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Meeting with Vatican abuse investigator intens
SANTIAGO (CNS): Juan Carlos Cruz, a former Chilean seminarian who accused an incumbent bishop of abuse cover-up, met with Vatican investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, a longtime expert on clergy sex abuse, and said he finally felt he had been heard. 
The two met for nearly four hours on February 17 at Manhattan’s Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, in the United States of America. 
Cruz, who currently lives and works in Philadelphia, said that this is the first time he felt Church officials had listened to how, as a seminarian, he was sexually abused by Father Fernando Karadima, a Chilean priest. 
He maintains that now-Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, witnessed some of the abuse. 
In a statement to reporters Cruz called his meeting “a good experience,” one he described as emotional and at times “very intense and very detailed.” 
He also said he thought it was eye-opening for the archbishop. 
“I leave here very hopeful today,” Cruz told reporters after the meeting. He called Archbishop Scicluna “a very good man, and I think he was sincerely moved by what I was saying. He cried.”
Cardinal rejects the notion of a paradigm shift in Church teaching
New York (CWNews): In an essay for First Things on February 20, Gerhard Cardinal Müller, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith took issue with the use of the term, paradigm shift, as used by the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, with reference to Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), saying the term “seems to be a relapse into a modernist and subjectivist way of interpreting the Catholic faith.”
The German cardinal, reflecting on John Cardinal Newman’s teaching on the development of Catholic doctrine, explained that the organic development of Church teaching precludes a dramatic change. 
He wrote that a paradigm shift in Church teaching would suggest a break from fidelity to the sources of apostolic teaching, such as occurred with the Protestant Reformation. 
Thus he argues against those who interpret Amoris Laetitia to “advance positions contrary to the constant teaching of the Catholic Church, by effectively denying that adultery is always a grave objective sin…”
Cardinal Müller explained that when pastoral change becomes a term by which some express their agenda to sweep aside the Church’s teaching as if doctrine were an obstacle to pastoral care, then speaking up in opposition is a duty of conscience.
Paul VI to be declared a saint this year
VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis told priests in the Diocese of Rome that Blessed Paul VI would be canonised this year. The announcement came at the end of a question-and-answer session on February 15.
Archbishop Angelo De Donatis, papal vicar for Rome, had told the priests that they would be receiving a book of meditations about priesthood drawn from speeches from each pope, from Blessed Paul VI to Pope Francis. 
That prompted Pope Francis to comment, “There are two (recent) bishops of Rome who already are saints,” Ss. John XXIII and John Paul II. “Paul VI will be a saint this year.” 
The sainthood cause of Pope John Paul I is open, he noted, before adding, “Benedict (XVI) and I are on the waiting list; pray for us.”
Water and sanitation challenges for volcano evacuees
MANILA (SE): The news website of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CPCPNews) reported on February 22, that a month on from the eruption of Mayon Volcano in Albay province, overcrowded evacuation centres, access to water and the lack of sanitation facilities is becoming a problem (Sunday Examiner, February 4 and 11).
Father Rex Paul Arjona, of the social action centre of the diocese of Legazpi, said that the number of evacuees has gone down from a peak of 85,000 to around 67,000. However, a level 4 alert (imminent hazardous eruption) remains in effect. 
“Because of the lengthy period of stay in evacuation centers, several problems already emerged. As far congestion is concerned, evacuees experience water and sanitation issues,” CBCPNews reported him as saying.
Father Arjona said evacuation centres are just too crowded and ill-equipped to address the hygiene needs of displaced families.
He said many people are really suffering from mental and physical stress from have to live in the complicated environment of the centres.
“But we are happy that other interventions are focused on water, sanitation, hygiene and emergency shelters,” Father Arjona said.

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