Vatican News: illicitly ordained Chinese bishops want union with Holy See (Vatican News) An article posted on the Vatican News page argues that an accord with China could have “positive effects for the sacramental and spiritual life of the faithful.” The article dismisses fears that Chinese bishops who were illicitly ordained would resist the authority of the Holy see, saying that “the living desire to be in union with the Pope has always been present” in those bishops. The authors, Sergio Centofanti and Father Bernd Hagenkord, SJ, have produced a series of encouraging articles for Vatican News on talks with China.
Nicaragua's bishops affirm willingness to mediate despite government hostility (Fides) Nicaragua’s bishops affirmed their willingness to continue to act as mediators between the Ortega regime and opposition leaders. “We will not withdraw, despite the hostility of the government,” said Auxiliary Bishop Silvio José Baez, who suffered injuries when 200 masked paramilitary supporters of the Ortega regime raided and desecrated a basilica.
Former chancellor of Chile archdiocese arrested for child sexual abuse (CNA) The former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Santiago, Chile, has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse and statutory rape. Father Oscar Munoz Toledo was vice-chancellor of the archdiocese under Cardinal Francisco Errazuriz; he was promoted to chancellor under Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati. Cardinal Ezzati remains in office; Cardinal Errazuriz remains a member of the Council of Cardinals.
UN leader, German government, bishops denounce attacks on Church in Nicaragua (UN News) UN Secretary-General António Guterres “deplored” the recent attack on Nicaraguan bishops and priests by the Ortega regime’s paramiltary supporters. Human rights organizations and the German government also condemned the attack. In addition, the Mexican bishops and Costa Rican bishops (Spanish-language links) sent messages of support to the bishops of Nicaragua, as did the bishops of the EU.
Sweden's cardinal says Pope can still sway immigration debate (Crux) “Sweden is not as secular as people think,” Cardinal Anders Arborelius of Stockholm said in an interview. He added that “the arrival of many refugees who were helped by parishes of different denominations has made a great impact” on many Swedes and that “even politicians who have different opinions are full of admiration for the zeal of Christians who try to help refugees and other migrants.”
Australian archbishops: children less safe if confessional seal compromised (Canberra Times) The Australian Catholic bishops have voiced their “grave concerns” about legislation that would threaten the seal of confession. In a letter to political leaders, Archbishops Mark Coleridge and Anthony Fisher (of Melbourne and Sydney, respectively) said that the “spectacle of arresting and trying priests for acting in accordance with their faith would be very socially divisive.” They also said that child-molesters would not confess their sins, and so the law “will either have no effect on child safety or will actually make children less safe.”