Posts Tagged ‘bishops’

Pope Francis and a better way to choose bishops

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

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

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

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

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

Bishops must consult with Rome before backing new orders

Friday, May 27th, 2016

In a new papal ruling, bishops who don’t consult the Vatican before approving would-be religious orders in their dioceses risk having that approval stopped. Before the latest ruling, bishops were required to consult with the Vatican about such matters, but there were no consequences if they didn’t. The new ruling, issued in the form of Read more

Leading Catholics worry about tough Poland abortion bill

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Nearly one hundred prominent Catholics have expressed concerns about a proposed Polish law that would make abortion illegal under almost all circumstances. A letter was sent to Poland’s bishops expressing concerns about their advocacy in favour of the law. The signatories from Europe and the United States included theologians, historians and lay people. Continue reading Read more

Curia blamed for delaying abuse-related reforms

Friday, February 19th, 2016

A member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has detailed two instances where she believes the Roman Curia has frustrated reform. Marie Collins, an abuse survivor, referred to commission’s proposal that a Vatican tribunal be set up hold bishops to account for their handling of abuse cases. This was approved by the Read more

Some priests turn down chance to be bishop

Friday, February 5th, 2016

It is no longer “exceptional” that some priests turn down an appointment as bishop, says the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. Cardinal Marc Ouellet told the Catholic News Service that this does happen nowadays, but the number of priests who do so is not high. Priests decline an appointment as bishop, which is offered Read more

Pell advises new bishops not to sell land

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The Vatican’s finance chief has told new bishops that they must not sell land. Cardinal George Pell addressed recently ordained bishops in Rome last September. The Tablet reported that the text of what he said has been released in a book of all the talks given to the bishops. The Prefect of the Holy See’s Read more