'I believe the Lord wants a change in the Church,' Pope told Lithuanian Jesuits (La Civiltà Cattolica) The conversation, whose transcript has just been released, took place during the Pope’s recent apostolic journey to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. “I have said many times that a perversion of the Church today is clericalism,” the Pope said. “But 50 years ago the Second Vatican Council said this clearly: the Church is the People of God.... I know that the Lord wants the Council to make headway in the Church. Historians tell us that it takes 100 years for a Council to be applied. We are halfway there. So, if you want to help me, do whatever it takes to move the Council forward in the Church.”
Federal prosecutors open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania (AP) “This is the first time I have ever heard of a federal investigation into child sexual abuse in a Catholic diocese or church,” said a prominent victims’ attorney. The federal investigation “is no surprise considering the horrific misconduct detailed in the statewide grand jury report,” the Diocese of Greensburg said in a statement.
Vatican rules: Cardinal Ladaria will not testify in French court (La Croix) The Vatican has informed French authorities that Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, will not testify in a French court at the trial of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon. The French cardinal is charged with failing to take action against a priest who was found guilty of abuse; court documents show that Cardinal Ladaria wrote to Cardinal Barbarin, recommending that he take action “while avoiding public scandal.”
Catholic cemetery desecrated in Israel (Jerusalem Post) “Such an attack is an insult to God and humanity because a cemetery is a sacred place,” said Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem. “We ask that the police take the necessary action to stop these attacks.”