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Tale of Two Archbishops

Grant Gallicho is not letting our Midwestern archbishops off the hook. He dismantles Archbishop Nienstedt’s “apologia tour.” There’s also a fb piece with a link to the Sun-Times musing by Cardinal George: When I was ordained, I never thought any priest could … Continue reading

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Aparecida 20-22: Starting in Hope

In the first section of Part One, the bishops analyze the role of the church in Latin America. The first section is entitled missionary disciples – not missionaries and disciples. In his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 19: Starting Where We Are

Part One, “The Life of Our People Today,” begins with a note on the methodology used in the document. I commented on the methodology in a previous post. But what is striking about paragraph 19 is the praise heaped on … Continue reading

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Vigor: Does It Fit?

Merriam-Webster online defines vigor: 1.  active bodily or mental strength or force 2. active healthy well-balanced growth especially of plants 3. intensity of action or effect :force 4. effective legal status Bishop Daniel Condon wrote to the NYT contesting a small part of the … Continue reading

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On Bishops

I took some heat on a neighboring blog for my tart comments about our American bishops. I believe that 20% or less of our bishops are good bishops. (Another commentator thought I was being generous.) I will state from the … Continue reading

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“You Deserve Better”

A headline and a fair and honest quote from the St Paul-Minneapolis archbishop, John Nienstedt, preaching at a suburban parish in his diocese. He also was quoted in CNS: The negative news reports about past incidents of clerical sexual abuse in … Continue reading

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Aparecida 15-18: Why The Bishops Write

The introduction closes with a few paragraphs that are exhortations, calling for joy and hope, noting how faith in Christ is the foundation for this document. As a sign of renewing hope, the bishops cite Pope Benedict in paragraph 15, … Continue reading

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Wuerl’s Gig

Rocco has early goods on the switcheroo at the Congregation of Bishops: +Burke and +Rigali out. +Wuerl in. We’re reminded there of an earlier dust-up between the old and the new. Maybe this was the parting shot. I’ve never been … Continue reading

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Aparecida 13–14: Missionary Evangelization

The bishops at Aparecida recognize, in paragraph 13, that above all, “the challenge of revitalizing our way of being Catholic and our personal options for the Lord, so that Christian faith may become more deeply rooted in the heart of … Continue reading

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Aparecida 9-12: The Challenge of New Times

The bishops seek to recognize both the continuity of their message and the new challenges they need to face. They see their meeting at Aparecida as a new step in continuity with Vatican II and the previous general conferences. (¶9) … Continue reading

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Those Uppity Germans

The German rollout of MR3 is on ice. If their version is anything like our tortured English, the pewfolk are better off and the clergy have more time to hear confessions on Saturday. A pastor in the United States said … Continue reading

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Aparecida 6-8: The Giftedness of Latin America and the Caribbean

The bishops now turn, in paragraph 6, to give thanks to God: We accept the entire reality of our continent as gift: the beauty and fertility of its lands, the richness of humanity expressed in the [persons]*, families, peoples, and … Continue reading

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Aparecida 4-5: A Bit of History and Inculturation

The bishops at Aparecida looked at the coming of the Gospel to the Americas and the ongoing evangelization with what I think are somewhat rose-colored glasses. In paragraph 4, the bishops see the openness to the Gospel, rooted in the … Continue reading

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Is Cover-Up An Evangelization Issue?

CNS commentary on Evangelii Gaudium here. It is thus surprising that, with the possible exception of a reference to the “pain and the shame we feel at the sins of some members of our church,” Pope Francis does not even … Continue reading

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Aparecida 2-3: Notes of Gratitude

2. We were joyfully gathered together with the Successor of Peter, Head of the College of Bishops. His Holiness Benedict XVI has confirmed us in the primacy of faith in God, in his truth and love, for the good of … Continue reading

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