• Pope Francis defrocks Italian priest convicted of child sex abuse

    Pope Francis defrocks Italian priest convicted of child sex abuse

    • Jun 30, 2017

    Pope Francis has decided to defrock Mauro Inzoli, also known as Don Mercedes for his love of fancy cars, who has been found guilty of eight counts of sexual abuse of children aged 12 to 16. Benedict XVI moved to defrock him in 2012 but Francis chose leniency before recently changing his mind.

  • Abuse charges against Pell not good news for Vatican financial reform

    • Jun 29, 2017

    With criminal charges of sexual abuse having been filed against Cardinal George Pell in his home country of Australia, many questions will be asked, most about the accusations and Pell’s defense. From a Vatican point of view, however, a key question is what all this means for the prospects of financial reform, and the best answer probably is, “Nothing good.”