On an otherwise dull agenda for the fall assembly of the USCCB, one item has seen much discussion inside and outside the conference.
Nov 8-21, 2013
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In his first clear disciplinary move, albeit a gentle one, to bring recalcitrant bishops into line with his demand that they spurn the "psychology of a prince," Pope Francis on Oct. 23 assigned German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst an unspecified period of leave outside his Limburg diocese.
As Archbishop James Weisgerber of Winnipeg, Manitoba, prepares to retire, he remains concerned about justice for Canada's aboriginal peoples.
"I don't think there is any issue facing Canadians more serious than this one," Weisgerber said Oct. 28, the day Pope Francis announced that he had accepted the archbishop's resignation. "And I don't think we're taking it that seriously."
Pope Francis is calling for a theology of women, but women in the church are resistant, calling instead for a theology of the laity.
Archbishop John Nienstedt, his predecessors and other archdiocesan leaders have drawn criticism for their handling of allegations of clergy sexual abuse of minors in recent decades.
The book, A Language of the Heart, is dedicated to the life of Anne Smedinghoff, who was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan.
The re-emergence of the late Chicago Cardinal Joseph Bernardin as a model for the American Catholic future is a surprise of Francis' papacy.
Longtime church historian Jesuit Fr. John O'Malley said he sees potential for church reform, even if it's just from the new tone and message coming from Rome.