VATICAN CITY — Six bishops representing episcopal conferences on five continents issued a joint statement calling on the international community to take immediate action against climate change. READ the report in NCR
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."
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.”
Bob Bonnot reflects on Óscar Romero and how he preached the Gospel. Read AUSCPBonnot’s Blog HERE
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.
America Magazine has an article for you, about a Chaplaincy Lab.
“The intensity level of the work of a chaplain is quite high,” said Rev. Jobe. “The Chaplaincy Lab has a vision for addressing this pretty difficult work that chaplains are facing and for equipping them in many ways that seminaries are not currently intentionally equipping chaplains.”
Cardinal Marc Ouellet tells Archbishop Carlo Vigano his actions have been "extremely immoral" and that he has made an "unheard of and undeserved blow" on Pope Francis' moral authority.
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.
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.
Short on details, Vatican announces agreement with China
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said simply: "Today, for the first time after decades, all the bishops in China are in communion with the Bishop of Rome."