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Beatitudes for Bishops VII

The last of the Beatitudes for Bishops:  Blessed is the bishop who is not afraid to go against the tide for the sake of the Gospel, making his face “stern” like that of Christ on his way to Jerusalem, without … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for Bishops VI

Archbishop Domenico Battaglia’s Beatitudes for Bishops were adopted by the Holy Father, who shared them last month in a homily at an episcopal ordination. The original text is here, in Italian.  I think they have applications outside of the office … Continue reading

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Catholics In Exodus

I had avoided commenting on Archbishop Gomez’s speech from earlier this month. I find the talks and comments of bishops not my own to be far less interesting these days. But this chat got a lot of attention, even here … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for Bishops V

The Beatitudes for Bishops’ original text is here, in Italian. Pope Francis seems to approve, making it a handout at a recent meeting of Italy’s national episcopal conference. Blessed is the bishop who banishes duplicity of heart, who avoids every … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for Bishops IV

Blessed is the bishop who has a heart for the misery of the world, who is not afraid to dirty his hands with the mud of the human soul in order to find God’s gold, who is not scandalized by … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for Bishops III

Bishop Beatitudes number 3: “Blessed is the bishop who does not shut himself up in the palaces of governance, who does not become a bureaucrat who is more attentive to statistics than to faces, to procedures than to stories, who … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for Bishops II

Beatitudes for Bishops by Archbishop Domenico Battaglia of Naples, passed along by Pope Francis. The original text is here, in Italian. I think they’re not just for bishops. Lots of church people lean to power over service. You don’t have … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for Bishops I

Beatitudes for Bishops are making the rounds in Catholic social media and some Catholic press outlets. These were composed by Naples Archbishop Domenico Battaglia, who delivered them last month in a homily at an episcopal ordination. The original text is … Continue reading

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That USCCB Document

You can find the 10,000-word document here. The only names named are saints and popes. The text is heavily footnoted, and after a quick scan I think some Catholics will be disappointed. The tone is largely positive, and the mention … Continue reading

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Bishops Meet This Week

I see it’s all over Catholic news that the US bishops are meeting in Baltimore this week. That document–some document–on the Eucharist is due. Long gone are the days when the USCCB produced documents that mattered. Peace. The Economy. They … Continue reading

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Archbishop Cupich on TC

I noticed a reaction here and there against Archbishop Cupich’s brief essay on Traditiones Custodes here. I think the initial discussion on this website garnered relatively little chit-chat in the boxes. Detractors have long set aside their visits here. Elsewhere, I’ve … Continue reading

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No Commonality On That Cardinal Ground

A group of Northeastern cardinals engaged in fraternal “correction.” One commentator disses, and it’s hard to object to his disagreements. The link is an op-ed piece but this factual presentation isn’t really a fabrication: Cardinals Anthony Bevilacqua (Philadelphia), James Hickey … Continue reading

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US Bishops On The Eucharist

I followed some of the discussion (like here) of the bishops’ draft document on the Eucharist. Apparently, someone leaked the document. I read the first 130 lines, then ceased. For now. I doubt it will be dissected here. We’ve already … Continue reading

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Auxiliary Bishop To Crookston

I was driving the morning rush to pick up the young miss from the train station when I heard the news on Minnesota Public radio: our archdiocese’s auxiliary bishop has been appointed to the Crookston diocese, deep in the state’s … Continue reading

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It Was Always Going To Be About the Eucharist

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez interviewed while in Rome for meetings. The link is here. He was asked about a divided body of bishops. On the Communion issue, the reality is that what we want is to better educate Catholics: … Continue reading

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