Ed Condon

Ed Condon

Ed Condon is a canon lawyer and worked as Catholic News Agency's Washington DC editor until December 2020.

Articles by Ed Condon

Rochester bishop requested Fulton Sheen beatification delay

Dec 4, 2019 / 14:00 pm

The beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen was delayed at the request of Bishop Salvatore Matano of Rochester.

Analysis: What will the Vatican tell Moneyval?

Nov 26, 2019 / 04:00 am

Next month, the Holy See is due to send a report to Moneyval, the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering watchdog, giving an update on its progress implementing they agency’s recommendations to improve Vatican financial standards. That report is likely to make for bleak reading in Strasbourg, but even more grim writing in the Vatican.

Vatican officials: Swiss bank suspected of money laundering led to Pell conflict

Nov 21, 2019 / 12:00 pm

The Holy See’s relationship with a disreputable Swiss bank triggered an internal dispute between the Secretariat of State and Vatican financial authorities.

Cardinal Parolin says he arranged controversial hospital loan, Papal Foundation grant

Nov 20, 2019 / 10:26 am

The Vatican Secretary of State told CNA this week that he is responsible for arranging a controversial loan for the purchase of a bankrupt Italian hospital, and that he arranged with Cardinal Donald Wuerl a grant from the U.S.-based Papal Foundation to cover the loan when it could not be repaid.

Vatican’s London luxury development company, with ties to alleged financial crime, offered to raze parish rectory

Nov 19, 2019 / 14:35 pm

Developers acting for the Vatican Secretariat of State offered to raze a London parish hall and rectory and replace it with low-cost housing, in order to try to push through a luxury apartment development. The luxury development project involves two recently suspended Vatican employees, and a nest of Vatican-controlled holding companies led by an architect linked to accusations of money laundering and fraud involving Vatican accounts.

Analysis: US bishops at odds over abortion and 'the Francis test'

Nov 12, 2019 / 19:01 pm

During the second day of the USCCB Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, divisions among the bishops bubbled briefly to the surface, with bishops exchanging sharp interventions on the “preeminence’ of abortion as a social concern.

Archbishops Gomez and Vigneron elected USCCB president and vice president

Nov 12, 2019 / 09:13 am

The bishops of the US have elected a new president and vice president to lead the USCCB for the next three years. On Tuesday morning, the second day of their fall general session, the bishops elected Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles as president and Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit as vice president of the conference.

US nuncio: Francis' 'pastoral thrust' must reach Americans

Nov 11, 2019 / 10:03 am

The Apostolic Nuncio to the United States told the nation’s bishops that their commitment to evangelization is the measure of their communion with Pope Francis.

McCarrick: Foundation ‘irresponsible’ to question controversial Vatican grant

Nov 6, 2019 / 15:40 pm

McCarrick made the intervention in December 2017, after objections were raised to the Vatican’s request of $25 million from the Papal Foundation, for a bankrupt Italian hospital, the Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata (IDI). 

Cardinal Pell objected to controversial Vatican hospital loan

Nov 5, 2019 / 11:12 am

A 50 million euro loan request to secure the purchase of a bankrupt hospital was vetoed by Cardinal George Pell and financial authorities at the Institute for Works of Religion, commonly called the Vatican Bank, before it was approved by the Holy See’s central bank, APSA.

Marco Rubio calls for an ‘economics of the common good’ 

Nov 5, 2019 / 04:00 am

Senator Marco Rubio has called for “common good economics” ahead of a speech Tuesday on Catholic social teaching and the dignity of work.

Vatican’s $200 million London property deal financed with borrowed money, sources say

Nov 4, 2019 / 12:00 pm

Senior Vatican sources have told CNA that a controversial Vatican investment in a London property development was financed with borrowed money, and not with Vatican funds, as has been reported. 

Becciu says $200 million London property deal was ‘accepted practice’

Oct 30, 2019 / 15:01 pm

Cardinal Angelo Becciu has denied any impropriety in a real estate investment made with Vatican funds and insisted that he only acted in the best interests of the Holy See.

Vatican cardinals linked to missing millions and financial scandal

Oct 29, 2019 / 13:03 pm

Cardinal Angelo Becciu and Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi have been key players in a complicated series of financial transactions to finance the Vatican Secretariat of State’s 2015 acquisition of the hospital.

‘A path is open for the ordination of women’ synod bishop claims 

Oct 25, 2019 / 09:20 am

A Brazilian bishop has called for the ordination of women to the diaconate for service in the Amazon region. The bishop said that 2009 revisions to canon law could allow for the ordination of women deacons, but a leading canon lawyer in the Vatican has disputed that idea.

Hospital loan and Papal Foundation controversy land Vatican bank in regulatory spotlight

Oct 24, 2019 / 03:00 am

The head of the Vatican's central bank appeared to admit this week to a transaction that could be a violation of European regulatory commitments, namely a loan of 50 million euros to finance the purchase of a struggling Italian hospital.

‘No one ever talked about McCarrick and the boys’

Oct 17, 2019 / 11:41 am

A man claiming to be a former child victim of Theodore McCarrick has written an open essay in response to a recent interview given by the former cardinal.

Cardinal Becciu at center of Vatican financial investigation

Oct 14, 2019 / 08:51 am

The recent raid of Vatican offices is connected to an investigation into charges that Vatican money financed the development of luxury properties in London, and led to a windfall for the Vatican’s investment managers, according to an Oct. 14 report from Financial Times.

Brooklyn’s Bishop DiMarzio to lead Vatican investigation of Bishop Richard Malone and the Diocese of Buffalo

Oct 3, 2019 / 13:30 pm

The Holy See has announced that Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn will lead an Apostolic Visitation of the Diocese of Buffalo. The visitation, a canonical inspection and fact-finding mission, was ordered by Cardinal Marc Ouellet of the Congregation of Bishops in Rome, the Vatican department responsible for overseeing the personal conduct of bishops.

German synod plans to be vetted by controversial lay group, not Vatican

Sep 27, 2019 / 13:00 pm

The plan for a “binding synodal process” recently approved by the German bishops will be sent to a controversial lay group for amendment and approval, CNA has learned.