Pope appoints Archbishop Pietro Parolin as secretary of state
Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Pietro Parolin to succeed Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as the Holy See’s secretary of state, the Vatican said Saturday.
Until now, Parolin, a 58-year-old Italian, was the diplomatic representative of the Holy See in Venezuela. He has also worked in Nigeria and Mexico, as well as within the Vatican.The secretary of state assumes the role of the Vatican’s head of government and is considered the...Read Full Story
The Vatican isn’t going to let well enough alone. I thought they’d had their say about the Belgian police raids and investigation, but, no…they continue to press the issue and whine like the privileged bitches they are.
The words being bandied about now by the Catholics are “serious and unbelievable” and “astonishment”. In my post yesterday, I pointed out the discrepancy between the Vatican reaction to untold thousands (maybe millions) of children being raped and a few priests being...Read Full Story
Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday accused Belgian police of "deplorable methods" for raiding a bishops' meeting as part of a paedophilia probe, as Brussels said the Vatican was over-reacting.The pontiff wrote a message of support to Andre-Joseph Leonard, archbishop of Brussels-Mechelen and the head of the Belgian bishops' conference, over the raid in which bishops were held for questioning."I want to express ... my closeness and solidarity in this moment of sadness, in which, with certain...Read Full Story
Since celibacy has had nothing to do with the sex abuse crisis, why review the practice? The Church should concentrate its efforts on the problem of homosexuality since most of the abuse has been homosexual in nature.The question is: Why? As Father Peter Stravinskas has explained, "..both marriage and celibacy are signs of the Kingdom, but in different ways. Marriage (with sexual relations) is a sign of Christ's love for His Church right now; celibacy (without sexual relations) is a sign of...Read Full Story
The No. 2 official in the conservative Legionaries of Christ order has broken his silence on revelations that the group's founder had fathered children and abused seminarians, giving an interview on the eve of a Vatican meeting to discuss the order's fate.The Rev. Luis Garza Medina told Rome's La Repubblica newspaper Thursday that he did not know before 2006 that founder Rev. Marcial Maciel had fathered a child. He also said cases of sexual abuse by priests should be referred to civil law...Read Full Story
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