- Sep 18, 2020
In part one of a three-part series, Elise Harris examines the rise to power of Chilean Cardinal Francisco Errazuriz and why he may be the next test Pope Francis faces in terms of accountability for clerical sexual abuse.
Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, a leading anti-abuse expert and a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, called a report documenting hundreds of cases of physical and sexual abuse at a German boys’ choir “shocking,” and warned that as the taboo lifts in other parts of the world, similar accounts are likely to keep emerging.
A new study shows there are now 4,000 foreign-born women religious studying or serving in the United States, building on a rising tide of foreign-born priests. While there are headaches, these ministers are ambassadors of the 94 percent of the Catholic world that isn’t American.
Pretty much everything a pope does exercises leadership and shapes culture in the Church, whether or not it comes wrapped in a binding magisterial declaration. Today is an excellent illustration of the point, as Pope Francis will create 17 new cardinals in an event called a “consistory,” 13 of whom will be eligible to elect his successor.
Viewed from his hometown of Wadowice, Poland, Pope John Paul II could be styled as the last and greatest expression of the Habsburg spirit, meaning a a broadly tolerant, open and cosmopolitan view of the world that saw national pride and loyalty not as a threat of imperial cohesion but one of its sources.
Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Guam faces multiple accusations of abuse from decades ago, and on Monday Pope Francis named a senior Vatican official as “apostolic administrator” of his archdiocese while an investigation plays out.