Twenty one dioceses in the United States now have more than 200 permanent deacons, according to the latest report from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.
Chicago, with 646, Trenton (442) and Galveston-Houston (383) lead all others. All U.S. diocese now have permanent deacons.*
In NCR's Sept. 3 print issue, Judy Gross writes about "the myriad pressures" of military chaplains. (See Spiritual leaders in the battle zones). She begins her story with Fr. Kenneth R. Beale, an active-duty Air Force major and chaplain who at the time of the interview was preparing for his ninth deployment since 1996.
Catholic News Service, today filed this story from the U.S. military archdiocese:
By Melanie Spencer
Catholic News Service
tHOUSTON -- Although the word "veterans" might conjure up visions of those close to or at retirement, veterans today are just as likely to be young people left injured physically or emotionally by war, says Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services.
This is from the arts calendar for the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal:
Vermont artist Janet McKenzie won the National Catholic Reporter's competition for a new image of Jesus in 1999 and has received wide attention - both positive and negative - for her paintings ever since.
David Gibson says that:
Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah has come out strongly in support of the controversial Islamic center proposed for construction in New York, even as his party appears to be using opposition to the so-called "Ground Zero mosque" as a campaign issue.
Here's the story, from the Associated Press.
Church ministers whose own professional development budgets have been cut (I know that's the first to go) can still find enrichment without the airfare and hotel costs of a long-distance seminar.
Webinars on topics ranging from "Management for Ministry" to "Applying the Bishops' High School Curriculum to Parish Programs" are available for free. Yes, free!
The Guardian has an interesting article from yesterday examining the Pope's PR team. Is it ready for the spotlight during the UK visit?
From the piece:
Here's an update I just added to the story about audio recordings of a meeting between Belgium Cardinal Danneels and a victim of sexual abuse by a bishop that was posted earlier today (See: Belgium cardinal tried to keep abuse victim quiet.) The update comes from Catholic News Service.
Cardinal Danneels's spokesman told Catholic News Service correspondent Jonathan Luxmoore that news reports on the recorded meeting have been interpreted out of context.
"There was no intention of any cover-up," Toon Osaer, spokesman for the cardinal, who retired in January as archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, told Catholic News Service Aug. 30.
"Seen from today's perspective, the cardinal realizes he was rather naive to think he could help the family in question reach a reconciliation," he said. "At that moment, however, the family didn't want to make public something they'd kept secret for 24 years."