1st 'religious freedom index' finds broad American support for religious liberty (Becket Law) “Even after decades of religious freedom being pulled into the culture wars, Americans accept and support a broad interpretation of religious freedom,” the study found. “Americans are uncomfortable with the idea of the government penalizing groups and individuals for living out their religious beliefs. Contrary to popular narratives of increased tribalism and polarization, Americans support a culture of accommodation for minority faith practices.”
December beatification for Archbishop Sheen (CNS) Archbishop Fulton Sheen will be beatified on December 21.
Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Illinois, announced on November 18 that the Vatican had approved plans for the beatification ceremony, to take place in the Peoria cathedral. The beatification was scheduled just weeks after the conclusion of a lengthy legal battle between the Peoria diocese and New York archdiocese over the late archbishop’s remains.
Vatican financial overseer suspended by international watchdog (Wall Street Journal) An international financial-oversight agency has suspended the Vatican’s involvement. Affiliation with the Egmont Group had been cited as a key sign of progress in the Vatican’s financial reforms. But the Egmont Group last week informed the Vatican’s Financial Information Agency (AIF) that it would no longer share information with the Vatican’s financial officers—a sign of loss of confidence in Vatican accountability.
Pope rips 'idolatry of the market,' weighs Catechism change for 'ecological sin' (Vatican Press Office) “It is no coincidence that sometimes emblems and actions typical of Nazism reappear,” the Pope told members of the International Association of Penal Law. The Pope referred to Nazi “persecution of Jews, gypsies, people of homosexual orientation” as “the quintessential negative model of the culture of rejection and hatred.”
In the same address the Pontiff said that he is considering the addition of a new item to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, citing “the sin against ecology, the ecological sin against the common home.”
Top Vatican financial regulator removed (AP) Rene Bruelhart, the president of the Financial Information Authority (AIF), has stepped down, in the latest sign of turmoil over the Vatican’s financial affairs. Bruelhart, a respected regulator who joined the AIF in 2012 to restore confidence in the Vatican’s financial dealings, told reporters that he had resigned; other Vatican officials said that he had reached the end of his term.
Tommaso Di Ruzza, the director of the AIF, was suspended in October, after Vatican police raided the AIF offices. The reasons for that raid have not been fully explained.
With both Bruelhart and Di Ruzza gone, the AIF is without effective leadership, at a time of intense questioning about the Vatican’s financial affairs. Vatican officials said that a new AIF president would be named soon.