International news briefs August 8, 2014

The Church of North India’s Bishop in Delhi, the Rt. Rev. Sunil Kumar Singh, wrote to the members of his diocesan synod announcing he was standing down for health reasons. A member of the CNI executive synod told the Church of England Newspaper the bishop’s letter cited ill health for his retirement seven years ahead […]

Ban on divorced/remarried Catholics from receiving Communion reaffirmed

Divorced and remarried Roman Catholics may not receive Holy Communion, the Vatican has told the German Catholic church. In letter dated Oct 21, 2013, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller directed the Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau to retract its pastoral guidelines that permitted priests […]

Cardinal backs gay civil unions over Vatican objections

Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the archbishop emeritus of Mechelen-Brussels, has broken ranks with the Vatican and given his support to legislation to create same sex unions. In an interview with the Belgian newspaper Le Soir published on 4 June 2013 the cardinal said the Catholic Church “has never opposed the fact that there should exist a sort […]

SSPX bishop threatened with expulsion

The controversial British bishop of the breakaway Catholic Society of St. Pius X, Richard Williamson, faces expulsion from his order following his unauthorized episcopal visit to a breakaway group in Brazil. In a 6 Sept 2012 letter published on the SSPX website, the society’s superior for South America, Fr. Christian Bouchacourt said Bishop Williamson had […]

Catholic bishop guilty of cover up in U.S. child abuse case

A Missouri state court has found Bishop Robert Finn of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph guilty of failing to report suspected child abuse. The 7 September 2012 conviction of Bishop Finn makes him the most senior U.S. Catholic cleric convicted in that church’s clergy sex abuse scandal. After pleading no contest to […]

Catholic ‘no’ to scattering of ashes

The ashes of the dead must be placed in an urn or other appropriate receptacle and may not be scattered, the Roman Catholic Church has declared. In a report released on 30 March 2012 the Vatican Information Service reported that the new edition of the Italian-language version of the “Funeral Rites” rejects the popular practice […]

No visitors’ fees for Italian churches

No visitors’ fees for Italian churches

    Tourists may not be charged admission fees to visit Italy’s churches, the Italian Catholic Bishops Conference (CEI) said in a statement released last week. The 31 January 2012 note by the bishops covers Italy’s 95,000 churches and chapels and guarantees “free access to all the churches open for worship.” The Italian Bishops’ Conference […]

Adelaide Catholic archdiocese lambasted for delay in investigating abuse

By George Conger   The abuse allegations raised by Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) Archbishop John Hepworth against a priest serving in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide have entered the political arena. Last week South Australia Senator Nick Xenophon demanded the archdiocese stand down the accused priest pending the outcome of the abuse allegations brought […]

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