December beatification for Archbishop Sheen (CNS) Archbishop Fulton Sheen will be beatified on December 21.
Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Illinois, announced on November 18 that the Vatican had approved plans for the beatification ceremony, to take place in the Peoria cathedral. The beatification was scheduled just weeks after the conclusion of a lengthy legal battle between the Peoria diocese and New York archdiocese over the late archbishop’s remains.
Promote interreligious fraternity without loss of identity, Pope tells Argentine group (Vatican Press Office) The Pope said he was pleased that the Document on Human Fraternity was being disseminated in the Americas. Referring to a medieval French epic poem, the Pope added, “A scene from The Song of Roland comes to me as a symbol, when the Christians defeat the Muslims and put them all in line in front of the baptismal font, and one with a sword. And Muslims had to choose between baptism or the sword. That is what we Christians did. It was a mentality that today we cannot accept, nor understand, nor can it work anymore. Beware of the fundamentalist groups: everyone has his own.”
The Pope understands the Diocese of Buffalo's difficulties, Bishop Malone says (Diocese of Buffalo) “In a few words spoken privately to me, it was clear that the Pope understands the difficulties and distress we here in Buffalo, and I personally, have been experiencing” said Bishop Richard Malone. “He was very understanding and kind. I am, of course, aware of the intense interest about the results of the Apostolic Visitation recently conducted here and submitted to the Holy See. The Congregation for Bishops has received the report, which is held in strict confidentiality.”
Pope visits St. Mary Major before Asian voyage (Vatican News) Pope Francis the basilica of St. Mary Major on November 19, to pray before a favorite image of the Virgin Mary before embarking on a trip that will take him to Thailand and Japan. The Pope has made a regular habit of praying before the icon of the Salus Populi Romani before each of his foreign voyages.
Pittsburgh diocese cannot tap trust fund for abuse payments, court rules (KDKA/AP) A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that the Pittsburgh diocese cannot draw on the resources of a non-profit trust to help pay sex-abuse settlements. Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro had objected to the diocesan plan to tap into the Toner Institute fund, set up for the education of needy youth. Church lawyers had warned that without those funds, the diocese might face bankruptcy.
Bishops call on EU nations to 'enhance social policies,' tackle poverty's causes (COMECE) “Nearly a fifth of the population in the European Union live in poverty or at risk of poverty,” the the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU warned. “Unemployment, adverse economic and working conditions, especially among young people, affect millions of families, who are denied a fair and just remuneration that would allow them to live in dignity.”
Pope rips 'idolatry of the market,' weighs Catechism change for 'ecological sin' (Vatican Press Office) “It is no coincidence that sometimes emblems and actions typical of Nazism reappear,” the Pope told members of the International Association of Penal Law. The Pope referred to Nazi “persecution of Jews, gypsies, people of homosexual orientation” as “the quintessential negative model of the culture of rejection and hatred.”
In the same address the Pontiff said that he is considering the addition of a new item to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, citing “the sin against ecology, the ecological sin against the common home.”
Top Vatican financial regulator removed (AP) Rene Bruelhart, the president of the Financial Information Authority (AIF), has stepped down, in the latest sign of turmoil over the Vatican’s financial affairs. Bruelhart, a respected regulator who joined the AIF in 2012 to restore confidence in the Vatican’s financial dealings, told reporters that he had resigned; other Vatican officials said that he had reached the end of his term.
Tommaso Di Ruzza, the director of the AIF, was suspended in October, after Vatican police raided the AIF offices. The reasons for that raid have not been fully explained.
With both Bruelhart and Di Ruzza gone, the AIF is without effective leadership, at a time of intense questioning about the Vatican’s financial affairs. Vatican officials said that a new AIF president would be named soon.