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The Reforms in Rome: This is a Big Deal

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The reforms of the Roman Curia being discussed are tectonic. Better to say, the discussion is tectonic. Re-arranging several Pontifical Councils into a super-dicastry is not earth-shattering, although the decision to erect a new office on environmental issues as a part of the new dicastry on Justice, Peace & Charity demonstrates an institutional commitment to the issue, in addition to the magisterial commitment we anticipate later this year. That is important. But, what is really important is the manner in which these reform proposals have come to be.

Links for 02/12/15

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We have seen this slander before. Fr. Zuhlsdorf insinuates that the German bishops are pushing communion for the divorced and remarried for financial reasons. You may agree or disagree with the German bishops who propose a change in Church discipline regarding communion for divorced and remarried, but to think they would sell the faith to hold on to their revenue is unfair, unproven, and defamatory. 

Communications, Culture & the Church

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Last night, Loyola University of Chicago kicked off its new program: a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies with a concentration in Digital Communication, offered by the university’s Institute for Pastoral Studies. They had a panel that included my friend and colleague Rocco Palmo and Kerry Weber from America magazine. Bishop Christopher Coyne, in-coming chair of the USCCB Communications Committee, was supposed to attend but the snow demons in New England interfered with his flight.

Same-Sex Marriage & Nullification in Alabama

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If the dissent registered by Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia is correct, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to pronounce same-sex marriage a constitutional right later this year. The dissent was issued against a majority decision to let stand a lower court order permitting same-sex marriage in Alabama. And, that is where things get interesting.

Catholic Social Ministry Gathering

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This weekend, the annual Social Ministry Gathering, sponsored by the USCCB, began here in Washington. From dioceses and parishes across the country, people who work for the Church gather in Washington for a series of plenary talks and small group discussions about various issues they face. Like all such conferences, there are the coffee stands, the pre-plated lunches and dinners served in large hotel ballrooms, the people outside the rooms talking on their cell phones, the recognizing of old friends and making of new ones in the hallways.

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