Stretch out your hand to the poor as Jesus did, Pope preaches at Mass for World Day of the Poor (Vatican Press Office) During the November 18 Mass (video, booklet), which was celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pope referred to “the cry of the poor: it is the stifled cry of the unborn, of starving children, of young people more used to the explosion of bombs than happy shouts of the playground. It is the cry of the elderly, cast off and abandoned to themselves ... It is the cry of all those forced to flee their homes and native land for an uncertain future ... It is the cry of every Lazarus who weeps while the wealthy few feast on what, in justice, belongs to all.”
Cardinal Cupich, Cardinal Wuerl collaborated on alternate sex abuse proposal (CNA) The proposal originally under consideration by the US bishops “would have established an independent lay-led commission to investigate allegations against bishops,” CNA reported. “The Cupich-Wuerl plan would instead send allegations against bishops to be investigated by their metropolitan archbishops, along with archdiocesan review boards.”
Vatican reinstates German rector sympathetic to women priests, homosexuals (La Croix) The Vatican has reinstated Father Ansgar Wucherpfennig as rector of the Sankt Georgen school of philosophy. Earlier this year the Congregation for Catholic Education had announced that the theologian’s approval would not be removed, apparently because of his support for the ordination of women and his calls for change in Catholic attitudes toward homosexuality.
Background: World Day of the Poor (CWN) On November 18, the Sunday before the Solemnity of Christ the King, the Church commemorates the Second World Day of the Poor. The theme of the message (full text), released on June 13 (the memorial of St. Anthony of Padua, is “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him.”
Pope Francis pays tribute to Pope Benedict's theological approach (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis made his remarks (video) in an audience with the Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, during which the Ratzinger Prize was conferred on Marianne Schlosser (a German Catholic theologian and specialist in the Late Middle Ages and St. Bonaventure) and Mario Botta (a Swiss architect whose buildings can be seen on his website).
Nobel Peace Prize winner meets with Pope, expresses 'grave concern' about abuse by priests (@k_satyarthi) Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist and the 2014 laureate, met with Pope Francis on November 16, “raised grave concern about institutional child sexual abuse by priests,” and “expressed hope that meeting of Presidents of Catholic Bishops conferences in Feb. 2019 will give a clear roadmap to ensure such crimes never occur.” The Pope, according to Satyarthi, said that “it will be a practical meeting.” Satyarthi also tweeted that the Pope lent his support to a legally binding UN treaty devoted to online child sexual abuse.
'Dictator Pope' author dismissed from Knights of Malta (Catholic Herald) Henry Sire, the author of The Dictator Pope, has been expelled from the Knights of Malta. Sire was suspended earlier this year, for writing that was deemed “gravely incompatible with his membership of the Order.” The grand master of the Knights of Malta, Giacomo Dalla Torre, said that The Dictator Pope is “gravely offensive and disrespectful to the person of the Holy Father.”
Pope Francis, Israel's president discuss Jerusalem (Vatican Press Office) In summarizing the audience, the Vatican press office referred to Jerusalem’s “religious and human dimension for Jews, Christians and Muslims, as well as the importance of safeguarding its identity and vocation as City of Peace.” President Reuven Rivlin tweeted, “Jerusalem has been a holy city for the three monotheistic religions for centuries. For the Jewish people, Jerusalem has been the spiritual center since the days of the First Temple over 3000 years ago, but it is also a microcosm of our ability to live together.”
New class-action lawsuit by abuse victims against Church (CNA) A group of six sex-abuse victims have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Catholic Church, charging that the hierarchy—including the Vatican—covered up evidence of “endemic, systemic, rampant, and pervasive rape and sexual abuse.” The suit was filed just after the Vatican directed the US bishops’ conference not to proceed with plans for an independent investigation—a move that could undermine legal arguments that the Vatican is not responsible of the policies of American diocesan bishops.