Pope deplores government corruption (Vatican Press Office) Addressing magistrates of the Italian Court of Auditors, Pope Francis described financial corruption as “one of the most lacerating wounds of the social fabric, as it gravely harms both from an ethical and an economic point of view.”
Pope declines Cardinal Barbarin's resignation (Lyon archdiocese) Pope Francis has declined to accept the resignation of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, who was convicted last week of failing to report sexual abuse. Citing the presumption of innocence, the Pontiff indicated that he would wait for the result of the cardinal’s legal appeal. However, Cardinal Barbarin said that for the good of the Lyon archdiocese, he will step aside and allow the vicar general, Father Yves Baumgarten, to take control of the archdiocese.
Catholic prelates aghast at 'unspeakable' suffering in Syria (Irish Catholic) “It is shameful that the so-called free world was accomplice to that disaster for no reason than satisfying the greed and opportunism of its politicians,” said Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan, head of the Syriac Catholic Church since 2009. “All fake news of the agglomerate media, like the show play of chemical attacks attributed to the Syrian soldiers, were based on lies, in order to keep the fighting going on.”
Some clerics suggest giving troubled prelates posts in Rome (Catholic World Report) In Catholic World Report, Christopher Altieri explores the presumption that a prelate caught up in scandal—such as Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta in Argentina—should be removed and quietly given a new post in Rome. One Vatican source argues, regarding the Zanchetta affair, “The Pope acted as he should have acted at the time. He saw that there was a man who was not suitable for ministry but who wasn’t a criminal, and took him to Rome.”
Dalai Lama says his successor will come from India (AsiaNews) The Dalai Lama has said that his successor—believed by Tibetan Buddhists to be the reincarnation of the original Dalai Lamai—will arise in India, rather than in Tibet. The Chinese government has pronounced that no Dalai Lama can be accepted without the approval of the Communist Party. The 83-year-old Dalai Lama made his prediction as he accepted a Pacem in Terris award from the Davenport, Iowa diocese.
Catholic support for President Trump steady over past 2 years (Pew Research Center) 36% of Catholics approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president—a percentage identical to that in February 2017. Support among white Catholics has fallen from 52% to 44%, while support among nonwhite Catholics has risen from 13% to 26%. Among white Catholics who attend Mass weekly, support has fallen over the past two years from 60% to 52%.