1. Defrocked pro-life firebrand accuses bishop of ‘constant lies,’ vows to press on, By Elise Ann Allen and John Lavenberg, Crux, December 20, 2022 Frank Pavone, long a controversial figure in American Catholicism for his unconventional pro-life advocacy who was recently defrocked by the Vatican, has accused his bishop of abuse of authority and “constant lies,” saying he has no intention of quitting his ministry. Speaking to Crux, Pavone said Bishop Patrick Zurek, who oversees the Diocese of Amarillo where Pavone was incardinated as a priest, has been threatening to dismiss him from the priesthood for the past five years “under three or four changing, shifting rationales.” https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2022/12/defrocked-pro-life-firebrand-accuses-bishop-of-constant-lies-vows-to-press-on__________________________________________________________ 2. Prelate calls on US to pressure Nicaragua to free dissident bishop, By John Lavenburg, Crux, December 20, 2022 The head of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference International Justice and Peace Committee has called on the U.S. government to help free Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, who remains under house arrest at the hands of the Nicaraguan government. Álvarez, who is also the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Estelí, was detained by Nicaragua’s National Police on August 19. Last week, he was charged with “undermining national integrity and the propagation of false news,” essentially criticizing the government. https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-americas/2022/12/prelate-calls-on-us-to-pressure-nicaragua-to-free-dissident-bishop__________________________________________________________ 3. Vatican investigator says claims of Jesuit abuse true, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, December 19, 2022, 2:58 PM A Vatican-appointed investigator who helped bring to light decades-old allegations of sexual and spiritual abuse against a famous Jesuit priest is calling for the hierarchs who hid his crimes to “humbly ask the world to forgive the scandal.” In correspondence obtained Monday, Bishop Daniele Libanori also said the claims of the women about the Rev. Marko Ivan Rupnik were true and that they had “seen their lives ruined by the evil suffered and by the complicit silence” of the church. Libanori penned the letter Sunday to fellow priests after a remarkable week in which the Jesuit religious order of Pope Francis admitted that Rupnik, an artist whose mosaics grace churches and chapels around the world, had been excommunicated for having committed one of the most serious crimes in the church: using the confessional to absolve a woman with whom he had engaged in sexual activity. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/vatican-investigator-says-claims-of-jesuit-abuse-true/2022/12/19/93b5606a-7fd7-11ed-8738-ed7217de2775_story.html__________________________________________________________ 4. Italian Cardinal Severino Poletto dies at age 89, By Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency, December 19, 2022, 11:15 AM The Italian Cardinal Severino Poletto died in his home Saturday evening at the age of 89. Poletto was the retired archbishop of Turin, a city in northern Italy. Since his retirement in 2010, he has been living in Moncalieri, a southern suburb of Turin. As head of the Archdiocese of Turin, Poletto oversaw the display of the Shroud of Turin for the Jubilee Year 2000. He also hosted the first International Symposium on Shroud Studies in March 2000. His 11 years as archbishop of Turin followed 10 years as bishop of Asti, another northern Italian diocese. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/253113/italian-cardinal-severino-poletto-dies-at-age-89__________________________________________________________

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