Letter-writers include Irish Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery, Paul Collins, Fr. Roy Bourgeois, Loretto Sr. Jeannine Gramick, St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, and Australian Bishop William Morris.
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
After months of public debate and protests, the Italian Senate passed a controversial "Cirinna" bill that grants legal recognition to nonmarried heterosexual and homosexual couples. The bill passed Feb. 25.
French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon is facing questions about how he dealt with Fr. Bernard Preynat who faces abuse and rape charges. Proceedings opened up against Preynat Jan. 27.
Pope Francis spoke Jan. 29 to members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, saying, "On all levels of church life, a correct synodality must be promoted."
The Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland is to write to the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops expressing its members' "grave disquiet" over the current selection process for Irish bishops.
Updated: U.S. Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis resigned this morning, along with his auxiliary, Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché.
We say: It is no coincidence that the Vatican jousting with U.S. nuns came to a conciliatory end under the papacy of Francis.
"I was impressed just at the universality of [the Vatican's] concern as well as some of the things that they were focused on."
The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has advised bishops' conferences not to take "doctrinal and disciplinary decisions" on issues that rightly fall under the magisterium of the church.
Cardinal Gerhard Muller said while bishops' conferences have authority on some matters, "they don't constitute a magisterium within the magisterium, independently of the pope and out of communion with other bishops."
Bishops of dioceses around the world have an obligation to work to prevent clerical sexual abuse and to ensure that priests in their dioceses do not commit acts of abuse, said Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.