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Tackle Clericalism first when attempting priesthood reform: 
The laity, the clergy, and the church all suffer from the culture of clericalism.  It distorts our human relationships and corrupts the body of Christ. Details here

Confronting the Systemic Dysfunction of Clericalism: Produced by the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests in collaboration with Voice of the Faithful and lay people and clergy across the nation; endorsed by FutureChurch. It defines clericalism is "an expectation, leading to abuses of power, that ordained ministers are better than and should be over everyone else among the People of God."

Vulnerability as Strength: Keena's key to Dismantling Clericalism. Details here

The Curse of Clericalism: The Catholic Church must act NOW to address the sins of the past: In a church with a strong commitment to life, the sexual abuse of children and youth is not considered a pro-life issue.  Details here

The old wineskins keep on bursting: Scattered thoughts on the pope's "attitude adjustment program", clericalism and the refusal to make necessary changes to Church structures. Details here


Notre Dame panel addresses progress made in sexual abuse scandal:
Speaker: Abuse survivors can't wait for bishops to learn from crisis. Details here

Pope francis

The Figure of the Bishop according to Pope Francis:
In his opening address to the 68th General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference in May 2015, Pope Francis asked the bishops not to be “pilots” but real “pastors. Details here

Pope Francis to laity: It is time for you to share the Gospel:
“It is time for you, men and women engaged in the world of culture, politics, industry... that with your way of life you are able to bring the novelty and joy of the Gospel wherever you are.” Details here

Pope to Dicastery for Laity, Family, Life: make the heart of the Church your own:
The Pope urged the participants to make the heart of the Church their own.  Taking on the perspective of Mother-Church, the Pope said, involves moving from a local to a universal perspective, feeling in a Catholic, universal way, looking at the whole Church and the world. Details here

Synod of Bishops will begin in local churches. Details here

Pope reverses Benedict, reimposes restrictions on Latin Mass. Details here

current affairs

Biden, Communion and the functional schism in the US Church:
As the Holy Father taught in Evangelii Gaudium, citing St. Ambrose: "The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak." Details here

catholic social teaching

The Church's social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents. The depth and richness of this tradition can be understood best through a direct reading of these documents. In these brief reflections, we highlight several of the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition. Details here


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