CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 23 September 2017

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Dismissal for head of doctrine congregation
Vatican (SE): Pope Francis has chosen not to retain Gerhard Cardinal Müller for another five-year term as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in move seen by some as a dismissal, the Catholic Herald reported on July 1. The German cardinal’s term ended on July 2 and he is being succeeded by his deputy, Archbishop Luis Ladaria, from Spain, who like the pope is a Jesuit.
 
In a statement, the Vatican said, “The Holy Father Francis thanked His Eminence Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller at the conclusion of his quinquennial mandate.” There was no indication of any new posting for the 69-year-old Cardinal Mülller.
 
The cardinal was made head of the congregation in 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI, but has sometimes appeared at loggerheads with Pope Francis, most recently on his position regarding the apostolic exhortation on family life,  The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia).
 
Bishops worry about partial travel ban
WASHINGTON (CNS): “Today’s decision will have human consequences,” the chairperson of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, Bishop Joe Vasquez, said following the June 26 decision by the Supreme Court to allow a partial ban on foreign nationals as it reviews the constitutionality of a wider ban (Sunday Examiner, July 2).
 
The court also announced that it would hear a case involving Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban on migrants and refugees from six Muslim-majority countries in October. The Trump administration says it needs to implement the ban while it reviews the refugee vetting and resettlement programme.
 
Doctors’ union supports decriminalising abortion
MANCHESTER (CNS): “We all depend upon doctors to protect the vulnerable. We are concerned that decriminalisation of abortion may put more vulnerable women at risk,” the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said in a statement made in reaction to a vote on June 27 by the British Medical Association to put its support behind a campaign to strip criminal sanctions from the country’s abortion laws.
 
The vote took place during the association’s annual representative meeting in Bournemouth and means that a political campaign to allow abortion up to birth for any reason will now be seen to have the approval of all of Britain’s doctors.
 
The bishops’ statement went on to say, “We are also concerned that this step could open the door to sex-selective abortions.” 
 
Abortion is technically illegal in Britain unless requests meet criteria defined under the 1967 Abortion Act.  
 
Priest laicised, again
Vatican (SE): Pope Francis has laicised Father Mauro Inzoli, who was  convicted for sexually abusing young people, the National Catholic Reporter says. 
 
Inzoli had initially been defrocked in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI after he was first accused of abuse, but Pope Francis chose to give him another chance in 2014 before making this latest definitive ruling for something he has described as “a sin that shames us.” 
 
La Stampa reported that the pope reduced Inzoli to the lay state, after a second Church trial. He was found guilty last year by an Italian court of eight counts of sexual abuse of children aged 12 to 16 and reportedly paid US$28,000 ($218,570) in compensation to five victims he molested between 2004 and 2008.
 
Inzoli earned the nickname Don Mercedes because of his love for luxury cars.
 
Unity is not just bland uniformity pope says 
VATICAN (CNS): The dream of restoring full unity between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches can be a prophetic sign of legitimate differences coexisting rather than simply agreeing on everything, Pope Francis said in welcoming a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople on June 27.
 
Pope Francis added that both Churches must return to their roots as they once “shared in the same Eucharistic table, preserving together the same truths of faith while cultivating a variety of theological, spiritual and canonical traditions.”
 
“That experience is a necessary point of reference and a source of inspiration for our efforts to restore full communion in our own day, a communion that must not be a bland uniformity,” he stressed. 
 
The delegation was in Rome for the celebration of the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul, the patrons of the Vatican, on June 29. 
 
Since 1969, the patriarchs have sent delegations to the Vatican each year on the occasion of feast and the popes have sent a delegation to Turkey each year for the feast of St. Andrew, patron of the patriarchate.

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