Cardinal Pell convicted? (Daily Beast) Cardinal George Pell has been convicted of sexual abuse, according to an unconfirmed report from Australia. Cardinal Pell has been undergoing a trial in secret, with press coverage barred, and the Australian media have not reported the result. According to the Daily Beast, an original trial resulted in a hung jury in September; in a new trial, concluded this week, the jury deliberated for three days before delivering a guilty verdict.
Vatican Secretary of State: Address migration's root causes so that people may remain in their own countries (Holy See Mission) After welcoming the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, Cardinal Pietro Parolin called upon the international community to address migration’s root causes so that people may “live in safety and dignity in their own countries.” In addition, he said that when migrants enter new countries, there should be “integration ... neither merely assimilation nor incorporation, but a two-way process rooted in the mutual recognition of the fundamental equality and dignity of all.”
Irish archbishop: no duty to obey immoral law (Irish Times) “There’s a clear Catholic teaching that if legislation is against the basic principles of the faith of people, that they can’t be forced to carry it out,” observed Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin. He was referring to new legislation that requires medical personnel to cooperate in abortion.
Indonesian bishop who resigned in 2017 scandal given new diocese (UCANews) An Indonesian bishop, who resigned in 2017 after being accused of siphoning church funds to support a mistress, has been given a new diocesan assignment. Bishop Hubertus Leteng had promised to restore the funds—reportedly amounting to $100,000—that he had embezzled while Bishop of Ruteng. He will now head the Bandung diocese in Java.
Colleagues say new Congolese archbishop will defend human rights (CNS) On November 25, Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungu was installed as archbishop of Kinshasa, the nation’s capital and largest city, succeeding Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya. Over 4.5 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have fled their homes in recent conflicts.
Chinese priest: Vatican urged cooperation with Patriotic Association (AsiaNews) A Chinese priest of the “underground” Church reports that he was instructed by Vatican officials to concelebrate Mass with a bishop of the “official” Church—who had been ordained in defiance of the Vatican, and thus incurred the penalty of excommunication. The priest has faced a backlash from lay faithful, who resented the move toward cooperation with the government-backed Patriotic Association.
EU prelate laments threats to religious freedom in Europe (COMECE) Auxiliary Bishop Theodorus C.M. Hoogenboom of Utrecht (Netherlands) is president of the COMECE (Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union) legal affairs commission. “On what grounds can one restrict the exercise of freedom of religion to the private sphere?” he said in a dialogue with European Parliament officials. “Laws, policies, practices or statements that try to confine the exercise of the freedom of religion to the private sphere entail a violation of the right to freedom of religion.”