During an interview about religious vocations for a new book Pope Francis commented that homosexuality within the clergy ‘worries’ him and is a ‘serious matter.’ The Pope described homosexuality as ‘fashionable’ and said the Church must be ‘demanding’ when choosing priesthood candidates. The Pope’s comments referred to women aiming to become nuns as well.
Over 350 US Roman Catholic bishops gathered in Baltimore, Maryland on Monday to vote on new corrective measures to address sexual abuse. Bishops in attendance were surprised when they received instruction from the Vatican to delay voting until next year. The order from Rome is the latest twist in a long power struggle between the American bishops and the Vatican over how to respond to the abuse crisis.
Pope Francis granted sainthood to murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero at the Vatican on Sunday. The Pope praised Romero for his advocacy for peace and choice to be ‘close to the poor and his people.’ Romero was murdered by soldiers during a 1980 Mass. Pope Francis also canonized Pope Paul VI for 1960s Church reforms.
Pope Francis addressed an audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Wednesday and said abortion is like hiring ‘a hitman to solve a problem.’ The Pope is facing criticism for speaking against abortion which opposes the Roman Catholic Church’s traditional teachings. His remarks have been called ‘absurd’ by campaign group Christians for Choice.
The Vatican rescinded comments by Pope Francis that parents should seek psychiatric help for children displaying homosexual tendencies. The Pope’s comments were not intended to suggest that homosexuality is a mental illness. The Vatican said the comments were removed from official reports to not ‘change the thoughts of the Holy Father.’
Pope Francis took a strong stance on Thursday when he declared the death penalty is wrong in all cases. The Pope’s stance moves away from arguments by many Catholic politicians, judges, and officials who have said their church is not entirely opposed to capital punishment. The Catholic Catechism was revised to call the death penalty ‘inadmissible.’
Trump’s first presidential trip abroad will start at the end of this month where he is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican in an effort to unify the three largest religions in the world, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Trump said nothing about a speech, maybe meaning all the meetings will be behind closed doors as opposed to a public setting.
Cardinal George Pell, a senior advisor to Pope Francis, has been charged with historical sexual assaults by his home country, Australia. Pell said he had been subjected to “relentless character assassination,” during the two year investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations towards him. The Australian police have not released a list of his alleged offences or of the victims but said there were “multiple complainants.” Pell has returned to Australia to fight the charges.
VATICAN CITY Pope Francis welcomed President Trump to the cradle of Roman Catholicism on Wednesday, delivering a message of peace even as the pontiff emphasized his role as the world’s moral counterpoint to the president’s nationalist agenda. Trump later met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, who raised the issue of climate change and encouraged the president to maintain the U.S. participation in the Paris climate accords, a decision the administration is debating. Trump gifted Francis a first-edition set of Kings five books, which were custom-bound and accented with gold hand-tooling. Francis cited King’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in his 2015 address to a joint session of Congress.