Archive for February 18th, 2014

Francis’ Cardinal Council Focusing on Financial Reform, Laity / National Catholic Reporter

While the deliberations of the select group of eight cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the governance of the Catholic church remain secret, Tuesday gave several peeks into the shape and contour of the discussions.

“Financial reform is topping the agenda, but laity and family life are also points of discussion.

“The chief concern in this round of meetings, according to the Vatican: how to make sure the financial structures of the church are ‘at the service … of the world and not at the operational service of the Vatican itself’ …

“In his interview, (Honduran Cardinal Oscar) Rodríguez (Maradiaga) also raised an idea he has spoken of previously: that the pope create a congregation at the Vatican dedicated solely to the laity.”

By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this article.

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Most Milwaukee Abuse Claims Will Receive No Money / National Catholic Reporter

The Milwaukee archdiocese will walk away from bankruptcy relatively unscathed if its proposed reorganization plan is accepted by Judge Susan V. Kelley.

“Although it was lawsuits brought by 570 alleged childhood victims of clergy sex abuse that forced the archdiocese into bankruptcy court, a close reading of the 337-page document shows that the vast majority of those claims will get no financial compensation from a $4 million fund for survivors.

“Most other creditors in the case will be paid, although some will get less than they say they are due.

“The archdiocese has no plans to reduce its annual $24 million operating budget or sell any property. It will have to put some property up as collateral to “borrow” $2 million from the controversial cemetery perpetual care trust fund — the same $57 million fund church officials fought to keep out of the bankruptcy case that is now being appealed.”

By Marie Rhode, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Pope Pressed on Bishop Who Supervised Pedophile / The New York Times

A group of Roman Catholics in Kansas City, Mo., and a priest with expertise in canon law petitioned Pope Francis this week (Feb. 14) to take disciplinary action against Bishop Robert W. Finn, who was convicted in 2012 of failing to report a priest who was an active pedophile.”

By Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Pope Set to Open Meetings on Vatican Finances, Family / Associated Press

Meetings this week between Pope Francis and his cardinals will deal with some of the thorniest issues facing the church, including church finances and the rejection by most Catholics of some of its core teachings on premarital sex, contraception, gays, and divorce.

“Cardinal Walter Kasper of Germany, who has called for ‘‘changes and openings’’ in the church’s treatment of divorced and remarried Catholics, will give the keynote speech Thursday (Feb. 20) to the pope and cardinals attending a preparatory meeting for an October summit on family issues.”

By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, in The Boston Globe — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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