Monday, September 16, 2019

In the Amazon, Pope Francis is setting the agenda for a new kind of synod

Marx defends German synodal procedure against Vatican criticism


15 September 2019, The Tablet

Marx defends German synodal procedure against Vatican criticism


Marx also insists unequivocally that the German bishops have the right to debate matters on which the Magisterium has already ruled


Marx defends German synodal procedure against Vatican criticism
Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, president of the German bishops' conference, speaks to the press at the beginning of the German bishops' fall assembly in Fulda, Germany, Sept. 24, 2018
Photo: CNS photo/KNA
Cardinal Reinhard Marx has staunchly defended the “synodal procedure” the German bishops have initiated together with the Central Committee of German (lay) Catholics against attempts by Rome to question its canonical legality, according to a 14 September report in the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, which claims to have exclusive possession of Marx’s letter. He also insists unequivocally that the German bishops have the right to debate matters on which the Magisterium has already ruled.

Clericalism at heart of crisis, says survivor, but its 'day coming to end'


16 September 2019, The Tablet

Clericalism at heart of crisis, says survivor, but its 'day coming to end'


'It's still bishops investigating bishops,' she said of the new norms. 'Many would see that as just inappropriate and not the answer'


Clericalism at heart of crisis, says survivor, but its 'day coming to end'
Marie Collins, a clerical sexual abuse survivor from Ireland and a member of the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, is seen at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin Aug. 24, 2018
Photo: CNS photo/John McElroy, courtesy World Meeting of Families
Vatican officials needed "a safeguarding policy" in place ages ago to prevent abuse and address it when it occurred, said Marie Collins, a clergy sexual abuse survivor from Ireland.
The promise for such a policy came out of the Vatican summit on child protection in February, but it never materialised, said Collins, who was one of the original members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
For this reason and several others, she said was disappointed with the outcome of the summit.
"We had been told it would be about responsibility, accountability and transparency," she told the Catholic Review, Baltimore's archdiocesan media outlet, just prior to the kick off of a five-city US speaking tour on "The Catholic Tipping Point" in Baltimore Sept. 10.
"What we saw come out of it was a (promise of a) handbook for bishops -- that has not come out yet -- and a safeguarding policy for Vatican City, which if you look at it is nothing to boast about, because this is 2019. They should have had a safeguarding policy in position decades ago."
Collins, who resigned from the Vatican commission in 2017 because she was concerned that promised reforms were not being implemented and Vatican leaders were impeding the commission's work, also found fault with the pope's recent "moto proprio" -- "Vos Estis Lux Mundi" ("You are the light of the world"). The document includes a number of protocols for addressing abuse claims, with the intent of holding church leaders accountable for actions or omissions related to the handling of such reports.

Beyond the US, the Top Five countries for beefs with the Pope


Beyond the US, the Top Five countries for beefs with the Pope

DENVER (CO)
Crux
September 15, 2019
By John L. Allen Jr.
Rome - Responding to a mini-fracas set off by his recent declaration that he considers it “an honor when Americans are attacking me,” Pope Francis told reporters during an inflight news conference Tuesday that the U.S. is not his only source of heartburn.
“Criticism comes not only from the Americans, they’re coming from all over,” Francis said.
The comment got me thinking: If we take the U.S. off the table, what are the other countries where criticism of this pope seems most robust?
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Here’s a rundown of the other countries I considered.
Chile: Rocked by arguably the world’s worst clerical abuse scandal, many Chileans were initially angry at Francis for what seemed denial, then grateful for what seemed a change of heart, and now confused and frustrated over what they see as a lack of aggressive follow-through.

New cardinals: The men are the message


New cardinals: The men are the message

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Expect North American church to learn from pan-Amazonian synod

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Expect North American church to learn from pan-Amazonian synod

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Amazon archbishop backs ordination of married priests

Amazon archbishop backs ordination of married priests

Amazon archbishop backs ordination of married priests

Ines San Martin, CRUX

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Lay community key to reforming Catholicism



Lay community key to reforming Catholicism

Church conflict has become corrosive and toxic

Paul Collins
Australia
September 14, 2019
One of the most extraordinary recent examples of commitment is the loyalty shown by many post-Vatican II Catholics to the church.
Despite their steadfast support for the emphases of that Council, these lay Catholics, supported by many priests, are often seen as a 'nuisance' by senior church leaders whose real focus has been protecting their own positions and clericalist ideology.
Their commitment has been further tested by the sexual abuse scandals and the abject failure of many bishops in dealing with them.
The forthcoming Plenary Council (PC) of 2020/2021 will be a further test of the loyalty of these Catholics.
How serious are the bishops when they call on Catholics to 'engage in an open and inclusive experience of listening, dialogue and discernment about the future' of Australian Catholicism? Will they really listen to those who have remained loyal to the teachings of Vatican II?
Catholics for Renewal is one of several groups of Vatican II Catholics. It prepared a detailed submission for the PC and has now published that submission as a book, Getting Back on Mission: Reforming Our Church Together (Garratt Publishing, 2019).