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Feb 15-28, 2013

Lay group calls for return of Archdiocesan Pastoral Council

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The Council of the Baptized, a 21-member panel of Catholics looking to represent Catholic laity in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, is calling for the re-establishment of an elected Archdiocesan Pastoral Council.

The council would consist of laity, clergy and hierarchy and its purpose would be to “facilitate communication among all baptized Catholics and to consult in pastoral planning to better serve the mission of the Church,” says a press release from the organization dated Jan. 18.

Sex abuse becomes legacy of Los Angeles cardinal

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Before his name became connected with failing to adequately address clergy abuse of minors, Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles was better known for his reputation as one of the nation's leading church advocates of social justice, particularly for farmworkers and immigrants.

As a young priest in Fresno, Calif., during the 1965-70 Delano Grape Strike, Mahony became a nationally known figure.

Los Angeles archbishop's rare move likely first sign of troubles to come

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Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez's public rebuke of his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, at the end of January was quickly described as unprecedented.

Sharply critiquing Mahony's handling of sex abuse cases after the long-delayed release of church files made clear the cardinal had shielded abusive priests from public scrutiny and possibly law enforcement at the expense of children's safety, Gomez announced Jan. 31 that his predecessor would "no longer have any administrative or public duties" in the archdiocese.

The halting steps of a pilgrim church

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Late last month, Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., told readers of his diocesan newspaper that he is frustrated with NCR. Our offices are in his diocese, and he says he feels certain responsibilities toward us.

In a column, he wrote that as long as he has been in Kansas City he has received complaints about NCR, but “in the last months, I have been deluged with emails and other correspondence from Catholics concerned about the editorial stances of the Reporter.”

Weinandy's tenure seen as significant shift from his predecessor's

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Some might commend Capuchin Fr. Thomas Weinandy for nearly a decade of holding firm -- keeping the wider U.S. church aligned closely with a strict interpretation of Catholic teachings.

Others might him tell him not to let the door hit him on the way out.

No matter what they think, very few are talking on the record.

One of Weinandy's predecessors at the Secretariat for Doctrine said he would not comment on his successor's work, even asking that his name not be used. Another did not return several phone calls.

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