European Union to do good in the world.
Pope Francis on Monday read bishops the riot act for failing to implement a revised marriage annulment procedure he rolled out in 2015, saying that after four years, most dioceses have not applied the new process.
The Italian bishops critcized the anti-immigration policies enacted by the governing populist coalition and enouraged them “to take on their responsibilities.”