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Making a Case for Women Deacons

In April, the president of Germany’s bishops’ conference called for establishing an office for female deacons. The bishop of Regensburg responded that the “the office of bishop and deacon is inseparably bound to priest and bishop” and “the tradition that only men may be ordained is based on the Bible.” Gerald O’Collins, writing in The Tablet, has responded:

Bishop Voderholzer (of Regensburg) seems to have overlooked not only a document co-authored by his predecessor in Regensburg, Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller (now Archbishop Müller and prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith), but also an addition to the canon law of the Western Church made by Pope Benedict XVI.

Read O’Collins’ entire article, Unlock the Door: The Case for Women in the Diaconate, by clicking here and click on this title, Women Deacons: How Long Will It Take for the Catholic Church to Open this Door, to read a paper commissioned by Voice of the Faithful® and promulgated during VOTF’s 10th Year Conference in Boston last September.

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Bottom Line on Child Sexual Abuse

An editorial earlier this month in The Tablet puts a bottom line to child sexual abuse, while calling for a government inquiry in Britain similar to that taking place currently in Australia. Click here to read the whole editorial.

Pedophiles continue targeting young people because institutions allow them to do so. Sometimes those institutions were the ones to which the criminals belonged – the Catholic Church, the Church of England, the BBC – and which failed to act because those in charge were more concerned with the institutions’ reputations and the impact of scandal than with the pain of a child.” Editorial in The Table, May 18, 2013

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Pope Francis, Cardinal Marini and Clerical Careerism

Considering Pope Francis’ recent comments on clerical careerism, it’s too bad his Jesuit brother Cardinal Carlo Maria Marini isn’t around to consult with him. It seems they would be of the same mind. Here is a quote from Cardinal Marini from an article in The TABLET in 2008:

“Unfortunately there are priests that aim at becoming bishops, and they succeed. There are bishops who don’t speak out because they know they will not be promoted to a higher see, or that it will block their candidacy to the cardinalate.

This type of careerism is one of the greatest ills in the church today. It stops priests and bishops from speaking the truth and induces them into doing and saying only what pleases their superiors—something that is a great disservice to the Pope.

I could add that there is great vanity in the Church. Great vanity! One sees it in the dress. Cardinals used to have a six-yard-long silk train. But continuously the Church strips and redresses with useless ornaments. There is a tendency to show off.

I need to speak out about certain things. It’s part of the choice an elderly person makes. There are certain things I must say to the Church. We are called to be transparent, to speak the truth. We need a great grace to do this, but those that can are free.”

From The TABLET, 14 June 2008, as quoted on Richard Sipe’s website.

You may recall that shortly before is death in August 2012, Cardinal Marini stirred up quite a bit of controversy with an interview in The Independent where he said that the Church was “200 years out of date” and argued that, “Our culture has aged, our churches are big and empty and the church bureaucracy rises up, our rituals and our cassocks are pompous.” We don’t know for sure, yet, but we think and hope that Pope Francis would agree with this sentiment, too.

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Swiss Abbot Says Greater Local Input in Bishop Selection Can Help Solve Church Problems

Bishop Sash & crossSwiss Abbot Urges Change in How Bishops Are Selected

A leading Swiss abbot is calling for a change in how bishops are selected, saying that the nomination process should include greater local input, and he wants bishops and theologians to join him in pressing for the change. ‘We are faced with serious systemic problems in our church. For me, as a canon lawyer, solving these systemic problems has absolute priority, as our other problems can only be solved if the structures are consistent and the procedures transparent,’ Benedictine Abbot Peter von Sury of Mariastein said in an interview with the Swiss Catholic press agency Kipa/Apic last month.” By Christa Pongratz-Lippitt, Austrian correspondent for London-based weekly Catholic magazine The Tablet, in National Catholic Reporter

The present Vatican process for selecting bishops also recently was challenged by priests and laity in Nigeria where they rejected the pope’s recent bishop appointment. Among reports of this protest was the Jan. 13, 2013, article, Ahiara Catholic Faithful Protest, in the Nigerian newspaper Daily Independent.

Voice of the Faithful® has long been an advocate of greater local lay input in bishop selection. VOTF promulgated the Primer: Organizing Lay Input in Bishop Selection during its 10th Year Conference this past September in Boston, Massachusetts, and maintains a Lay Input In the Bishop Selection Process page on its website.

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