Category Archives: bishops

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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Aparecida 60 – Economics and Globalization

As part of their effort to “see” the reality of Latin America, before judging, and making proposals for action, the bishops examine the economy. The bishops see the economic situation of Latin America and the Caribbean in the light of … Continue reading

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Progressive Preaching

The bishop of my first see has decided to end lay preaching in that diocese. I found a curious statement by the journalist: The reversal is perhaps the starkest example yet of the contrasting stewardship of Matano with his predecessor, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 59 – New Immigrants to Latin America

The Spanish, the French, and the English were the earliest but not the only groups to come to Latin America and the Caribbean. Paragraph 59 seems to be referring to other groups that have come and brought their cultures to … Continue reading

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Aparecida 58 – The Challenge of Urbanization

Paragraph 58 treats what the bishops see as a major challenge to the cultures of Latin America – urbanization. The growing urbanization of Latin American brings major cultural challenges, in particular as people move in from the countryside to the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 57 – Clash of Cultures

In paragraph 57, the bishops at Aparecida suggest that the cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean offer antidotes to the “globalized” culture with its emphasis in individualism and consumerism. These cultures coexist under unequal conditions alongside the so-called globalized … Continue reading

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Aparecida 56 – Cultural Diversity

Though many of us in the US may consider think of Latin Americans as all the same, the bishops at Aparecida are insistent on the cultural diversity of Latin America and the Caribbean which they as a wealth that can … Continue reading

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Aparecida 52-55: Positive Aspects of Cultural Change

The critique of cultural change with its emphasis on individualism has been strong, yet the bishops see that recent cultural changes also have some positive aspects. In paragraph 52, they write:  Among the positive aspects of this cultural change is … Continue reading

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Accountability

That’s the word out of Rome today. All bishops must carry out their pastoral ministry with the utmost care in order to help foster the protection of minors, and they will be held accountable. “Reparation” was also mentioned. No idea … Continue reading

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Natural Law, Language, and the Family

I won’t be dissecting the Instrumentum Laboris for the October synod with the same thoroughness we’ve treated other documents here. But I do plan to drop in a post every few days on aspects that strike me, especially on liturgy … Continue reading

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What Lies Beneath?

Dawn Eden did some digging and thinks there’s something behind black masses that will get the attention of liberals, non-religious, and the like. Don’t get me wrong on this: as a liturgist, I can feel my dander rising whenever my … Continue reading

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Making Apologies and Amends

Two things I noticed in recent news. First, a rather uncharacteristic apology from a celebrity. Why uncharacteristic? Not because of the man giving it. I noticed the refreshingly direct language: I deeply regret … I apologize … I vow … … Continue reading

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Signs of Bishops: Palliums and Places of Residence

Much attention here given to Pope Francis wearing a “regular” pallium as he conferred look-alikes on the world’s new archbishops. Most Catholics today would be able to pick three or four of the last five popes out of a crowd … Continue reading

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