'Vos Estis' at one year: Some question pope's process for investigating bishops

It is a bit early to assess the effect of Pope Francis' new global system for how the Catholic Church evaluates reports of clergy sexual abuse or cover-up by individual bishops, say canon lawyers who spoke to NCR. They also raised questions about the new process, first established in May 2019, which involves the empowering of archbishops to conduct investigations of prelates accused in their local regions.

An Australian bishop speaks about a national church 'fraught with division'

Like many Catholics in Australia, Bishop Vincent Long speaks about the upcoming plenary council as something of a final chance for the national church to show it has both reformed on clergy sexual abuse and can still be culturally relevant in the 21st century. In an emailed NCR interview focused on how the quashing of Cardinal George Pell's convictions might affect the gathering, which has been in preparation for two years, Long called the assembly "the last throw of the dice."

'Grace comes through': Three bishops on ministering during a pandemic

Beyond the myriad health and economic anxieties caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Catholics across the United States are also struggling with being unable to physically attend Mass or otherwise gather in person together for worship or prayer. In separate NCR interviews focused on their message for Catholics in this unprecedented time, three of the country's bishops urged lay faithful to do what they can, despite the unique difficulties of the moment, to develop their prayer lives and help those in need.

Noted Irish theologian and ecumenist Gerard Mannion dies at 48

Mannion's sudden death left theologians on several continents struggling to evaluate the life and work of a colleague and friend often remembered for his gregarious nature and as the lively heart of national and international theological gatherings. Gerard Mannion, who had been a senior research fellow at Georgetown University's Berkley Center since 2014, died Sept. 21 after apparently collapsing during a morning jog in the Washington area. He was 48. A young Irish theologian with a global rep

New Pax Christi presidents look to elevate church's nonviolence teachings

Pax Christi International, a global Catholic peace organization that raised its profile in recent years with two Vatican conferences on Christian nonviolence, has changed its leadership for the first time in nearly a decade. At a general meeting of 12 regional sections of the organization in late June, members elected two new co-presidents: French Bishop Marc Stenger and Kenyan Sr. Teresia Wamuyu Wachira. They replace South African Bishop Kevin Dowling, who had served since 2010, and American ac

UISG president says group is considering publishing women deacons report

Rome — Pope Francis in May formally handed over the secret report of his commission to study the history of women deacons in the Catholic Church to the global umbrella group of the world's women religious, which had originally requested the commission's creation in 2016. Now, the new leader of that umbrella group, which represents some 450,000 sisters and nuns around the world, says it will be considering soon whether to make the report public. In a June 19 interview, Claretian Missionary Sr.

Theologians concerned about newly engaged role of Benedict, pope emeritus

Vatican City — When Pope Benedict XVI shocked a meeting of cardinals Feb. 10, 2013, with news he would be renouncing the papacy at the end of that month, he promised that as the ex-pontiff he would retreat from the public eye and serve the Catholic Church "through a life dedicated to prayer." But by the third anniversary of his resignation, Benedict was taking on a more active role. First came a March 2016 interview with a Belgian theologian that focused on the question of God's mercy, just as

Pope names Gregory, designer of US bishops' abuse procedures, as Washington archbishop

In transferring Gregory from Atlanta, Francis has also appointed the first African American archbishop for the nation's capital, putting him in line to likely become the first black cardinal in the 230-year history of the U.S. church. Announcement of the appointment, which had been rumored for the past week, was made in the Vatican's daily bulletin April 4. The archbishop is expected to hold a press conference later in the day. Gregory, 71, has served as the archbishop of Atlanta since 2005. A c
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