Chilean abuse victims win suit against cardinals for cover-up (Crux) Three Chilean sex-abuse victims have won a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Santiago and two cardinals who they charged with concealing evidence of sexual abuse. The court found Cardinal Javier Errazuriz, former Archbishop of Santiago, and Cardinal Ricard Ezzati, the current archbishop, guilty.
Synod groups issue reports on 3rd part of working document (Vatican Press Office) Fourteen groups—four of which conducted discussions in English, three in French, three in Italian, two in Spanish, one in German, and one in Portuguese—commented on the third part of the instrumentum laboris (working document). Click here and here for the groups’ reports on the first and second parts of the working document.
Gay parish associate resigns, despite support from Bishop McElroy (National Catholic Reporter) An openly homosexual pastoral associate at a San Diego parish has resigned, complaining of harassment by conservative Catholics. Aaron Bianco, who is a partner in a same-sex marriage, had been defended by Bishop Robert McElroy, who said: “If the Church eliminated all the employees who are not living out the teachings of the Church in its fulness, we would be employing only angels.”
Shooting leaves guard dead at Mexican cardinal's residence (AP) A security guard was shot and killed on October 21 at the residence of Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera. The Mexico City archdiocese said that the guard was shot when he resisted the attempt by two men to enter the residence. The crime was believed to be an attempted robbery, an archdiocesan spokesman said. The cardinal, who was in residence, was never considered to be in danger.
Cardinal Burke: College of Cardinals 'in a very bad way' (Sismografo) The College of Cardinals is “in a very bad way” because its members are not well acquainted with each other, Cardinal Raymond Burke told an Australian audience. The College of Cardinals has not been convened by Pope Francis in four years, so members have not had opportunities for discussion. Cardinal Burke believes that when the time comes to elect a new Pontiff, because of this unfamiliarity, “it will be hard to vote.”
Spanish Jesuit beatified (Vatican Press Office) Blessed Tiburcio Arnáiz Muñoz (1865-1926) founded the Missionaries of the Rural Parishes. Click here for local Spanish-language coverage of the beatification, which took place in Málaga Cathedral. This Spanish-language web page is devoted to Blessed Arnáiz’s cause for canonization.
Number of American nuns continues to plummet (Catholic Herald) The number of American women religious, which peaked at over 185,000 in 1965, is now about 47,000. More than three-quarters of the remaining women religious are over 70 years old. The trend suggest that three out of four religious orders in the US will cease to exist within the next few decades.