Dispute escalates between Vatican, Knights of Malta The Vatican has underlined its commitment to an investigation into controversy within the Knights of Malta, after the head of that order charged that an investigating committee was troubled by “serious accusations of a conflict of interest.”
Former CDF prefect speaks on curial reform, prosecution of abusive priests Cardinal William Levada, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), said that he does not anticipate a downgrading of the Vatican’s doctrinal agency, and expects that the CDF will continue to handle cases of priests accused of sexual abuse, in a lengthy interview with the National Catholic Register.
Pope raps Christians who do not want change In his homily at a morning Mass on January 17, Pope Francis criticized “lazy Christians, Christians who do not have the will to go forward, Christians who don’t fight to make things change.”
Cardinal DiNardo: encounter, solidarity can help overcome racism’s effects In a brief message for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said that “while there have been real gains in our country, we must not deny the work before us to heal both old rifts and new wounds, including those created by the evil of racism and related mistrust and violence.”
Catholic organizations petition President-elect Trump on climate The Catholic Climate Covenant, an organization which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops helped form in 2006, has urged President-elect Donald Trump to “demonstrate bold leadership in addressing the climate crisis by honoring the Paris Agreement, contributing to the Green Climate Fund, and implementing the Clean Power Plan.”
Stone slabs stolen from 8 French churches French authorities have arrested seven people in connection with the theft of stone slabs from eight churches in the Burgundy region of France since September 2015.