Pope Francis, Cardinal Marc Ouellet and an official Vatican statement seem to be laying the groundwork for an admission that mistakes were made in handling allegations that Archbishop Theodore McCarrick engaged in sexual misconduct and even abuse.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former nuncio to the United States who called on Pope Francis to resign for allegedly lifting sanctions placed on Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, now says those “sanctions” were “private” and neither he nor now-retired Pope Benedict XVI ever was able to enforce them.
The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and subsequent election of Pope Francis will be the subject of a new film set to debut on Netflix.
To help celebrate Bavarian-born Pope Benedict XVI’s 90th birthday, a bit of Bavaria, including German beer and pretzels, came to the Vatican on Easter Sunday, April 16.
Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his book, “Milestones,” that he was born and baptized on April 16, 1927, which was Holy Saturday that year, “my life from the beginning was immersed in the paschal mystery, which could not be anything other than a blessing.” he wrote in his book, “Milestones.”
Recent popes have had a special affection for Our Lady of Fatima, but no pope’s connection can match that of St. John Paul II.
Retirement has given the 89-year-old Pope Benedict what he describes as the gift of silence to enter more deeply into prayer.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI said in an interview that he felt a “duty” to resign from the papacy because of his declining health and the rigorous demands of papal travel.