Church leadership 'must enforce accountability for cardinals and bishops,' Cardinal O'Malley says following McCarrick laicization (Archdiocese of Boston) Cardinal Seán O’Malley, who leads the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors but is not part of the organizing committee for this week’s Vatican abuse summit, said that “the Holy Father’s action by itself will not bring about the healing needed in the Catholic community and our wider society; both are justifiably appalled and outraged that the former Archbishop could have for so long inflicted harm on minors and young adults ... Sincere apologies and petitions for forgiveness must be part of the healing process but standing alone they ring hollow ... Leadership in the Church must enforce accountability for cardinals and bishops.”
Missionary bishop links abuse crisis to homosexual priests, Internet (Crux) In this interview, Spanish-born Bishop Juan José Aguirre Munoz of Bangassou (Central African Republic) discusses the Islamist persecution of Christians as well as the abuse crisis, which he attributed in part to “the entrance of homosexual priests to the seminary, who have lived their homosexuality within the Church in the 1970s to the 1990s.”
USCCB reacts to McCarrick laicization: 'No bishop, no matter how influential, is above the law of the Church' (USCCB) Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued this statement following the Vatican’s announcement of the laicization of Theodore McCarrick. Expressing gratitude to Pope Francis for “the determined way he has led the Church’s response,” Cardinal DiNardo said, “For all those McCarrick abused, I pray this judgement will be one small step, among many, toward healing. For us bishops, it strengthens our resolve to hold ourselves accountable to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
US bishops decry President Trump's order to fund border wall (USCCB) Reacting to President Trump’s decision to take executive action to fund a border wall, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Migration said that “the wall first and foremost is a symbol of division and animosity between two friendly countries. We remain steadfast and resolute in the vision articulated by Pope Francis that at this time we need to be building bridges and not walls.”
Pope invites prayers for abuse summit (Vatican News) “From next Thursday to Sunday a meeting will be held in the Vatican of the presidents of all the episcopal conferences on the theme of the protection of the minors in the Church,” Pope Francis said following his February 17 Angelus address. “I invite you to pray for this appointment, which I wished for as an action of strong pastoral responsibility faced with an urgent challenge of our time.”
Council of Cardinals meeting this week (Vatican Press Office) The Council of Cardinals—the body advising Pope Francis on reform of the Vatican bureaucracy—is holding its 28th meeting in Rome this week. During the 3-day meeting, stretching from February 18 to 20, the cardinals will continue their discussion of a new apostolic constitution governing the responsibilities of the Roman Curia.
Once informally known as the “Council of Nine,” the group now has only six members, following the removal of Cardinals George Pell, Javier Errazuriz, and Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya.