Category Archives: Church News

The Seven-Percent Section

It seems that the bulk of canon lawyers are working on numbers 1055-1165, about seven percent of the legal corpus. What happens if, over the next few years, taking action on declarations of nullity fades away? Will the Church’s canon … Continue reading

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Anniversary Week

While I was at Mass Sunday night, the family signaled me of the Beatles love-fest on network tv here at home. The music, naturally, was great. I had a laugh at all the aging celebrities in the seats. If he … Continue reading

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Montana Teaching

People across the Catholic ideological spectrum are questioning the decision to fire the pregnant teacher in Montana. I’m not even going to tell you what I think. You regular readers know what I think. Another pr disaster that spreads ripples … Continue reading

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First Mistake? I Think Not

Thomas Reese SJ thinks Pope Francis made his first mistake by dropping the red hat on four curia bureaucrats. I think probably not. From the NCR blogger: True reform must destroy the papal court and turn it into a civil … Continue reading

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Reactions

It’s been interesting to follow the reactions of both individuals and news outlets to Pope Francis’ Rolling Stone article and in its aftermath. Zenit reported on Federico Lombardi’s talk in Spain in which he described the strengths of the three … Continue reading

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Pope Francis + Rolling Stone Cover

Since the late 60′s isn’t a whole lot of history and tradition. But it seems significant that a pope has a first cover for The Rolling Stone. Jimmy Mac sent me the whole article. A few highlights: After the disastrous … Continue reading

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A Great Decline

So much for the meme that Vatican II caused the Great Decline of Catholicism. The commonality, not the causation of course, for Catholicism was missing the opportunity for a much-improved MR2 to replace the interim missal we had since the … Continue reading

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Pope To Canon Lawyers: You Are Pastors

Pope Francis addressing the Roman Rota: You are essentially pastors. As you carry out your judicial work, do not forget that you are pastors. Behind every file, every position, every case, there are persons who wait for justice.

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A Little Confusing

dotCommonweal, linked the NYT feature on turmoil at Seattle’s Eastside Catholic. It’s like a chain of dominos: a married gay teacher, a chairman of the board, and this week, the president. The same president who supposedly offered divorce as a … Continue reading

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Fr Pavone Settles

After friction with a few bishops over the past several years, Fr Frank Pavone is back in good standing. David Gibson at RNS has a feature up today. Good for Fr Pavone. His situation strikes me as similar to John … 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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“… one Lord, one faith, one baptism …”

One of the octocardinals has conservative Catholics all fussy for permitting a non-Catholic and a woman to touch him in a liturgical way. Rev. Anne Robinson, liturgical toucher: I’ve been in so many places where I’ve been excluded in so … Continue reading

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Budget Saints

The era of John Paul II saw unprecedented numbers of saints, and presumably, large sums of money exchange hands between people. Making saints will not be a matter of business so much under Pope Francis, it seems. From Cardinal Angelo … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Favors Pastors

Gianni Valente at La Stampa reports on the pedigree of many of the new cardinals: pastoral experience. Before becoming bishops, many of the new cardinal electors had been parish priests for a long time. For example, Burkina Faso’s Philippe Ouèdraogo … Continue reading

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Monsignori No More

The Vatican Insider reports that Pope Francis has abolished the title of “monsignor” for all religious clergy and for diocesan clergy younger than 65. The action is not retroactive, but I wonder how many clergy might opt to turn in … Continue reading

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