Australian archbishop steps down following conviction for concealing abuse (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference) In 2002, at the high point of the clerical abuse crisis in the United States, Archbishop Philip Wilson spoke with US bishops for three hours at their Dallas meeting. The US bishops’ spokesman at the time described the Australian prelate as “wise in matters of faith, skilled in diocesan leadership, and experienced in dealing with the scandal and the pain and misfortune that clerical crimes bring upon bishops, the people, and the Church.” Archbishop Wilson later served as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference from 2006 to 2012.
Venezuelan bishops demand justice for tortured prisoners (Breitbart) Click here for the Spanish-language text of the statement. In its front-page coverage of developments in Venezuela, L’Osservatore Romano (5/23 Italian edition) highlighted President Trump’s new executive order and the condemnation of the recent Venezuelan election by 13 Latin American nations.
Australian archbishop convicted of concealing abuse (Sydney Morning Herald) Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide has been found guilty of failing to inform authorities about sexual abuse. The court found that the archbishop had heard credible charges against a priest in the 1970s, but kept them secret. Archbishop Wilson is the highest ranking Catholic prelate ever convicted on criminal charges of covering up abuse.
The archbishop—who has consistently denied that he was aware of the abuse—may appeal the verdict.
Bomb scare near Vatican during papal audience (Express) Police in Rome cordoned off a section of the Via della Conciliazione, the road that leads into St. Peter’s Square, as Pope Francis spoke at his Wednesday public audience on May 23. Responding to a bomb threat at a bank a few blocks from the Vatican, police evacuated offices and blocked traffic before a search determined that there was no explosive.
Vatican bank reports profits down, focus on ethics (CNS) In its annual report, released on May 22, the Vatican bank reports a drop in profits, but emphasizes its commitment to ethical investing. The Institute for Religious Works (IOR) showed a profit of €31.9 million in 2017, down from €36 million the previous year. The IOR report attributed the decreased profits to low interest rates, but also to a “commitment to affirm the importance of ethics over profit” by choosing ethical investments and refusing to reach out-of-court settlements with former officials charged with financial misconduct.
CCD grants $47K to Biblical literacy projects (USCCB) “It is heartening to see the renewed interest in Biblical literacy at every level of formation and Church life,” said Auxiliary Bishop Robert Brennan of Rockville Centre as the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine’s grants were announced.
English bishops complain of anti-Catholicism at BBC (Catholic Herald) Two Catholic bishops have complained of anti-Catholic bigotry at the BBC, after a television interviewer questioned Conservative Party leader Jacob Rees-Mogg about his faith, suggesting that the politician’s Catholicism would make it impossible for him to become prime minister.