Australian archbishop resigns following conviction for concealing abuse (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference) In 2002, at the high point of the clerical abuse crisis in the United States, Archbishop Philip Wilson spoke with US bishops for three hours at their Dallas meeting. The US bishops’ spokesman at the time described the Australian prelate as “wise in matters of faith, skilled in diocesan leadership, and experienced in dealing with the scandal and the pain and misfortune that clerical crimes bring upon bishops, the people, and the Church.” Archbishop Wilson later served as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference from 2006 to 2012.
Venezuelan bishops demand justice for tortured prisoners (Breitbart) Click here for the Spanish-language text of the statement. In its front-page coverage of developments in Venezuela, L’Osservatore Romano (5/23 Italian edition) highlighted President Trump’s new executive order and the condemnation of the recent Venezuelan election by 13 Latin American nations.
Australian archbishop convicted of concealing abuse (Sydney Morning Herald) Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide has been found guilty of failing to inform authorities about sexual abuse. The court found that the archbishop had heard credible charges against a priest in the 1970s, but kept them secret. Archbishop Wilson is the highest ranking Catholic prelate ever convicted on criminal charges of covering up abuse.
The archbishop—who has consistently denied that he was aware of the abuse—may appeal the verdict.
CCD grants $47K to Biblical literacy projects (USCCB) “It is heartening to see the renewed interest in Biblical literacy at every level of formation and Church life,” said Auxiliary Bishop Robert Brennan of Rockville Centre as the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine’s grants were announced.
Pope urges frank discussion of Italian vocations crisis (Vatican News) Addressing the bishops of Italy, Pope Francis proposed that dioceses with an abundance of priests share them with dioceses facing priest shortages. He also called for “evangelical poverty and transparency” and the reduction or merger of dioceses. The Holy Father encouraged the Italian bishops to discuss the issue freely, without fear of giving offense. “It is not a sin to criticize the Pope here,” he said.