Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Francis officially creates Catholic ministry of catechist, open to men and women

Francis officially creates Catholic ministry of catechist, open to men and women

 

Pope Francis' process for investigating accused Catholic bishops clearly requires reform

 

Editorial

Pope Francis' process for investigating accused Catholic bishops clearly requires reform

We say: The Vos Estis Lux Mundi system to evaluate allegations of sexual abuse or cover-up against individual Catholic bishops needs two major

Understanding the history of the Catholic episcopate

 

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in Washington D.C. with President George W. Bush and Chief Justice John Roberts (dpa picture alliance/Alamy Stock Photo)

The report published [1] 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

 

11 May 2021, The Tablet

Synodal church 'fundamental' to Pope's vision



CNS screen grab/Facebook, US Embassy to the Holy See

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.

In the eyes of my friend Daniel Berrigan, all humanity was a sacrament

 

Vatican sends letter to U.S. bishops: Don’t rush the debate on Communion, politicians and abortion