Vatican Exclusive: New complaint department to be headed by a woman?

Rumors have it that Ms. Helen Byrne has been named to head a new, Vatican complaint department, which will serve as an “umbrella” site, consolidating virtually every type of complaint, including child abuse, heretical clerics, financial crimes, liturgical abuse, idolatrous worship and more, under a single, all encompassing Church authority.

The source of all the speculation is a recent comment by Pope Francis, where he was (reportedly) heard to say that if anybody has a problem with the Church, or with his papacy, they should simply, go to Helen Byrne.

The Vatican has not confirmed this story. 

 

 

Statement of Fr. Thomas Euteneuer: setting the record straight

by Fr. Tom Euteneuer

January 31, 2011

It is with great sadness, but also with a certain measure of relief, that I can now respond to the many inquiries about my departure as president of Human Life International (HLI) at the end of August 2010. It has been painful for me to remain silent in light of the ongoing speculation, particularly when much of it assigned blame to those who were, in fact, blameless.  I am thankful to be able to set the record straight so that speculation can stop and blame can be placed right where it belongs – with me.

The circumstances that led to my departure from HLI were related exclusively to my own decisions and conduct within the ministry of exorcism that I carried out independently from my responsibilities at HLI. The vast majority of my decisions and conduct, both personally and in this ministry, were morally sound and consistent with all standards of pastoral care of persons.  Moreover, they were all motivated exclusively by my desire to give priestly assistance to people in great spiritual distress. I must acknowledge, however, that one particularly complex situation clouded my judgment and led me to imprudent decisions with harmful consequences, the worst of which was violating the boundaries of chastity with an adult female who was under my spiritual care.

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Moral bankruptcy preceded world financial crisis

archbshezzati“If I look at the origins of this crisis and I analyze the first and fundamental fact, I find an action that is immoral: speculating with money that belongs to others; huge investments with no foundation and backing; the desire to profit at the expense of others,” the archbishop said. 

“It can be said with certainty,” he continued, “that this crisis was foretold by Pope Benedict XVI one year earlier in his encyclical ‘Spe salvi,’ when he warned that the foundation upon which the growth and development of the world was being carried out was erroneous and would lead to failure.” 

According to Archbishop Ezzati, “The moral crisis is due to a crisis of faith in human intelligence, because human reason is called to seek the truth, as an ethical obligation. But it is not enough to find it, it must also be followed. For this reason, the leaders of the world economy have a great task, that of using their intelligence to seek the truth that leads to true development.”

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