- Jan 17, 2020
During his homily inaugurating the gathering of papal envoys at the Vatican, Cardinal Parolin presented the “best credentials” for their role. While former nuncio and papal-accuser Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò was not in attendance, he wasn’t being silent.
Italian bishops deliver excuses on streamlining marriage annulments and reducing the number of dioceses, but bring results on child protection.
Pope Francis read a book on homosexuality in the Vatican and said he already knew that most of the clergy it mentioned were gay, a prominent advocate in the fight against clerical abuse said.
Steve Bannon, the architect behind U.S. President Donald Trump’s election, has said he intends to spark a populist revolution in the Catholic Church and that he has more than one bone to pick with the Vatican, insisting they’ve got it wrong on issues such as the clerical sexual abuse scandals, China and populism.
Bishop Kay Schmalhausen of Ayaviri, Peru believes current punishments for both the crime of clerical sexual abuse (usually expulsion from the clerical state) and the cover-up are ineffective, and suggested harsher penalties including excommunication.
For one prominent member of the Italy-based Communion and Liberation movement, the recent clerical abuse scandals are an invitation not only to re-think policies of accountability, but they are an opportunity for a renewal of faith.