The Catholic church accepts cremation as an option, but forbids the scattering of ashes and the growing practice of keeping cremated remains at home.
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Floyd McCoy Jordan, a former priest from the Mayaguez diocese who originally faced two felony charges of improper sexual behavior was sentenced on one of those charges July 14.
Letter-writers include Irish Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery, Paul Collins, Fr. Roy Bourgeois, Loretto Sr. Jeannine Gramick, St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, and Australian Bishop William Morris.
After months of public debate and protests, the Italian Senate passed a controversial "Cirinna" bill that grants legal recognition to nonmarried heterosexual and homosexual couples. The bill passed Feb. 25.
French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon is facing questions about how he dealt with Fr. Bernard Preynat who faces abuse and rape charges. Proceedings opened up against Preynat Jan. 27.
Pope Francis spoke Jan. 29 to members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, saying, "On all levels of church life, a correct synodality must be promoted."
The Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland is to write to the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops expressing its members' "grave disquiet" over the current selection process for Irish bishops.
Updated: U.S. Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis resigned this morning, along with his auxiliary, Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché.
We say: It is no coincidence that the Vatican jousting with U.S. nuns came to a conciliatory end under the papacy of Francis.
"I was impressed just at the universality of [the Vatican's] concern as well as some of the things that they were focused on."