Archbishop Naumann: abuse weakens pro-life witness (Crux) Speaking at a prayer vigil on the eve of the March for Life, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas said that the sex-abuse scandal “undermines every other ministry within the Church.” Archbishop Naumann, who chairs the pro-life committee of the US bishops’ conference, said that abuse “upends the pro-life ethic” because it is a violation of human dignity.
English bishop says Britain in 'amazing political mess' over Brexit (CNS) “This is a time of uncertainty, and I do think we should pray for our politicians and our leaders, that the Lord will guide them in order to find some kind of active plan and also that people will really get behind them in it,” Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth said after the House of Commons, in a 432-202 vote, rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit agreement with the EU.
Canadian humanitarian activist meets with Pope, discusses child soldiers (Dalhousie University) Roméo Dallaire, a former Canadian general and senator who was in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, met with Pope Francis to discuss their mutual opposition to child soldiers. “The Dallaire Initiative stands proudly with Pope Francis on his call for a more peaceful world and the elimination of the use of children in conflict worldwide,” his organization tweeted after their January 17 meeting.
CDF, Asian bishops conclude meeting on doctrinal issues (Vatican News) A delegation from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) have concluded a 4-day meeting with Asian Church leaders that took place in Bangkok this week. The meeting was devoted to doctrinal issues, with Luis Ladaria, the prefect of the CDF, reminding the representatives from Asian episcopal conferences of their “responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the doctrine of the faith.”
Vatican archbishop writes book on life after death (Il Fatto Quotidiano (Italian)) A lengthy review in L’Osservatore Romano’s Italian edition (p. 4) expressed hope that Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia’s new book would help reawaken the desire for heaven in the Catholic imagination. Archbishop Paglia, 73, is president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and grand chancellor of the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences.