Archive for March, 2013

Montana Diocese Uses Mediation Rather Than Litigation in Sex Abuse Cases

Transparency Marks Montana Sex Abuse Lawsuit Mediation

A weeklong “global mediation” slated to begin April 15 in Seattle will seek a broad settlement for two comprehensive sex abuse lawsuits pending against the diocese of Helena, Mont., and the Ursuline Sisters. If the process is successful, at least two major goals would be met, attorneys for both the diocese and claimants told NCR. First, the diocese would avoid bankruptcy. Second, a significantly larger portion of any ultimate monetary settlement would reach claimants rather than be consumed by costly, extended legal maneuvering.” By Dan Morris-Young, National Catholic Reporter

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Will Pope Francis Be ‘More Inclined to Embrace than Wag a Finger in Rebuke’

Editorial: Francis’ Election Full of Symbols, Signs of New Era

The symbols from the start were breathtaking. For a community whose narrative is woven deeply with symbols great and small, those advanced by Pope Francis since he stepped onto the balcony above St. Peter’s Square in a simple white cassock became more awe-inspiring as the days wore on.” Editorial in National Catholic Reporter

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Is Pope Francis Capable of Vatican Reform?

Five Tests of Whether Pope Francis’ Reform of the Vatican Could Be Real

As soon as Holy Week wraps up, hard questions will begin to be asked about whether Pope Francis is capable of delivering the reform in the Vatican that many cardinals believed they were voting for in electing him.” By John L. Allen, National Catholic Reporter

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Could Priestly Celibacy Change under New Pope?

In Praise of Priestly Marriage

Growing up in New England around a community of former priests who considered themselves in exile from the Roman Catholic Church, author Peter Manseau often heard of a mythical-sounding place where ecclesiastic strictures like celibacy were more flexible than they were in parishes closer to home: South America.” By Peter Manseau, Op-Ed Contributor, The New York Times

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We Pray Pope Francis Fulfills Vow to Serve Poor & Weak

Pope Francis Vows to Serve ‘Poorest, Weakest’ and Urges Leaders to Offer Hope

Striking a tone of radical humility that has already become his trademark, Pope Francis offered a passionate pledge in his installation Mass on Tuesday to serve “the poorest, the weakest, the least important,” urging world leaders to protect human life and the environment and use tenderness to inspire hope.” By Elisabetta Provoledo and Rachel Donadio, The New York Times

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What kind of Church can we expect from Pope Francis?

Pope Francis Signals New Course for the Papacy

Ahead of his formal installation as pontiff on Tuesday (March 19), Pope Francis was sending clear signals that he intends to lead a papacy markedly different from his predecessor — and perhaps different from that of any other pope in modern times.” By David Gibson, Religion News Service

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Pope Francis’ Inaugural Homily

Pope Francis: Homily for Inaugural Mass of Petrine Ministry

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church … Let us never forget that authentic power is service, and that the Pope too, when exercising power, must enter ever more fully into that service which has its radiant culmination on the Cross. He must be inspired by the lowly, concrete and faithful service which marked Saint Joseph and, like him, he must open his arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those whom Matthew lists in the final judgment on love: the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison.” By Pope Francis

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