Friday, October 31, 2014

Philadelphia Priest Placed on Immediate Leave Following Arrest | Daily News | NCRegister.com

 

A 55-year-old priest in Philadelphia was placed on immediate administrative leave after being arrested on child pornography charges.

According to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Father Mark Haynes was arrested by Chester County Police and “charged with two counts of dissemination of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of criminal use of a communications device.”

“These charges are serious and disturbing,” the archdiocese said in an Oct. 24 statement.

“The Archdiocese is cooperating fully with law enforcement regarding this matter and

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A Catholic church schism under Pope Francis isn’t out of the question | Andrew Brown | Comment is free | The Guardian

 

Until this weekend, I had largely believed in the liberal narrative which holds that Pope Francis’s reforms of the Catholic church are unstoppable. But the conservative backlash has been so fierce and so far-reaching that for the first time a split looks a real, if distant, possibility.

One leading conservative, the Australian Cardinal George Pell, published over the weekend a homily he had prepared for the traditional Latin mass at which he started ruminating on papal authority. Pope Francis, he said, was the 266th pope, “and history has seen 37 false or antipopes”.

Why mention them, except to raise the possibility that Francis might turn out to be the 38th false pope, rather than the 266th real one?

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput ‘disturbed’ by debate on gays, remarried Catholics - The Washington Post

 

NEW YORK — Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, a leading culture warrior in the U.S. hierarchy, says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and remarried Catholics at this month’s Vatican summit, saying it sent a confusing message and “confusion is of the devil.”

In a lecture delivered Monday in Manhattan, Chaput also suggested that after the rapid series of court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage in more than 30 states, Catholic priests might consider opting out of certifying civil marriages as a sign of “principled resistance.”

Chaput is expected to host Pope Francis in Philadelphia next September for a global World Meeting of Families, and his criticisms were similar to complaints by other conservatives who were upset with Francis for encouraging a freewheeling discussion among the 190 cardinals and bishops at the Vatican’s two-week Synod on the Family.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekly Contributions for the weekend of October 19, 2014

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Capital Campaign Weekly Update

Help us grow by contributing to the Capital Campaign to build a new Church. Campaign Update as of October 21, 2014 the building fund totals are:

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Total Paid on Pledges-$2,512,201.92

Number of Families Pledged-809

Collected the weekend of October 18/19-$5,305.71

The Crisis That Changed Pope Francis

 

Paul Vallely / October 23, 2014 9:52 AM EDT

…..Francis does not want to be a pastoral autocrat in the way that previous popes have been philosophical or theological dictators. He wants to change the way the church goes about making decisions, to turn it from a monarchy into a body in which pope, prelates, priests and people constitute a collegial communion.

Change on the march

He got what he wanted. There was free and fierce debate between liberals and ideological conservatives (the most strident of whom, US Cardinal Raymond Burke, has been going round claiming that the pope is about to sack him from his post as the Holy See’s most senior canon law judge). Pastoral conservatives have divided between the two sides. Yet the vote on welcoming gays failed by just two votes to get the two-third majority.

Change is clearly on the march. A series of documents were drawn up – an interim report, small group reports and a final report which was less welcoming to gays and the divorced than Francis wanted. These are now the subject of a year’s intense debate. Then there will be a larger Synod on the family next October after which the pope – who concluded by warning against “hostile rigidity” by traditionalists  and “destructive good will” by liberals – has the final word.

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