As Lenten Retreat ends, Pope thanks preacher (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis thanked Abbot Bernardo Francesco Maria Gianni, OSB, the preacher for the Lenten Retreat, as he and the leaders of the Roman Curia finished their annual week-long spiritual exercises. The Pope said that the meditations had caused him to think about the Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes, and “the courage of the Council Fathers when they signed that document.”
Cardinal Pell sentenced to 6 years in prison for abusing 2 boys (AP) “In my view, your conduct was permeated by staggering arrogance,” Judge Peter Kidd said as he sentenced Pell to 6 years in prison, with a minimum sentence of 3 years and 8 months before eligibility for parole. The prelate, who denies the allegations, faced a maximum sentence of 50 years and is appealing his conviction. The Associated Press also published an article on the testimony against Pell.
Vatican spokesman sees Pius XII as bridge between 2 eras (L'Osservatore Romano (p. 9)) “Certain members of the press described him as the last representative of a Church that was anchored to the past, emphasizing only the discontinuity with his holy Successor [St. John XXIII],” writes Andrea Tornielli, editorial director of the Dicastery for Communication. “But a deeper and more measured appraisal of his Pontificate helps one to understand how Pope Pacelli, with his decisions and his Magisterium, was a bridge between one era and another, even in the ecclesial sphere.”
Bishop resigned following sexual harassment allegation, Baltimore archbishop reveals (Archdiocese of Baltimore) Bishop Gordon Bennett, SJ, was ordained to the priesthood in 1975 and appointed auxiliary bishop of Baltimore in 1997. He was appointed bishop of Mandeville (Jamaica) in 2004 but resigned two years later at the age of 59. “Bishop Bennett is prohibited from exercising any priestly or episcopal ministry in the Archdiocese of Baltimore,” said Archbishop William Lori, who added that the archdiocese learned in 2006 of the allegation of sexual harassment of a young adult.