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The Synod could use a woman’s touch / ucanews.com

The Extraordinary Synod for the Family that will be held in Rome next month has attracted more attention than any synod since their introduction following Vatican II …

“Though celibate males are a statistically insignificant portion of the human race and even of the Church, the synod for the family will consist of post-middle-age celibate males who, in the phrase jokingly used by clerics, ‘have no children to speak of.’ Those men do not live in families, and probably have not done so since adolescence. They do not know of what they will speak nor the implications of what they will decide.

“Even worse, the larger portion of the Church and the group most intimately involved in the life of families — women — will only be present as a few decorative elements.”

By Fr. William Grimm, ucanews.com — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Where Does the Buck Stop in the Catholic Church? / ucanews.com

You could be forgiven for not knowing where the buck stops in the Catholic Church these days. In any society, organization or Church community, it is important to know who is ultimately responsible in decision making; otherwise, chaos or worse would prevail. In an unprecedented (for a cardinal) cross examination in court last week, Cardinal George Pell of Sydney seemed confused about responsibility in the Sydney Church. He was speaking for the Archdiocese of Sydney which he led from 2001 until his transfer to a job at the Vatican, appearing before the Royal Commission into child sex abuse in institutions, including the Church’s, across Australia.” By Michael Kelly, SJ, Executive Director of ucanews.com — Click here to read the rest of this commentary.

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Conservative Cardinal Dropped from Key Vatican Post

Cardinal Raymond Burke Removed from the Congregation of Bishops

Pope Francis’ plan to reform the Roman Curia is primarily a two-pronged approach: changing the bureaucratic structures and changing the members of Vatican agencies. Today (Dec. 16) we saw yet another sign that the new pope wants people in synch with his more pastoral vision of the church, and in particular with his views on what makes a good bishop. U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke has been dropped from the Congregation for Bishops, an office that wields tremendous influence in shaping the world’s hierarchy.” By John Thavis from Vatican City on usanews.com — Click here to read the rest of Thavis’ article.

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Philippine Bishops Accused of Abuse Cover-up / Union of Catholic Asian News

Catholic bishops in the Philippines are covering up ‘rampant sexual abuse of children by the clergy,’ said a missionary priest who has been working with prostituted children for the past four decades.”

Click here to read the entire article by Joe Torres, ucanews.com

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Reforming the Vatican may be like nailing jelly to the wall; nothing sticks, but it does leave a mark

Vatican Reform May Be Slow, Bit It Is Inevitable, by Dr. John C. Keng, ucanews.com

In a commentary published on May 1 on ucanews.com, Father William Grimm threw out a punch line title: ‘Reforming the Vatican is like nailing jelly to a wall.’ He is right to say that jelly will not stick to the wall; however, it will leave a mark. Does it matter? I think so. It adds to the momentum of the global outcry to wake up the most chronically nostalgic papacy in recent memory and bring up-to-date anachronistic Church teachings.”

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