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Ed Condon

Ed Condon

Ed Condon is a canon lawyer working for tribunals in a number of dioceses. On Twitter he is @canonlawyered. His opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Catholic News Agency.

Articles by Ed Condon

Analysis: Vatican decision on Indianapolis could impact pending lawsuit, and Catholic identity in Catholic schools

Dec 21, 2020 / 09:35 am

The outcome of a Vatican appeal involving same-sex civil marriage and the Catholic identity of an Indiana school could have effect on a pending religious liberty lawsuit, and on the way other Catholic schools approach the issue of Catholic identity among their faculty.

Analysis: Who speaks for American Catholics?

Dec 16, 2020 / 13:30 pm

Catholics are looking to the Church for guidance. What they see and hear are wildly conflicting signals about where the Church stands, what its priorities are, and what even it means to be a Catholic in America.

Cardinal Zen: Jimmy Lai arrest is part of campaign of ‘political intimidation’

Dec 10, 2020 / 11:00 am

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun has warned that the recent arrest of Jimmy Lai shows a rise in “political intimidation” against journalists in Hong Kong, part of a systematic erosion of basic freedoms, including religious freedom, by the Chinese government in recent months.

Analysis: Is there a road back for Cardinal Becciu?

Dec 3, 2020 / 15:00 pm

Despite his attempts to fight his way back to credibility, there seems little prospect of a return to favor for the disgraced Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who is now effectively a cardinal-in-name-only.

Swiss court orders full access to records for Vatican financial investigation

Nov 27, 2020 / 11:30 am

Vatican investigators have been granted full access to Swiss banking documentation related to long-time Vatican investment manager Enrico Crasso.

Analysis: Will Gregory’s ‘dialogue’ with Biden undermine USCCB?

Nov 25, 2020 / 11:30 am

Archbishop Wilton Gregory has committed himself to working with the president-elect’s administration. But the soon-to-be cardinal’s pledge could put him in tension with the work of the U.S. bishops’ conference, as it tries to speak to the White House with a unified voice.

California Bishop Cantu under Vatican 'Vos estis' investigation

Nov 17, 2020 / 07:52 am

Senior sources in the Vatican told CNA that the investigation was ordered by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, and concerns Bishop Oscar Cantu’s handling of abuse and misconduct cases in his former diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Bishops call for prayer, fasting and reform as USCCB discusses McCarrick Report

Nov 17, 2020 / 04:00 am

U.S. bishops called for prayer, fasting, and reform during a virtual discussion Monday on the Vatican’s McCarrick Report, which was published last week. The discussion came amid the opening day of a virtual fall meeting of the U.S. bishops’ conference.

Did McCarrick use charitable fund to settle abuse claim?

Nov 11, 2020 / 15:00 pm

The McCarrick Report notes that McCarrick contributed thousands of dollars to settle an abuse claim, with the money likely coming from his discretionary charitable fund.

JPII biographer says 'pathological' McCarrick 'lied to’ the pope

Nov 10, 2020 / 09:30 am

George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a biographer of St. John Paul II, told CNA that McCarrick was a “pathological personality,” and that his ability to lie to, and deceive those around him was a “hallmark” of his career and rise in the Church.

UK lawsuit gives details on Vatican’s controversial London building

Nov 6, 2020 / 09:00 am

A lawsuit filed against the Vatican Secretariat of State by its former investment manager, Raffaele Mincione, includes new details about the Vatican’s investment in a London building.

McCarrick report due for release next week

Nov 5, 2020 / 13:30 pm

The Vatican’s long-awaited report on the career of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick is set to be released early next week, multiple Vatican sources have told CNA.

Analysis: Pope Francis’ ‘long game’ of Vatican financial reform comes full circle

Nov 5, 2020 / 11:00 am

Pope Francis has removed control of financial affairs and investments from the Secretariat of State - a dramatic turn in the financial scandals surrounding the secretariat, and in the project of curial reform which has been grinding on slowly since the beginning of Francis’s pontificate.

Analysis: Where was the Biden wave?

Nov 4, 2020 / 14:40 pm

The Tuesday night election result, or lack thereof, confounded the many confident predictions of a “Blue Wave” that was expected to sweep Joe Biden into the White House. It also suggests his pitch to Catholics and other conservative values voters failed to convince. 

Lone director of Vatican's London property has business ties to deal's broker

Nov 2, 2020 / 20:00 pm

The Vatican Secretariat of State’s holding company, through which it controls a London property at 60 Sloane Avenue, has only one registered director, an Italian-British architect.

Order of Malta to elect new Grand Master amid constitutional clash

Oct 27, 2020 / 04:00 am

In normal times, the election of a new Grand Master of the Order of Malta would be a fascinating enough event, but these are not normal times for the order. CNA spoke to the order’s Grand Chancellor – effectively its chief operating officer - Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, about a crucial period for the historic order and its work.

The Order of Malta: Serving in a time of crisis 

Oct 24, 2020 / 11:25 am

On October 23, CNA interviewed HE Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, about the religious order’s international work and ongoing process of constitutional reform. This is part one of that interview.

Analysis: Vatican finances and Cardinal Parolin’s crisis of credibility

Oct 12, 2020 / 15:00 pm

On Saturday, the ongoing saga of Vatican financial scandal – or reform, if you prefer – continued with the announcement that Cardinal Pietro Parolin will no longer sit on the oversight board of the Institute for Works of Religious (IOR), commonly called the Vatican bank.

'Conflict of interest'? — Mincione invested Vatican in Torzi bond before London sale

Oct 9, 2020 / 08:10 am

When the Vatican purchased a London luxury apartment building from its investment manager in 2018, the building owner and the deal’s broker may have had a conflict of interest during negotiations. 

Analysis: What we don’t know about the Becciu-Pell allegations - yet

Oct 5, 2020 / 12:30 pm

Late last week, multiple Italian newspapers reported that Cardinal Angelo Becciu has been accused of sending 700,000 euros of Vatican funds to Australia during Cardinal George Pell’s trail on charges of sexual abuse.