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September 05, 2019
September 05, 2019
Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo said the majority of priests and parishioners in the diocese supported him and he would not resign over his handling of a situation involving two priests’ relationship with a seminarian. “I’m here because I feel an obligation as the one who was sent here to lead this diocese, to carry
September 05, 2019
Pope Francis has urged Church leaders in Mozambique to avoid being part of conflicts and divisions, but to go out of their way to visit others and to encourage dialogue and solutions. “The Church in Mozambique is invited to be the Church of the Visitation,” the Pope told Mozambican bishops, priests, seminarians, religious men and
September 05, 2019
The German bishops are pressing forward with a controversial synodal program, creating a new Synodal Assembly in partnership with an influential German lay group. The decision to proceed comes despite a warning from Pope Francis to the German bishops that they must remain in step with the whole Church. In March of this year, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop
September 05, 2019
As far as book plugs go, the one the Rome correspondent for La Croix Nicolas Senèze got from Pope Francis for his book, Comment L’Amérique veut changer de Pape (released yesterday), really can’t be beaten. “This is a bomb,” Francis told the journalist aboard the plane bound for Mozambique, as he handed the volume he’d
September 05, 2019
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, grand chancellor of Rome’s Pontifical Institute John Paul II and president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has responded to controversy over a plan to restructure the school’s faculty and curriculum. “We will be able to address and overcome the concerns and the hesitancies that have greeted the renewed structure of the
September 05, 2019
Two cardinals have sent letters to fellow members of the College of Cardinals, raising concerns about the working document for an upcoming synod of bishops on the pan-Amazonian region. “Some points of the synod’s Instrumentum laboris seem not only in dissonance with respect to the authentic teaching of the Church, but even contrary to it,”
September 05, 2019
Pope Francis has arrived in Mozambique at the start of a week-long trip to Africa (Gerard O’Connell). Cardinal Walter Brandmüller and Cardinal Raymond Burke have written to fellow cardinals expressing concerns about the Amazon synod’s working document. Cardinal Roger Etchegaray has died aged 96. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia has expressed confidence that the controversy over the
September 05, 2019
Jesus says that if we follow him the cross will find us. That message is chronically misunderstood. Maybe we would understand it better if Jesus had worded it this way: the more sensitive you become, the more pain will seep into your life. We catch the connection then. Sensitive people suffer more deeply, just as
September 05, 2019
I was an undergraduate in Edinburgh way back in the late 1970s. Among the reasons I went there was the opportunity to study composition with Kenneth Leighton at the university’s Reid School, and the amazing concerts and other performances at the Edinburgh International Festival. It felt odd (and delightful) then to have the same Festival
September 05, 2019
Miguel de Molinos (1628-1696) was a Spanish priest renowned as the founder of the Quietist heresy. Trained at a Jesuit school and ordained in 1652, he joined the Valencia branch of a brotherhood called the School of Christ, which was somewhat aligned with the Oratory of St Philip Neri and had spread throughout the Spanish
September 05, 2019
Cryptic across 5 Chap in desert mob checked for Jerusalem court (9) 8 Authorized Version, in Jude, it’s odd in there’s a sense that it’s been seen before (4,2) 9 Get into gear, for instance, to pick some greengages (6) 10 Fire in Batley gutted the Yorkshire town (7) 12 Ray, Mike lives somewhere between
September 05, 2019
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week III Sunday, September 8: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Wis 9:13-18B; Ps 90; Phmn 9-10, 12-17; Lk 14:25-33 Monday, September 9: Weekday in Ordinary Time or St Peter Claver Col 1:24-2:3; Ps 62; Lk 6:6-11 Tuesday, September 10: Weekday in Ordinary Time Col 2:6-15; Ps 145; Lk 6:12-19 Wednesday, September
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