(AP) — His analysis was immediately criticized as 'catastrophically irresponsible' — a conflict with efforts by his successor, Pope Francis, to lead the church out of its crisis.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, refutes Archbishop Carlo Vigano's claim that Pope Francis released ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from sanctions imposed by Pope Benedict.
(RNS) — Only 3 in 10 Catholic adults say Francis is doing an 'excellent' or a 'good' job with the ongoing child sex abuse crisis, Pew Reasearch says, down 14 points from January of this year.
(RNS) — No proponent of transparency while U.S. nuncio, Archbishop Vigano now paints himself a born-again defender of the abused. The Vatican's only credible response is to say what it knew and when.
PARIS (RNS) Both Jewish and Catholic leaders say that the retired pontiff’s essay on Jewish-Catholic relations in the current issue of Communio suggests he harbors anti-Semitic views.
(RNS) — Pope Francis continues to remake the College of Cardinals so that almost half of the men who will choose his successor have been chosen by him.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — And Francis agrees with his critics who say that a pope can be wrong.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The 'Lettergate' scandal has embarrassed the Vatican's communications operations and fueled the growing chasm between supporters of Francis' pastoral-focused papacy and conservatives who long for the doctrine-minded tenure of Benedict.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The letter was cited by Monsignor Dario Vigano, chief of communications, to rebut critics of Francis who question his theological and philosophical heft and say he represents a rupture from Benedict's doctrine-minded papacy.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is denying a German tabloid report that suggested Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is suffering from a neurological disease.
(AP) — “I can only say that in the slow decline of my physical strength, internally I am on a pilgrimage home," Retired Pope Benedict XVI wrote.
Conservative Catholic dissidents, who have been attacking Francis, showed their true colors recently by attacking Benedict for his subversive writings and modernist tendencies.
(RNS) — What is remarkable about the critics of Pope Francis is that during the papacies of John Paul and Benedict, they harshly criticized as dissidents and heretics anyone who questioned papal teaching. It is clear that their loyalty was not to the successor of Peter but to their own theological opinions.
(RNS) — The document encouraged the church to meet people where they are and then accompany them on their journey toward God. But who is going to do this accompanying?
(RNS) Pope Francis is not afraid of open discussion in the church. Well, he got it.