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World Meeting of Russian Catholics Hailed As 'Last Hurrah' for Movement CLERICAL WHISPERS - March 9, 2017 One of the smallest Eastern Catholic churches in the world, the Russian Catholic Church, faces some big issues, including its survival. That's the issue that will dominate at a Congress of Russian Catholic delegates from around the world meeting in northern Italy in June. It has been organised by an Australian-based Russian Catholic priest, Fr Lawrence Cross, a retired lecturer in theology ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/03/world-meeting-of-russian-catholics.html
The Maltese Church Once Defied Secularisation. Now Its Bishops Have Surrendered (Comment) CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 9, 2017 It has been a long time since I last wrote on this site. I am only breaking my silence now because I am so distressed to find the unmistakeable signs that the Church is in the midst of a crisis. The crisis is proceeding almost absent-mindedly under its own momentum, but its nature is clear: the secularist ideologisation of the moral sense. Even more distressing, it is Malta of all places in the world where its signs are most unignorable – and given my personal history, ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-maltese-church-once-defied.html
Gratitude for Bishop Swain ANA BRAGA-HENEBRY'S JOURNAL - February 6, 2017 ... unusual for other reasons, too, including his late start in the church. BIshop Paul Swain of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls celebrated Mass for the students of St. Joseph's Catholic School in Pierre on Thursday. It was part of Catholic Schools Week. He had been in Aberdeen on Wednesday and would stop in Mitchell later Thursday. During Mass, instead of a regular homily, Swain walked around the pews, taking questions from the elementary ...http://anabragahenebrysjournal.blogspot.com/2017/02/gratitude.html
Joliet Priest Says Diocese Failed to Follow Protocol to Protect Children CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 23, 2017 ... said years of internal conflict had brought him to this difficult moment. In an emotional homily, the parish priest publicly blew the whistle on his diocese for alleged past failures that he said put children at potential risk. Jankowski delivered the homily three times two Sundays ago, including once in Spanish for his multicultural congregation. Before he left the pulpit, he asked members at St. Patrick's Catholic Church to pray for him as he embarks on a ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/joliet-priest-says-diocese-failed-to.html
Parishioner Banned From Kansas City Diocese Properties for Interactions With Children CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 16, 2017 The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has banned a longtime parishioner from all church property for violating "safe boundaries" in his interactions with children. The parishioner acknowledged in an interview that he had violated an agreement to stay away from children, but said he'd done nothing inappropriate. The 70-year-old man was a parishioner at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kansas City, North — the parish of former ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/parishioner-banned-from-kansas-city.html
'I Have to Do This': Why Some Catholic Women Are Defying Church Doctrine and Becoming Priests CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 15, 2017 ... against 2,000 years of Catholic tradition and doctrine. "In the early Church, people gathered in their homes," Bouclin says. "Who can say that what we're doing is not valid? Sometimes, we have to obey God and not men. And as much as some Catholics don't want to hear this, the Pope is not God." Bouclin, 75, became a nun when she was 18, but after seven years, she decided to leave the convent to get married and raise three children. She obtained a Master's degree in theology ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/i-have-to-do-this-why-some-catholic.html