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The prosecution of an Australian cardinal puts Pope Francis on the spot - The Economist (blog)

It is being described as the gravest crisis in the Holy See since Pope Francis took office in 2013. If you take the original meaning of the word crisis, a time of judgment, that is certainly accurate. On June 29th police in the Australian state of ...and more »

Why Pope Francis just called labor unions “prophets” - Vox

Here in America, at a celebration for a Christian evangelical group, Mike Pence praised “the free market” and “personal responsibility” — in short, capitalism -- as the basis for an ideal health care system. But early Wednesday across the Atlantic ...and more »

Pope sacks Vatican cardinal handling abuse cases -

Gerhard Mueller relieved of duties just days after pope aide Pell was charged with child sex abuse. 1 Jul 2017. Pope Francis has dismissed the church's chief of doctrine, Cardinal Gerhard Muller - one of the most powerful cardinals at the Vatican ...and more »

How Cardinal Pell Rose to Power, Trailed by a Cloud of Scandal - New York Times

SYDNEY — When more than a dozen sexual abuse victims from Cardinal George Pell's hometown in Australia, Ballarat, flew to Rome to meet with him last year, they carried crushing stories of pain caused by local priests, and varied demands for Vatican ...and more »

Pope tells archbishops not to be 'armchair Catholics,' but apostles - National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis presents a box containing a pallium to Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, N.J., at the conclusion of Mass marking the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 29. ((CNS/Paul Haring). The Catholic Church's new ...and more »

Pope Francis Axes Conservative Cardinal Who Disagreed with Him on 'Sinners' - Daily Beast

Pope Francis has replaced Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, the Vatican's chief of doctrine, amid apparent disagreements over the handling of reforms and a series of sexual abuse scandals. Instead of being renewed for his role as the head of the Congregation ...and more »

Pope replaces top rival in latest move to make church more inclusive - The Guardian

Pope Francis is replacing Müller, who is against divorced believers being allowed holy communion. Photograph: Giuseppe Ciccia/Pacific Pres/Rex/Shutterstock. The Vatican has signalled a major shake-up of its administration, with Pope Francis replacing ...and more »

The Pope's Power - First Things

Pope Francis was elected with a mandate to undertake institutional reform of the Vatican. But as curial reform has proved difficult, Francis seems to have made it a lower priority. Meanwhile, the corruption and inefficiency of the Curia have not ...and more »

The Pope's 'blind spot' on sexual abuse - CNN International

(CNN) Last December, Pope Francis wrote a letter to bishops around the world, lamenting the pain his church has caused sexually abused children. "It is a sin that shames us," the Pope said. "The sin of what happened, the sin of failing to help, the sin ...and more »

Pope Francis drops conservative German Cardinal Müller for more liberal option - Deutsche Welle

The pope and the cardinal clashed over the various reform measures, including the hot-button issue of annulments. Cardinal Müller was also allegedly lax in responding to sex abuse claims brought before the Vatican. Kardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller und ...and more »