Category Archives: bishops

Aparecida 1: Evangelization, Plus a Dedication to Mary

In the first paragraph, the bishops recall the purpose of their meeting: We have done so as pastors who want to continue to advance the evangelizing action of the Church, which is called to make all its members disciples and … Continue reading

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The Methodology of the Aparecida Document: See – Judge – Act

The methodology used in the Aparecida document has its roots in Belgium, where Father (later Cardinal) Joseph Cardijn of Belgium founded the Young Trade Unionists in 1919 (which became the Young Christian Workers in 1924). The methodology which he used … Continue reading

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The Context of the Aparecida Document

In May 2007, the bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean met at the shrine of the Virgin of Aparecida in Brazil for their fifth general conference. The Latin American Bishops Conference (CELAM) began in the 1950s with the first … Continue reading

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Signal An End To Careerism?

Is this a sign of a Pope Francis initiative: more priests being called to helm a diocese? A big diocese to boot, as Rocco has the whisper of it here: (I)t is a sign of no small confidence in Olson … Continue reading

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Archbishop Chaput in Mexico City 3

Rocco posted the text of Archbishop Charles Chaput’s talk to the bishops of the Americas. This is the third and last in a brief series analyzing his address and looking to points of affirmation and criticism. I do know that … Continue reading

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Archbishop Chaput in Mexico City 2

Archbishop Chaput’s frank talk makes me think he might actually be farther along to a fuller experience of the truth than his detractors might give him credit. He rightly topples Karl Marx: But the real opiate of the people – … Continue reading

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Archbishop Chaput in Mexico City 1

Rocco posted the text of Archbishop Charles Chaput’s talk to the bishops of the Americas. I’d like to devote a few posts to it. Most of you probably know I’m not a particular fan of a man largely perceived as … Continue reading

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Safe Pastors

David Gibson analyzes the USCCB Prez and Veep votes. “Safe,” his headliner wrote. DiNardo emerged from a slate of nine candidates and won a majority of votes on the third ballot, defeating the runner-up, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, by a 147-87 … Continue reading

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Busy Bishop

Bishop Arthur Seratelli ekes out a liturgy chair at the USCCB today by two votes. Here are his other commitments, according to PrayTell: Commissioner of ICEL Member, Vox Clara Commission Member, Task Force for the Review of the Lectionary Member, ad … Continue reading

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Looking to Aparecida

I’ve been pondering what non-liturgy document to examine next. I’ve come up a few weeks short in the Year of Faith. Despite what Cardinal Dolan says, the US bishops of this generation have been largely silent on poverty and economics. … Continue reading

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Pastoral Bishops

David Gibson reports on USCCB Day One here. The address from the Vatican ambassador, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, has got to give some Catholics a few concerns: The Holy Father wants bishops in tune with their people. (He) made a special … Continue reading

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The Numbers Narrative

Rochester’s local media dissects Bishop Matano’s presser yesterday. Are numbers important? There is hope that a new bishop will bring new energy and life to a diocese. Bishop Matano focused, it is observed, on settling sex abuse cases. Is that … Continue reading

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Riding The Wave

Thanks to Rocco tweet-whispering my skeptical take on Rochester-is-progressive, this site enjoyed a top day for views yesterday. Still, people looking for readings for their wedding, or for a funeral topped the Rochester musings. So I haven’t been a total … Continue reading

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New Bishop for Rochester

I’ve already been on the receiving end of two e-mails this morning about my hometown’s new bishop, Salvatore Matano. I don’t have much to say about him. On the surface it looks like another careerism move: small city to larger. … Continue reading

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New Red Hats

Pope Francis will name new cardinals early next year. I would like to see such “awards” detached from the episcopacy of large dioceses. But that’s not a dealbraker for me. Cardinals are important guys, and maybe even spiritual ones. But … Continue reading

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