Vatican Insider World News: Ecuador, the bishop’s choice: I’ll leave everything and live a monastic life

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Ecuador, the bishop’s choice: I’ll leave everything and live a monastic life LUCIANO ZANARDINI ROME Pubblicato il 17/09/2018 The humility of understanding the right moment to step aside or rather to put oneself at the service of the Church, in a different way. On Friday 14 September, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Monsignor Lorenzo Voltolini, Archbishop of Portoviejo in Ecuador. He is not resigning for health reasons or for an inner crisis, he simply intends to concentrate on prayer. “I feel a little tired, and I think that many have noticed it, especially after the 2016 earthquake that upset the rhythm of my life and that of the entire archdiocese”, the prelate wrote in a letter to his friends. “I think it is wise to leave others younger and capable of administering a local Church in a positive crisis of growth. At the age of 70, therefore, he will …

Zenit Interview: Cardinal Ouellet: Dicasteries of the Holy See Must Communicate Better Among Themselves & Women Need to Have Greater Role in Priestly Formation

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INTERVIEW: Cardinal Ouellet: Dicasteries of the Holy See Must Communicate Better Among Themselves & Women Need to Have Greater Role in Priestly Formation Responding to Zenit and journalists in Poznan, Discusses What Is Needed to Protect Minors, Current ‘Crisis’ & ‘Rebellion’, Europe, and Synod SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 09:42DEBORAH CASTELLANO LUBOVINTERVIEWS Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, has stressed that much must be done to combat this ‘crisis’ in the Church of sexual abuses and the cover ups, noting this involves better coordination among Vatican offices and women playing a bigger role in the formation of priests. In an interview with Zenit and other journalists in Poznan, Poland, during the CCEE (Council of the European Bishops’ Conferences) Plenary Assembly, Sept. 15, 2018, the Canadian Cardinal made this observation when asked about the appropriate ways to prevent or manage these situations in the future. In the interview, the …

Archdiocese of Philadelphia: The Love that Moves the Sun

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Remarks of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. at the Faith and Reason Institute at Gonzaga University: The Love that Moves the Sun September 14, 2018 Last October, the journal First Things carried my comments on the encyclical Veritatis Splendor. In March, it published my thoughts on Fides et Ratio. Each text needs the other. They’re a diptych. And both mark anniversaries this year; 25 and 20 respectively. I went into a lot of detail in each of those First Things pieces, and I won’t repeat it here for two reasons. First, the landscape of the Church in the United States has changed drastically, and painfully, over the last six months. And second, I’m a pastor, not a scholar. My interest in any papal document is very practical: Does it help me help others to know God, live his will, and get to heaven, or not? For a layman – …

Diocese of Madison Catholic Herald: Bishop Morlino calls for prayer and fasting

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Bishop Morlino calls for prayer and fasting Around the Diocese Written by Office of Worship, Diocese of Madison Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018 — 12:00 AM MADISON — In a letter written by Bishop Robert C. Morlino to the people of the Diocese of Madison regarding the ongoing sexual abuse scandal in the Church, he called all within the diocese to intensify their prayer and fasting for purification from this heinous sin. Masses of reparation are being held throughout the diocese on September 14, the Feast of the Holy Cross. Bishop Morlino will preside at the 12 noon Mass on Friday, Sept. 14, in the chapel at Holy Name Heights. The bishop also invited people to observe the Au- tumn Ember Days (September 19, 21, and 22) “as days of fasting and abstinence in reparation for the sins and outrages committed by members of the clergy and episcopacy.” http://www.madisoncatholicherald.org/news/around-diocese/7779-morlino-prayer-fasting.html  

Yahoo News: Cardinal says women should train priests to fight abuse ‘crisis’

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Cardinal says women should train priests to fight abuse ‘crisis’ Michel VIATTEAU 16 September 2018 Women should play a greater role in the training of priests to fight the child abuse “crisis” that has engulfed the Catholic Church, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet has said. More must be done within the church to tackle the root causes of the latest wave of global abuse scandals to rock the institution, said Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. “We would need participation of more women in (training) of priests,” he told reporters on Saturday on the sidelines of a meeting in the Polish city of Poznan. Better care must be taken when choosing bishops, he said, adding that more women should select candidates for priesthood and assess their suitability for the job. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/cardinal-says-women-train-priests-fight-abuse-crisis-050804444.html

The Worthy Advisory: D.C. Deacon Calls on Wuerl to Resign

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D.C. Deacon Calls on Wuerl to Resign September 8, 2018 Joelle Casteix One of my dearest friends is a married deacon in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. In his position, he attended to Cardinal Wuerl. But after the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, he decided: No more. After James wrote and delivered the letter attached below, we talked. He told me that telling Cardinal Wuerl was one thing. But the statement meant little if he didn’t let the survivors know how he felt. So he’s letting me publish his letter on my blog. http://theworthyadversary.com/5002-d-c-deacon-calls-wuerl-resign

Crux: English cardinal begs forgiveness for ‘hurt, damage, and mistrust’ caused by bishops

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English cardinal begs forgiveness for ‘hurt, damage, and mistrust’ caused by bishops Charles Collins Sep 9, 2018 LIVERPOOL – Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster asked God for forgiveness for the actions of his fellow bishops on Saturday during the largest ecclesial event in England in nearly a decade. Nichols, who heads the bishops’ conference for England and Wales, acknowledged the failings of “my fellow bishops” – which he said “are there for all to see” – during the second day of the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress taking place in Liverpool. “We come before [Jesus] knowing our failings, sensing anger in many hearts, knowing the face of evil in our midst,” the cardinal said. “As bishops we are bound to each other, as one of this college of bishops I come before the Lord with little to offer, only to ask for a share in his new life. I come as a …

The Sacramento Bee: You’re still surprised by pedophile priests? Here’s how to stop them

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You’re still surprised by pedophile priests? Here’s how to stop them BY MARCOS BRETÓN September 09, 2018 12:00 AM Since he became the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento a decade ago, Jaime Soto has chosen to remove priests accused of pedophilia or misconduct. This is in contrast to shielding them, as other bishops have in now-infamous coverups of child abuse being investigated by law enforcement authorities in several states. Soto learned. The question is, has the rest of the church? https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/marcos-breton/article217999735.html  

The Washington Post: Catholic clergyman calls on Wuerl to resign

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Catholic clergyman calls on Wuerl to resign, says he’ll refuse to participate in Mass with him By Julie Zauzmer September 9 at 6:00 AM A highly visible member of Washington’s Catholic clergy has made a dramatic declaration calling on Cardinal Donald Wuerl to resign, the latest blow to Washington’s embattled archbishop. Deacon James Garcia, in his role as a master of ceremonies at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in the District, has assisted Wuerl during major liturgies. But Garcia wrote in a letter to Wuerl, which the deacon published online Saturday, that he refuses to assist in any Mass led by Wuerl. Because deacons vow obedience to their bishop, it is a bold gesture. “The time for cowardice and self-preservation is long past. Victims cry out for justice and the faithful deserve shepherds who are not compromised. Apology and accompaniment are critical. But no amount of apology will suffice unless and until …

First Things: THE IMPERATIVE OF THE IMPERIUM

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THE IMPERATIVE OF THE IMPERIUM by Shawn R. Tribe 9 . 10 . 18 In “The End of the Imperial Episcopate,” Fr. Jay Scott Newman speculates about the Church’s current situation. One of his premises is that many bishops have become too much like distant managers and administrators, and that this has contributed to today’s problems. He also suggests “the clerical culture in which bishops and priests live is in many ways diseased and deformed, requiring renewal.” I fully agree with Newman on these points. We do not need politicians and administrators. We need bishops who act like bishops: teaching, shepherding, and, when necessary, disciplining like bishops. We need priests who don’t act like camp counselors, committee chairmen, facilitators, or socialites; we need priests who focus on their priestly, liturgical, and sacramental mission. Further, we need religious who remain faithful to the particular charisms of their founders instead of behaving …