Thursday, December 8, 2016

A shepherd clearly steering the flock


The Tablet

A shepherd clearly steering the flock 

08 December 2016 | by Christopher Lamb | Comments: 0 A milestone birthday is approaching for Pope Francis. The focus of his pontificate has been that other milestone – the Second Vatican Council – and implementing its key principles
When Pope Francis celebrates his 80th birthday next Saturday it will be a moment to reflect on his action-packed journey of a papacy, so often defined by his personal charisma and spontaneous gestures.

But his leadership of the Church is far more than just about him: it is a papacy that continues the legacy of the Second Vatican Council, contemporary Catholicism’s defining moment.

That event, which concluded just over 50 years ago, set the Church on a path of reform and unprecedented engagement with the modern world; one where condemnation was replaced with listening and where those who fall short of church teaching are offered the “medicine of mercy”.

Vatican Reaffirms Ban on Gay Priests


Vatican Reaffirms Ban on Gay Priests

VATICAN CITY
America
Michael O'Loughlin | Dec 7 2016
The Vatican on Wednesday declared that “persons with homosexual tendencies” cannot be admitted to Catholic seminaries. This reaffirms a 2005 policy now seemingly at odds with Pope Francis’ famous “Who am I to judge?” response when asked about gay priests in 2013.
The document, entitled “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,” was drafted by the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy, and it is meant to offer wide-ranging guidelines for priestly formation. In addition to several quotes from Pope Francis, the document draws heavily from the writings of St. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
Three of the document’s 210 paragraphs are devoted to “persons with homosexual tendencies” who desire to become priests, drawing primarily from a 2005 document that bans candidates with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies.”
Pope Francis approved the document, according to a letter signed by Cardinal Beniamino Stella, who heads the clergy office.

LGBT advocates express frustration over Vatican document barring gay priests

LGBT advocates express frustration over Vatican document barring gay priests

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Document bewilders some. Groups say, "Pope Francis has a lot of explaining to do." They call the seminary guidelines "extremely disappointing" and "scapegoating." 

Women Deacons and the Papal Commission

Women Deacons and the Papal Commission

Part II on the series about permanent deacons.  This part explores women as deacons.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

After November

AMERICA 
Margot Patterson, Kevin E. Stuart, Jane Sloan Peters, Cecilia González-Andrieu, C. C. Pecknold, Jim McDermott
Catholics respond to the unexpected election of Donald J. Trump.

Understanding Henri Nouwen



Vatican debuts website in response to clergy sex scandals


Vatican debuts website in response to clergy sex scandals

VATICAN CITY
Times-Picayune
By Religion News Service
on December 06, 2016
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican has launched a website as part of its efforts to protect children from clergy sexual abuse and to promote healing and reconciliation. It's the first time that the Vatican has published resources and documents on the issue.
The site is sponsored by the commission that Pope Francis set up to protect minors. "It is very important for the commission to have a means to communicate," Marie Collins, an Irish abuse survivor and commission member, said Tuesday (Dec. 6). "I hope eventually people will also use it to communicate with the commission."
The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors was established by the pope in 2013. It is headed by Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
The new website includes a template for local churches seeking to protect minors from clerical sex abuse, guidelines on how to handle complaints and options for education and healing. It also provides news and information about the commission and promotes greater sharing of information within the church.

Author Frida Berrigan encourages “modest work” in wake of election

Author Frida Berrigan encourages “modest work” in wake of election 

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Pax Christi: Members of the Pax Christi Metro DC group gathered in Silver Springs, Md. to honor two local peacemakers, Franciscan Sr. Marie Lucey and Franciscan Fr. Jacek Orzechowski. Author Frida Berrigan spoke at the event about the president-elect and what his administration could mean for an anti-war organization working against racism and harsh treatment of immigrants.