FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The appointment of Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik as the new prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy is another major surprise in the Francis papacy.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Francis, who knows the 67-year-old cardinal well, took less than three weeks to reach his clear-cut decision.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s offer to resign as archbishop of Munich and Freising hit the church in Germany and Rome like an earthquake. And while survivors welcomed the move, not everyone agrees with the cardinal’s analysis of the abuse crisis.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis has asked Bishop Egidio Miragoli, to carry out a visitation of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy, which has oversight of the more than 410,000 Catholic priests around the world. He did not reveal why the pope chose him to do this work.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“Canadian political and religious authorities may continue to cooperate with determination to shed light on that sad situation and to commit themselves humbly to a path of reconciliation and healing,” Pope Francis said.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The cardinal’s decision comes at a time when there is a major crisis in the other large German diocese of Cologne linked to the abuse scandal and pastoral management of the archdiocese.