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Italian Prelate Who Supposedly Wanted Pope Francis Dead Resigns CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 19, 2017 ... required to submit their resignations to the pope, had been named to head the northern Italian archdiocese, located in Lombardy, by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. A veteran of the influential Catholic movement "Communion and Liberation," Negri has long been seen as one of the leaders of the conservative wing of the Italian bishops. In November 2015, a national controversy erupted when the Italian newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano ran a front-page story based on what it described as ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/italian-prelate-who-supposedly-wanted.html

Pope Francis Appoints Two New Auxiliary Bishops for Milwaukee CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 25, 2017 ... the appointment of two priests from Milwaukee – Fr. Jeffrey R. Haines and Fr. James T. Schuerman – to serve as auxiliary bishops for the archdiocese. The priests have been appointed titular bishops of Tagamuta and of Girba, according to a Jan. 25 Vatican communique. With their appointment, the bishop-elects will serve under Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, who oversees the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and will replace Bishop Emeritus Richard J. Sklba, ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/pope-francis-appoints-two-new-auxiliary.html

In Birdland, the Tradition Continues WHISPERS IN THE LOGGIA - January 19, 2017 BALTIMORE – This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad. It's a tradition dating to 1800 – when Leonard Neale, the second archbishop of this Premier See, was consecrated by John Carroll alone – and today brings the latest chapter with the ordination of two new auxiliaries: Bishops Adam Parker, 45, and Mark Brennan, 68. The dual appointments awaited for over two years, each of the Pope's picks brings a ...http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2017/01/in-birdland-tradition-continues.html

Downsizing of Catholic Dioceses Could Bring Benefits - UPDATED FROM 2010 CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 14, 2017 ... we are almost 7 years later and nothing has changed except a few faces - but the allegations rumble on and the bishops still do nothing - but one thing has changed - a different Pope....who will make a difference as it it is needed!! ONGOING, BEHIND-the-scenes discussions on the future of the Irish Catholic Church have included a sharp focus on the number of dioceses on the island, with general agreement that 26 is far too many. A consensus is emerging that when it comes to ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/downsizing-of-catholic-dioceses-could.html

In China, No Easy Solution for Right to Choose Catholic Leadership CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 9, 2017 ... who has the right to choose church leadership. It's a battle that appears to be nearing a truce of sorts, amid hopes that a deal on the appointment of bishops is imminent. Delegations from the Vatican and China have met for a flurry of negotiations over the last two years, including for rumoured talks in Rome in mid-November. Though talks have taken place intermittently since the 1980s, the two sides now appear close to marking the historic end of an estrangement that dates to ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/in-china-no-easy-solution-for-right-to.html

In Cleveland, LeBishop Calls It a Day WHISPERS IN THE LOGGIA - December 28, 2016 (Updated 10.30am ET with presser video, etc.) While everyone's hopefully enjoying some Christmas downtime, even the Octave isn't stopping the US docket's most frenetic period of activity in nearly a decade. At Roman Noon on this fourth day of Christmas, the Pope accepted the early retirement of Bishop Richard Lennon of Cleveland three months before the latter's 70th birthday. While the Boston-born prelate suffered a significant heart attack earlier this year – and ...http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2016/12/in-cleveland-lebishop-calls-it-day.html

Pope Francis Appoints Jesuit and Scalabrini Priest to New Vatican Office for Refugees and Migrants CLERICAL WHISPERS - December 16, 2016 ... delighted Father Czerny emphasized that the department will work directly under the pope on what has become "one of the most important and urgent human phenomena of our times," the movement of people across the globe. "There's hardly a place in the planet which is not touched by this phenomenon. Indeed, though many are not aware of it, there are more people moving in Russia and China today than in any other part of the world," he stated. He described the role of the section for "refugees and ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/12/pope-francis-appoints-jesuit-and.html

Assembly of Chinese Catholic Representatives and the Vatican's Silence CLERICAL WHISPERS - December 14, 2016 ... those recognized by the Vatican and those who are not recognized, illegitimate and even excommunicated. They will be joined by representatives of the Patriotic Association (PA), bet they Catholics or atheists as well as a number of priests, nuns and lay people. In the last meeting, in December 2010 there were 341 members. The assembly is tasked with outlining fields of commitment for Catholics in society, Church activities, episcopal appointments and even matters of theology. ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/12/assembly-of-chinese-catholic.html

Live From Cathedral Street WHISPERS IN THE LOGGIA - December 5, 2016 ...upon their appointments this morning, here's the ArchBalt feed of the local presser introducing Auxiliary Bishops-elect Adam Parker and Mark Brennan: -30-http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2016/12/live-from-cathedral-street.html

Habemus +Adam – With Pope's Birdland Picks, Alegria Para Todos WHISPERS IN THE LOGGIA - December 5, 2016 ... Archbishop William Lori since 2013, with his appointment Bishop-elect Parker becomes the nation's youngest Latin-church hierarch by some three years – and, in the real milestone moment, the first to be born in the 1970s – while Bishop-elect Brennan's importing across metropolitan lines signifies the rapid growth of Hispanics in the 550,000-member Baltimore fold, which until now has never required the specific provision of a Spanish-speaking prelate. (The appointees – Brennan, ...http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2016/12/habemus-adam-with-birdland-aux-picks.html

Talks to Heal Catholic Rift in China Gain Momentum Under Francis CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 28, 2016 ... territory. Already, most bishops appointed by the state-controlled church quietly win the pope's approval before ordination, or seek and receive papal forgiveness and acceptance afterward. But Beijing sometimes appoints bishops against the Vatican's wishes, and the Vatican sometimes appoints bishops without Beijing's approval. In August, Cardinal John Tong, the bishop of Hong Kong, disclosed in a pastoral letter that "the Chinese government is ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/talks-to-heal-catholic-rift-in-china.html

Pope Francis Names Two Auxiliaries for Detroit CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 24, 2016 Pope Francis named three new auxiliary bishops – two for Detroit and one for Orange, California. The appointments were announced on November 23 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. For Detroit, Pope Francis named Fr Gerard Battersby, 56, vice rector and dean of formation at Detroit's Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and Fr Robert Fisher, 57, pastor of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak, ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/pope-francis-names-two-auxiliaries-for.html

Three Take-Aways From Today's Global Crop of New Cardinals CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 19, 2016 ... what's happening today is "create," as in, the pope is "creating" 17 new cardinals. That phraseology leads to the cynical old Roman joke that only God and the pope can create something out of nothing!) Consistory as Global Village Francis is famously a pope of the peripheries, and nowhere is that drive to lift up previously ignored or marginalized places more clear than in how this pontiff awards red hats. This time around, there are new cardinals from Papua New Guinea, the Central African ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/three-take-aways-from-todays-global.html

Pope Francis Appoints New Bishop of Hong Kong CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 14, 2016 ... choice, they usually prefer a pro-government candidate. Ever since the communist victory in the Chinese Civil War, the Holy See has had a reduced diplomatic presence in Beijing, with the nunciature being moved to Taiwan in 1951. China-Vatican relations have been cool, with some apparent thaws. Benedict XVI wrote a letter to Catholics in China in 2007, after which followed a series of bishops' appointments approved both by the Chinese government and the Holy ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/pope-francis-appoints-new-bishop-of.html

Chinese Bishop Ordained, With Approval of Both Rome and Beijing CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 12, 2016 ... bishop's election was read privately; a statement of approval from the Chinese bishops' conference, which operates with government approval, was read aloud at the ceremony. The ordination came at a time when Vatican officials and Chinese government representatives are reportedly closing in on an agreement that would allow for the appointment of new bishops by the Vatican, from a list of candidates furnished by Chinese officials. ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/chinese-bishop-ordained-with-approval.html

Episcopal Appointments: The Pope's Big Gift to the Chinese Church? CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 5, 2016 ... process of negotiations between China and the Vatican. Why say this? Obviously, both Fr. Ding of Changzhi Diocese and Fr. Tang of Chengdu have received the letter of appointment from the Vatican. Hence, even though the Sino-Vatican agreement has not been signed yet and those illicit bishops won't become legal before ordination day of November 10, at worst, this will just result in being forced to read the false letter of appointment, "mixing the sand", similar to what happened ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/episcopal-appointments-popes-big-gift.html