Pope Approves Tribunal to Investigate Bishops re Abuse Responses

For the most part, I think this is the right thing to do. Francis X. Rocca reports:ROME— Pope Francis ordered the establishment of a special court to try bishops for mishandling cases of clerical sex abuse, filling a widely decried gap in the Vatican’s approach to the problem.The Vatican on Wednesday said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which already holds responsibility for cases of sex abuse by priests, will also “judge bishops with regard to crimes of the abuse of offic … [Read more...]

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Benedict: Anchoring Pole for Francis and John Paul II

Over at Aleteia, Father Dwight Longenecker has a piece about Pope Francis as "reformer":Francis is hailed as a “reforming Pope” and he certainly seems intent on carrying through the plans initiated by Pope Benedict. Is it best, however, to regard him as a “reforming Pope”?People can and will make their own determination about that, but Dwight's not wrong that -- public perceptions and media narratives aside -- Francis is certainly moving forward on some Benedictine initiatives, even as h … [Read more...]

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Live-blogging Beatification John Paul II

(Photo SourceHe is a Beato! Loved singing the Gloria, in Latin, with my fellow Catholics. Bells ringing all over Rome!8:33 AM After doing more grousing than a mature woman and a Christian should, I stood up, watched the chopper overhead, the stunning vista, the crowds, the placement, the choir...and I was just overwhelmed. I found myself doing the hand-to-chest thing: holy moley, look where I am! This is unbelievable; it is breathtaking, heart-aching, staggering, and I want to share it with … [Read more...]

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Beatification Link Roundup

Here, some of the best and brightest weigh in on Pope John Paul II's beatification, and correct some popular misconceptions.The Curt Jester ripostes John Paul's critics by explaining the difference between heroic virtue and administrative brilliance.Fr. Z. reminds readers that they shall know a saint by the fruits of the people mourning him.While defending John Paul's sanctity, Pia de Solenni calls for more transparency on the handling of the Maciel and sex-abuse cases.In the National … [Read more...]

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Lenten Reading: Jesus and Jewish Roots of the Eucharist

It's that time of the year again. As Ash Wednesday approaches (it's later than usual this year, and am I the only one who feels likes she's missing it and needs it to begin?) I'll be suggesting books that may enhance the Lenten journey.Foremost in my recommendations will be this book, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist. It is foremost because the Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith, and it is so poorly understood by so many -- even among Catholics -- that I can … [Read more...]

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