Category Archives: Ministry

Cardinal Mahony Featured

Check this devastating report on Cardinal Roger Mahony. The man has largely disappeared from public view since the conclave. But in retirement he still blogs, mainly in immigration policy advocacy. The report seems thorough and balanced–more than fair to a man … Continue reading

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Caring For The Dying: Not Just For Religious

At the Catholic Herald, commentator Francis Phillips is concerned about the blossoming movement favoring euthanasia. He writes: It strikes me that the push for euthanasia in this country is driven by a cadre of influential atheists with a fear of … 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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Around in Bend

Bishops, pastors, and parishes can get into tough spots these days. UCANews picked up the NCR story from across the Pacific on the ousted pastor, the firm bishop, the Vatican appeal, and the outraged parish. A brief local piece from … Continue reading

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Marriages, Broken and What?

One of my least edifying experiences in ministry was acting as an advocate for declarations of nullity. In my training, I was urged to accompany the people seeking annulments, looking for opportunities for healing and insight. It was difficult work, reviewing … Continue reading

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Family Synod

It’s out in the open that Pope Francis and next Fall’s Family Synod planners are intent on soliciting the input of Catholic laity. The bishops of England and Wales seem to have hit the ground running. David Gibson reports otherwise … Continue reading

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With the New Archbishop Today

My archdiocese conducts a Pastoral Study Day twice a year for clergy and lay people. It’s a good opportunity to catch up with colleagues. Today, the new archbishop spoke at length in the afternoon session, expounding on his reflections on … Continue reading

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Using the Examen to Reflect on Music Ministry

One of the great graces of campus ministry is mentoring young student leaders. Recently, one of them was describing concern over a (perceived) character flaw that seemed to be an obstacle to effective ministry. I suggested adapting the Ignatian Examen. … Continue reading

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Catholic Student Housing

The NYT has a feature on a Christian dorm at a public university (Troy, in Alabama) built and run by Catholics. Different opinions, including a thumbs-up from university chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr: It is not about proselytizing, but about bringing a … Continue reading

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Another Interview: On Dialogue

Liam put me on to this interview. The second thing that struck me was the Holy Father’s approach to dialogue: Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other … Continue reading

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Octocards To Meet

It seems like ages ago Pope Francis announced his gang of 8. And now the Big Meeting is this coming week in Rome. John Allen previews it here, and Rocco “whispers” here. Mr Allen cites the meeting as a turning point, … Continue reading

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When Liturgy Breaks Bad I

Journalist and blogger Mary DeTurris Poust posts on “Losing … Religion.” I have been desperate for a shepherd, for someone who wants to meet me in my darkness and walk with me spiritually, for someone who gets up there and tries … Continue reading

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Left? Right? Wrong

I’d like to use John Allen’s summary as a springboard into what I think are deeper issues with the Pope Francis interview. Another commenter I read today–it might have been on PrayTell–suggested that Pope Francis is operating on a totally … Continue reading

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