In two key personnel moves announced today, Pope Benedict XVI has turned to veteran Vatican insiders, naming Archbishops Mauro Piacenza, a 66-year-old Italian, as the new Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, and Robert Sarah of Guinea, 65, as the new President of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum.”
Pope appoints new heads to Vatican offices for clergy, charity
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI appointed new heads for two Vatican offices, naming Italian canon lawyer, Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, as prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, and Guinean Archbishop Robert Sarah as president of the Vatican's charity-promotion agency, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.
Include Women to Move the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Forward, If negotiators are serious about lasting peace, they need to engage those who matter most -– their people, and women in particular.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday on the strange, profiles-in-courage worthy story of Benedictine Fr. Mark Gruber, who honored the seal of confession to the point of losing of his job.
From the piece:
But the former student has spoken with Father Gruber's canon lawyers, state police and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Father Gruber's suit says that on Dec. 15, the young man gave a sworn statement to the priest's canon lawyers, for the case that his Benedictine superior filed against him in Rome. He said he had downloaded pornography, and then confessed doing so.
Somehow we manage to both disparage our humanity and exalt it at the same time.
We are told by TV evangelists that we are unworthy, abject sinners. Low self-esteem and depression are epidemic, especially among teens. There is widespread interest in angels and UFOs, beings that will perhaps save us from ourselves. We don’t really feel good about our humanness. We’re always trying to improve. Self help books are legion in bookstores.
On the other hand, our human-centered theologies zero in on the relationship between God and humans, to the exclusion of all else. We see ourselves as the pinnacle of things, the last word on the subject of life forms. We see the whole universe as just a backdrop to the salvation drama between God and us humans.
Paul Raushenbush, the religion editor for the Huffington Post says that Religious People Must Rally to Restore Sanity.
As a service to clients, Catholic News Service regularly reprints and makes available a "sampling of current commentary from around the Catholic press." Here is its latest offering, an unsigned editorial titled "Churches are for praying, not campaigning" which appeared in the Sept. 30 issue of the Rhode Island Catholic, newspaper of the Diocese of Providence.
Admitting past failures in dealing with cases of sexual abuse by clergy against young people, Germany's Roman Catholic bishops have announced stricter procedures for selecting new priests, writes Anli Serfontein.
Representing the most comprehensive and authoritative answer yet to one of humanity’s most ancient questions -- “what lives in the sea?” -- the Census of Marine Life was released on Oct. 4. It's an inventory of species distribution and diversity in key global ocean areas.