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.”
McCarrick to continue to live in Kansas Franciscan friary for time being (Diocese of Salina (Kansas)) “Mr. McCarrick will continue to reside at the St. Fidelis Friary in Victoria until a decision of permanent residence is finalized,” the Diocese of Salina said in a statement issued after the Vatican’s announcement of the laicization of Theodore McCarrick. Bishop Gerald Vincke of Salina “hopes that this decision may help bring healing” and “expresses his gratitude to the Capuchins at St. Fidelis Friary for their charity and compassion shown to all who seek refuge in the Church, as well as the remarkable people of Victoria for their mercy in this difficult situation.”
Taiwan: dispute over expropriation of church property (Fides) Church leaders in Taiwan are tangling with government officials over proposals for takeover of church properties. Parish properties that are currently not in use are being designated as sites of national historical interest; with that designation they pass into public control.