Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The report published  by the Vatican last November on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick can be viewed as a sign of our ecclesial times. In laying out the history of McCarrick’s behavior and shedding light on how it was countenanced, even enabled, by fellow hierarchs throughout the Church, it was another reminder of the danger of according unwarranted esteem to high-level clergy. For centuries, from Augustine to Vatican II, the official profiles of bishops and cardinals constituted something of a literary genre unto itself: the so-called speculum episcopi, portraits of the episcopal elite in which succeeding generations of prospective Church leaders could see themselves. They were presented as models to emulate, forebears to be guided and inspired by. Of course, that “mirror of a bishop” is an idealization, but as a metaphor it plays better than the figurative mugshots within the pages of the McCarrick report.
Synodal church 'fundamental' to Pope's vision
A synodal church is “fundamental” to Pope Francis’ vision for women in the Church, where women challenge clericalism without being co-opted by it, papal biographer Austen Ivereigh told a webinar on the role of women in church leadership, hosted by the Diocese of Limerick.
The webinar followed the publication on Sunday of a report on this theme as one of central recommendations to emerge from the 2016 Limerick Diocesan Synod.
Prepared by a specially appointed working group, the report concludes that there are difficulties and struggles for women, both lay and religious, particularly in a parish environment that revolves around the priest. It also suggests that a radical change of mindset is required to balance leadership within the Church and the entire Christian community.