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Mutuae Relationes Chapter VI: Commitments and Responsibilities in the Field of Action

Chapter VI of Mutuae Relationes includes an unnumbered introductory section–just two paragraphs. Let’s read them, and we’ll get a start on the topic of those commitments and responsibilities of bishops and religious. The Church lives in the Spirit and rests on … Continue reading

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Game Over

NPR Sunday interviewed Rocco Palmo, the blogosphere’s whisperer. Some key spots: Game Over You have new cardinals from … places that never been thought of having a cardinal. And somebody said to me, it’s not that these guys are going to … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 35: Promoting an Active Life in the Church

Let’s wrap up Chapter V, in which we’ve spent thirteen posts on reviewing and exploring a bit of the formative aspect of the relations between bishops and religious. Don’t forget: you can check the full document online here. 35. The … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 34: Two Realities in Contrast

The Church cautions against parallel administrations: one for religious, and one under the bishops. 34. It would be a serious mistake to make the two realities — religious life and ecclesial structures — independent one of the other, or to … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 33: Teaching and Communication

In yesterday’s post, we read that bishops are responsible for planning and consultation in their dioceses. Today we read that religious are obliged to attention and docility, especially in regard to situations in which they teach and form people. Likely … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 32: Diocesan Planning

We’ll continue today on the previous theme of in-depth formation. What can a diocese do? What should it do? 32. An adequate renewal of pastoral methods in the diocese requires a deeper knowledge of whatever concretely affects the local human … Continue reading

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Shadows and Obfuscation in New York

Liam sent this link in another thread, but I thought the story of parish closings in a prominent archdiocese deserved its own thread for your commentary. On Tuesday night, for example, Charles Shaw, a parishioner at St. Joseph’s parish in … Continue reading

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