Canon lawyers and survivors' advocates say Pope Francis' action, granting authority to initiate removal of bishops negligent in responding to clergy sexual abuse, may not go far enough.
ROME -- Pope Francis has signed a new law specifying that a bishop's negligence in response to clergy sexual abuse can lead to his removal from office. The law also empowers Vatican dicasteries to investigate such bishops and initiate processes of removal.
The Francis Chronicles: Pope Francis has exhorted Catholic priests to enter into the complications of people's lives, unafraid of being drawn in to unclear or messy situations.
Efforts to protect men, women and children suffering religious persecution and to promote respect for religious freedom globally is "a top priority for the United States," said Knox Thames.
Sr. Carmen Sammut said that in many places of the world Catholic sisters are "already doing quite a bit of what a deacon should be doing"
The Francis Chronicles: Pope Francis has condemned employers who exploit their workers by offering only temporary contracts or not providing health insurance.
NCR Today: God is only able to exercise mercy towards us when we open our hearts and exercise mercy towards others, most especially the poor, Pope Francis said.
NCR Today: The Vatican's chief spokesman sought to downplay expectations that Pope Francis will allow women to serve as deacons in the global Catholic church.
UISG Plenary: Sr. Mary Sujita told about 900 women religious May 10 that they can no longer "reduce [their] mission to some traditional ministries and good charitable deeds."
GSR Preview: Catholic women religious leaders were warned against accepting an "entitlement creep" that numbs them from confronting poverty and environmental destruction.