Papal message for World Day of Migrants: all in the same boat (Vatican News) In his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis says that as the Covid epidemic passes, the world should “think no longer in terms of ‘them’ and ‘those’ but only ‘us.’” The papal message, entitled “Toward An Ever Wider ‘We,’ insists that “we are all in the same boat and called to work together so that there will be no more walls that separate us.”
Vatican 'security expert' says she compiled damaging files on prelates (CNA) A “security expert” who has been charged by Vatican prosecutors with embezzlement now says that she was asked by Cardinal Angelo Becciu to compile damaging information about other Vatican officials. Cecilia Marogna told an Italian news broadcast that her files were to document “immoral conduct of some prelates.” Although Marogna’s background raises questions about her credibility—she is reportedly being investigated in Slovenia for money-laundering—this is the second recent allegation of attempts at blackmail by officials of the Secretariat of State.
Bishop McElroy opposes call to deny Communion to Biden (Catholic Vote) Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego has rejected arguments that Catholic politicians who support abortion (including President Biden) should not receive Communion. Bishop McElroy said the denial of Communion would be “the wrong step” because a politician’s failure to abide by Church teaching “cannot be the measure of Eucharistic worthiness in a church of sinners and questioners.” He added that while abortion is a serious matter, racism is also a grave offense. (He did not, however, identify any American Catholic politicians who endorse—much less seek taxpayer funding for—racism.)
Fauci headlines Vatican conference on health (AP) Dr. Anthony Fauci gave a keynote address to a Vatican conference on holistic health that opened May 6. Although the conference had been planned before the outbreak of the Covid epidemic, Fauci used the occasion to encourage religious institutions to promote vaccination, and the heads of two major vaccine manufacturers, Moderna and Pfizer, also spoke. An AP report noted the odd selection of speakers for a Vatican conference, which including rock stars and New Age theorists. The AP report noted: “Supermodel Cindy Crawford has a slot to talk about ‘beauty from the inside out,’ and Chelsea Clinton is teaming up with an Italian public health official to promote equal access to health care.”
Investigations of bishops rise as McCarrick scandal reforms kick in (National Catholic Register) In the two years since Pope Francis issued Vos estis lux mundi [You Are the Light of the World], his motu proprio addressing sexual abuse, “investigations have been opened to address claims against Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, NY; Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Jose, CA; Bishop John Brungardt of Dodge City, KS; and former Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, NY.” In addition, Bishop Michael Hoeppner of Crookston, Minnesota, recently resigned following an investigation into his handling of an abuse allegation.