Distinctly Catholic: In the clerical culture, being defrocked is the most severe penalty. But does cutting a priest abuser loose best serve the key objective — protecting children?
You gotta read this. We've got to get to know the bishop of Parramatta, Australia, Vincent Long Van Nguyen, a lot better.
The Field Hospital: Upheaval at St. John the Evangelist in Waynesville is symptomatic of tensions in the Charlotte diocese between laity and clergy, and between older and younger priests.
Viewpoint: Give qualified laypersons real authority to lead faith communities. This could shift emphasis of pastoral leadership towards preaching the kingdom.
Just Catholic: Pope Francis wants pastors to smell of the sheep. He rails against clericalism, and I think rightly so.
Pope Francis again denounced clericalism among Catholic priests, and reaffirmed the right of laypeople to make decisions in their lives.
The Field Hospital: "The whole of my life includes being a widower and being a father. I hope it makes me a better priest."
The Field Hospital: Fr. Mark Doherty says clericalism is no more present among today's younger clergy than it is among clergy of the baby-boomer generation.
Faith and Justice: The church has had problems with finances since Jesus appointed Judas to take care of the purse. Will the recent reforms of the Vatican bank solve things?