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Liberal Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández is pope’s right-hand man

Liberal Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández is pope’s right-hand man

[ad_1] VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis first asked if he would be willing to take one of the loftiest jobs at the Vatican, heading the office that sets the policies of the Roman Catholic Church, Víctor Manuel Fernández said no. The liberal Argentine archbishop worried his appointment might make things worse for a pope facing historic internal dissent. “I knew that there were groups that did not love me, some willing to do anything — judging by the expressions they used on social networks and even in messages they wrote on my Facebook page — and I was afraid of causing problems for Francis,” Fernández said in an interview with The Washington Post. When the pope called again last June, from a hospital where he’d just undergone intestinal surgery, Fernández relented. He moved to Vatican City, was named a cardinal and became the pope’s right-hand man, helping to translate the changes in tone and style Francis brought to the papacy into concrete new guidelines for 1.4 billion Catholics. “Fernández’s appointment was the most consequential …

Justin Welby: Archbishop says ‘moral responsibility’ to change housing crisis ‘blighting lives” of millions | UK News

Justin Welby: Archbishop says ‘moral responsibility’ to change housing crisis ‘blighting lives” of millions | UK News

[ad_1] The Archbishop of Canterbury has said the range of housing problems in England are “blighting the lives and futures of millions of people” and insisted there is a “moral responsibility” to change this. Justin Welby is to call for an end to “short-termism” in housing policy as a new report advocating decent homes across England is launched in the House of Lords today. The Homes for All report sets out a new vision for England’s housing system encouraging long-term thinking and its implementation. The phrase “England faces a housing crisis” has “lost its power to shock” due to its overuse, the report says. It calls on the government to legislate for an independent body on housing – much like the Climate Change Committee, which advises on emission targets and reports to parliament on any progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The housing body would scrutinise and provide the technical expertise needed to transform housing and housing policy in England, the report says. Backing the proposal of a national housing body, Mr Welby said: “Everyone …

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby criticises Israel over Palestinian Christian woman in detention | World News

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby criticises Israel over Palestinian Christian woman in detention | World News

[ad_1] The Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised Israel over the arrest of a young Palestinian Christian woman in the occupied West Bank. Justin Welby, the head of the Anglican Church, says the plight of Layan Nasir is a breach of assurances made by Israel about the treatment of Christians. The case highlights the controversial Israeli practice of administrative detention used to hold thousands of Palestinians for months without charge. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 2:44 Layan Nasir’s mother Lulu on her daughter’s arrest Ms Nasir, 23, was taken from her home in the early hours on 6 April. Her mother Lulu says 20 soldiers arrived at 4am threatening her family with guns as they searched the house. Now she is left wracked with worry, she says, not knowing why the soldiers took her daughter. The Israelis, she says, have told the family nothing. She says: “The worst thing is when I went to bed in the night, and start thinking how she slept. Did she eat? This is very hard …

Peru archbishop who sued 2 journalists over reports on abuses, financial corruption resigns early

Peru archbishop who sued 2 journalists over reports on abuses, financial corruption resigns early

[ad_1] ROME (AP) — A Peruvian archbishop who sued two journalists over their reports about sexual abuse and alleged financial corruption in his religious movement, Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, has resigned amid a Vatican investigation. Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Piura Archbishop José Eguren. At 67, he is several years shy of the normal retirement age for bishops of 75. The Vatican didn’t say why Eguren was retiring early in its brief announcement. But the Vatican last year began an in-depth investigation into alleged abuse and financial wrongdoing in the Peruvian-based Sodalitium to which Eguren belongs. The Vatican has had its eye on Sodalitium, which has chapters across South America and the U.S., for over a decade. In 2017, a report commissioned by the group’s new leadership determined that its founder, Luis Fernando Figari, sodomized his recruits and subjected them to humiliating psychological and other sexual abuses. Those abuses first came to light in 2015, thanks to reporting by Peruvian journalists Pedro Salinas and Paola Ugaz. In addition to Figari’s own abuses, their …

Archbishop slams ‘woke’ church job advert | UK | News

Archbishop slams ‘woke’ church job advert | UK | News

[ad_1] The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has criticised a Church of England job advert for a ‘deconstructing whiteness’ officer, comparing it to the BBC satire W1A. The advert was posted by the Diocese of Birmingham and sought an employee to work across several areas in the West Midlands. Archbishop Welby questioned the language used in the advert, asking “what on earth does that mean?” Speaking to Times Radio, he likened it to the comedy series that mocks BBC management. He said: “Birmingham Diocese did put that in an advert. And when I saw it, I rang up the person in charge of that area and said, ‘What on earth does that mean? “Why on earth have you put that in?” The Archbishop said the person taking the role would be in charge of making sure people from minority backgrounds had a “level playing field” when applying for jobs in the Church of England’s 15,000 parishes. The Diocese of Birmingham, led by Bishop Michael Volland, advertised the £36,000-a-year post for an “anti-racism” officer to “deconstruct …

Taxpayers are being ‘scammed’ by Archbishop of Canterbury, says Tory MP

Taxpayers are being ‘scammed’ by Archbishop of Canterbury, says Tory MP

[ad_1] A Conservative MP has suggested that taxpayers are being “scammed” by the Archbishop of Canterbury, amid questions over asylum seekers converting to Christianity. Former minister Tim Loughton told Prime Minister’s Questions: “The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted that since taking office, the attendance at the Church of England has dropped by 15% and in the 10 years to Covid, the number of baptisms in the Church of England has fallen from 140,000-a-year to 87,000. “So Christianity in the UK seems to be on the wane unless apparently, you are from a Muslim country in the middle of an asylum claim. “We’re now told one in seven occupants of the Bibby Stockholm have suddenly become practising Christians. “Can I ask the Prime Minister that given that the Church of England has now issued secret guidance for clergy supporting asylum applications for these Damascene conversions, who is the church accountable to and are taxpayers being scammed by the Archbishop?” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak replied: “When it comes to illegal migrants we need to have a system …