Vatican splits negotiations with Pius X Society

Vatican City, May 16, 2012 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has announced it will hold separate talks with the superior general of the breakaway traditionalist Society of St. Pius X and each of its three other bishops to try and acheive reconciliation. “The text of the response of Bishop Bernard Fellay, received on 17 April, 2012, was examined and some observations, which will be considered in further discussions between the Holy See and the So … [Read more...]

Fashion company makes amends for Pope-imam ‘kissing’ ad

Vatican City, May 15, 2012 / 05:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian fashion company has settled a legal conflict with the Vatican, which arose in 2011 after an ad campaign that featured digitally manipulated images of the Pope kissing a Muslim cleric. In the wake of the legal challenge to its ads, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the Benetton Group now recognizes “that the Pope's image must be respected.” A recent declaration by the fashion company, acknowledged by the Holy See Pre … [Read more...]

Prominent Legion priest admits fathering child, issues apology

Rome, Italy, May 15, 2012 / 12:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Thomas Williams, one of the most high-profile American members of the Legion of Christ, is leaving public ministry after admitting he fathered a child. “A number of years ago I had a relationship with a woman and fathered her child. I am deeply sorry for this grave transgression and have tried to make amends,” Fr. Williams said in a May 15 statement. “My superiors and I have decided it would be best for me to take a year without activ … [Read more...]

US clinches World Cup for seminarians

Rome, Italy, May 14, 2012 / 01:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Seminarians from the Pontifical North American College in Rome have won the clerical equivalent of soccer’s World Cup for the first time ever. “We are very happy. We did everything we could, and by the grace of God we got to this final game and we were able to play well,” said seminarian and team captain Nick Nelson in a May 12 interview with CNA, just moments after lifting the 2012 Clericus Cup. The U.S. team beat the undefeated (3-0) P … [Read more...]

Pope calls on Catholics to take part in new Renaissance

Florence, Italy, May 13, 2012 / 11:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI went to the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance to call upon every Catholic to once again play a full part in renewing today’s culture.“Be ferment in society, be present as Christians, be active and coherent,” said the Pope during morning Mass in the town of Arezzo in the region of Tuscany May 13.“The whole Church is sent out into the world to preach the Gospel and salvation. But it is always God’s initiative; he calls … [Read more...]

Vatican investigates abuse charges against Legion of Christ priests

Rome, Italy, May 12, 2012 / 04:42 pm (CNA).- Legion of Christ priests are under Vatican investigation for seven allegations of sexual abuse, with most of the allegations concerning decades-old incidents.“The Legion of Christ is firmly committed to receive and examine all accusations presented, reaching out to possible victims and always safeguarding the rights of all those involved,” the Legion said May 11. “We invite everyone to pray for these brothers of ours and especially for the victims.”In … [Read more...]

Head of pontifical academy offers apology, affirms pro-life commitment

Vatican City, May 11, 2012 / 04:12 am (CNA).- The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life has expressed his full commitment to the “Gospel of Life,” and apologized for communications that were seen as dismissing members' ethical concerns.On May 8, Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula acknowledged that an April 2012 letter, criticizing “some pro-life activists” who objected to aspects of a planned Vatican conference on stem cells, “contained unfortunate phrasing which, if misunderstood, could hav … [Read more...]