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.”
Vatican newspaper: Pachamama is not a god, but mother earth (L'Osservatore Romano) Pachamama is not a divinity or idol that is worshiped, but is mother earth, honored as the “creation and manifestation of the love of God,” writes retired Mexican Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel. He recalls that years ago, while in Bolivia for a meeting, he asked a member of the indigenous Aymara people whether his people consider Pachamama and Inti to be gods. The man replied, “Those who have not received evangelization consider them gods; for those of us who have been evangelized, they are not gods, but God’s best gifts.” Bishop Arizmendi commented, “Wonderful response! … They are manifestations of God’s love, not gods.” (For background on the deities, see the Encyclopedia Britannica articles on Inti and Pachamama.)
Papal nuncio to US bishops: follow lead of Pope Francis (CNA) Archbishop Christoph Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, prodded the American bishops to show greater loyalty to Pope Francis, in a November 11 address to the US bishops’ conference. The nuncio encouraged the bishops to reflect on “to what extent we have received the magisterium of the Pope.” He claimed, for example, that “families continue to demand of dioceses and parishes the accompaniment envisioned by Amoris Laetitia.”