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The Vatican-China Agreement: When the Music Stops

Pope Francis has made a bad deal with the Chinese government. The agreement reached with mainland authorities is not helping Catholics and other Christians as much as even its architects’ attenuated hopes warranted. It has hamstrung the Church and muted her moral witness at a crucial time. By... read more

Abortion Wins in Argentina. Argentinian Pope Barely Lifts a Finger in Protest

By Steve Skojec, OnePeterFive, December 30, 2020 In Argentina, feral women — some of them naked and likely intoxicated — are dancing in the streets in celebration of their newly legislated “right” to murder their own children: The crowd of a few thousand burst into raucous cheers and... read more

We’re Gonna Get a Whole Year Dedicated to Amoris Laetitia, The Evil Exhortation That Will Never Die

By Steve Skojec, OnePeterFive, December 28, 2020 Pope Francis has announced that beginning on March 19, 2021, an entire year will be dedicated to the “Amoris Laetitia Family” (whatever that means): In his Angelus address Dec. 27, the feast of the Holy Family, the pope noted that March... read more

Pope snubs Vatican’s sci-fi Nativity scene, directs visitors to others

By Philip Pullella, Reuters, December 20, 2020 VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday appeared to add his own thumbs-down to widespread criticism of an unorthodox nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square, telling visitors to instead visit a nearby exhibition of traditional crèches.at... read more

Francesco’s Economy of Poverty

Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing, November 24, 2020 Two big problems for the conference on the “Economy of Francesco” held at Assisi last week were solved by the COVID pandemic: 1) no one had to fly there, and 2) the economy had already ground to a halt. There was an obvious... read more

A Second Look into the McCarrick Report

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, November 21, 2020 The publication of the McCarrick Report [1] was a welcome step by the Holy See. It answers some questions raised by the appallingly successful ecclesiastical career of a now-defrocked cardinal, long known by many to be a sexual predator who used his... read more

Exiled Chinese Catholic Journalist: Chinese Believers Need Help!

Responding to Cardinal Parolin’s recent comments that appeared to downplay the existence of Christian persecution, Dalù says persecution is actually too gentle of a term for the dire current situation in China. By Bree A. Dail, November 17, 2020 A journalist, whistleblower and political... read more

Lori: Report marks new era of transparency, which laity ‘have rightly demanded’

Catholic News Service, November 13, 2020 Lori: Report marks new era of transparency, which laity ‘have rightly demanded’Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, right, and then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick are pictured at the installation Mass of Archbishop Donald... read more

Alleged victims still waiting for justice in case of Argentine bishop working at Vatican

By Inés San Martín, Crux, November 13, 29020 ROSARIO, Argentina – As the release of a Vatican report on the rise of laicized former cardinal Theodore McCarrick puts the spotlight on how clerical culture can protect high-ranking officials when they are accused of abuse, some eyes turned to... read more

McCarrick and John Paul II: key moments in the Vatican’s report

by Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, November 11, 2020. VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's explosive report on the career of disgraced ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick makes one thing devastatingly clear: the late Pope John Paul II decided to appoint the priest as archbishop of... read more

The McCarrick Report and the need for new protocols (Part 1)

I told the Congregation of Bishops about Theodore McCarrick’s disturbing behaviors and some of my account appears in The McCarrick Report. But there is more to be said. By Richard Fitzgibbons, M.D., National Catholic Reporter, November 11, 2020 On June 5, 2019, I spoke to JL, who was... read more