Peter's Pence funds used to ease Vatican budget deficit (CWN) Funds contributed to the Peter’s Pence collection have been used to the ease Vatican’s gaping budget deficit, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Peter’s Pence collection is taken each year to provide for the Pope’s needs, with a particular emphasis on charitable projects.
Two guards hurt in attack on National Shrine (Fox) Two security guards were injured in a violent attack by a lone man at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC on December 10. According to reports the man deliberately hit one security guard with his car, then stabbed another who came to assist. Washington police arrested a suspect after a brief stand-off. No explanation has been given for the attack.
Cardinal Tagle's new Vatican post: heading a 'superdicastery' (National Catholic Register) The appointment of Cardinal Luis Tagle to head the Congregation for Evangelization takes on special importance, notes Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register, because under the draft plan for the reform of the Roman Curia, that Congregation would take on sweeping new authority, becoming a “superdicastery,” second in power only to the Secretariat of State.
Pastor of nation's largest parish placed on leave (Charlotte Observer) Father Patrick Hoare, pastor of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte, has been accused of sexually abusing a minor 25 years ago—long before his ordination to the priesthood in 2007. “Please understand administrative leave is standard procedure under our policy and does not imply guilt,” said Bishop Peter Jugis.
A seminary is a house of prayer, study, and communion, Pope tells Bologna seminarians (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis also spoke of “the four attitudes of closeness of diocesan priests … Proximity to God, closeness to the bishop, closeness to the presbytery, among you, and closeness to the people of God. If one of these is missing, the priest will not work and will slowly slip into the perversion of clericalism or attitudes of rigidity. Where there is clericalism, there is corruption, and where there is rigidity, under rigidity, there are serious problems.”
Pope makes surprise visit to crèche exhibition (Vatican News) A week after the publication of Pope Francis’s apostolic letter Admirabile Signum (On the Meaning and Importance of the Nativity Scene), the Vatican has begun a five-week exhibition of 100 crèches, under the auspices of Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.
Take additional steps to eliminate nuclear weapons, Vatican diplomat urges (Holy See Mission) “My Delegation urges governments possessing nuclear weapons to reconsider any plans to ‘modernize’ nuclear capabilities, whether for missiles, aircraft, submarines, or warheads,” said Archbishop Bernardito Auza. “These developments risk expanding instead of reducing the role of nuclear weapons in global security. The Holy See also strongly urges all governments concerned to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).”
Controversial Vatican prelate looks forward to Vatican-Beijing diplomatic ties (Crux) During a visit to China, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, suggested that the Pope could visit China soon, and suggested that, having reached an accord in the appointment of bishops, Beijing and the Holy See might now renew formal diplomatic ties. Bishop Sanchez Sorondo—who in the past has said that China offers a model for Catholic social teaching—made his remarks to the government-run Global Times.
Poll shows sharp divide between practicing, lapsed Catholics (National Catholic Register) A new poll by EWTN and RealClear shows dramatic differences in opinion between self-identified Catholics who practice the faith and those who do not. Among the 22% of Americans who identify themselves as Catholics, the poll showed, only 39% attend Mass regularly, and just 13% go to Confession at least once a year. A slim majority of those surveyed (58%) accept most or all Church teachings. On political issues, 52% of active Catholics approve of President Trump, as opposed to 44% among all (active and inactive) Catholics.