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Each week, Colleen Dulle goes behind the headlines of the biggest Vatican news stories with America’s Rome correspondent Gerard O’Connell. They'll break down complicated news stories that have a whole lot of history behind them in an understandable, engaging way. Colleen and Gerard will give you the inside scoop on what people inside the Vatican are thinking, saying—and planning.

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Each week, Colleen Dulle goes behind the headlines of the biggest Vatican news stories with America’s Rome correspondent Gerard O’Connell. They'll break down complicated news stories that have a whole lot of history behind them in an understandable, engaging way. Colleen and Gerard will give you the inside scoop on what people inside the Vatican are thinking, saying—and planning.

    Pope Benedict was accused of mishandling four abuse cases. Here’s what we know.

    Pope Benedict was accused of mishandling four abuse cases. Here’s what we know.

    An investigation into sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising released Jan. 21 found that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the current archbishop, had mishandled cases of clergy sexually abusing minors during each man’s time as archbishop of Munich.
    On Jan. 24, Pope Emeritus Benedict issued a statement correcting a key part of his 82-page contribution to the investigators, raising questions about how the aging former pontiff’s contribution was assembled.
    This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and veteran Vatican reporter Gerard O’Connell explain what we know so far about the four cases Pope Emeritus Benedict was implicated in. Gerry and Colleen also discuss some of the issues with Benedict’s contribution to the investigation, including the factual error, and how the contribution might have been handled differently.
    Links from the show:
    Pope Francis vows justice for sex abuse victims after German audit faults Pope Benedict
    Pope Benedict corrects statement to German abuse report, was present at meeting where abusive priest was discussed
    Pope Benedict’s correction to the Munich abuse report sparks a debate among German Catholics
    Vatican editorial on abuse report: Don’t use Pope Benedict as an ‘easy scapegoat’
    ‘Deliver Us’ podcast: What Can We Do to Hold Bishops Accountable?
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    • 28 min
    Deep Dive: The beatification of Rutilio Grande, El Salvador’s first martyr-priest

    Deep Dive: The beatification of Rutilio Grande, El Salvador’s first martyr-priest

    In 1977, driving on a rural, dusty road between Aguilares and El Paisnal, a Jesuit priest named Rutilio Grande S.J. was shot and killed by El Salvador’s government security forces. The assassination helped escalate a bloody period of civil war in which Catholics like Oscar Romero (1985), six Jesuits at the Central American University in San Salvador (1989), and four American churchwomen (1980) were martyred. While Romero became a Catholic household name and celebrated saint, not many know the story of his friend and fellow priest, Rutilio Grande S.J.
    That’s about to change. On January 22, 2022, Rutilio Grande will be beatified, after his cause for canonization was delayed by what Pope Francis called “misunderstandings and slander.”
    In this “Inside the Vatican” deep dive, host Colleen Dulle talks with scholars, friends and relatives of Grande to learn what inspired this Jesuit’s ministry among the people which led, ultimately, to his martyrdom.
    Read more:
    Father Rutilio Grande: the (future) patron saint of breaking mental health stigma?
    Padre Tío Tilo: Rutilio Grande’s niece talks about her childhood with her martyred uncle
    4 lessons from Rutilio Grande, priest, prophet and martyr
    Eileen Markey’s book: A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sr. Maura
    Sr. Ana Maria Pineda’s book: Rutilio Grande, Memory and Legacy of a Jesuit Martyr
    Rodolfo Cardenal’s book: The Life, Passion, and Death of the Jesuit Rutilio Grande
    Radio YSUCA at the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas, UCA
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    • 43 min
    Update: German abuse report faults Pope Benedict, Cardinal Marx

    Update: German abuse report faults Pope Benedict, Cardinal Marx

    A long-awaited report on how sexual abuse cases were handled in the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising between 1945 and 2019, was released today, and it accuses both Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Reinhard Marx, one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, of mishandling abuse cases.
    The report looks back at abuse cases spanning more than 70 years, which includes Pope Emeritus Benedict’s five-year tenure as archbishop of the diocese. The lawyers accuse Benedict of mishandling four abuse cases, saying that he allowed two priests who were criminally prosecuted for abuse to continue working as priests, and that no action was taken against them under church law.
    Pope Emeritus Benedict denies all allegations of wrongdoing. His personal secretary responded to questions from journalists today, saying Benedict would “examine the text with the necessary attention.”
    Cardinal Marx, the current archbishop of Munich and Freising, is also accused of mishandling two cases of sexual abuse. He was not present at  the presentation of the document, but said he watched the livestream. In a statement a few hours later, Cardinal Marx asked for forgiveness and said that while the report is important for coming to terms with the past, the priority should be on care for the victims. He said that the diocese would carefully study the report and discern a way forward.
    A Vatican spokesman told journalists today that the Vatican would study the almost 1,900-page report, which detailed the cases of 497 victims and 235 abusers. The spokesman said “The Holy See believes it has an obligation to give serious attention to the document” and reiterated the Vatican’s sense of shame and remorse for the abuse of minors by clerics and its commitment to ensuring safe environments for young people.

    Read more:
    Vatican to study German abuse report that faults Pope Benedict

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    • 3 min
    Pope Francis calls out ‘cancel culture’ in address to ambassadors

    Pope Francis calls out ‘cancel culture’ in address to ambassadors

    Pope Francis addressed ambassadors from the 183 countries that have diplomatic relations with the Holy See about his top international priorities on Monday and, surprisingly, devoted a portion of his talk to the problems he sees with “cancel culture.”
    This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and veteran Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell take a look at the pope’s talk and why he thinks cancel culture is a threat to international cooperation.
    “Under the guise of defending diversity, it ends up canceling all sense of identity,” the pope said, “with the risk of silencing positions that defend a respectful and balanced understanding of various sensibilities.”
    Gerry also recaps how Pope Francis baptized 16 children in the Sistine Chapel this weekend—which brought back memories of when then-Cardinal Bergoglio baptized Gerry and his wife’s children in Buenos Aires.

    Read more:
    Pope Francis critiques ‘cancel culture’ in address to diplomats from around the world
    Pope Francis removes from Vatican doctrine office archbishop who is believed to have banned same-sex blessings
    Pope Francis stopped by his favorite record store to say ‘hello’
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    • 29 min
    Pope Francis' 'action-packed' plans for 2022

    Pope Francis' 'action-packed' plans for 2022

    Pope Francis has an “action-packed” agenda this year, but the relentless spread of Covid-19 worldwide could complicate his plans to visit countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. 
    But whether or not the pope is able to travel internationally this year, Gerry says he “is clearly not planning to slow down,” and has much work to do from his desk at the Vatican. Chief among the pope’s tasks this year is the completion of the reform of the Roman Curia which will culminate with the issuing of “Praedicate Evangelium,” a document that will serve as a blueprint for not only a revamp of some of the more dated structures at the Vatican but also intends to usher a change in culture within the Roman Curia.
    This year is also expected to bring other significant changes at the Vatican including the appointment of several new high-ranking officers, as some cardinals reach the age of retirement and those over 80 become ineligible to vote in the next papal conclave. 
    This year, “Francis will really leave his mark on the church in a big way,” Gerry tells Ricardo. “These will be men chosen by him alone, not inherited from a previous pontificate.”

    Links from the show:
    Pope Francis’ action-packed agenda for 2022
    Volunteer, stop judging and get off Twitter: 8 New Year’s Resolutions Inspired by Pope Francis
    Video: 8 New Year’s Resolution from Pope Francis
    Podcast: Inside the top secret process of appointing a Catholic bishop
    The Election of Pope Francis: An Inside Account of the Conclave That Changed History 
    Pope Francis on New Year’s Day: “To hurt a woman is to insult God.”
    Pope Francis at Midnight Mass: God comes into the world in littleness.
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    • 30 min
    Pope Francis' Christmas message: Be humble.

    Pope Francis' Christmas message: Be humble.

    Pope Francis’ Christmas messages to “the church and the world” (“Urbi et Orbi”) and to the Roman Curia focused this year on the theme of humility.
    “He is the word of God who became an infant, capable only of crying, and in need of help for everything,” the pope said. “He wished to learn how to speak, like every other child, so that we might learn to listen to God, our Father, to listen to one another and to dialogue as brothers and sisters.”
    This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle gives a summary of the pope’s Christmas messages. You can find links to read them, along with Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell’s reporting on the pope’s Curia address, below.
    Pope Francis’ Christmas Urbi et Orbi message
    Pope Francis’ address to the Roman Curia
    Pope Francis tells Roman Curia ‘Be humble, not proud’ in another humdinger of a Christmas talk
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
190 Ratings

190 Ratings

janbrownmcEwen ,

interesting, and a must-listen each week

Who would have thought a podcast about the doings of the Vatican would become a fascinating listen each week? Not me, but I tune in each week and send a shout out to everyone responsible for this informational and interesting look in to another world so different and similar to my own little Catholic world. Thank you so very much.

MashterSchwimmer ,

A wonderful resource for thoughtful Catholics.

I look forward to each new program and refer to the archives often.
Thank you for producing a program which seeks to understand and clarify a broad range of topics that are of interest to all Catholics.

[___Theo___] ,

Possibly the best Catholic podcast today

Colleen and Gerry really help understand what is going on behind the scenes in the Vatican. Colleen brings critical questions and Gerry has excellent access in Rome. Together they are a real power team!

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