Posts Tagged ‘bishops’

The kind of bishop Palmerston North needs Comments 0

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

Ki a koutou te Hāhi Katorika o Aotearoa tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Recently French theologian, Anne Soupa, gained worldwide attention by applying for the position of Archbishop of Lyon. She has since been followed by other French women making themselves available for senior leadership roles in the Church. Also, in Switzerland Marianne Read more

Cardinal Wuerl, no bishops investigating bishops won’t do Comments 0

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

This morning comes breaking news out of NCR, that Washington DC’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl has proposed a “national panel” to investigate any serious allegation made against Bishops. And the panel would be comprised of, wait for it…bishops. “Would we have some sort of a panel, a board, of bishops … where we would take it Read more

Jewish leaders and Catholic bishops unite against prejudice Comments 0

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Jewish leaders have joined Catholic bishops in Poland to urge Catholics and Jews to rebuild dialogue and fight prejudice. The Polish Bishops’ Conference describes anti-Jewish rhetoric in Poland as being “contradictory to the principles of Christian love of one’s neighbour.” A group of Polish rabbis responded, saying they “deeply appreciate” their condemnation of anti-Semitism. They Read more

Priests split on misappropriation accusations by Bishop Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

A split has emerged over the allegations of misappropriation of more than US$100,000 by Bishop Hubertus Leteng of Ruteng in Indonesia. In June at least 69 of 167 diocesan priests together with some lay groups, called on Leteng to resign. But, in recent weeks, some priests on Flores Island have been coming to the defence Read more

Bishops call for nuclear disarmament Comments 0

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Bishops in the United States and across Europe have called for complete nuclear disarmament. Even a limited nuclear exchange would have devastating consequences for people and the planet, they say. Their pleas for banning nuclear weapons come days after after North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach Alaska. “Tragically, human error or Read more

Pope Francis and a better way to choose bishops Comments 0

Friday, October 28th, 2016

By now it should be clear. Pope Francis really believes there is a serious lack of quality among priests and bishops in the Catholic church. Otherwise, he would not talk so often about the negative traits of certain men in ordained ministry, as he’s done again several times in recent days. “The world is tired Read more

If we want better bishops we must first look at our seminaries Comments 0

Friday, September 30th, 2016

That the Catholic Church needs a better way to select Bishops is a sentiment that every Catholic, I think, could agree with. It is the headline of an article by Robert Mickens in the National Catholic Reporter, which is worth reading for the way it summarises the Pope’s recurring harsh words about bad bishops. The Read more

Ice may be thawing between Vatican and China Comments 0

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

An arrangement is reportedly looming between the Vatican and China that would fall short of full diplomatic ties, but would address key issues. Reuters reported sources as saying a working group was set up in April to resolve the issue of who has authority to select and ordain bishops in China. The group is also Read more

Pope makes plan to sack bishops negligent on abuse Comments 0

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Pope Francis has issued a new law specifying that a bishop’s negligence with regard to clergy sexual abuse can lead to removal from office. In a motu proprio released on Saurday, the Pope empowered several Vatican dicasteries to investigate such bishops and initiate processes of removal, subject to papal approval. In a preamble to the Read more

Concerns about mental and physical welfare of Irish priests Comments 2

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Serious concerns have been expressed about well-being of priests in Ireland, in the light of what is being called “huge mental and physical pressure”. The concerns were aired at a meeting between several Irish bishops and representatives of the Association of Catholic Priests, the Irish Times reported. The ACP said it was “becoming more and Read more