Vatican Announces a Hiring Freeze

Vatican finances

It's tough everywhere!Today, the Holy See announced a hiring freeze in an effort to offset budget shortfalls.   In addition to stopping new hires, the Vatican also suspended salary increases and overtime.  Pope Francis hopes that volunteers can be used to provide the labor needed to make up for the eventual attritition.Carol Glatz, writing for Catholic News Service, reported that Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, sent a letter on February 13 to all the heads o … [Read more...]

Anglican Archbishop Invites Catholic, Lutheran to Move Into Lambeth Palace

Chemin Neuf community

"An important and profound step for relations between the Catholic and Anglican Churches."That's how the Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the worldwide Anglican Communion, described the contribution of the Catholic-founded ecumenical community Chemin Neuf.Last month, the Anglican Archbishop invited members of the group to move into Lambeth Palace, his official London residence on the south side of the Thames.  In a ceremony on February 20, he formally … [Read more...]

“KNEELING THEOLOGY”: Pope Francis Coins a Phrase to Describe Cardinal’s New Book

Mercy the Essence of the Gospel

What an honor, to have the Pope fall asleep with your book in his hand!That's apparently what happened with Cardinal Walter Kasper's new work Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life.Pope Francis, addressing the extraordinary consistory of cardinals on the second day,  veered from his prepared remarks to talk about what he was reading.  He said: Yesterday, before falling asleep (though not in order to fall asleep!), I read-–I re-read Cardinal Kasper’s work, and I wo … [Read more...]