Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich said Curia reform and how to improve the Vatican's image will take priority when the council of cardinals meets.
Sept 27-Oct 10, 2013
JESUS OF NAZARETH: WHAT HE WANTED, WHO HE WAS
By Gerhard Lohfink
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Some observers of the Catholic theological scene are saying that a personal meeting between Pope Francis and Dominican Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez could mark a thaw in decades of frosty relations between the church's hierarchy and liberation theologians.
Gutiérrez, a Peruvian, coined the phrase "liberation theology." The theology is marked by its concern for liberation of the world's people from unjust economic or social conditions. It was developed in Latin America during the region's military dictatorships in the 1960s and '70s.
Bishops in southern Philippines have condemned rebels’ use of hostages as human shields in gunfights with government troops.
The gunfights have escalated since Sept. 9 after hundreds of Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters reportedly attacked government troops who were securing five coastal districts in Zamboanga.
As opening day for the new health care law approaches, almost half the states in the country have not agreed to go along with a provision to expand their Medicaid programs to include more of their uninsured poor. Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell wants voters to put pressure on those governors and legislators to change their minds about balking at the Medicaid expansion.
"It's straight party politics," she said during a speech Sept. 12 at Mount Marty College in Yankton. "Everyone is positioning for the 2014 election. We people of faith have got to stand up."
Soul Seeing: Listening from brokenness becomes its own strength because although we come to it on different paths, our shared humanity guarantees the experience of painful limits.
We say: Religious groups should step up and help educate the public, especially the poor and working poor, about how the Affordable Care Act can improve their lives.
A German bishop who was criticized by his priests and laity for an extravagant lifestyle and authoritarian leadership has apologized for "misjudgments."
We say: Praise goes to Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama for seizing the opportunity that Russia's last-minute intervention in the Syria crisis allowed.
A St. Paul-Minneapolis meeting to discuss finances was for priests only, and the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform said laity should have been involved.