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Pope Quietly Trims Sanctions for Sex Abusers Seeking Mercy CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 26, 2017 ... Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said the others too will be replaced and that staffing in the office, which has a years long backlog of cases, would be strengthened after Francis recently approved hiring more officials. "The speed with which cases are handled is a serious matter and the Holy Father continues to encourage improvements in this area," Burke told AP. He also dispelled rumors that sex-abuse cases would no longer be handled by the congregation, saying the strengthened office would ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/pope-quietly-trims-sanctions-for-sex.html
Crozet to Get a Catholic Church CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 13, 2017 ... attracted 250 people. The recent Mass in December drew 270. The elevation to mission status allows the community to begin planning for weekly Masses; to offer all the sacraments, among them baptisms and marriages; to begin a religious education program; and to begin the search for land suitable to build a church on. Holy Comforter will serve as the new church's mother church and will sponsor it until it is ready for independence. For now the church is known as the Crozet ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/crozet-to-get-catholic-church.html