Category Archives: bishops

From Supreme to Honorary

Tweet-whispered a few hours ago, Sandro Magister reports Cardinal Burke’s career arc is about to descend to a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean. More specifically, to a “patronage” of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. If confirmed, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 76 – Democracy and Social Justice

International financial institutions often place conditions on aid or loans, including “structural adjustments” that at times demand the privatization of public services, the removal of subsidies for basic needs, as well as other conditions that weaken the states’ role in … Continue reading

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One Bishop’s Reflections, Pre-Synod

Rocco whispered this on his Twitter feed today. I appreciated Belgian bishop Johan Bonny’s long, but worthwhile essay containing his reflections and hopes for the upcoming synod. It struck me as balanced, pastoral, and thoughtful. Well worth reading. It gave … Continue reading

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Aparecida 75 – Civil Society

Participatory democracy involves more than voting in elections. The bishops see the importance of organized groups that are not part of the government, what is often called civil society. These play a role similar to the “intermediate institutions” that Alexis … Continue reading

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Aparecida 74 – Democracy and Authoritarianism

Continuing their analysis of the reality of Latin American and the Caribbean, the bishops turn to the “sociopolitical dimension, ” an analysis which I find rather optimistic. They first treat what they call “authoritarian regimes” in paragraph 74. The Latin … Continue reading

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Aparecida 73 – Migration

Not too many years ago, most of the Latin American population lived in rural areas. Currently almost 80% live in urban areas. There are a few exceptions, including Guatemala (50.5% rural), Honduras (48.4% rural) and Haiti (47.9% rural). But Brazil has … Continue reading

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Parading in NY

So, an LGBT group will march in New York in 194 days. An archbishop seems fine with it. The word is still out in Boston, where similar groups cannot march. Is Cardinal Dolan trying to get a “who-am-I-to-judge” leg up on … Continue reading

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