Pope reportedly aware of charges against Argentine bishop in 2105 (AP) Pope Francis was alerted to charges of sexual misconduct by Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta in 2015—long before appointing him to a sensitive Vatican post—the Associated Press has learned. The former vicar general of the Oran, Argentina diocese disclosed that reports of Bishop Zanchetta’s “obscene” behavior were sent to Rome in 2015 and 2017. Bishop Zanchetta resigned from the Oran diocese in 2017, citing health concerns. Just months later, Pope Francis installed him as an official of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See: the agency that handles the Vatican real-estate investments.
Ecumenical journey is not optional, Pope tells Finnish Lutherans (Vatican News) A “shared commitment to ecumenism is an essential requirement of the faith we profess; it stems from our very identity as Christ’s followers,” Pope Francis said on January 19 to members of a delegation from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. Since the reign of St. John Paul II, such meetings between the Pope and a Finnish Lutheran delegation have been a regular occurrence in January.
Swiss bishop will join SSPX community on retirement (Le Salon Beige) Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur, Switzerland, has announced that when he retires from pastoral ministry he will live at an institute run by the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X. Bishop Huonder is 76 years old, and submitted his resignation in 2017, but to date Pope Francis has declined to accept it.
Notre Dame will cover up murals of Christopher Columbus (University of Notre Dame) Father John Jenkins, the president of the University of Notre Dame, has announced that the school will cover up prominent murals that honored Christopher Columbus. In a letter to the university community, Father Jenkins explained that the murals, painted late in the 19th century, “reflect the attitudes of the time,” but that for native Americans, “Columbus’ arrival was nothing short of a catastrophe.”