Pope appeals for renewed love for Sacred Scripture (Vatican Press Office) At the conclusion of his September 30 general audience, Pope Francis said, “Today I signed the apostolic letter Sacrae Scripturae affectus, on the 16th centenary of the death of Saint Jerome. May the example of the great doctor and father of the Church, who placed the Bible at the center of his life, inspire in everyone a renewed love for the Sacred Scripture and the desire to live in personal dialogue with the Word of God.”
Pope brings 7 people closer to sainthood (CNS) The seven include two Spanish nuns, an Italian laywoman, and four martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. “Normally the Pope signs the decrees during a meeting with the prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes,” the report notes. “However, its prefect, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, was forced to resign during a meeting with the Pope Sept. 24 due to allegedly embezzling Vatican funds — an accusation the cardinal denies.”
Indiana bishop calls for faithful citizenship in a divided nation (Today's Catholic) “Faithful citizenship demands that Catholics hold fast to the teachings of the Church and not succumb to the temptation of adopting positions of either political party that are inimical to the truths of our faith,” said Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne —South Bend. “In the United States today, being a Catholic and a faithful citizen does make us, in a sense, truly politically homeless.”
Moneyval begins review of Vatican finances (Vatican Press Office) Moneyval, the international banking oversight group, begins a review of Vatican finances this week. The reviews—the latest in a series of periodic assessments—comes at a time when the removal of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu has raised new concerns about the Vatican’s internal controls. In the most recent previous reviews, Moneyval has praised the Vatican for imposing stricter controls on transactions, but expressed concern that violations have not been prosecuted.
Pope's apostolic letter praises St. Jerome (Vatican News) Pope Francis has released an apostolic letter, Scripturae Sacrae Affectus, marking the 1600th anniversary of the death of St. Jerome. The Pope remarks on “Jerome’s profound knowledge of the Scriptures, his zeal for making their teaching known, his skill as an interpreter of texts, his ardent and at times impetuous defense of Christian truth, his asceticism and harsh eremitical discipline, his expertise as a generous and sensitive spiritual guide.” He voices the hope that the faithful, reading the Scriptures, will learn to “love what Jerome loved.”
Cardinal Burke: Biden shouldn't receive Communion (Newsweek) “I don’t intend to get involved in the recommending any candidate for office, but simply to state that a Catholic may not support abortion in any shape or form, because it is one of the most grievous sins against human life, and has always been considered to be intrinsically evil,” said the former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. “And therefore to support the act is a mortal sin.”
In Latin America, ferment over abuse, abortion and Covid (Crux) This round-up offers an overview of “a new bishop apologizing for clerical sexual abuse in Chile, the bishops of Nicaragua announcing the return of public Masses after the coronavirus and the Church in Ecuador praising the country’s president for vetoing a bill that would have partially legalized abortion.”
Pope appoints special prosecutor (Catholic Herald) Pope Francis has appointed a special prosecutor, the Vatican disclosed on September 28. Although the announcement did not identify the case involved, the prosecutor—Gianluca Perone, an expert in commercial law—is expected to probe the financial dealings of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu.
Cardinal Müller looks at US politics, the 2020 election, and Catholic conscience (National Catholic Register) Born in 1947, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller served as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2012 to 2017. He also discussed the Vatican’s agreement with China: “What good is an agreement with the Chinese Communist Party if human rights are not respected and Catholics, Muslims and others are denied freedom of religion, and if atheists will even paraphrase the Bible to match their standards, i.e. falsify the Word of God?”