Category Archives: Church News

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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Rocco on Soto on Quinn

Rocco whispered his tweet on reaction to Bishop Quinn’s call for changes. I know I’m behind the times; I didn’t know one could post memos on Twitter with more than 160 characters. Seems a bit unfair to me. Speaking for … Continue reading

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Obnoxious

dotCommonweal has a short roundup from the front porch. Anybody hear Wisdom 2:12 lately? Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, reproaches us for transgressions of the law and … Continue reading

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A New Bishop For Kansas City

Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop for one of my former dioceses. NCRep covered the news, as well as a point of controversy from earlier in Bishop Johnston’s career. A pseudonymous commenter there knew the new bishop when he … Continue reading

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