'Decisive Shift' proposed for Vatican beauracracy

Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias said "the thrust" of a new document outlining the shape of the Vatican bureaucracy, which the council is finishing after five years of work, will be a "service to the local churches."

"Before, the idea was you help the local churches by helping the Holy Father," Gracias, the archbishop of Bombay, told NCR. "Now the idea is you help the Holy Father by helping the local churches."

READ THE ARTICLE FROM NCR HERE

ROMERO: The Martyr and the Pope

Paul Elie, a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affair, is the author of the article in the November 2018 print edition in The Atlantic.

“For the Catholic left, Romero’s assassination is as epochal as Martin Luther King Jr.’s, and his canonization—long awaited—is apt. At a moment when bishops in the United States and around the world are being called to account for their criminal cover-up of priestly sexual abuse, Óscar Romero stands in stark contrast as a bishop who strove to be holy by being accountable—a voice for the voiceless rather than for the Church and its patrons. To celebrate Romero, the Church has to address unholy episodes in its past—episodes as troubling, in their own way, as the current sexual-abuse scandal. The canonization also forces us to consider Francis in a different light—as a figure scarred by Latin American politics and his own encounter with fear and violence, compromise and complicity.”

READ the full article HERE

Belgian bishops show support for married priests

READ the story here from La Croix International

Bishop Jean Kockerols put forth the controversial argument on Oct. 10 while addressing a global meeting of bishops at the Vatican.

"I am convinced that some young people, who have drawn from the baptismal vocation their call to wed, would gladly say ‘here I am' if the church were to call them to the priestly ministry," he was quoted as saying.

Vigano attacks the pope again

READ the story HERE from America magazine.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former papal nuncio to the United States, has issued a second statement in which he attacks Pope Francis for not responding to the allegation that he covered up the sexual abuseof former cardinal Theodore McCarrick. He appeals to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, to come to his defense by confirming his testimony.

Francis recognizes Chinese bishops ordained without papal approval

The Vatican announced on Sept. 22 that Pope Francis “has decided to readmit to full ecclesial communion all the remaining ‘official’ bishops who were ordained in China in recent years without the pontifical mandate,” that is the pope’s approval. There were eight such bishops, three of whom were declared excommunicated during the pontificate of Benedict XVI. Although one of the eight died in 2017, Francis nevertheless included him among those reconciled. READ the full story here from America magazine.