Interesting statistics to while away a little time on the May Holiday Weekend. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has published a Report on "The Class of 2016: Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood".
Today's Homily Resource
1st Reading: Acts 17:15, 22-18:1
Paul’s clever sermon in the Areopagus, to lead the Greeks to the true God
Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; an after receiving instructions to have Silas and Timothy join him …
Brendan Hoban, writing in the Western People, takes issue with those who would 'adjudicate infallibly' on who was catholic enough to have identified themselves as catholic in the recent census.
'Usually this rigid definition of what constitutes a Catholic ... comes not from agnostic or atheistic sources but from very conservative, ultra-traditional Catholics who are impatient with what they regard as any perceived diminution in Catholicism. Usually liberal media .. tend to be more amenable to those who fail to reach the ideal, apart obviously from Catholics, for whom a new and worrying intolerance is developing.'
Fr. Tim Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, announced the death today of Fr. Daniel Berrigan SJ at the age of 94.
Brian Eyre, writing from Brazil, raises the issue of a chronic shortage of priests in many places and a possible short term solution by inviting back to public ministry those who were debarred from it because they no longer wished to live a celibate life.
Brian also asks why official Vatican documents still refer to priests who have married as 'defections'; "why use language like this that is mean, small-minded and very hurtful?'"
We can only join with Brian in querying the use of such uncharitable language. With such an attitude still prevalent in curial circles in Rome is it any wonder the 'Year of Mercy' has failed to find traction among people?
Pádraig McCarthy points to the 19 March letter of Pope Francis to Cardinal Marc Ouellet of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
Francis has strong words on the importance of laity, and of the dangers of clericalism.
"It is not [for] the pastor to tell lay people what they must do and say, they know this better than we do.”
Hans Küng has released a statement to media about a letter he received from Pope Francis following his appeal for an open discussion about 'nfallibility'.
The English version was released simultaneously by National Catholic Reporter and The Tablet.
la Repubblica – “Basta processi segreti’ – “A New Process for the Church and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith”
la Repubblica – “Basta processi segreti’ – “A New Process for the Church and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith”April 25th, 2016
International Coverage for Letter about "A New Process for the Church and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith".
The story has got a full page in la Repubblica, the main Italian newspaper.
Something is rotten in the state of ………… Time for CDF to be stood aside and properly investigated.
Gerard Moloney, a Redemptorist priest, and former editor of the magazine 'Reality' writes of the appalling experience he suffered at the hands of the CDF.
"How can you defend yourself if you don’t know you are on trial? How can you defend yourself if you don’t know who your accusers are? How can you defend yourself when your fate has been decided even before you discover you have been on trial? It is an utterly unjust and unchristian system.
Something is rotten in the state of the CDF, and while the current people and processes remain in place, nothing will change. Priests, sisters and brothers will continue to be treated as less than human, and will have their lives hurt or broken.
... injustice has a price, and I am paying it every day."
Fifteen people, including two bishops, prominent theologians, people working in creative areas of ministry, and Catholic writers and broadcasters, have written to Pope Francis and to the Prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, asking for an open discussion about the procedures of the Congregation and calling for approaches that respect human rights and the need for free speech, pluralism, transparency and accountability within the church community.
They also say that the CDF “acts in ways that are out of keeping with contemporary concepts of human rights, accountability and transparency that the world expects from the Christian community and which the Catholic Church demands from secular organizations.”
Brendan Hoban in his weekly column in the Western People reflects on his 43 years in ministry in the light of the influence successive papacies have had on church.
'as hope gradually died a long and difficult death and Rome eventually began to implode, a few years ago the cardinals came to the obvious conclusion that the Curia in Rome had to be reformed, rowing back in the general direction of the Council of Trent had failed and that the vision of Vatican Two was worth a second look.
Unexpectedly Francis emerged from the shadows..........'