Category Archives: bishops

Aparecida 67 – Free Trade Agreements and More

A short paragraph, 67, expresses the concern for the effects of “free trade agreements” and other pressures on Latin America countries. This paragraph reflects some serious questions that have arisen, but it merely mentions them without doing a detailed analysis. … Continue reading

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Timid and Turpid

Fr Myron Pereira at UCA News offers a devastating commentary on bishops, starting with a tidbit of history that invites some reflection: For a long time, for centuries in fact, the Catholic Church was one of the few institutions where … Continue reading

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Theologian Pokes At Bishops

I haven’t been following the news bits on the LCWR assembly in Nashville. But I did notice that Professor Elizabeth Johnson’s two significant pokes at the US bishops. In one instance, reading comprehension isn’t even an issue. The guys simply … Continue reading

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Aparacida 66 – Financial Institutions and the Environment

In paragraph 66, the bishops start with an analysis of the growing power of transnational financial institutions and companies to the detriment of the governments in Latin America. Thus development programs are at risk. Financial institutions and transnational companies are … Continue reading

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Aparecida 64-65 – A Different Globalization

In the middle of this critique of a globalization based on competition and profit as ultimate values, the bishops in paragraph 64 call for a different type of globalization, which has sometimes been called a “globalization of solidarity.” Hence, faced … Continue reading

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Non-Catholic, Bishop, and Funeral

It almost sounds like a joke, the combination of words, and the way some Catholics are fussing on this. Bishop Tony Palmer plus funeral Mass. He wasn’t a Roman or a Catholic. Oh, and from Pope Francis, a consideration of the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 63 – Small and Medium Businesses

The bishops in paragraph 63, note the importance of small and medium businesses. Though Catholic Social Teaching is very critical of large concentrations of land and wealth – a tradition that goes back to early fathers of the church such … Continue reading

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Aparecida 62 – Globalization and Inequalitites

In paragraph 62 the bishops continue their strong critique of globalization in its economic aspects. Pope Francis, who was responsible for chairing the committee that wrote the final version of the Aparecida document, has been criticized for his critique of … Continue reading

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LCWR Meets Tomorrow

Leaders of American women religious meet in Nashville starting tomorrow. The five day conference will include private meetings with Archbishop Sartain the prelate designated by Rome to get results. NCRep summarizes here. There seems to be a tired and pessimistic note … Continue reading

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Bishops On Retreat

The farthest I’ve ever traveled to go on retreat was about 2,000 miles. For the Spiritual Life Institute, it was either there or Nova Scotia, about a thousand miles in another direction. Every other time, it’s within a day’s drive … Continue reading

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Aparecida 61 – The Economic Dimension of Globalization

The bishops recognize in paragraph 61 that globalization is multi-faceted, but its economic dimension is the most apparent. They also note that globalization should not be either totally dismissed or totally embraced; careful and nuanced analysis is needed. Globalization is … Continue reading

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Episcopal Real Estate

CNN has a feature on some of the homes of American archbishops. Some of it is location: check where the ordinaries of New York and Chicago reside, for example. Some of it is inherited from the previous archbishop. Although I … Continue reading

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Bloom Where Planted

Archbishop John Nienstedt says a pope planted him in the Twin Cities. He’ll bloom where he’s planted. (Or wither on the vine?) Is he daring another pope to fire him? Bishops are readily available, it seems, to move up when … Continue reading

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A Benedict Man?

The Twin Cities’ Star Tribune asks if Archbishop John Nienstedt will be a Benedict man: But we also hope Nienstedt takes to heart the example of Pope Benedict. Eighteen months ago, Benedict concluded that he was not up to the … Continue reading

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Betrayed

Journalist Madeleine Baran has a devastating four-part series that finished posting at MPR today. It’s not pretty, and it paints the last three Twin Cities archbishops in a very unflattering–but deserved–light. I’m sure it makes Minnesota Catholics wonder about their … Continue reading

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