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21 minutes | 2 days ago
Juan Carlos Cruz on the McCarrick Report
Juan Carlos Cruz is an abuse survivor and advocate who has the pope’s hear when it comes to clerical sexual abuse. In 2018, when Pope Francis went to Chile, he was asked about Juan Carlos’ abuser and his bishop’s cover-up. Francis dismissed Juan Carlos out of hand and called his accusations calumny.Soon after, Francis sent investigators to look into abuse in Chile, and they came back with a 2600-page report saying Juan Carlos and his friends had been telling the truth. Pope Francis apologized, and the two have had a good relationship ever since.On this episode of “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and Juan Carlos Cruz discuss Juan Carlos’ reactions to the Vatican’s report on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and what reforms Juan Carlos believes should come next.Watch a video version of this interview.Links from the show:Jesuitical Podcast | Juan Carlos Cruz: the survivor who changed the pope’s mind on sex abuseColleen Dulle | Top 5 Takeaways from the McCarrick ReportDoes the McCarrick report exonerate Pope Francis? Yes and no.Editorial | The McCarrick Report lacked an independent investigator. It shows.
22 minutes | 7 days ago
Reactions to the McCarrick Report
Last week, the Vatican released its report on how former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was able to rise through the ranks of the church hierarchy despite rumors swirling about him abusing priests, seminarians, and minors.Now, survivors and advocates in countries like Poland, Chile and Mexico want detailed Vatican reports on sexual abuse in their countries to be published, too. “Many people are saying, we’ve had the McCarrick report, now let’s have the Maciel report,” explains Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell, referring to the notoriously abusive priest, Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ.This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and host Colleen Dulle look at the ripple effects the McCarrick report has had in the United States and around the world.The two also discuss whether the Vatican can go back to normal after such an unprecedented disclosure of its inner workings. On one hand, Pope Francis has laid the legal framework for investigating anonymous abuse claims and investigating bishops, and he has now set a precedent for disclosing information about how bishops are appointed. On the other hand, he faced internal resistance to publishing the McCarrick report, and many bishops would prefer to continue business as usual. Will the calls for greater transparency and accountability coming from around the world be heeded?Links from the show:Inside the Vatican | Deep Dive: The Rise and Fall of Theodore McCarrickGerard O’Connell | Deep Dive: The McCarrick Report and the popes it implicatesColleen Dulle | Top 5 Takeaways from the McCarrick ReportThe McCarrick Report and Pope John Paul II: Confronting a saint’s tarnished legacy
24 minutes | 14 days ago
Deep Dive: The McCarrick Report
The Vatican’s long-awaited report on the rise of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was finally published yesterday. The document reveals that complaints about Mr. McCarrick’s abuse of seminarians reached all the way to Pope John Paul II, and that allegations of his abuse of children reached at least to John Paul’s top advisors.In this deep dive episode of “Inside the Vatican,” America’s Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell and producer Colleen Dulle explain the rise and fall of Theodore McCarrick, once the most prominent prelate in the U.S. Catholic church.The two unpack the accusations made in Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s incendiary 2018 letter and how those are addressed in the Vatican’s recent report. Gerry gives an up-close view of how the events of the last two years unfolded, and Colleen raises questions about whether this report will usher in a new era of accountability.You can find a transcript of this conversation at https://www.americamagazine.org/voices/inside-vatican. Links from the show:Gerard O’Connell | Deep Dive: The McCarrick Report and the popes it implicatesColleen Dulle | Top 5 Takeaways from the McCarrick ReportThe McCarrick Report and Pope John Paul II: Confronting a saint’s tarnished legacyInside the Vatican | A 3-minute summary of what the McCarrick Report revealsU.S. Catholic leaders react to the McCarrick reportColleen Dulle | Explainer: What the church has done to fight clergy sex abuse since 2018’s ‘summer of shame’
3 minutes | 15 days ago
The McCarrick Report in 3 minutes
Colleen Dulle gives a brief update on the Vatican’s report on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, which was published today.Read America Media's full report: Vatican report tracks McCarrick’s rise despite allegations of abuse and misconduct
20 minutes | 21 days ago
What the Vatican thinks of the U.S. election
Many in the Vatican have kept a close eye on the U.S. presidential election, held Nov. 3. This week on “Inside the Vatican,” hosts Colleen Dulle and Gerard O’Connell discuss what advantages and disadvantages each candidate offers in the eyes of Holy See officials. The U.S. election comes amid a surge in coronavirus cases in Italy. Over the weekend, Italy saw more than 30,000 new cases per day, up from the previous peak of 5,000 per day in March. Gerry gives an update on restrictions in Italy and the Vatican, and the hosts discuss how the Vatican plans to approach two major upcoming events: the consistory to create new cardinals in late November and the pope’s traditional Christmas Mass. Finally, Colleen and Gerry discuss a memo from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State briefing ambassadors on Pope Francis’ widely-publicized comments on civil unions for same-sex couples. Correction: Describing Pope Francis' civil union comments, Gerry said they came from a 2018 interview. The interview was given in 2019. Read more: Several American seminarians in Rome test positive for COVID-19 Vatican breaks silence, explains Pope Francis’ civil union comments Find America Magazine’s election coverage at americamag.org
20 minutes | a month ago
Did the pope change church teaching on same-sex unions?
Pope Francis made headlines last week when he endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples as part of an interview in a new documentary called “Francesco.” Almost immediately, questions emerged about the comments: Was the pope mistranslated? When did he make these comments? Had he been censored? This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell answer these questions “rapid fire,” as Colleen says, and unpack everything you need to know about the pope’s comments on civil unions for same-sex couples. The hosts also give an update on coronavirus in Italy and the Vatican, and discuss the nomination of the world’s first Black American cardinal and, briefly, the renewal of the Vatican-China deal. Keep an eye on our YouTube channel for an explainer video from Colleen and Gerry on Pope Francis' same-sex unions comments! Read more: Colleen Dulle | Explainer: What Pope Francis actually said about civil unions—and why it matters Gerard O’Connell | Analysis: What is going on at the Vatican’s communications department? Where homosexuality is still illegal, Pope Francis has thrown a lifeline to L.G.B.T. Catholics Gerard O’Connell | Pope Francis names 13 new cardinals, including Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington D.C. Gerard O’Connell | The Vatican is ready to renew its deal with China. Privately, officials admit they’re walking a tightrope.
28 minutes | a month ago
Voting Catholic: What would Pope Francis do?
We're sharing an episode of America's 9-part podcast series "Voting Catholic." In the series finale, Sebastian speaks with Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, a leading voice on Catholic Social Teaching in the American hierarchy. How should Catholics prioritize the issues? And what does it really mean to form your conscience? Bishop McElroy is the author of two books: The Search for an American Public Theology and Morality and American Foreign Policy. US Bishops teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics: "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" Stay up-to-date with America Media's coverage of the 2020 election: www.americamagazine.org/newsletters You can support this media ministry at www.americamagazine.org/donate
22 minutes | a month ago
Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions
In a new documentary that premiered in Rome today, Pope Francis reiterated his support for civil unions for same-sex couples and slammed the Trump administration’s family separation policy. This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell discuss the new documentary, “Francesco,” directed by Evgeny Afineevsky. Gerry interviewed the director, who sought to depict Francis’ papacy through the lens of the social issues the pope has focused on. Colleen and Gerry discuss the pope’s comments on the family separation policy coming out just weeks before the U.S. presidential election. “It’s cruelty, and separating kids from parents goes against natural rights,” the pope says in a new interview given for the documentary. “It’s something a Christian cannot do.” They also discuss the history behind Francis’ endorsement of legal protections for same-sex couples, which dates at least to Francis’ days as archbishop of Buenos Aires. Read more: Pope Francis declares support for same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope
21 minutes | a month ago
Why won’t the pope wear a mask?
Vatican City saw seven new cases of the coronavirus this week, marking a sudden second wave of infections in the world’s smallest nation. Four of those infected were Swiss Guards; the other three were Vatican residents. As Vatican employees attempt to trace and test those who may have been exposed to these individuals, the influx of cases has thrown into question whether it is safe to continue papal audiences, where many people ignore social distance protocols and some, including Pope Francis, do not wear masks. This week on “Inside the Vatican,” hosts Colleen Dulle and Gerard O’Connell discuss the Vatican’s existing protocols and why Pope Francis may be hesitant to wear a mask. The hosts also explain Cardinal George Pell’s visit with Pope Francis this week. Is it the final flourish in a “victory lap” around his former rival, Cardinal Angelo Becciu? This week on the show, Colleen and Gerry discuss what they make of the meeting. Links from the show: Four Swiss Guards test positive as Covid-19 penetrates Vatican Gerard O’Connell: Why is Australia’s Cardinal Pell returning to Rome? Pope Francis welcomes Cardinal Pell after sex abuse trial
24 minutes | 2 months ago
Gerry and Colleen unpack ‘Fratelli Tutti’
This week on the “Inside the Vatican” podcast, Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell and producer Colleen Dulle unpack their takeaways from Pope Francis’ new encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti.” The hosts discuss the pope’s unique interpretation of the parable of the Good Samaritan. Pope Francis devotes an entire chapter of the encyclical to the story, calling on his readers to imagine whether they are most like the Samaritan or the priest and Levite who pass by the wounded man. He examines today’s social issues in light of the parable, saying that it is rare today for someone to give his or her time as the Samaritan did, and that the Samaritan would have been unable to care for the man without the cooperation of institutions like the inn where the man rested and was treated. Colleen recaps the new developments of the document, including the elevation of Francis’ ban on the death penalty to the level of an encyclical and the doubt he casts on whether modern wars are able to meet the requirements of a “just war” as described in just war theory. Gerry situates the encyclical in the rest of Francis’ pontificate, and the two discuss how “Fratelli Tutti” relates to “Laudato Si’.” The hosts also discuss the document’s impact on Catholic-Muslim relations. Pope Francis has tied “Fratelli Tutti” to the document on human fraternity he signed last year with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, and he chose a Muslim judge who worked with both religous leaders to officially present “Fratelli Tutti” at the Vatican. Gerry gives some insights from his interview with the judge. Links from the show: Gerard O’Connell: In new encyclical, Pope Francis envisions ‘renewed hope’ from universal love, open to ‘every man and woman’ ‘Inside the Vatican’ podcast: ‘Fratelli Tutti’ in 5 minutes Colleen Dulle: VIDEO: Five takeaways from ‘Fratelli Tutti’ James Martin, S.J.: Pope Francis closes the door on the death penalty in ‘Fratelli Tutti’ Gerard O’Connell: First Muslim to ever present a papal encyclical praises ‘Fratelli Tutti’
6 minutes | 2 months ago
Fratelli Tutti in 5 minutes
Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, was released today. The encyclical, which is the highest classification of papal document, is Francis’ diagnosis of the social problems plaguing our world—and his proposed cures. In this brief Inside the Vatican update, host Colleen Dulle breaks down the document’s main themes. Visit americamagazine.org for full coverage of Fratelli Tutti.
18 minutes | 2 months ago
Mike Pompeo to visit the Vatican
Cardinal Angelo Becciu resigned suddenly from his position as head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints on Thursday night, Sept. 24. In a one-sentence press release, the Vatican announced that the cardinal also gave up the “rights connected to the Cardinalate,” including his titular church and participation in conclaves. This week on “Inside the Vatican,” hosts Colleen Dulle and Gerard O’Connell discuss the accusations of embezzlement and nepotism that Cardinal Becciu said Pope Francis brought against him when asking him to resign. Gerry and Colleen also discuss U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to the Vatican this week. Mr. Pompeo has been critical of the Vatican’s provisional deal with China, which is up for renewal this year. He intends to urge Vatican officials not to renew the deal, arguing that continued dialogue with China despite the nation’s human rights abuses will weaken the Vatican’s moral standing. Links from the show: Powerful Vatican Cardinal Becciu resigns amid financial scandal Cardinal Becciu denies wrongdoing, says Pope Francis asking for his resignation was ‘surreal’ The Vatican is ready to renew its deal with China. Privately, officials admit they’re walking a tightrope.
23 minutes | 2 months ago
Pope Francis: ‘God loves your LGBT children as they are’
On September 17, two Vatican stories broke that illustrate the difference in style between Pope Francis and the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Pope Francis met a group of parents with L.G.B.T. children, telling them “God loves your children as they are” and “the church loves your children as they are because they are children of God.” The same day, news broke that the Irish priest Tony Flannery, who had been suspended from ministry in 2012 after speaking out in favor of women’s ordination to the priesthood, had been told by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that he could be restored to ministry if he signed an affirmation of church teaching on four hot-button issues including women’s ordination, homosexuality and gender theory. The Vatican has stated that it has been in dialogue with Father Flannery; however, Father Flannery says he has never been contacted directly by anyone from the C.D.F. As in past cases of the C.D.F. disciplining theologians, all communication has come through the priest’s superiors in what veteran Vatican reporter Gerard O’Connell calls an “impersonal” and “dehumanizing” process which seems at odds with Pope Francis’ hallmark strategy of personal accompaniment and dialogue. This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry and producer Colleen Dulle discuss why the C.D.F. appears out of step with the pope. After senior Vatican sources told Gerry that Pope Francis should intervene to change the culture in the C.D.F., the hosts discuss how that might be done. Links from the show: Pope Francis to parents of L.G.B.T. children: ‘God loves your children as they are.’ Suspended Irish priest Tony Flannery calls Vatican inquiry ‘unjust’
20 minutes | 2 months ago
From Belarus to Black Lives Matter, Pope Francis is listening
This weekend, Pope Francis called on government leaders and those with “public responsibilities” to meet the just demands of protestors. With protests rising around the world, which demonstrators was Francis referring to? Veteran Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell joins host Colleen Dulle to unpack the protests Pope Francis has his eye on, from Greece to Belarus to Hong Kong and the United States. Earlier in the show, Gerry gives an update on the coronavirus in the Vatican. The hosts discuss Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle’s Covid-19 diagnosis and why Pope Francis is often photographed without a face mask. Links from the show: Cardinal Tagle has tested positive for Covid-19 in Manila, and is in isolation. Pope Francis urges government leaders to listen to protestors
11 minutes | 3 months ago
Pope Francis’ Covid Catechesis
The Vatican announced this weekend that Pope Francis will sign his new encyclical in Assisi on Oct. 3, just in time for the feast day on the following day of St. Francis, after whom the Pope took his name. The new document is called “Fratelli Tutti” or “Brothers and sisters, all” in Italian, and if Francis’ previous encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” is any indication, this will be a significant document. “Fratelli Tutti” will likely cover many of the themes that Pope Francis has addressed since the beginning of the pandemic, like solidarity, ecology and the growing wealth gap. Francis is concerned that as wealthy nations gradually control the virus’s spread and reopen, the poor may be left to deal both with continuing infections and the economic fallout of the pandemic. In addition to creating a Vatican coronavirus task force and donating money to pandemic relief efforts, Francis devoted his last five Wednesday general audiences to catechesis on human solidarity in the time of coronavirus. This week on “Inside the Vatican,” we devote the whole episode to that “Covid catechesis,” unpacking Francis’ central ideas of community, the universal destination of goods and care for the environment, which are likely to appear in the forthcoming encyclical “Fratelli Tutti.” Read more: Series: Pope Francis’ coronavirus catechesis
24 minutes | 3 months ago
The Secret Archives of Pope Pius XII
Just before Covid-19 paused public life in Italy, the entire “secret archives” of Pope Pius XII (1939-58) opened to researchers for the first time. The opening, which had long been asked for by historians and was announced under Pope Benedict XVI, would make available a treasure trove of documents from Pius’ pontificate, spanning the Second World War and into the Cold War. Some documents from the archive had been released from the 1960s to the 1980s to counter the popular narrative that Pius had been complicit or even cooperated with the Nazi regime. While historians agree the new documents will not likely reveal a “smoking gun” that indicts or exonerates Pius, they expect the archives to shed light on the rationale behind Pius’ decision not to publicly condemn Hitler and the Nazis, instead operating through private channels to stop the deportations of Jews from Italy. In this special edition of Inside the Vatican, host Colleen Dulle interviews historians Robert Ventresca and Massimo Faggioli about the opening of the archives, what we know about Pius’ wartime decisions, and what researchers expect to find. The three discuss, too, the impact these findings may have on Jewish-Catholic relations and on Pius’ ongoing canonization cause. Links from the show: Robert Ventresca Massimo Faggioli: La Croix International | Commonweal | Twitter
5 minutes | 4 months ago
Update: Vatican releases handbook on sex abuse
Today the Vatican released its long-awaited handbook, or “vademecum,” on how bishops and superiors of religious orders should handle allegations of sexual abuse against minors by clergy. This is the first time that all of the Vatican’s guidelines for handling abuse, from reporting to investigating and taking juridical action have been put together in one step-by-step format. In this special update episode of “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle unpacks what’s new in the handbook and why it took a year and a half for the Vatican to develop this document. Links from the show: Vatican publishes handbook for bishops and religious superiors to guide response to abuse allegations
21 minutes | 5 months ago
Is the church getting closer to ordaining women deacons?
In April of this year, the Vatican announced the creation of a new commission to study the female diaconate, following up on Pope Francis’ promise to reopen the question at the behest of the Amazonian bishops. Pope Francis had set up a previous commission to study the roles of female deacons in the early church in 2016. Though that commission’s final report had not been published, the pope described its findings as inconclusive and the members as “toads from different wells.” This week, on our last episode of “Inside the Vatican” before our summer hiatus, producer Colleen Dulle speaks with one of that commission’s members, Hofstra University Professor Phyllis Zagano. We discuss the church’s history not only of ordaining women deacons, but also the recent history of the conversation around ordaining them again. When the new commission was named in April, some who favor reinstituting the female diaconate expressed concern that the many of the new commission’s members opposed ordaining women deacons. On this week’s show, Ms. Zagano, who favors ordaining women deacons, gives her take on the new commission: “Looking at the membership, they are, interestingly enough, qualified to answer a single question that I think still needs to be determined on behalf of the Holy Father, which is, what is the ministry of the diaconate today? … And if you describe that, then what about that can a woman not do?” Links from the show: Pope Francis has set up a new commission to study women deacons Women: Icons of Christ by Phyllis Zagano, via Paulist Press Review: Phyllis Zagano makes the case for women deacons Video: Women Deacons: Past, Present, Future with Phyllis Zagano and Bernard Pottier, S.J. Inside the Vatican Listener Survey
19 minutes | 5 months ago
Benedict XVI makes surprise trip to Germany
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI left Italy for the first time in seven years last week, traveling to Germany to visit his ill brother, Georg. This week on “Inside the Vatican,” Gerry explains the challenges travel poses for the emeritus pope and why Benedict returned to the Vatican after only a few days. Since it is Colleen and Gerry’s last episode together before the summer break, the two also look ahead to the next few months. Gerry explains how the Pope spends his summers, and Colleen and Gerry discuss what’s next for the Vatican’s ongoing coronavirus response and the long-awaited Vatican report on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Inside the Vatican will release a few special episodes this summer, beginning with an interview next week with researcher Phyllis Zagano about the two papal commissions to study women deacons. Finally, don’t forget to take our Inside the Vatican listener survey! Links from the show: Benedict XVI makes surprise visit to gravely ill brother in Germany Benedict XVI returns to Vatican after visiting his brother in Germany Podcast: What does the pope do on vacation? Inside the Vatican Listener Survey
22 minutes | 5 months ago
Why is the Vatican silent on Archbishop Viganò?
Last week, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò was back in the spotlight after President Donald Trump tweeted promoting an open letter that Viganò had written to him. The letter praised Mr. Trump for “defending the right to life” and expressed Archbishop Viganò’s belief in a number of conspiracy theories, including the idea of a “deep state” group undermining the American government and a parallel group within the Catholic church. Archbishop Viganò has published many such letters since his original 11-page “testimony,” published in 2018, accusing a number of top church officials of knowing about abuse by former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, blaming a “homosexual network” in the Vatican for the abuse crisis, and calling on Pope Francis to resign. The Vatican has been relatively tight-lipped in response to the archbishop: When journalists asked Pope Francis about the “testimony,” the pope refused to comment beyond saying, “Read that statement attentively and make your own judgment,” adding, “I think the statement speaks for itself, and you have a sufficient journalistic ability to make a conclusion.” Many of the archbishop’s claims have since been called into question, and the Vatican is conducting its own investigation into Mr. McCarrick. On this episode of “Inside the Vatican,” veteran Vatican reporter Gerard O’Connell and producer Colleen Dulle discuss why the Vatican has remained quiet in response to Archbishop Viganò and whether that is likely to change following President Trump’s endorsement. The hosts also discuss Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of the Poor, along with the new fund he established with the mayor of Rome and the governor of Lazio to aid workers who had not previously been eligible for government assistance. Links from the show: President Trump tweeted about Archbishop Viganò. So, who is he? Archbishop Viganò is aligning with Trump to stay in the spotlight. Pay him no attention. From 2018: Cardinal Marc Ouellet responds to Viganò charges, accuses him of blasphemy From 2018: It is time for Archbishop Viganò to meet the press Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of the Poor amid pandemic: We are all responsible Pope Francis sets up new fund for workers left out of coronavirus support
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