Author Archives: Cindy Wooden

Lack of transparency harms church, justice, victims, cardinal says

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Transparent, reliable and respectful administration is critical for counteracting sinful behavior within the Catholic Church, said German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising. “There are no alternatives to traceability … Continue reading

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Church credibility ruined by silent hypocrisy, sister tells summit

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The hypocrisy of Catholic leaders who claimed to be guardians of morality yet remained silent about clerical sexual abuse has left the church’s credibility in shambles, an African woman … Continue reading

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Text: At abuse summit, Sister Openibo calls for complete transparency

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Here is the prepared text of the presentation given Feb. 23 by Nigerian Sister Veronica Openibo, leader of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, at the Vatican summit on child protection. … Continue reading

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Vatican summit opens with acknowledgment of evil committed

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Opening the Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis said, “The holy people of God are watching and are awaiting from us not simple, … Continue reading

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Vatican summit: Silence, denial are unacceptable, archbishop says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When presented with an accusation that a priest has sexually abused a child, “whether it’s criminal or malicious complicity and a code of silence or whether it is denial” on … Continue reading

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McCarrick removed from the priesthood after being found guilty of abuse

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has confirmed the removal from the priesthood of Theodore E. McCarrick, the 88-year-old former cardinal and archbishop of Washington. The Vatican announced the decision Feb. 16, saying he … Continue reading

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Pope prays for new year marked by tenderness, brotherhood, peace

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A new year is a chance for a new start, a time to remember that all people are brothers and sisters and a time to nurture amazement that God became … Continue reading

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In Christmas message, pope prays for peace, brotherhood

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Delivering his formal Christmas message and blessing, Pope Francis prayed for a world where all people would recognize that they are brothers and sisters and would work for justice and … Continue reading

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Marking feast day, pope asks Mary’s care of families seeking refuge

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — In the heart of Rome, near streets of fancy shops already blinged out for Christmas shopping, Pope Francis prayed for Romans struggling to survive and for families in the city and … Continue reading

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Pope apologizes to young people who have felt ignored by the church

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Speaking on behalf of all adult Catholics, Pope Francis formally closed the Synod of Bishops by asking young people for forgiveness. “Forgive us if often we have not listened to … Continue reading

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