Archive for September, 2013

Women Are Key to Pope’s Reforms / The Boston Globe

The Positive reception to Pope Francis from all quarters is itself almost as astounding as the man himself. A kind of global sigh of relief has greeted his humane and kindly manner, a signal that the human family, even in a secular age, longs for a rescue of transcendent value. The Catholic Church, for all of its problems, and if only because of its history as a pillar of Western culture, remains a universal object of fascination …

“… The pope aims to start “a long-run, historical process” on behalf of the poor. No one denies his seriousness on this issue — from the choice of his name, to the place where he lives, to his witness in Brazil. But the pope knows as well as anyone that the single most powerful engine drawing people out of poverty is improvement in the economic status of women, which can only occur within a larger cultural transformation. Education. Participation. Power. Reproductive freedom. Yes, women’s liberation. There can be no other strategy for ending poverty.” By James Carroll, The Boston Globe

Read the rest of Carroll’s commentary by clicking here.

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Cardinals’ Summit Shapes Up As Potential Turning Point / National Catholic Reporter

Francis’ papacy only just reached the six-month mark, so it’s probably premature to be talking about make-or-break moments for his legacy. That said, the Oct. 1-3 maiden summit of eight cardinals from around the world, tapped by the pope to advise him on governance and reform, profiles as a potentially critical turning point.” By John Allen, National Catholic Reporter

Read the rest of John Allen’s story about the Pope’s upcoming meeting with his cardinal advisors by clicking here.

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Update: Philly Priest Arrested for Abusing Altar Boy for Years

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Click here to read and watch: “Philly Priest Sexually Abuses Altar Boy for Years: DA,” by Dan Stamm, NBCphiladelphia.com, September 26, 2013

Excerpt:

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced the arrest Thursday morning of Rev. Robert Brennan.

“A serial predator is now behind bars thanks to brave actions of this young man,” said Williams.

The alleged assaults, which Williams says included penetration and oral sex, happened while Brennan was an assistant pastor at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in the Rhawnhurst section of Northeast Philadelphia from 1998 to 2001.

Editor’s note: Msgr. Lynn will not be charged in this case because it fell three months outside the EWOC statute of limitations.

Please note this is not the Father Brennan from the 2012 trial. That was Father James Brennan.

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Francis Wishes to Release Vatican II’s Bold Vision from Captivity / National Catholic Reporter

In the last 50 years, we have had five popes. The first four were at the Second Vatican Council as either bishops or peritus (theological advisers). Francis may not be a pope from the council, but he is quickly establishing himself as a pope of the council. Each of his recent predecessors, to be sure, carried forward particular elements of the council’s teaching. This pope, however, has received the council’s teaching through his distinctive experiences as a Jesuit, a Latin American and, pre-eminently, as pastor. His pontificate represents a fresh new phase in the ongoing reception of Vatican II, one shaped by a variety of post-conciliar developments.” By Richard Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College, in National Catholic Reporter

Read the rest of Prof. Gaillardetz’s article by clicking here.

This is the third in a series of articles in National Catholic Reporter that examine the ramifications of the interview Pope Francis gave to America magazine that was released Sept. 19. The first two articles are “It Will Be Hard to Go Back after Francis’ Papacy” and “The Real Test of Francis’ Reform: Touching the Spiritually Poor.”

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Archbishop Myers, Coadjutorized! / Religion News Service

Pope Francis’ appointment of Michigan Bishop Bernard Hebda to serve alongside John J. Myers as coadjutor archbishop of Newark might have been the first time the Vatican acted to discipline a bishop for dealing improperly with sexually abusive priests since John Paul II accepted Bernard Law’s resignation as archbishop of Boston in 2002. Coadjutors are often appointed when the Vatican wants to make clear its displeasure with a hierarch (e.g. the case of Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen of Seattle).” By Mark Silk, Religion News Service

Read the rest of Mark Silk’s commentary by clicking here.

Also of interest — “Shakeup at Newark Archdiocese Could Spell the End for Myers” and “Newark Archbishop Denies that Criticism Led to Moves.”

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The Six Most Important Reforms Voice of the Faithful Would Like Pope Francis To Discuss with His Advisors In October

Pope Francis meets in Rome Oct. 1-3 with his eight cardinal advisors on Church governance. Voice of the Faithful® would like at least the following six reforms to be on the Pope’s agenda, and as a start, Voice of the Faithful sent a letter to Pope Francis in late August asking that a VOTF proposed for a change in the process of bishop selection be placed on the agenda:

1. Disciplinary action for any bishop who has covered up clergy sexual abuse

2. The ordination to the priesthood of married Catholic men

3. An expanded role for clergy and laity in selecting local bishops

4. The ordination of women to the diaconate

5. Removal of the mandate against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious

6. Financial accountability and transparency

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Vatican Removes Deputy Bishop in Peru after Allegations of Sexual Abuse / Reuters

The Vatican, under Pope Francis’ “zero-tolerance” policy for pedophile priests, removed an auxiliary bishop from his post in a Peruvian province because of allegations he sexually abused children, a bishop said on Friday (Sept. 20).

“Luis Bambaren, the former president of Peru’s bishops’ conference and bishop emeritus of Chimbote, told local media that Gabino Miranda was dismissed as auxiliary bishop in the dioceses of Ayacucho, a poor Andean region in southern Peru, after he was accused of having sexual relations with minors.”

Read the rest of this Reuters story by clicking here.

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