WBEZ | Vatican http://www.wbez.org/tags/vatican Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Vatican arrests two advisers in connection with documents leak http://www.wbez.org/news/vatican-arrests-two-advisers-connection-documents-leak-113599 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/The balconies of St. Peter&#039;s at the Vatican in Rome. The two people arrested Monday were members of a committee convened by Pope Francis in 2013 to keep him abreast of financial reforms in the Vatican government..jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res453989482" previewtitle="The balconies of St. Peter's at the Vatican in Rome. The two people arrested Monday were members of a committee convened by Pope Francis in 2013 to keep him abreast of financial reforms in the Vatican government."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="The balconies of St. Peter's at the Vatican in Rome. The two people arrested Monday were members of a committee convened by Pope Francis in 2013 to keep him abreast of financial reforms in the Vatican government." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/02/vatican_custom-2916251402bff25340fd2a16e1c6c1a26e4e64b7-s1600-c85.jpg" style="height: 400px; width: 620px;" title="The balconies of St. Peter's at the Vatican in Rome. The two people arrested Monday were members of a committee convened by Pope Francis in 2013 to keep him abreast of financial reforms in the Vatican government. (Giuseppe Ciccia/Barcroft Media /Landov)" /></div><div><div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>On Monday, the Vatican arrested a monsignor and a public relations employee on charges of leaking confidential information to the media.</p><p>The arrests preempt the Thursday release of two books, purported to reveal new scandals in the Holy See.</p></div></div></div><p>NPR&#39;s Sylvia Poggioli reports from Rome that the PR employee, a woman, has been released after agreeing to cooperate with investigators, but the priest was in a Vatican jail cell:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;Spanish priest Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda is the No. 2 at the Vatican&#39;s prefecture for economic affairs, and Francesca Chaouqui is a public relations expert. Both were members of a commission that Pope Francis set up in 2013 to advise him of financial reform in the Curia, or the Vatican bureaucracy. The commission was disbanded after it handed its report to the pope.</em></p><p><em>&quot;The twin arrests come just days before books by two Italian journalists are to be released. Both claim to contain revelations of corruption inside the Holy See. A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.news.va/en/news/282955">Vatican statement</a>&nbsp;said the books are the result of the &#39;serious betrayal of the trust bestowed by the pope&#39; on the part of two commission members.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>The statement goes on to condemn the books as creating confusion instead of bringing clarity.</p><p>One of the books was written by Gianluigi Nuzzi, the journalist who wrote the 2012 book on the &quot;Vatileaks&quot; scandal that some say contributed to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. That controversy centered on corruption in the Holy See.</p><p>As&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/06/02/154093529/conspiracies-swirl-as-vatican-scandal-engulfs-rome">NPR reported</a>&nbsp;at the time:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;Known as Vatileaks, the crisis has shed light on a Vatican gripped by intrigue and power struggles like a Renaissance court.</em></p><p><em>&quot;Vatileaks erupted into a full-blown scandal with the publication two weeks ago of a book of Vatican documents alleging corruption and conspiracies among cardinals.</em></p><p><em>&quot;Within days, the Vatican bank president was abruptly dismissed and the pope&#39;s own butler was arrested on charges of stealing the pope&#39;s correspondence.</em></p><p><em>&quot;The Vatican denounced the leaking of papal letters as a brutal attack and launched a three-pronged investigation to find the moles.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/02/453976748/vatican-arrests-2-advisers-in-connection-with-documents-leak?ft=nprml&amp;f=453976748" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 14:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/vatican-arrests-two-advisers-connection-documents-leak-113599 Kentucky clerk Kim Davis had a secret meting with the Pope http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-09-30/kentucky-clerk-kim-davis-had-secret-meting-pope-113128 <p><p>A Kentucky clerk who went to jail for defying a federal court&rsquo;s orders to issue same-sex marriage licenses says she met briefly with the pope during his historic visit to the United States.</p><p>The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, didn&rsquo;t deny the encounter took place but said Wednesday in Rome that he had no comment on the topic.</p><p>Rowan County clerk Kim Davis and her husband met privately with Pope Francis on Thursday afternoon at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., for less than 15 minutes, said her lawyer, Mat Staver.</p><p>&ldquo;It was really very humbling to even think that he would want to meet me or know me,&rdquo; Davis said in an interview with ABC.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img a="" alt="" at="" award="" class="image-original_image" conference="" cost="" council="" d.c.="" duggan="" family="" in="" james="" last="" lawler="" of="" research="" reuters="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/KimDavis2.jpg" style="height: 352px; width: 540px;" title="Kentucky's Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis speaks after receiving the &quot;Cost of Discipleship&quot; award at a Family Research Council conference last week in Washington, D.C. (James Lawler Duggan/Reuters /Landov)" week="" /></div><p>Davis, an Apostolic Christian, spent five days in jail earlier this month for defying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In a telephone interview late Tuesday, Staver would not say who initiated the meeting with the pope or how it came to be, though he did say that Vatican officials had inquired about Davis&rsquo; situation while she was in jail. He declined to name them.</p><p>&ldquo;He told me before he left, he said `stay strong.&rsquo; That was a great encouragement,&rdquo; Davis said of the pope during the ABC interview. &ldquo;Just knowing that the pope is on track with what we&rsquo;re doing and agreeing, you know, it kind of validates everything.&rdquo;</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/09/30/kentucky-clerk-kim-davis-pope" target="_blank"><em> via Here &amp; Now and The Associated Press</em></a></p></p> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-09-30/kentucky-clerk-kim-davis-had-secret-meting-pope-113128 U.N. addresses Vatican handling of child sex abuse cases http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-10/un-addresses-vatican-handling-child-sex-abuse-cases-109676 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/(AP PhotoAlessandra Tarantino)2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The United Nations has issued a report which says the Vatican, as a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, is responsible for implementing its mandate. The report says the Vatican has not done enough to protect children from abuse. We&#39;ll discuss the findings.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-u-n-addresses-vatican-handling-of-se/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-u-n-addresses-vatican-handling-of-se.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-u-n-addresses-vatican-handling-of-se" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: U.N. addresses Vatican handling of child sex abuse cases " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-10/un-addresses-vatican-handling-child-sex-abuse-cases-109676 Conflict in Niger, a look inside the Vatican bank and an preview of Zimbabwe's presidential election http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-15/conflict-niger-look-inside-vatican-bank-and-preview-zimbabwes <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP878419060776.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We get an update on conflict in Niger. Thomas Reese gives us a history lesson on the Vatican Bank. Tony Hawkins joins us from Zimbabwe to talk about the upcoming presidential election and the political landscape there.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101188534&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-controversy-over-muslim-broadcast-and-a.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-controversy-over-muslim-broadcast-and-a" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Conflict in Niger, a look inside the Vatican bank and an preview of Zimbabwe's presidential election" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-15/conflict-niger-look-inside-vatican-bank-and-preview-zimbabwes A historic Chicago church says good-bye to its bells http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/historic-chicago-church-says-good-bye-its-bells-106708 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bell.jpg" title="St. James Church in Bronzeville has been closed for almost four years. Despite parishioners’ efforts to save the church, it’s starting to be slowly dismantled. (Adriana Cardona/WBEZ)" /></p><p>Workers took down the bells at St. James Church in Chicago&rsquo;s Bronzeville neighborhood Wednesday.<br /><br />The Archdiocese of Chicago plans to demolish the 137-year-old building, despite efforts by the Friends of Historic St. James, a group of parishioners that have been advocating to save the church.<br /><br />&ldquo;I think the cold and rainy weather reflects the sadness and tears that many of us have seeing these bells being removed,&rdquo; said Dave Samber, who&rsquo;s at the forefront of the advocacy efforts. &ldquo;This is the beginning of what could very well be an end, but it doesn&rsquo;t have to be.&rdquo;</p><p>Samber said his group, the Friends of Historic St. James, still has time to reverse the Archdiocese&rsquo;s decision. Parishioners appealed to the Vatican earlier this month to halt the demolition and to suspend the removal of parochial goods, and are waiting to hear back.</p><div class="image-insert-image ">A private real estate developer has said he&rsquo;s committed to investing $5 million to help restoration efforts.</div><p>But the Archdiocese of Chicago said the total cost for restoration is $12 million. In a statement, the Archdiocese said it can&rsquo;t afford to renovate the building and instead will invest $7 million to build a new church a block away on Michigan Avenue.</p><p>&ldquo;The Archdiocese feels that it would be fiscally irresponsible to renovate the existing building &hellip; The new St. James Church will better serve the parish, the parishioners and the community in the future,&rdquo; the statement said.</p><p>According to the Archdiocese, the new St. James Church will seat 500 people. In the meantime, the parish will hold mass in its current parish center, and operate its food pantry, as it&rsquo;s been doing while the church building has been vacant.</p><p>The organ and the bells will be saved for use in other Archdiocesan parishes, a spokeswoman said. Demolition is slated to start May 1.</p><p>But Eva Leonard, who&rsquo;s attended St. James for 30 years, said she won&rsquo;t let go of her church that easily.<br /><br />&ldquo;We are going to move back in there,&rdquo; Leonard said.&nbsp; &lsquo;Cause this is what we want to do. It&rsquo;s my only Catholic church; [I] can&rsquo;t see it torn down, no way.&rdquo;</p><p>Preservation Chicago Board President Ward Miller said he expected to see more dialogue between the Archdiocese and its congregation.</p><p>&ldquo;The Cardinal should have come out with his people, he should have talked to all of us. There just has been dead silence for all of us,&rdquo; Miller said.</p></p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/historic-chicago-church-says-good-bye-its-bells-106708 An American in Italy, or, I traveled all the way to Europe and all I got was this lousy time with the Pope?! http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-11-09/american-italy-or-i-traveled-all-way-europe-and-all-i-got-was-lousy-ti <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-09/rome family.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-09/anti-Berlusconi.jpg" title="Old men who are also Anti-Berlusconi protestors" width="500" height="332"></p><p>Hello friends! I wasn't kidding last week when I said I was out of town. The last week and a half I was in Italy with my husband Steve. He'd never been there, whereas I had spent a year in Florence while in college (and had traveled there in high school once before for a Latin field trip.) My mom forced me to keep travel journals since I was old enough to write, and the habit has stuck with me. So if you like reading about travels, or looking at photos of Italy, or plan on heading over there anytime soon, feel free to check out my entries on our stops in <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2011/10/travel_log_days_1_and_2.php">Naples and Pompeii</a>, <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2011/10/saturday_in_florence.php">Florence</a>, <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2011/10/sunday_montalcino.php">Montalcino</a>, other bits of <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2011/10/buon_halloween.php">Tuscany and Umbria</a>, <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2011/11/tuesday_night.php">Vinci</a>,&nbsp; <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2011/11/wednesday_last_night_in_floren.php">Fiesole</a>, <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2011/11/saturday_night_in_london.php">Rome and the Vatican</a> and a tiny bit of <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2011/11/last_days.php">London</a>. I brought back souvenirs for each one of you but they all got confiscated at customs, sorry.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-09/funny kid.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 452px;" title="This kid makes me laugh for some reason."><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-09/rome family.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 452px;" title="A family resting at the Palatine in Rome"></p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-09/brunello montalcino.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 398px;" title="Someone takes a lie-down after too much Brunello at Sagra del Tordo"></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 16:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-11-09/american-italy-or-i-traveled-all-way-europe-and-all-i-got-was-lousy-ti U.S. bishops reject candidate tied to Chicago sex abuse http://www.wbez.org/story/news/us-bishops-reject-candidate-tied-chicago-sex-abuse <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Kicanas2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>U.S. Catholic bishops have chosen a New York prelate to lead their organization for the next three years. The move is an unexpected defeat for an Arizona bishop under fire for his links to an imprisoned Chicago child molester.<br /><br />At a meeting Tuesday in Baltimore, the bishops elected New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, a St. Louis native, as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Dolan&rsquo;s victory is the first time in decades the nation&rsquo;s bishops have passed over a sitting vice president for their top post.<br /><br />That vice president, Tuscon Bishop Gerald Kicanas, once served as rector of a Chicago archdiocese seminary in northwest suburban Mundelein. In that post, Kicanas heard about three instances of alleged sexual misconduct by a student named Daniel McCormack.<br /><br />The nature of those incidents is murky. An archdiocese-commissioned report describes one as &ldquo;sexual abuse of a minor&rdquo; and says they occurred when McCormack attended a nearby seminary college&mdash;before he arrived in Mundelein.<br /><br />Kicanas approved McCormack&rsquo;s 1994 ordination. As a Chicago priest, McCormack sexually abused more than a dozen boys. Cardinal Francis George had started receiving allegations about the abuse by September 2005 but didn&rsquo;t pull McCormack out of the ministry until Chicago police arrested the priest in January 2006. The roles of Kicanas and George, the outgoing USCCB president, were the subject of a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/undefined/sex-abuse-lurks-behind-catholic-election">WBEZ report</a> last month.<br /><br />The National Catholic Register last week pressed Kicanas for his reactions to the report. A written response from the bishop said revelations about the three alleged sexual-misconduct incidents led to a church evaluation of McCormack. He said the evaluation sought &ldquo;to determine if he could live a celibate life and if there was any concern about his affective maturity.&rdquo;<br /><br />The evaluation found that McCormack&rsquo;s alleged misconduct was &ldquo;experimental and developmental,&rdquo; Kicanas added. &ldquo;I would never defend endorsing McCormack&rsquo;s ordination if I had had any knowledge or concern that he might be a danger to anyone.&rdquo;<br /><br />On Sunday morning some victims of priest sexual abuse led a Chicago protest against Kicanas, warning that it would be a mistake for U.S. bishops to elect him. Some conservative Catholic bloggers, meanwhile, seized on the controversy and cited additional reasons to oppose Kicanas. They said he wouldn&rsquo;t uphold many Catholic teachings strictly enough.<br /><br />Kicanas, 69, has pushed for dialogue between the church&rsquo;s liberal and conservative wings. In Arizona, the bishop has spoken against abortion and gay marriage but hasn&rsquo;t denied communion to politicians who favor abortion rights. On immigration, Kicanas has sided against a tough new Arizona law and pushed for a federal overhaul that would include a legalization of undocumented residents. Kicanas promoted &ldquo;comprehensive immigration reform&rdquo; as recently as Friday, when he gave the keynote speech at a church conference in Hammond, Indiana, just southeast of Chicago.<br /><br />Dolan, 60, appeals to many Catholic conservatives as a more aggressive defender of church orthodoxy. Last year, he signed a statement that united leading evangelicals and Catholics against abortion and gay marriage.<br /><br />The Vatican installed Dolan as New York archbishop last year. He had spent almost seven years as archbishop of Milwaukee.<br /><br />In Baltimore, where the bishops are holding their annual fall meeting, Dolan beat Kicanas in the third round of voting, 128-111. Dolan will replace Cardinal George as president this week. In another win for conservatives, the bishops elected Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz to take Kicanas&rsquo; place as their vice president.<br /><br />An expert on the U.S. bishops says it&rsquo;s hard to know whether the latest McCormack flare-up shifted votes against the Tuscon bishop. &ldquo;Clearly Kicanas was being attacked and accused of making bad decisions when he was rector of the seminary,&rdquo; says Rev. Thomas Reese, a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. &ldquo;On the other hand, Dolan has also been criticized by victims of sexual abuse.&rdquo;<br /><br />In August, according to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), Dolan &ldquo;quietly, recklessly and deceptively&rdquo; let a priest resign from his Harlem parish without mentioning that &ldquo;at least nine men&rdquo; had accused the priest of sexually abusing them as children.<br /><br />But a SNAP statement applauds Tuesday&rsquo;s defeat of Kicanas: &ldquo;We can hope that his shocking defeat will help deter future clergy sex crimes and coverups by the Catholic hierarchy.&rdquo;<br /><br />The USCCB has no formal authority over bishops but helps them promote Catholic teachings and coordinate positions on national issues such as marriage, immigration and health care. The organization has also formed policies to protect children from sexually abusive priests and other adults.</p></p> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 21:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/us-bishops-reject-candidate-tied-chicago-sex-abuse