Investigations of bishops rise as McCarrick scandal reforms kick in (National Catholic Register) In the two years since Pope Francis issued Vos estis lux mundi [You Are the Light of the World], his motu proprio addressing sexual abuse, “investigations have been opened to address claims against Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, NY; Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Jose, CA; Bishop John Brungardt of Dodge City, KS; and former Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, NY.” In addition, Bishop Michael Hoeppner of Crookston, Minnesota, recently resigned following an investigation into his handling of an abuse allegation.
Blood of St. Januarius liquefies in Naples (CNA) “The liquefaction traditionally happens at least three times a year: Sept. 19, the saint’s feast day; the first Saturday of May; and Dec. 16, the anniversary of the 1631 eruption of the nearby Mount Vesuvius,” the report notes.
German bishops risk schism, Cardinal Ruini warns (CNA) Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the retired vicar general of Rome, told the Italian daily Il Foglio that he fears a schism resulting from the German bishops’ move to bless same-sex unions. “I hope with all my heart that there will not be any schism, and I pray for this,” the Italian cardinal said. But the German hierarchy, he said, risks breaking the unity of the universal Church.
President Biden pays tribute to prayer (White House) “Today, we remember and celebrate the role that the healing balm of prayer can play in our lives and in the life of our Nation,” he wrote in his proclamation for the National Day of Prayer. Although the presidential statement did not mention God, it did say that prayer “has nourished countless souls and powered moral movements”—mentioning “fights against racial injustice, child labor, and infringement on the rights of disabled Americans.”
Religious should combat resistance to Covid vaccine, says head of Vatican task force (CNS) Sister Carol Keehan, who heads a Vatican task force on health care, has said that religious should work to overcome public skepticism about Covid vaccines. Complaining about “the massive amount of misinformation,” she said that Catholics should support vaccination. Sister Keehan, in her former role as head of the Catholic Health Association, was a key figure in rallying Catholic support for Obamacare.
US bishops' migration chairman welcomes revised refugee admissions cap (USCCB) “We view this number [62,500] as a stepping stone toward the Administration’s stated goal of 125,000 admissions, a figure more consistent with our values and capabilities as a nation,” said Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville, the chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Migration, following a statement by President Biden.
Mexico City archdiocese rebuts government warning on election interference (Crux) The Mexico City archdiocese has strongly defended the right of Catholic prelates to speak on public issues, responding to a government complaint that religious institutions should not interfere in politics. With the country facing elections in June, the archdiocesan newspaper insisted that bishops are not engaged in partisan activities when they promote the Church’s social teachings.