Category Archives: Ministry

Pope Francis on Creativity III: On Transcendence

In his Saturday meeting with priests from the diocese of Caserta, Pope Francis moves from creativity to transcendence. But he begins with simple relationships with others: But there is also another transcendence: opening oneself up to others, to one’s neighbor. … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Creativity II

In his meeting last Saturday with priests from the diocese of Caserta, Pope Francis shared that he finds creativity in prayer. In fact, he describes it as essential. People who do not pray have shut themselves off. Most would complete … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Creativity I

In his Saturday meeting with priests from the diocese of Caserta, the Holy Father picked up on a priest’s use of the word “creativity” in his comment. Pope Francis’ response was long, and it meanders a good bit, but it … Continue reading

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Adventures in Second Marriages

dotCommonweal looks at some Cardinal Kasper detractors. Some of their own readers take them to task for giving a platform to one of the more conservative enclaves. Indeed, my friend Crystal offers the obvious question in the commentariat: Interesting how … Continue reading

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Progressive Preaching

The bishop of my first see has decided to end lay preaching in that diocese. I found a curious statement by the journalist: The reversal is perhaps the starkest example yet of the contrasting stewardship of Matano with his predecessor, … Continue reading

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When A Bishop Can No Longer Be A Bishop

Grant Gallicho at Commonweal keeps Archbishop Nienstedt in the news. The commentary there is interesting. It illustrates how administrative mismanagement tears at the fabric of unity in the Church. It also smears us in the mainstream media: a thousand miles away, … Continue reading

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Partners in Prayer and Ministry

One of my parishioners serves on the Honduras Ministry Committee. Our connection is through our former staff member, John Donaghy. The pitch: We are looking for ways to created greater solidarity with our sister parish in Dulce Nombre de Maria. … Continue reading

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