The appointment of the Archbishop of Malta, Charles Scicluna, to a senior position in the Vatican to tackle clerical sexual abuse came the day after the United States’ bishops were asked by Rome to delay voting on new accountability procedures. Christopher Lamb analyses these two developments, and how they give us an insight into where the Pope and the Church globally have got to when addressing what has become Catholicism’s biggest crisis in 500 years.
In an interview with The Tablet, Stephen Walford, a conservative British Catholic writer, argues why he believes the 'dubia' cardinals have misread Pius XII and how he believes Francis’ family life document helps divorced and remarried Catholics on their 'spiritual ascent'.
The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster says “desperate” people seeking refuge in Britain are often treated in a “shocking” way by the country’s immigration system, and is calling on officials to stop treating human trafficking victims simply as migrants.
Pope Francis has ordered a “thorough” internal inquiry into records held on Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s sexual misconduct against seminarians. At the same time, the Vatican has admitted its handling of the McCarrick allegations may have fallen below contemporary standards
The Archbishop of Liverpool says the Vatican now has a “greater understanding” about the case of Alfie Evans, the toddler with an unnamed neurological condition whose end of life care became the centre of a bitter legal dispute. The Right Rev Malcolm McMahon was speaking to Christopher Lamb in Rome
The youth synod is adopting a “self-critical” tone where any “wishful thinking” has been replaced with realism about the Church’s mission to young people, according to the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster
Pope Francis is urging Chinese Catholics who feel abandoned by the Vatican’s deal with China to have faith that the new relationship will unify and renew the Church. In a letter to 'the Catholics of China and to the Universal Church', the Latin American Pope writes that the 'provisional agreement' signed between the Holy See and China will open a new chapter for Chinese Catholics