Cardinal Pell appeals to Australia's top court (The Australian) Cardinal George Pell has appealed to Australia’s High Court to overturn his sex-abuse conviction. The cardinal’s lawyers argue that an appeals court wrongly reduced the burden of proof, requiring the cardinal to prove his innocence rather than forcing the prosecution to establish his guilt.
Prelates criticize expected cut in US refugee admissions (USCCB) As the Trump administration weighs additional refugee resettlement reductions, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, joined by the migration committee chairman, said that “further reductions in the number of refugees allowed to seek freedom in the United States would be wholly counter to our values as a nation of immigrants.”
Pope renews criticism of life imprisonment (Vatican Press Office) “Life imprisonment is not the solution to problems, but a problem to be solved,” Pope Francis said in a September 14 audience with Italy’s Prison and Juvenile and Community Justice Administration (video). “Because if hope is locked up, there is no future for society. Never deprive anyone of the right to start over!” In 2015, Pope Francis compared life imprisonment to “hidden death sentences.”
German bishops respond to Vatican criticism of 'synodal path' (German Bishops' Conference) Responding to a letter from the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and assessment from the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, a spokesman for the German bishops said that the assessment “deals with the draft version of the Statutes as of June 2019 and does not yet take into account the version updated in July and after the meeting of the Permanent Council in August, which no longer contains some passages to which the assessment refers.”
Pope warns against populism (Vatican Press Office) Catholic communion protects a particular identity “from the temptation of closing in on itself and falling into national or ethnic particularisms that exclude others,” Pope Francis told Europe’s Eastern Catholic bishops on September 14. “And this is a danger of the present time in our civilization: particularisms that become populisms and seek to dictate and make everything uniform.”