The NYT features its archbishop in this piece highlighting shifts in Roman Catholicism over the past fifteen months. John Allen is quoted:
It’s not that he’s out of favor or irrelevant. But both in terms of who Rome listens to in the American church, and setting priorities for the American church, I think there’s no question that Tim Dolan is no longer the prime mover in that regard.
If he’s okay with that, and I want to believe he is, good for him.
Some parishioners in large North Carolina parishes are not happy with their bishop. Thumbs down to no girl servers, to a new sacristy, and to a burial spot in the cathedral:
We are appalled that the participation of women on the altar is disallowed in our cathedral. (W)e have no understanding of the ‘needs’ for an Episcopal crypt and private dressing area when there are families who are hungry.
(W)e find it almost impossible to support a diocese that does not seem to heed the message of Pope Francis.
The $65M campaign is at 75% of their goal. On the other hand, maybe they would accept a columbarium. There’s a parishioner in my community advocating for that. Has a bishop ever been cremated? Willingly, I mean.
The auxiliary bishop of the Brazilian capital city quoted here on same-sex unions:
There needs to be a dialog on the rights of shared life between people of the same sex who decide to live together. They need legal support from society.
Is the culturewar in retreat on this issue, especially if they’re losing traction in the Third World? Is Nigeria a last gasp of desperation? Or does it reflect the battle?