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

Mincione companies file suit against Vatican Secretariat of State and property holding company

Jun 29, 2020 / 10:00 am

Companies owned by Italian businessman Raffaele Mincione have filed lawsuits against the holding company which owns the London building at the center of a multi-million-dollar real estate investment by the Holy See, and against the Vatican Secretariat of State.

Diocesan bankruptcies could require Vatican approval, Vatican official reminds bishops

Jun 23, 2020 / 12:50 pm

The Vatican has written to the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, to remind dioceses that filing for bankruptcy could require the consent of the Holy See.

Scranton diocese: ‘No credible evidence’ against Msgr. Walter Rossi

Jun 12, 2020 / 11:36 am

The Diocese of Scranton released a statement Friday regarding Msgr. Walter Rossi, rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The statement said that after an exhaustive investigation, investigators found no credible evidence to support allegations of misconduct against Rossi.

Analysis: Is the Torzi arrest a beginning or an end?

Jun 9, 2020 / 17:00 pm

The arrest of Italian businessman Gianluigi Torzi for financial crimes was a major event. How “major” depends on if prosecutors see his arrest as the first step in unwinding the “network of companies” acknowledged by the Vatican on Friday.

Analysis: Vatican financial reform begins in earnest. Again.

Jun 1, 2020 / 13:30 pm

On Monday, Pope Francis published sweeping new laws governing Vatican financial dealings. But the new laws are not really that new: They resurrect measures called for during the first days of the Francis pontificate. And now they’re back.

Analysis: Could curial politics stop a Vatican finance trial?

May 13, 2020 / 17:00 pm

As details continue to emerge about a raft of financial scandals at the Vatican Secretariat of State, some observers have been left wondering at the apparent lack of urgency or interest in the Holy See’s response. 

Vatican official was director in London property broker's company

May 11, 2020 / 17:05 pm

As the Vatican’s Secretariat of State finalized its purchase of a London luxury apartment building, a lay secretariat official who oversaw investments was appointed a director of a company owned by the financier who brokered the property deal.

Cincinnati auxiliary bishop resigns after failing to act on allegations

May 7, 2020 / 06:55 am

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cincinnati Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer, who was accused in August of failing to act on allegations made against a priest. 

White House consults bishops on church reopening guidelines

Apr 29, 2020 / 13:22 pm

The White House has consulted four Catholic bishops who have reinstituted public Masses as the Trump administration considers issuing guidelines on the safe reopening of churches and religious services during the coronavirus pandemic.

Analysis: Did NY Democrats just tank Biden's nomination?

Apr 27, 2020 / 13:35 pm

New York Democrats cited the inevitability of a Joe Biden’s nomination as justification for calling off the primary. But it could actually make his spot on the ticket anything but a forgone conclusion.

Analysis: Can bishops lead the faithful and follow the lawmakers?

Apr 21, 2020 / 12:00 pm

As bishops try to comply with state regulation and some local authorities insist that any religious practice should be curtailed, new ecclesial leaders could emerge in the United States.

Las Cruces bishop explains decision to resume public Masses, even with civic restrictions

Apr 16, 2020 / 10:35 am

Bishop Peter Baldacchino of the Diocese of Las Cruces said the Church is the “essential service of hope” during the coronavirus pandemic, and that the Church must “welcome as many as we can” in line with public health regulations.

Las Cruces bishop first in US to resume public Masses amid pandemic

Apr 15, 2020 / 15:45 pm

The Bishop of Las Cruces, New Mexico, has lifted a diocesan ban on the public celebration of Mass and told priests they may resume sacramental ministry if they follow state-ordered health precautions.

Malta court authorizes seizure of €29 million in Vatican bank assets

Apr 9, 2020 / 12:00 pm

A Maltese court has authorized the seizure of assets belonging to the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), commonly called “the Vatican Bank.”

‘Prayer has been the great source of strength to me’: Cardinal Pell looks forward to Easter 

Apr 7, 2020 / 07:54 am

In an exclusive interview with CNA on the day of his release from prison,  Cardinal George Pell spoke about his time in his prison, his release, and Holy Week.

Analysis: Freed from prison, will Cardinal Pell now face Vatican trial?

Apr 6, 2020 / 21:20 pm

While Pell’s criminal trials in Australia are now at an end, the same accusations must now be addressed by the Church’s own legal process.

Cardinal George Pell's abuse convictions overturned by Australia's High Court

Apr 6, 2020 / 17:25 pm

After an ordeal that began nearly four years ago, and more than 13 months of imprisonment, Cardinal George Pell is expected to be released from prison imminently, after his conviction for five alleged counts of sexual abuse was overturned Tuesday by Australia’s High Court.

Analysis: Policy and pastoral leadership in a time of crisis

Apr 3, 2020 / 09:49 am

Bishops are struggling to adjust to the pastoral emergency which has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic. The results have been mixed.

Analysis: The sacramental shutdown, coronavirus, and canon law

Mar 26, 2020 / 13:01 pm

The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption around the world. To politics, economics, and to the life of the Church: most especially to the steady regularity of her sacramental life, which many Catholics see as the anchor of consistency amid a world of chaos.

Lt. governor and aspiring Jesuit has long record on 'abortion rights'

Mar 23, 2020 / 17:10 pm

While Washington’s governor has praised the decision of his state’s lieutenant governor to enter the Society of Jesus after his term of office ends, the political record of Lt. Gov Cyrus Habib is unusual for an aspirant to Catholic religious life.