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‘This is a warning’ — After Vos Estis probe and a push from Pope Francis, Bishop Hoeppner quits Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota…

More than 18 months after the first U.S. investigation of a bishop under norms approved by Pope Francis, Bishop Michael Hoeppner of Crookston, Minnesota resigned his office April 13 at the request of Pope Francis. Bishop Michael Hoeppner in 2007. Courtesy photo. The man who says Hoeppner coerced him into recanting an abuse claim says the resignation is “a victory for all those who have been unheard for all these years, and have had to put up with the abuse by the higher-ups when they told their stories and weren’t heard.” “It’s a victory for all those who have been abused by sinful men in the Church — a victory for the faithful people of Christ’s Church, and a victory for truth,” Ron Vasek told The Pillar Tuesday morning. The Crookston diocese announced April 13 that “the investigation whi...

Jesuit priest at helm of New York City’s prestigious Regis High School fired over sex-misconduct claims…

The Jesuit priest at the helm of prestigious Regis High School in Manhattan is being ousted over claims of sexual misconduct, The Post has learned. The school — which counts Dr. Anthony Fauci among its notable alumni — said it intends to remove the Rev. Daniel Lahart for cause, according to a letter sent to the community Sunday. “The Board of Trustees has determined, based on the findings of the third party investigator, Fr. Lahart engaged in inappropriate and unwelcome verbal communications and physical conduct, all of a sexual nature, with adult members of the Regis community, including subordinates,” states the letter, obtained by The Post. The Jesuit priest at the helm of prestigious Regis High School in Manhattan is being ousted over claims of sexual misconduct, (Regi...

TOR priest who served at Franciscan University of Steubenville indicted on rape charges…

In an April 8 statement the Diocese of Steubenville said it first became aware of the case “when the alleged victim presented the allegations to the diocese in November 2018.” STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A Franciscan priest who once worked in campus ministry at Franciscan University of Steubenville has been indicted in Ohio for the alleged rape of a female patient who was mentally or physically impaired. On April 7, Father David Morrier, was indicted in Ohio by the Jefferson County Grand Jury on two charges of sexual battery and a single charge of rape. He was removed from active ministry in 2015 on unspecified sexual misconduct charges, his Franciscan province has said.  The 59-year-old priest, who is a mental health professional, allegedly maintained a three-year sexual relationship with a...

For these working stiffs, it’s ambivalence rather than amore from the Pope…

ROME – One of Pope Francis’s signature innovations is the World Meeting of Popular Movements, a kind of Davos from the bottom up intended to give voice to grassroots organizations, including workers who are at risk or lack job security, all striving to correct what the pontiff has called an “economy of exclusion and inequality.” From the beginning, Francis has been the world’s leading moral critic of a sort of savage free-market global capitalism, an “economy that kills,” and has relentlessly argued for embracing the ordinary working poor left behind by such a system. When such workers take to the streets to protest government measures that leave them unable to do their jobs, and thus impoverished and alone, under ordinary circumstances one would expect Pope Francis to be the cheerleader-i...

3rd Sunday of Easter: “You are witnesses of these things”…

This Sunday’s Gospel speaks to the necessity of becoming witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection Jesus. It begins with the necessary foundation of the Church’s proclamation: The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon! (Luke 24:34) This solemn declaration forms the doctrinal certitude of the resurrection. On this foundation of the truth, the personal witness of every Catholic must be built. In this gospel we see how the Lord confirms His resurrection through the teaching authority of the Church, confirms the apostles in its truth, clarifies their faith, and then commissions them to be witnesses. Let’s see how the Lord does this. I. The Certainty of the Resurrection – And [the disciples from Emmaus] rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who ...

Pope’s Sunday Regina Coeli: Six new blesseds “resisted with heroic courage, unto death, to defend the Eucharist from desecration”…

Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided over the beatification of the six Cistercian monks in Casamari Abbey in Frosinone, Italy. Four of the martyred monks — Siméon Cardon, Modeste-Marie Burgen, Maturin Pitré and Albertin Marie Maisonade — were French and had previously fled the violence of the French Revolution. The French army, which had occupied Naples, had sacked the Benedictine monastery of Monte Cassino and other churches and monasteries while on retreat northward. While most of the Cistercians of Casamari Abbey escaped amid chaos of the looting, six monks remained to try to save the consecrated hosts in the tabernacle from desecration and were killed by the soldiers. In the pope’s Regina Coeli address, he said that “the...

Italian arrest warrant for Torzi signals dramatic shift in Vatican finance investigation…

What happened:  An Italian magistrate has issued an arrest warrant for Gianluigi Torzi, the businessman at the centre of the Vatican’s London property scandal. The warrant was announced Monday morning. What’s new:  The Italian court order charges Torzi and several business associates with fraud and misdealings with the Vatican over the London property deal. It adds allegations that Torzi falsified invoices worth millions of euros for non-existent transactions. The Italian order also alleges that the Secretariat of State failed to follow Vatican financial regulations in making its investments. Why it matters:  The warrant for Torzi’s arrest, along with legal sanctions against his business associates, follows a stinging ruling from a U.K. judge released last month, which excor...

This Sunday: Jesus spends half of the Gospel proving the resurrection, and the other half explaining what it means for us…

By Tom Hoopes, April 15, 2021 After “Divine Mercy Sunday,” think of the Third Sunday of Easter, Year B, as “Trust Jesus Sunday.” The readings urge us to make a real break from sin — and it is a message badly needed in our time, which has been defined by nominal Christianity, and so many have claimed a Christian identity without changing their lives. Jesus spends half of the Gospel proving the resurrection and the other half explaining what it means for us. Jesus gives many extraordinary proofs for the Resurrection to his disciples in the upper room. First he appeals to their senses, saying “touch me and see,” to show that he has “flesh and bones” and is not a ghost. Next, he appeals to history, showing his pierced hands and feet, to prove that he is the one they saw crucified, and not...

The Vatican financial draft rankings, a bishop “resigns,” and drinks with The Pillar…

Happy Friday friends, And a special Happy Birthday to the pope emeritus Benedict XVI, who turns 94 today. History will remember the theologian formerly known as Joseph Ratzinger for many reasons, but for me he will always be the pope who came to my office one day and changed my life. In 2010, I was working in the House of Commons and Pope Benedict was making a state visit to the UK. By chance or by grace, I was given two tickets in the seventh row for his address to the joint houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall. “The fundamental questions at stake in Thomas More’s trial continue to present themselves in ever-changing terms as new social conditions emerge,” the pope said.  “If the moral principles underpinning the democratic process are themselves determined by nothing more solid ...

15 uplifting quotes from Benedict XVI to celebrate his 94th birthday…

Catholic Church England and Wales, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Happy Birthday, Pope Benedict XVI! 🥳🥳🥳 Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI turns 94 years old on April 16. In his honor, let’s look at some of his most uplifting words. Here’s 15 quotes in honor of Pope Benedict’s 94th Birthday: 1) “The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.” 2) “The cross reminds us that there is no true love without suffering, there is no gift of life without pain.” 3) “If you follow the will of God, you know that in spite of all the terrible things that happen to you, you will never lose a final refuge. You know that the foundation of the world is love, so that even when no human being can or will help you, you may go on, trusting in the One tha...

5 great Catholics have been sent to prison in Hong Kong. They are the confessors of our day…..

> Italiano> English> Français > All the articles of Settimo Cielo in English If you want to receive (or go back to receiving) a notification for every new article, click HERE and subscribe to the Newsletter from Settimo Cielo! * (s.m.) On Friday April 16, in Hong Kong, nine top defenders of freedom were sentenced and put in prison. Five of them are Catholics. Father Gianni Criveller of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), a professor of theology who spent twenty-seven years in China, has met them in person and on the very day of their entry into prison sketched a vibrant profile of them on “Mondo e Missione,” the magazine of the PIME, and on “UCA News,” a Catholic outlet with a focus on Asia. With the author’s permission, his text is repr...

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chelsea Clinton to headline May 6-8 healthcare conference hosted by Vatican…

VATICAN CITY — Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chelsea Clinton, and the CEOs of Pharmaceutical  manufacturers Moderna and Pfizer, which created leading COVID-19 vaccines, will be among the featured speakers at a healthcare conference next month co-hosted by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture.  Entitled “Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul. How Innovation and Novel Delivery Systems Improve Human Health,” the Vatican says the May 6-8 “Unite to Prevent” online conference will bring together doctors, scientists, religious leaders, philanthropists and others “to discuss the latest breakthroughs in medicine, healthcare delivery and prevention, as well as the human implications and cultural impact of technological advances.” Co-hosted by the Cura Foundation, an organization that aims to im...