Australian panel blasts Catholic hierarchy, urges end to celibacy and confessional seal (AP) An Australian Royal Commission investigating sexual abuse of children has denounced “catastrophic failures of leadership of Catholic Church authorities over many decades.” The commission recommended a new law requiring priests to inform police if they had any evidence of abuse—including evidence from sacramental confessions. The group also suggested an end to clerical celibacy.
Catholics in Pakistan celebrate Year of the Eucharist (Fides) “We must return to the roots of our faith and the Eucharist, teaching the faithful to have a personal relationship with the Eucharistic Lord and to guide the faithful to celebrate the Eucharist worthily and fully,” said Bishop Benny Travas, who leads the bishops’ liturgical commission. “The miraculous power of the Eucharist will enable us to promote the culture of love, unity, peace and harmony and to be witnesses of Christ’s Eucharistic love in Pakistan.”
Nigerian prelate urges appointment of new bishop for troubled diocese (Crux) Breaking with other members of the Nigerian bishops’ conference, Bishop Joseph Danlami Bogobiri of Kafanchan has expressed sympathy for the priests and people of the Ahaira diocese, who have refused to accept the appointment of Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke. He argues that the Vatican should “give Ahiara a bishop close to their hearts.”
North American Orthodox-Catholic dialogue critiques document on primacy, synodality (USCCB) In 2016, the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church met in Chieti, Italy, and published “Synodality and Primacy in the First Millennium”. The North American Orthodox - Catholic Theological Consultation has issued an 8-page friendly critique of the Chieti document. Dated 10/28, the critique was released by the USCCB on 12/14.