Meet the Muslim who became a Catholic bishop—and later baptized his father

Who knew? A surprising interview from Diane Montagna in Aleteia, about Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa of the Blantyre archdiocese in Malawi.  He is one of the Synod fathers and he has a remarkable story to tell: You were raised Muslim? At the age of 7, I left home and went to the parish because I wanted to [Read More…]

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From the Synod: “We do not support a process of admitting the divorced and remarried to the Eucharist”

That comment comes from a Polish archbishop who briefed reporters Thursday. Details:  Archbishop Gadecki, President of the Polish Episcopal Conference, and Archbishop Carlos Aquiar Retes of Mexico, were guests at the briefing. Holy See Press spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, told the media that there had been about 93 interventions on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday [Read More…]

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In memo to priests, NJ archbishop sets guidelines for “preserving and protecting the Catholic faith”

David Gibson at RNS has details: Even as Pope Francis and Catholic leaders from around the world debate ways to make the Catholic Church more inclusive, Newark Archbishop John Myers has given his priests strict guidelines on refusing Communion to Catholics who, for example, support gay marriage or whose own marriage is not valid in [Read More…]

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From the Synod: Ordaining women deacons raises concerns that “need to be studied”

From the daily press briefing, via Vatican Radio:  On Thursday Oct. 8 Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckley of Accra, Ghana, said that the world needs to be patient with Africa when it comes to dealing with issues like homosexuality. “Give countries time to deal with issues from our own cultural perspectives,” he said. He added that the [Read More…]

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From the Synod: “Are there new ways of using the permanent diaconate and those who are permanent deacons to be ministers and bearers of mercy?”

Deacon Bill Ditewig caught this interesting moment yesterday: At a recent press conference (6 October 2015) held in Rome highlighting some of the points raised thus far in the Synod, Father Thomas Rosica summarized one particular area of special concern for deacons.  As phrased by Father Rosica, some Synodal Fathers were asking, “How can the [Read More…]

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From the Synod: Archbishop says Church should consider women deacons—UPDATED WITH VIDEO

This just in, from CNS: Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec, said the synod should reflect on the possibility of allowing for female deacons as it seeks ways to open up more opportunities for women in church life. Where possible, qualified women should be given higher positions and decision-making authority within church structures and [Read More…]

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Phoenix bishop releases Apostolic Exhortation to men, “Into the Breach,” complete with its own website and video

Bishop Thomas Olmstead just might be making history with this, and utilizing the tools of the modern era in a bold new way. This is an Apostolic Exhortation, targeting specifically men, released with its own splashy website and dramatic promotional video, almost like the trailer of a Hollywood movie. I received an email about this Tuesday afternoon: [Read More…]

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Archdiocese of Chicago hires Commonweal’s Grant Gallicho as director of publications and media

The press release:  The Archdiocese of Chicago today named Grant Gallicho as its director of publications and media, a new position, effective November 1, 2015. In his new role, Gallicho will review the Archdiocese’s publications strategy and manage its print and digital properties. A Chicago native, Gallicho is currently an associate editor of Commonweal, the oldest [Read More…]

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Pope names bishop to replace Finn in Kansas City-St. Joseph

From the website of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph: The Holy See Press Office this morning reported Pope Francis has appointed Springfield – Cape Girardeau Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. as 7th Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph. Bishop Johnston was Consecrated as Bishop for the Diocese of Springfield – Cape Girardeau on [Read More…]

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Bishop seeks to answer question: how much should priests be paid?

I’ve never heard of a diocese doing something like this before—or, at least, being so candid about it. But the Diocese of Providence has undertaken a study to determine appropriate compensation for its priests. From Providence’s Bishop Thomas Tobin in Aleteia: Diocesan priests, unlike priests in religious communities, do not take a vow of poverty. [Read More…]

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