Report blames leading Canadian Church officials for ignoring warning signs about abusive priest (CBC) Pepita Capriolo, a retired Québec Superior Court Justice, issued a report, commissioned by the Archdiocese of Montreal, on “who knew what when” about Brian Boucher, a now-laicized and imprisoned priest who was ordained in 1996. Capriolo decries a culture of secrecy, shredded documents, and stolen documents in the Archdiocese of Montreal. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, named prefect of the Congregation for Bishops in 2010, was rector of the Major Seminary of Montreal from 1990 to 1994.
China mulls new rules on foreigners to 'prohibit religious extremism' (CNN) According to the report, the draft rules prohibit “foreigners from ‘interfering with or dominating the affairs of Chinese religious groups,’ advocating ‘extremist religious thoughts,’ using religion to conduct terrorist activities, or ‘interfering with the appointment or management of Chinese clergy members.’ The last point appears aimed at the Vatican.”
Federal appeals court upholds Kentucky governor's closing of religious schools (AP) Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order “applies to all public and private elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth, religious or otherwise; it is therefore neutral and of general applicability and need not be justified by a compelling governmental interest,” the 6th Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled. In doing so, the appeals court rejected a lower court decision and arguments made by the state’s attorney general.
Canadian bishop resigns at age of 64 'for the good of the Church' (CNA) “In obedience to and in communion with the Holy Father, but more importantly for the good of the Church, on November 16, 2020, I presented my resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Hearst-Moosonee,” said Bishop Robert Bourgon. The prelate, according to the report, “faced criticism following the dismissal of two priests facing charges of fraud . . . Following protests by parishioners, who believed the priests to be innocent of wrongdoing, Pope Francis mandated a visitation.”
Papal call for 'firm rejection' of death penalty (@Pontifex) “Let us keep in mind that not even a murderer loses his personal dignity — God Himself guarantees it,” tweeted Pope Francis, who cited St. John Paul II’s encyclical Evangelium Vitae (no. 9). :The firm rejection of the death penalty shows to what extent it is possible to recognize the inalienable dignity of every human being.”
Supreme Court blocks New York restrictions on worship (US Supreme Court) The US Supreme Court, in a key decision released late on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, blocked enforcement of New York regulations that restricted attendance at religious services. The Court’s sided with the Brooklyn Catholic diocese and two Orthodox synagogues, saying the restrictions appeared to discriminate against religion.
Pope reaffirms ecumenical commitment in message to Orthodox Patriarch (Vatican Press Office) In a message to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, Pope Francis has voiced his confidence in the future of ecumenical ties. In his message the Pontiff credits the Ecumenical Patriarchate with advancing ecumenism “before the Catholic Church and other churches engaged themselves in dialogue.” The papal message was delivered to Patriarch Bartholomew on November 30, the feast of St. Andrew, the patron of the Constantinople patriarchate.