Pope Francis has issued a Motu Proprio, enacting legislation for the protection of minors and vulnerable people in the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State. The Motu Proprio can be read in full here. These guidelines have been hailed by an editor from Vatican News as “state of the art” and up-to-date with the best current evidence on the protection of minors: read here why.
Regarding the abuse crisis, it is also noteworthy this interview with Jesuit priest Hans Zollner. An expert on this topic, Fr. Zollner explains the Vatican’s strategy to combat the clergy abuse crisis and the major hurdles it faces.
In the meantime, Papal critics have found two other reasons to attack the Pope this week (besides the ring kissing brouhaha already addressed in our blog.) The first one was when Pope Francis did not accept the resignation submitted by Cardinal Barbarin, convicted by a French court for not denouncing cases of abuse. This article provides a good contextualization on the reasons the Pope might have decided this way.
The second one has to do with the resignation of Lucetta Scaraffia from Donna Chiese Mondo, a supplement from the L’Osservatore Romano dedicated to women in the Church. This resignation was allegedly motivated by a male take-over from new L’Osservatore Romano editor Andrea Monda, recently appointed by the Pope. This has been criticized as clericalist and anti-woman, so as to paint Pope Francis as a hypocrite. However, this article, though containing doctrinal statements which cannot be condoned, gives a perspective of what actually happened.
In other news, Pope Francis has reaffirmed the highly traditional and often forgotten doctrine of the Universal Destination of Goods, by preaching that food is not private property, when there are people starving worldwide. A culture of sharing is needed and urgent. More on that in the vídeo below.
Pedro Gabriel, MD, is a Catholic layman and physician, born and residing in Portugal. He is a medical oncologist, currently employed in a Portuguese public hospital. A published writer of Catholic novels with a Tolkienite flavor, he is also a parish reader and a former catechist. He seeks to better understand the relationship of God and Man by putting the lens on the frailty of the human condition, be it physical and spiritual. He also wishes to provide a fresh perspective of current Church and World affairs from the point of view of a small western European country, highly secularized but also highly Catholic by tradition.