Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith

Mexican clerical abuse victims skeptical of Vatican mission

By Maria Verza, AP/ Crux, March 3, 2020 The Vatican is sending its top two sex crimes investigators to Mexico on a fact-finding and assistance mission as the Catholic hierarchy in the world's second-largest Catholic country begins to reckon with decades of clergy sex abuse and cover-up.... read more

Detroit Catholics say archdiocese fabricated rape charge against pastor

By J. D. Flynn, Catholic News Agency, February 25, 2020 A group of Detroit Catholics has filed a lawsuit claiming that the Archdiocese of Detroit fabricated an allegation of rape against their pastor in order to avoid media criticism about its handling of abuse allegations, and has mishandled... read more

Legion of Christ accused abuser removed from priesthood

By Maria Verza, Crux, January 14, 2020 MEXICO CITY - The Catholic Church has removed Mexican Fernando Martínez from the priesthood after finding him guilty of various sexual abuse crimes against minors, the Legion of Christ religious order said Monday. The Congregation for the Doctrine of... read more
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Vatican office struggles to keep up with clergy abuse cases

By Nicole Winfield, AP, December 21, 2019 VATICAN CITY — The Vatican office responsible for processing clergy sex abuse complaints has seen a record 1,000 cases reported from around the world this year, including from countries it had not heard from before — suggesting that the worst may... read more
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Why doctrine matters when it comes to evangelization

The importance of the doctrinal truth at the heart of the Christian message runs throughout the New Testament. By Russell Shaw, Catholic World Report. November 7, 2019 Catholicism has always been an intellectual religion. This is not to say that–heaven forbid–it’s a religion only or... read more

How to Understand the Death Penalty and Development of Doctrine

COMMENTARY: One must respect the right of Rome to seek to abolish the death penalty, but one may also disagree as to whether this is a homogenous development of doctrine or merely a debate about circumstantial application of that doctrine. By Father Brian Mullady, OP, June 24, 2019 Recent... read more

Analysis: New Vatican constitution to centralize power in state secretariat

Ed Condon/CNA  3 July, 2019 The document represents a consolidation of power in Rome unprecedented in the modern era Last week, Bishop Marcello Semeraro, secretary of the pope’s C6 Council of Cardinal Advisors announced that the group hoped to present Francis with a final draft of a... read more

Draft of Vatican’s New Curial Constitution Would Reform Lines of Authority

According to the most current version of Praedicate Evangelium (Preach the Gospel), the authority of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith would be reduced. By Edward Pentin, May. 29, 2019 VATICAN CITY — According to a draft of a new constitution for the Roman Curia, almost... read more

Vatican’s former doctrine chief sounds alarm on Francis’ plans to reorder curia

Maike Hickson Blog May 6, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The Vatican’s former Prefect of the Congregation for Doctrine has strongly criticized a draft document containing Pope Francis’ plans for an overhaul of the curia — where “doctrine” is expected to take a backseat to... read more

The Rotten Fruit of Secularization

REGISTER SYMPOSIUM: Only he who lives according to the commandments of God can be a good shepherd and a model for the flock. By Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Feb. 15, 2019 The root cause of this evil is disregard for the Sixth Commandment. Without chastity, piety and strict discipline,... read more

Priest steps down from CDF following accusations of sexual harassment in confession

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA, January 29, 2019 Vatican City.  An Austrian priest and theologian has resigned from his position at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, amid charges that he made sexual advances toward a woman in the confessional several years ago. The priest maintains... read more