Category Archives: Church News

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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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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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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