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Bishop Bill Morris on reclaiming Vatican II

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By way of the Australian Web site Catholica, edited by Brian Coyne, a talk by Australian Bishop Bill Morris on reclaiming the spirit of Vatican II. You may recall that Morris was sacked in 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI, with the help of a secret report fashioned by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. The investigation of Morris was occasioned in large part by a pastoral letter in which he suggested that, given the priest shortage and subsequent pastoral problems, the church should  discuss other possibilities, including ordaining women.

Seattle's Catholic newspaper to cease; new magazine to take its place

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The Catholic Northwest Progress newspaper of the Seattle archdiocese will publish the last edition of its century-plus history in late June and will be replaced with a monthly magazine scheduled to launch in August.

According to an archdiocesan website report, the yet-unnamed magazine will be mailed at no cost to all registered households in the archdiocese, approximately 150,000.

The newspaper's circulation has declined over the years, currently reaching less than 8 percent of households, the release said.

Sex, scandal and sadness in the Catholic church

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Whether or not Pope Benedict XVI resigned because of a gay-related scandal in the Vatican, there is no doubt that gay sexual scandals among the clergy today are causing the average Catholic, and the average gay man, a great deal of sadness.

The head of the Scottish Catholic church, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, resigned amid allegations he was physically inappropriate with four priests. Msgr. Kevin Wallin is in a Connecticut jail, accused of dealing crystal meth from the rectory, which he allegedly did to pay for his sex and drug addictions.

Students select ‘new pope’ in mock conclave

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Students from St. Louis Catholic School here erupted in cheers as Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson was elected the "new pope" during a mock conclave held at a gym-turned-"Sistine Chapel" March 4.

The "conclave" explained the pope selection process in a tangible way. Middle schoolers acted as cardinals, Swiss Guards, priests, sisters, nurses, reporters and security personnel to re-enact a conclave for the whole school.

Deficit forces layoffs, ministry consolidation in Chicago archdiocese

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The Chicago archdiocese has laid off 60 pastoral center employees and must consolidate some of its agencies because of a deficit in the budget of its administrative operations, according to Cardinal Francis George.

He announced reduction in staff and other changes in his column in the March 3-16 issue of the Catholic New World, the archdiocesan newspaper.

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