Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Catholic Church used to be like Silicon Valley. Can it be again?

Australian bishop urges end to clericalism


Australian bishop urges end to clericalism

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen says culture of church contributed to sex abuse crisis in country
Ribbons hang on the fence outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in Ballarat, Australia, July 23, 2017. The gesture is to remember victims of Catholic Church abuse. (CNS/Reuters/Byron Kaye)
Ribbons hang on the fence outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in Ballarat, Australia, July 23, 2017. The gesture is to remember victims of Catholic Church abuse. (CNS/Reuters/Byron Kaye)
Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen of Parramatta, Australia, speaking to the National Council of Priests of Australia, urged an end to clericalism in the church and expressed hope that a newly revitalized Catholic clergy would emerge from the sex abuse crisis that has wracked the Catholic Church in Australia.
He spoke Aug. 30 to the National Council of Priests in Australia, which reprinted his remarks in the December edition of The Swag, its quarterly magazine.
Van Nguyen, 55, a Conventual Franciscan who became bishop of Parramatta last year [1], declared in a message to a Royal Commission investigating sex abuse in the Catholic Church that he himself had been abused [2] by church members as an adult. He told the priests' group that "we are in a big mess" as priests "bear the brunt of public anger and distrust in the wake of the sexual abuse crisis. It is one of the hardest times to be a priest."

Whether Francis is a 'Reform Pope' depends on whom you ask

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Pope Francis suggests translation change to the ‘Our Father’

Salt in the Wound


Protesting Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel / CNS photo
Protesting Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel / CNS photo
Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem has never been accepted by the international community. Fifty years ago, UN Security Council Resolution 242 demanded that Israel withdraw from the territories it occupied during the 1967 War, including East Jerusalem. The following year the Security Council passed a resolution demanding that the Israeli government stop expropriating Palestinian property in the eastern part of the city. A resolution in spring of 1980 condemned the construction of Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and other occupied territories. Later that year, when Israel officially claimed all of Jerusalem, “complete and united,” as its capital, yet another resolution declared that claim “null and void,” and called on all countries with diplomatic missions in Jerusalem to withdraw them.

Cardinal hopes that 'painful' Amoris Laetitia dispute is over


Cardinal hopes that 'painful' Amoris Laetitia dispute is over 

The Tablet

12 December 2017 | by Ruth Gledhill

Cardinal Walter Kasper has said he hopes that the controversy over the Pope's Apostolic Exhortation is at an end

Cardinal Walter Kasper has declared that he hopes that the "painful dispute" over the Pope's Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia is now over.
And he has stated that when it comes to remarried divorcees, in individual cases admission to the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist can be possible.
In an article for Radio Vatican's German section, Cardinal Kasper writes: "With the official publication of the letter from Pope Francis to the bishops of the Buenos Aires region, hopefully the painful dispute over the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia is over."
Pope Francis in September praised a letter the bishops of Buenos Aires in Argentina wrote to him in which they said that remarried couples can be given communion if they find it impossible to live like “brother and sister”, can’t obtain an annulment and have been on a “journey of discernment”. Significantly, as The Tablet reported, his response was published in the the Vatican’s own newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.

Suspended member of papal clergy abuse commission to resign


Suspended member of papal clergy abuse commission to resign

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