In the past, Catholics who answered their bishops' call to serve on abuse commissions were ignored. Will the new commission be more of the same?
Conversations with Sr. Camille: Those "thought to be less are actually bearers of gifts that are priceless. They witness to simplicity of life that ... treasures friendship."
Pope Francis confirmed the head of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and named among its new members Australian Cardinal George Pell, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, and Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis.
The Vatican announced Saturday that the pope confirmed Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz as prefect of the congregation, the Vatican office that oversees the world's religious orders.
Chicago Cardinal Francis George was released from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood on Friday afternoon, according to a press release from the archdiocese.
He went to Loyola March 14 for a regular checkup on his chemotherapy treatment and was hospitalized later that day for flulike symptoms and dehydration.
He received intravenous fluids and is receiving antibiotics for an infection his doctors identified.
Speaking of his cancer, Cardinal Francis George says in a column "It will most probably eventually be the cause of my death."
Members of the College of Cardinals say Pope Francis is looking for discussion in a process that has been "misunderstood."
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In a blistering rebuttal of Chicago Cardinal Francis George's response to the release of the files on priest abusers, Fr. Tom Doyle analyzes in painful detail what the cardinal wrote in his Jan. 12 column in the Chicago New World. Doyle finds the cardinal "defensive, misleading and insulting in addition to the fact that it does not reflect the reality of the key issues." He takes particular aim at the cardinal's discussion of the case of Dan McCormack and his denial that he acted contrary to the findings of his own review board.
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Two East Coast Catholic groups, emboldened by the vision of Vatican II, are advocating for lay participation in the selection of bishops.