Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weekly Collections for September 14, 2014


One additional family pledged.



Pope To Demote Conservative Cardinal – A Revolution, Decapitation, Describes Vatican Critic


By Athena Yenko | September 18, 2014

Cardinal Burke was appointed by late Pope John Paul II who had also decided to assign him to be the Archbishop of St. Louis and a position in the Roman Curia as head to the department that strictly decides on the legal application of the Canon Law. While serving the Roman Curia, Burke had appointed equally conservative bishops. Pope Francis had since removed Burke from this latter appointment - a humiliation, described Magister.  

Magister described Burke as an expert of the Canon Law and a strict follower at that, even "to the most uncomfortable consequences." Uncomfortable consequences to the point when he denied communion to U.S. politicians who are pro-abortion, including  Sean Patrick O'Malley of Boston and Donald Wuerl of Washington. Both politicians are "valued" by Pope Francis, Magister points out.

Burke, also, is very vocal of his objection against ideas of Cardinal Walter Kasper, which include giving communion to the divorced and remarried. Magister said that Kasper is "well known to be in the good graces of Pope Francis."

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Weekly Collections for September 7, 2014


----New Format to Reporting on Building Fund


Two additional Families Pledged.



Sheen’s sainthood cause suspended September 10th

By Catholic News Service

The canonization cause of Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been suspended indefinitely, according to a statement issued Sept. 3 by the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, where the archbishop was born. The suspension was announced “with immense sadness,” the diocese said. “The process to verify a possible miracle attributed to Sheen had been going extremely well, and only awaited a vote of the cardinals and the approval of the Holy Father. There was every indication that a possible date for beatification in Peoria would have been scheduled for as early as the coming year.” Archbishop Sheen, who gained fame in the 1950s with a prime-time television series called “Life Is Worth Living,” died in New York in 1979. The diocesan statement said the Archdiocese of New York denied a request from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria, president of the Archbishop Sheen Foundation, to move the archbishop’s body to Peoria. Deacon Greg Kendra, in a Sept. 3 posting on his blog The Deacon’s Bench, said the reason for the request was for “official inspection and to take first-class relics from the remains.” A Sept. 4 statement from Joseph Zwilling, communications director for the New York archdiocese, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York “did express a hesitance in exhuming the body” absent a directive from the Vatican Congregation for Saints’ Causes and family approval. The statement added that Archbishop Sheen’s “closest surviving family members” asked that the archbishop’s wishes be respected and that he had “expressly stated his desire that his remains be buried in New York.” -

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nuns to pope: Revoke 15th-century doctrine that allows Christians to seize native land

Renee K. Gadoua | September 9, 2014 | 5 Comments

…. But she’s hopeful a recent resolution by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will spur the pope to repudiate the centuries-old concept known as the “Doctrine of Discovery.”

“When I learned about it, I was horrified,” said Fiedler. As a member of the Loretto Community, a congregation of religious women and lay people, Fiedler first heard of the doctrine when her order marked its 200th anniversary by challenging “the papal sanctioning of Christian enslavement and power over non-Christians.”

The Doctrine of Discovery is a series of papal bulls, or decrees, that gave Christian explorers the right to lay claim to any land that was not inhabited by Christians and was available to be “discovered.” If its inhabitants could be converted, they might be spared. If not, they could be enslaved or killed.

The doctrine’s modern influence re-emerged recently in the debate about the racism and exploitation of Native American sports mascots, Fiedler said. It has justified efforts to eliminate indigenous languages, practices and worldviews, and it affects Native American sovereignty and treaty obligations.

Since 1823, it has also been enshrined in U.S. law. In 2005, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cited the Doctrine of Discovery in a land-claim ruling against the Oneidas, one of the six nations of the Haudenosaunee.

The Loretto Community collaborated with a member of the Osage Nation to create a 2012 resolution. Last fall, the order joined 12 other Catholic groups asking the pope to rescind the decrees.

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Vatican Criticisms of U.S. Nuns Keep Coming


By Tierney Sneed Sept. 9, 2014 | 1:25 p.m. EDT

Indeed, in his year and a half in the papacy, Francis has reaffirmed the church’s stances against same-sex marriage, abortion and female ordination. While expressing a desire to broaden the opportunities for women in the church, he said he was “wary of a solution that can be reduced to a kind of ‘female machismo,’ because a woman has a different makeup than a man.”

However, he has also shaken up the leadership in other church offices, and with one of his top advisers criticizing Müller, some think it’s only a matter of time before Francis instructs the Vatican watchdog group to back off the American nuns as well.

The conflict is broader than “a group of radical nuns,” says Gerard Mannion, a Georgetown University professor and the school's Amaturo chair in Catholic studies.

“What we’re seeing is hopefully one of the final battles in a period of church history where antagonism was the doctrinal model,” he says.

In the meantime, the Leadership Council of Women Religious appears to be reluctant to see their situation further politicized. They have been very selective in their engagement with the media in light of recent tensions, and turned down the opportunity to comment to U.S. News.

“Their best strategy is letting the Vatican keep tripping over themselves,” Piazza says.

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Talks between Milwaukee Archdiocese, bankruptcy creditors continue

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee and its bankruptcy creditors have failed to reach a settlement after two days of negotiations, but the parties have agreed to continue settlement talks in two weeks.

The parties are scheduled to return to the negotiating table for two more days of talks Sept. 22 and 23, said Michael Finnegan, whose St. Paul, Minn., law firm represents most of the 575 men and women who have filed sex abuse claims in the bankruptcy.

He declined to comment on the round of talks that concluded Tuesday in Minnesota, or to speculate about prospects for a settlement.

Jerry Topczewski, chief of staff for Archbishop Jerome Listecki, who was in Minnesota for the meetings, could not be reached for comment.

The archdiocese sought the mediation in hopes of emerging out of its nearly 4-year-old bankruptcy. Legal fees in the case have topped $13 million.

The mediation included lawyers for the archdiocese; its creditors committee, which is composed of sex abuse victims; and the $60 million trust created by the archdiocese for maintenance of its cemeteries. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley also urged the archdiocese's insurers to take part, but it was not clear whether they did.

The mediation appears to be a last-ditch effort to come up with a negotiated settlement before the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issues its ruling on a key question related to the cemetery trust. At issue is whether forcing the archdiocese to tap even $1 of the cemetery trust to fund the bankruptcy estate — and ultimately pay sex abuse settlements — would violate its free exercise of religion.

The archdiocese says it would. The creditors committee — which is composed of abuse victims but represents all creditors — rejects that argument.

A decision favoring the creditors would likely spawn a new round of costly court battles in the case.

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