Yes, I agree. It is incredible that the competent and capable bishop from Spokane, Wash., diocese was named archbishop-designate of the great Chicago archdiocese. No question about it. Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich is prayerful, intellectually sharp, humble, humorous, balanced, respectful and fearless. Terrific qualities for a bishop and an authentic churchman.
In a one-on-one conversation following a public speaking engagement, Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley said that the firing of church workers because of LGBT issues is a situation that "needs to be rectified."
Earlier in the evening, the cardinal spoke of the need to include and minister to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in light of Pope Francis' new vision for the church.
NCR Today: Thoughts on International Theological Commission; religious growth in China; moving from slums to farms in Zambia; jobs and Catholic gays.
House Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, a Catholic, has recently discovered poverty and has vowed to do something about it. He reintroduced a couple of modest ideas that might help the poor. Some progressive Catholics did their best to applaud Ryan's nascent initiatives. Others just rolled our eyes at the hollowness and political expediency of Ryan's actions.
The International Theological Commission is composed of theologians from all over the world who advise the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. A new group of theologians has been appointed to the commission, including five women.
The National Public Radio report this morning on Jozef Wesolowski, the former nuncio to the Dominican Republic accused of sexual abuse of minors and recently laicized and who is now under house arrest in Vatican City, draws on the expertise of NCR Vatican Correspondent Joshua McElweee. Have a listen: Vatican Arrests Former Archbishop On Child Abuse Charges,
NCR Today: The Vatican's busy: appointments to theological commission, the arrest of an ex-archbishop, a meeting with a schismatic. Parish life proves unfriendly to gay couples.
I normally do not reply to attacks in the media, but Sandro Magister is a respected Italian conservative with very good sources in the Vatican, so I want to correct a reference he made to me.
In his column "The Betting is Open on the Next Synod," he wrote:
The fact that the "reactionaries" Caffarra, Scola, and Aguilar have been invited to take part in the synod by Francis himself has significantly chilled the enthusiasm for the current pope.
The mediation between the Milwaukee archdiocese and its creditors, most of them survivors of sexual abuse, ended Tuesday without a resolution.
The bankruptcy proceedings were placed on hold pending a decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals related to nearly $60 million that was transferred to a trust fund shortly before the bankruptcy action was filed nearly four years ago.
A sexual abuse lawsuit filed against the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese will hear opening arguments in front of a jury Monday, the first of its kind to go to trial in the area.