Every day, Aleteia offers a selection of articles written by the international press about the Church and the major issues that concern Catholics around the world. The opinions and views expressed in these articles are not those of the editors.
Monday 16 May 2022
1 – Cardinal Grech, a potential future pope from Malta
2 – Chilean bishop facing misconduct, abuse allegations leaves country
3 – The Pope prepares his next successor as Archbishop of Buenos Aires
4 – Why are pro-abortion activists attacking churches?
5 – The thousand lives of Charles de Foucauld, by the writer Christiane Rancé
Cardinal Grech, a potential future pope from Malta
While the health of Pope Francis has been the subject of many articles for several months, speculation is rife about his potential successors in the case of his resignation. Among them: Cardinal Mario Grech. The press is already talking about a battle between conservatives and liberals. The former are said to be putting forward the candidacies of the Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo, the Dutch Cardinal Wim Eijk and the Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet. However, another name that has come up is the Maltese Mario Grech, who had a conservative reputation but became pro-Francis. The 65-year-old secretary general of the Synod of Bishops became a cardinal after supporting the Pope’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, the Times of Malta explains. In contrast, liberals would support Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the current Vatican secretary of state, and Filipino Cardinal Luis Tagle. However, Vatican experts warn, neither side has the support needed to secure the two-thirds majority required to elect a pope of their choice in the next conclave.
Times of Malta, English
Chilean bishop facing misconduct, abuse allegations leaves country
Bishop Cristián Roncagliolo, Vicar General of Santiago, Chile’s capital, has left the country to go to Spain for an unspecified period of “recovery of his physical, psychological and spiritual health,” following reports of accusations of sexual misconduct and abuse of power against personnel of the archdiocese. News of his exit was first reported by La Tercera, a newspaper in Chile, which suggested that Roncagliolo faces accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct as well as abuse of power, Crux explains. Ana Maria Celis, President of the Council for the Prevention of Abuse and Victim Accompaniment of the Chilean bishops, confirmed to the Chilean newspaper that some allegations were received but said the Council had fulfilled its duty in forwarding them to Rome. Eneas Espinoza, the spokesman for Chile’s Clerical Abuse Survivors Network, told Crux that, though they have also received information on Roncagliolo, so far it is “partial,” so he prefers to be cautious. Following the article in La Tercera, the Bishop who succeeded Roncaglio as Vicar General sent an internal memo to collaborators of the archdiocese, which was then made public, saying that although the archdiocese had received complaints of labor mistreatment and abuse of power they had not received any for sexual misconduct.