Category Archives: Church News

Curia Averted

Robert Mickens describes and assesses reform-in-progress, an assessment of doing (or not doing) rather than just write about it in a document. (In that light, I wonder if I should reconsider the ten years of picking through Church docs here.) … Continue reading

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Bishop Accountability

Liam linked word of the Holy Father’s motu proprio on bishop accountability. I haven’t found the actual text yet, but I’m sure it’s soon to be out. I noticed this: … the competent Congregation of the Roman Curia may initiate … Continue reading

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More Deacons?

So, women deacons. You go to bed and get some sleep and wake up and Pope Francis is making some part of the Church explode. One bit of snark: if anybody writes “deaconess” in the comment boxes below, be warned: … Continue reading

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Aborted Assignment

Rocco whispered this news on his Twitter feed, and I’m perched between disappointment and acceptance on reading it. (Archbishop John) Nienstedt quietly arrived in Michigan Jan. 6 to help St. Philip pastor Rev. John Fleckenstein, who has been ill, an arrangement … Continue reading

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Mercy In Ministry

At PrayTell, John Swencki asked about a Jubilee of Mercy connection on the church labor front: I would be interested in knowing what parish staffs and diocesan/chancery staffs are doing amongst each other to model mercy and compassion: are parish … Continue reading

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Complaint And Content

I see Sandro Magister leaked a document of complaint about synod15 procedures and focus. On the latter: (V)arious fathers have expressed concern that a synod designed to address a vital pastoral matter – reinforcing the dignity of marriage and family … Continue reading

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Celebrity or Popularity, Front Porch Perspective

Matthew Schmitz on papal celebrity here. I am sure Mr Schmitz is partly right, partly wrong about his six talking points. 1. Personalities tend to be more popular than institutions. I think the First Things commentator has indulged a bit … Continue reading

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