Voices
Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 04, 2019
Pius, who was pope from 1939 to 1958, has been strongly attacked for not speaking out publicly against the Holocaust but defended by some for the vast hidden work he did to help many victims of the Nazis, fascists and communists.
Politics & Society Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellMarch 01, 2019
The recent Vatican summit on the protection of minors ended on Feb. 24. Since then many have asked, “What’s next?”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 27, 2019
If tried and found guilty, the penalties can vary depending on the seriousness of the crime and, often, the age of the accused; possible penalties include removal from office, restricted ministry, “a life of prayer and penance” without any public ministry and dismissal from the clerical state.
Faith Dispatches
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 26, 2019
After the Vatican’s historic summit on the sexual abuse of children, Archbishop Mark Coleridge says “the mission of the church” is at stake.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 26, 2019
The Vatican said the conviction is “a painful news that, we are well aware, has shocked very many persons, not only in Australia.” At the same time, “it reaffirmed maximum respect for the Australian judicial authorities.”
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 24, 2019
“I make a heartfelt appeal for an all-out battle against the abuse of minors both sexually and in other areas, on the part of all authorities and individuals, for we are dealing with abominable crimes that must be erased from the face of the earth,” the pope said.
Television reporter Valentina Alazraki of Televisa speaks during a meeting on the protection of minors in the church at the Vatican Feb. 23, 2019, in this image taken from Vatican television. (CNS photo/Vatican Television)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 23, 2019
“The faithful do not forgive the lack of transparency because it is a new assault on the victims,” Valentina Alazraki, a Mexican television reporter, told the 190 church leaders attending the Vatican summit on the protection of minors.
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 23, 2019
“It is not transparency which damages the church, but rather the acts of abuse committed, the lack of transparency or the ensuing cover-up.”
Child psychologist and founding member of the Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) organization, Miguel Hurtado from Spain, center, reads an open letter to the Benedictine order outside the St. Anselm on the Aventine Benedictine complex in Rome on Feb. 22. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 22, 2019
In addressing the abuse crisis, Ms. Ghisoni called for “the dynamic involvement of the whole people of God.”
Clerical sex abuse survivors and their supporters rally outside Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome on Feb. 21. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O’ConnellFebruary 22, 2019
Cardinal Cupich presented a framework for “clear procedures to hold bishops involved in misconduct and mishandling [of abuse cases] accountable.”