The restrictions against Bishop Bransfield are the result of a monthslong preliminary investigation conducted by Archbishop Lori into allegations of sexual harassment & misconduct, as well as financial improprieties. ☩ Catholic News Agency via National Catholic Register
Apart from the grace of God, our most urgent need at the moment is a papal encyclical on homosexuality. Failing that, the American Catholic bishops should issue a collective pastoral letter on homosexuality. And failing that, individual American bishops should issue diocesan pastoral letters on homo ☩ David Carlin of The Catholic Thing
Critics are concerned that October’s Amazon synod may effectively overturn the tradition of clerical celibacy in the Latin Rite ☩ Edward Pentin of National Catholic Register
One thing that has come to me for my main Lenten practice this year is frequent praying of the Stations of the Cross. ☩ Sister Christina M. Neumann of Catholic Stand
Both Pell and Barbarin have been found guilty on the basis of questionable proofs, both in a second trial after the first had ended without a guilty verdict ☩ Sandro Magister of Settimo Cielo via L'Espresso
What does the Doctor Diagnose? Listening to the Church Doctor ☩ Sister Mary Catherine Blanding, I.H.M., of Homiletic & Pastoral Review
During the Vatican Summit on the Church’s clergy sexual abuse crisis Archbishop Charles Scicluna, who was one of the Vatican’s main spokesmen at the Summit, was asked by the media if the Summit would deal with homosexuality as a possible problem behind the sexual abuse crisis. The archbishop responded that homosexuality and heterosexuality are “human conditions,” adding, “they are not something that predisposes to sin.” The Archbishop appears to be saying that sexual orientation is neutral or that homosexual orientation is equal to heterosexual orientation in that neither pushes or leads one into sin. ☩ Fr. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap.