The four-day trial of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin and five associates has shaken the French Church even if the Archbishop of Lyon — as now seems probable — is acquitted of charges of covering up for a sexually abusive priest.
The traditional Christmas market in Strasbourg, one of the busiest in Europe, reopened last week after an Islamist militant killed five visitors and wounded a dozen others in what the city’s archbishop called a “massacre of innocents”.
Saint Joseph’s Church in Paris has held all its five weekend Masses, four baptisms, a short Advent retreat and a session making meals for the homeless these past few weekends while violent protests and police tear gas barrages raged just outside its front door.
Almost all nuns in a small French religious congregation have asked the Vatican to release them from their vows because they refuse to accept a commissioner Rome appointed to oversee reforms it deems necessary in their order, writes Tom Heneghan.
The Vatican has told French authorities that Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), cannot testify at a clerical sexual abuse trial in Lyon because he enjoys immunity due to the Holy See's sovereign status.
The head of the Brothers of Charity order has sued two of its Belgian members for misuse of funds in the latest twist in a struggle over the Belgian province's decision to allow euthanasia at its psychiatric hospitals there.
A French court has ordered Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, to face trail in early January on charges of failing to denounce a sexually abusive priest, without the presence of co-defendant Vatican Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).
A French priest and canon law judge has publicly urged Cardinal Philippe Barbarin to step down as the Archbishop of Lyon over the sexual abuse scandal, saying that Francis’ “Letter to the People of God” had inspired him to speak out.