Precedents found for secret sanctions on McCarrick (Crux) If Pope Benedict XVI imposed verbal sanctions on former cardinal Theodore McCarrick—as reported by Archbishop Vigano—the action would not have been unprecedented, the Crux web site has found. Crux notes that similar sanctions—backed by “moral suasion” but not made public—were imposed on at least three other prominent clerics: Father Marcial Maciel, the founder of the Legion of Christ; retired Bishop Joseph Hart of Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Melkite Archbishop Isidore Battikha, formerly of Homs, Syria.
Vatican-China agreement near completion, Beijing reports (AFP) China’s state-controlled media report that a Vatican delegation is expected in Beijing this month, to continue negotiations aimed at an agreement on the appointment of Catholic bishops. The Global Times says that all major issues have been resolved, with both sides agreeing that Beijing would a role in naming bishops. “If the meeting goes well, an agreement could be signed,” the Chinese outlet says.
Cardinal Müller responds to allegations of leniency in cover-up abuse cases (LifeSite News) The former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said that some “papal confidants” “ accused the Congregation of too much severity and a lack of mercy” in dealing with priests accused of sexual abuse. Cardinal Müller added, “The sexual abuse of mainly homophilic offenders is not rooted in the Church’s sexual morality nor in the celibacy of the priests, but, rather, in the laxity of morals and in the violation of God’s commandments and the failure to live celibacy.”
Pope's poll ratings drop in US (Gallup) A new Gallup poll found a sharp drop in public approval for Pope Francis in the US, although the Pope’s approval rating among American Catholics remained unchanged. The Gallup poll found that 53% of Americans surveyed in September had a favorable opinion of the Pontiff—down from 66% just a month earlier.
Pope visits Sicily, recalls priest's heroism against Mafia (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis visited two Sicilian dioceses on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the martyrdom of Blessed Pino Puglisi (1937-1993). During his visit, the Pope urged the Church to heal society’s wounds with a new evangelization, preached that “God and the Mafia are not compatible,” encouraged priests and religious to bear witness to Christ with deeds, and told youth not to give up hope.