“A Global Juridic Culture”

The Vatican has accepted the credentials of the new US ambassador, Mary Ann Glendon (a conflict of interest, in my eyes, since she has represented the Vatican and been the head of a Vatican commission). Pope Benedict’s comments to her upon the presentation of her credentials affirm the common mission of the US and the…

The Vatican Museums

The new director of the Vatican Museums doesn’t like crowds, but he’s going to find more effective ways of dealing with them. When I went in 2005, I didn’t have to wait in line–or pay. I happened to bump into someone I knew in Piazza San Pietro, and he told me to come see him.…

Nuncio will go to Yad Vashem

John Allen reports: Archbishop Antonio Franco, the Vatican’s nuncio in Israel, has announced that he will attend the annual Holocaust Memorial day event at Yad Vashem, Israel’s main Holocaust museum, after the museum indicated it is willing to reconsider a caption of Pope Pius XII that Franco found offensive. Avner Shalev, President of Yad Vashem,…

The Vatican and Israel

New controversy between the Vatican and Israel. Sources: John Allen. Jerusalem Post. Catholic World News. The papal nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Franco, refuses to go to Holocaust remembrance at Yad Vashem because of the caption on a picture in a display erected two years ago. It’s a description of the wartime actions of Pope Pius XII,…

The fury of the pope

Rocco on the continuing fall out from the Wielgus affair. In Rome, the Pope is said to be hopping mad over the debacle, feeling “furious” and “isolated” as he reportedly prepares to expedite Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re’s long-expected departure from the top job at the Congregation for Bishops.

Rocco on things Polish, et al.

Rocco has a couple more posts on the Wielgus matter (Wielgusopoli and From the Polish Desk), with lots of links. In a related development since the paper went to press, yesterday Pope Benedict received Polish Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, in private audience. A native of the archdiocese of Poznan,…

“What Did the Pope Know, and When Did He Know It”?

Robert Miller at First Things looks at some apparently contradictory statements in the Wielgus affair. Wielgus … issued a statement in which he admitted that the allegations were substantially true and, surprisingly, that he had disclosed all this to Pope Benedict XVI prior to accepting his appointment. … Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, the Prefect of…

Are Bishops Employees of the Vatican?

Judge John G. Heyburn II says Vatican can be sued as part of sex abuse cases. [But he] … said he is open to reconsidering his decision if the church can provide facts to challenge the idea that its bishops aren’t Holy See employees for purposes of the class- action suit.