Pope confirms: seminaries should exclude homosexuals (CNA) In a closed-door discussion with Italian bishops, Pope Francis reportedly said that seminaries should not accept men who are, or may be, active homosexuals. “If you have even the slightest doubt, it’s better not to let them enter,” the Pope was quoted as saying. Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, the newly elected president of the Italian bishops’ conference, confirmed the substance of the papal statements.
The Pope’s stand confirms a 2005 Instruction from the Congregation for Catholic Education, and a later 2016 document from the Congregation for Clergy advising against acceptance of candidates for the priesthood who “practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called gay culture.”
Peru Church takes special collection for refugees from Venezuela (CNA) The Catholic Church in Venezuela is taking up a special collection for the support of refugees who have left Venezuela to escape that country’s economic and political collapse. An estimated 4 million people—about 12% of the country’s population—have left Venezuela, causing the largest refugee crisis in the history of Latin America.
Papal audiences (5/24) (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis received an Italian cardinal, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the new Colombian ambassador, the Vatican’s chief diplomat in Singapore and Vietnam, a Guatemalan prelate, and the bishops of Bangladesh, who were in Rome for their ad limina visit.
Australian archbishop steps down following conviction for concealing abuse (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference) In 2002, at the high point of the clerical abuse crisis in the United States, Archbishop Philip Wilson spoke with US bishops for three hours at their Dallas meeting. The US bishops’ spokesman at the time described the Australian prelate as “wise in matters of faith, skilled in diocesan leadership, and experienced in dealing with the scandal and the pain and misfortune that clerical crimes bring upon bishops, the people, and the Church.” Archbishop Wilson later served as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference from 2006 to 2012.
Chilean abuse victim: Pope said I should be happy as a homosexual (CNA) A Chilean sex-abuse victim has told the Italian media that Pope Francis affirmed him in his homosexual identity. Juan Carlos Cruz quoted the Pontiff as saying: “God made you like that and he loves you like that and I do not care.” The Pope said that “you have to be happy with who you are,” Cruz told reporters.
The Vatican has not issued any statement to confirm or deny the report. Cruz said that the Pontiff made his remarks during a private meeting.
Pope announces names of 14 new cardinals (Vatican News) The 14, who will be elevated on June 29, include the patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, three prelates who work in the Roman Curia, and bishops in Pakistan, Portugal, Peru, Madagascar, Italy, and Japan. Three of the 14 are over 80 and ineligible to vote in a conclave: the Pope wished to honor a retired Bolivian bishop, a retired Mexican bishop, and a Claretian priest who “have distinguished themselves for their service to the Church.”
Paul VI, Archbishop Romero to be canonized in October (Vatican Press Office) Six blesseds will be canonized on October 14: Paul VI (1897-1978, Pope from 1963-78); Archbishop Óscar Romero (1917-80), martyr; Father Francesco Spinelli (1853-1913), founder of the Sisters Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament; Father Vincenzo Romano (1751-1831); Sister Maria Katharina Kasper (1820-98), foundress of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ; and Sister Ignacia Nazaria March Mesa (1889-1943), foundress of the Missionaries of the Crusade.