Category Archives: bishops

I Don’t Want A Francis Effect

I put it in the headline to underscore I’m serious. Not cynical. Not making a funny. Cathy Lynn Grossman at RNS cites some Pew Research on Catholic thinking and behavior since last March 13th. Truthfully, I don’t want people showing … Continue reading

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Aparecida 38-39: Cultural Challenges

In paragraph 38, the bishops lay part of the blame for the erosion of the tradition of popular at the feet of mass media. Mass media offers fantasy-filled images – but they lack a unifying meaning. They merely offer more … Continue reading

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A Thankless Job

The NYT hammers on Archbishop Myers. Thumbs up to a palace; thumbs down to a school: is that a fair assessment of the archdiocese’s position? Jim Goodness, the spokesman for the archdiocese, has the thankless job of explaining this. “The … Continue reading

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Aparecida 35-37: Challenges of Meaning and Technology

The analysis of the reality of Latin America and the Caribbean begins in paragraph 35 with a theological discussion about reductionist approaches to reality that leave out God. For the bishops, globalization and technology have implications in “the life of … Continue reading

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New Jersey’s Bishop of Bling?

Most retirees downsize living space. Not so the Archbishop of Newark. Church management consultant Charles Zech: Archbishop Myers obviously is not paying any attention to the pope. This is extreme, way beyond what you’d expect to happen. I can’t believe … Continue reading

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Canonical Process For Bishop Finn

My former bishop gets reported to Pope Francis. The canonical appeal is facilitated by Father James Connell, priest of the Milwaukee archdiocese and canon lawyer. Over 100,000 online signatures. (I wasn’t one of them.) Will anything come of this? Some … Continue reading

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Good News/Bad News

It seems like it’s that kind of week. On two headlines pulled from the Twitter feeds … In Milwaukee, we have … … one of the largest and most contentious of the dozen or so church bankruptcy cases to date. … Continue reading

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Aparecida 33-35: The Challenge of Globalization:

The process of discerning the signs of the times begins in paragraph 33 and continues to the end of this section, paragraph 97. In paragraph 33, the bishops specifically note that their work of the meeting is a response to … Continue reading

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Apologizing

On the RNS roundup this morning, David Gibson linked 5 Steps to Reclaim Your Credibility After You Screw Up. For bishops covering up and uncovered this seems about right. Management consultant Supriya Desai suggests there’s a first step before the apology: … Continue reading

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On A Caribbean Island

Two nations, one island. Fascinating history, but far from a beautiful one–in contrast to the lovely surroundings. Miami Herald commentary on the elevation of Chibly Langlois, a simple bishop–no arch–to the red hat. Comparing Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Langlois, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 32: The Face of Christ

The final paragraph of this chapter on “Missionary disciples” is a short reflection on the face of Christ in the suffering.  In the face of Jesus Christ, dead and risen, bruised for our sins and glorified by the Father, in … Continue reading

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Aparecida 30-31: The Evangelizing Mission

The last section of this chapter is devoted specifically to the church’s mission of evangelization – the what and the how. Paragraph 30 presents a summary of the message: God’s love, “good news for the poor and sinners,” and above … Continue reading

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Chicago Commentary

Grant Gallicho is not letting up on bishops. He blogs today about two priests allowed to go free in Chicago despite recommendations otherwise from review boards. From the conclusion: The church has learned a lot since the 2002 wave of … Continue reading

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Aparecida 28-29: Joyful Missionary Disciples

Reading the Aparecida document, many times one can find themes which are central to Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation, especially in this section of the Aparecida document, entitled “The Joy of Being Disciples and Missionaries of Jesus Christ.” The first … Continue reading

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Cardinal Watch

Honduras’s octocardinal, Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has been getting headlines for what I was reading as a “brotherly” pushback against CDF head and cardinal-to-be Gerhard Müller. I counted no less than nine headers at conservative outlet Pewsitter. John Allen picks up the original … Continue reading

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