In Latin America, ferment over abuse, abortion and Covid (Crux) This round-up offers an overview of “a new bishop apologizing for clerical sexual abuse in Chile, the bishops of Nicaragua announcing the return of public Masses after the coronavirus and the Church in Ecuador praising the country’s president for vetoing a bill that would have partially legalized abortion.”
Pope appoints special prosecutor (Catholic Herald) Pope Francis has appointed a special prosecutor, the Vatican disclosed on September 28. Although the announcement did not identify the case involved, the prosecutor—Gianluca Perone, an expert in commercial law—is expected to probe the financial dealings of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu.
Cardinal Müller looks at US politics, the 2020 election, and Catholic conscience (National Catholic Register) Born in 1947, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller served as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2012 to 2017. He also discussed the Vatican’s agreement with China: “What good is an agreement with the Chinese Communist Party if human rights are not respected and Catholics, Muslims and others are denied freedom of religion, and if atheists will even paraphrase the Bible to match their standards, i.e. falsify the Word of God?”
Cardinal Burke: Biden shouldn't receive Communion (Newsweek) “I don’t intend to get involved in the recommending any candidate for office, but simply to state that a Catholic may not support abortion in any shape or form, because it is one of the most grievous sins against human life, and has always been considered to be intrinsically evil,” said the former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. “And therefore to support the act is a mortal sin.”
New charges emerge in Becciu investigation (CNA) Vatican journalists have unearthed new details about potential charges against Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, including allegations that the cardinal steered contracts and loans toward his brother’s business. The Catholic News Agency reports that Gianluigi Torzi, a businessman arrested by the Vatican in June, has cooperated with prosecutors exploring suspicious Vatican transactions.
Pope names leading physicist to pontifical academy (CNA) The Pontifical Academy of Sciences, established in 1936, is an advisory body whose members include non-Catholics. In 2012, physicist Fabiola Gianotti announced the discovery of the Higgs boson (Encyclopaedia Britannica article).