Pope Francis Visits the Nac

By Jennifer Haselberger
Canonical Consultation
May 2, 2015

Earlier today our Holy Father, Pope Francis, visited the Pontifical North American College in Rome, the national seminary for the United States on the Janiculum Hill. The seminary is under the auspices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and includes a graduate housing facility called the Casa Santa Maria.

Like many other dioceses, the W.D.O.E sends students to the NAC for major seminary studies and also for graduate work. And, apparently, that number is set to go up by one. Months after plans were scuttled to send Father Joseph Gallatin to the Catholic University of America to study canon law, allegedly because of complaints from victims groups, the rumor is that a new plan is afoot to send him to Rome to complete those same studies.

It is unclear if Father Gallatin, whose history can be reviewed by clicking here, is currently in Rome or if the plan is for him to begin his course this fall, and it is also unknown whether he intends to live at the Casa. If so, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is putting the NAC, and the entire USCCB, in an uncomfortable position. I would also be interested to learn which of the Pontifical academies has accepted him into their program, and based on what information.








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