Archbishop Scicluna: be prepared for new revelations (Crux) Speaking at a conference held at the University of Notre Dame, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta warned that Catholics should be prepared for more shocking revelations about clerical misconduct. The archbishop works with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in handling sex-abuse cases.
Kenya's bishops rip international population summit (CNS) “We view this agenda as an intent to corrupt our youth and enslave them to foreign ideologies, for example, same-sex union and active homosexual activities,” the president of the bishops’ conference said of the Nairobi Summit, in which the Holy See will not participate.
Joint Islamic-Catholic colloquium ends with joint statement (Vatican Press Office) A joint Islamic-Catholic group has concluded a colloquium in Rome, issuing a joint statement that emphasizes the need for Muslims and Christians to serve the cause of human rights, the needs of the poor, and the preservation of the environment. The meeting, co-hosted by the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue and the Iranian Centre for Inter-religious and Intercultural Dialogue, concluded with an agreement to meet again in 2121.
Disagreements escalate over Notre Dame rebuilding project (CNA) Architects and administrators are at odds over plans for the reconstruction of the basilica of Notre Dame in Paris, with a particular dispute emerging over the design of a new spire. Lawmakers have said that the building should be rebuilt in its old style. A lead architect adds a caution that the vault of the building, which remained intact during a devastating fire, may have been structurally weakened.
Belgium's bishops oppose proposals to liberalize abortion laws (Crux) Several Belgian political parties “want to permanently remove abortion from the criminal code, remove the requirement for a mandatory consultation in advance, and raise the limit to when an abortion can take place from 12 weeks of gestation to 18 or even 20 weeks,” according to the report.
US bishops approve new edition of Program of Priestly Formation (CNS) “One change is how a seminarian’s progress to ordination is tracked,” the report notes. “What had been a seminary college or ‘pre-theology’ followed by graduate studies — known as the theologate — is being replaced by new terms: the ‘propaedeutic stage’ with preparatory and introductory teaching lasting one to two years, and a ‘discipleship stage,’ which is to last at least two years.”
Pope Francis denounces attacks on Jews (CNS) “Today the habit of persecuting Jews is beginning to be reborn,” the Pope said on November 13. “Brothers and sisters: this is neither human nor Christian; the Jews are our brothers and sisters and must not be persecuted! Understood?”
Protect children from internet abuse, Pope urges (Vatican News) Pope Francis called for action to protect young people from the child abuse spawned by the internet, in a November 14 address to a Vatican conference on that topic. “We must ban from the face of the earth violence and every form of abuse against children,” the Pope said.