Category Archives: bishops

Too Strict?

The news collector Pewsitter linked a translation of Massimo Franco’s piece “Pope Seen As Too Strict.” Bishops, particularly Italian bishops, have lost their compass bearings. 20-70-10: the percentages of bishops who support, are waiting for the next guy, and who … Continue reading

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Trading Control Panel for Shepherd’s Staff

A confluence of two stories today struck me. First, Pope Francis on the relationship between bishops and lay people in a talk Rocco labelled “Pastors, Not Pilots.” Read, please: In reality, the laity who have an authentic Christian formation shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Bitter But Necessary?

A balanced and realistic editorial at NCRep on the resignation of a former bishop of mine. I think there’s much bitterness all over on this one. I don’t believe Bishop Finn was any sort of monster. He certainly is no … Continue reading

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By The Bay

I’ve been following the laity-archbishop kerfuffle in San Francisco somewhat closely. Frequent commenter Jimmy Mac sends me updates. Catholic bloggers near and far–but mostly far–weigh in regularly. Opinion polls are now popping up–and most pollees seem to think Archbishop Cordileone … Continue reading

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Talking Past

While I no longer comment on other sites, I do follow the occasional thread of interest. dotCommonweal has close to forty comments following Grant Gallicho’s piece on Cardinal O’Brien. I was struck by this exchange today between Bernard Dauenhauer and … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes Conclusion

We’ve come to the end of the document Mutuae Relationes. Remember to check the full document here at the Vatican site. The situation in 1978 was that we were in the early stages of what was projected as a future working relationship between … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 67: A Pope’s Authority and Initiatives

You can check the full document online here, but here is the last numbered section of Mutuae Relationes, which reminds us of the pope’s authority over the curia and the establishing of cooperation between bishops and religious on the level … Continue reading

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