Pope Francis Suppresses Ecclesia Dei, Transfers Duties to CDF – Christian Article

Pope Francis addressing the faithful at a general audience, Jan. 9, 2019. (Daniel Ibáñez/CNA) The Vatican says the decision has been taken because ‘conditions and circumstances change,’ but that dialogue towards regularization of the SSPX ‘continues.’ As had been widely expected, Pope Francis has issued a papal decree suppressing the pontifical commission charged with bringing separated traditional Catholics linked to the Society of St. Pius X back into full communion.  In a motu proprio signed Jan. 17 and published today, the…

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Sister resigns from Detroit seminary after sex abuse allegations – Christian Article

Detroit, Mich., Jan 18, 2019 / 05:47 pm (CNA).- Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit announced this week the resignation of Sr. Mary Finn, 84, a long-time faculty member and assistant professor of theology, after allegations surfaced that she had sexual contact with young adult novices under her charge in the 1970s. “In recent days, information came to my attention regarding inappropriate conduct over fifty years ago by Sr. Mary Finn,” Msgr. Todd J. Lajiness, the rector and president of Sacred…

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Senate passes ‘religious test’ resolution on Knights of Columbus – Christian Article

Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2019 / 10:45 am (CNA).- The Senate yesterday passed a resolution saying it would be “unconstitutional” to consider membership in the Knights of Columbus a disqualifying criteria for public office. The resolution passed by unanimous consent, meaning it went unopposed by senators of either party.   The Jan. 16 resolution was drafted and introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) in response to recent questions put to a judicial nominee, which suggested membership in the Knights could prevent…

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Children must see the faith lived at home, pope tells parents – Christian Article

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2019 / 05:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At Mass in the Sistine Chapel Sunday, Pope Francis baptized 27 babies, reminding their parents that the first space in which children learn and witness the faith is at home. “Yes, when they go to catechism class, they will study the faith well, they will learn catechesis,” he said Jan. 13. “But before being studied, faith must be transmitted, and this is a job that is up to you.” Preparing…

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German officials did not violate homeschoolers’ rights, European court says – Christian Article

Strasbourg, France, Jan 11, 2019 / 06:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two homeschooling German parents who said their parental rights were violated by the enforcement of compulsory school attendance laws did not prevail in the European Court of Human Rights, which unanimously rejected their claims Thursday. “It is a very disheartening day for our family and the many families affected by this in Germany,” Dirk Wunderlich, who with his wife Petra are the parents of four children, said Jan. 10. “After…

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Cardinal Wuerl knew McCarrick abuse allegations in 2004 – Christian Article

Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2019 / 05:13 pm (CNA).- An allegation of misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick was reported to Cardinal Donald Wuerl in 2004, despite Wuerl’s insistence he knew nothing about McCarrick’s alleged sexual misconduct until 2018. Wuerl forwarded the report to the apostolic nuncio in Washington, DC, the Diocese of Pittsburgh said Thursday. A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Washington confirmed to CNA that an allegation against McCarrick was presented to Wuerl while he served as Bishop of…

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Catholics Will ‘Play Defense’ on Pro-Life, Religious-Freedom Issues in New Congress – Christian Article

Catholics Will ‘Play Defense’ on Pro-Life, Religious-Freedom Issues in New Congress The new Democratic-controlled House of Representatives immediately passed pro-abortion legislation. WASHINGTON — The 116th Congress got underway last week and grappled with the current impasse on immigration that has resulted in a government shutdown. The new Congress has 163 members who identify as Catholic in the House and Senate, but their stances on issues like immigration and abortion fall largely along party lines, which means trouble for pro-life efforts…

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NH-based ‘only Catholics go to heaven’ group sanctioned by Church; aspiring nun allegedly held against her will | Religion – Christian Article

RICHMOND — The radical-traditionalist Catholic group the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is now under sanction from the Roman Catholic Church for failing to follow Catholic teaching, according to documents released Monday. The sanctions — which range from a ban on routine Catholic sacraments at their Richmond compound to a revision of IRS documents that describe them as Catholic — could be ratcheted up if the group does not comply with orders by church leaders, especially orders to…

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Opus Dei paid $977,000 settlement after 2005 sexual misconduct accusation against Fr. C. John McCloskey… – Christian Article

Opus Dei, an influential Catholic organization, paid nearly a million dollars to settle a case against a woman accusing one of its most prominent priests of sexual misconduct in 2005. As first reported by the Washington Post on Monday, the organization – founded in Spain in 1928 and established as a personal prelature by Pope John Paul II – settled a complaint against Father C… This is Only a Snippet of a Christian Article written by null@newadvent.org (null) Read Full…

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Vatican Aims to Expedite Trial of U.S. Archbishop – Christian Article

VATICAN CITY—The Vatican plans to try Archbishop Theodore McCarrick as early as this coming week , in order to make a final decision on his fate before next month’s Vatican summit on sex abuse, according to people familiar with the matter. Vatican officials understand that Pope Francis wants them to act swiftly in the matter, to keep the U.S. archbishop’s fate from overshadowing the summit, scheduled for Feb. 21-24, these people say. Archbishop McCarrick, who in July became the first…

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