Archbishop Chaput publishes critique of Synod working document (First Things) Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has published a critique of the working document that will be the basis for discussion at the October meeting of the Synod of Bishop. The critique—prepared by a theologian whom the archbishop does not identify—says that the document is marred by a secular approach, giving short shrift to the teachings of the Church and the quest for holiness.
Cardinal Tobin: will not attend October Synod (CNA) Cardinal Joseph Tobin on Newark has announced that he will not participate in the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops. Cardinal Tobin, who was chosen by Pope Francis as a Synod delegate, explained that because of the impact of the sex-abuse crisis on his archdiocese, “I could not see myself absent for a month.”
Cardinal Parolin defends deal with China (Reuters) Cardinal Pietro Parolin has defended the Vatican against charges that a deal with China, allowing the Beijing regime to appoint bishops, is a “betrayal.” Without naming Cardinal Joseph Zen, who had made that charge, Cardinal Parolin said: “There is no need to be drastic in condemning and rejecting.”
Cardinal Parolin said that the pact would be signed “in the not-too-distant future,” and Vatican sources told Reuters the signing could come next week. The terms of the agreement will not be made public.
Wisconsin bishop retires from ministry, admits failure to report abuse (Fox) Bishop Robert Morneau, a retired auxiliary of the Green Bay diocese, has announced that he is withdrawing from public ministry, acknowledging that he failed to report a sex-abuse incident in 1979. Bishop Morneau, who retired in 2013 and is now 80 years old, says that he will live out his life in prayer, particularly for abuse victims.
In weekday Mass homily, Pope links 'doctors of the law,' scandal, persecution (Vatican News) The Pope preached that the “doctors of the law” “have an attitude that only the hypocrites use often: they are scandalized ... Now everyone has the right to enter into the church, even the divorced, everyone. But where are we? The scandal of the hypocrites ... And the Church, when it journeys through history, is persecuted by hypocrites: hypocrites within and without.”
Background on Rome hospital as center of Papal Foundation dispute (Crux) The Crux news site provides a thorough backgrounder on the Immaculata Dermatological Institute, the hospital in Rome that became the focus of controversy when, at the prompting of Pope Francis, the Papal Foundation offered $25 million in funding for the troubled institution, despite objections by lay donors.