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In This Issue
John Henry Newman Taught Importance of Consulting Laity
Fund Established for Women Unjustly Fired by the Church
Pope's UK visit draws protest, praise.
Irish priests protest new Mass translation
Belgium Bishops Question Mandatory Celibacy
Priesthood Sunday (Oct 31) Prayer Service
Chicago Parishes Petition for Married, Women Priests.
Nuns speak out on Vatican Investigation
News from Appealing Parishes.
Sponsor a Listening Session On the Future of the Church
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Blessed John Henry Newman Taught Importance of Consulting Laity. The beatification of Cardinal Newman prompted many articles about the man many regard as the Father of Vatican II.  Here is a round up:

Drew Christianson SJ (America) on Newman's "Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine"

Text of Cardinal Newman's: Consulting the Faithful....

Robert McClory on Newman (NCR

Pope beatifies Cardinal Newman, calls him a model

John Allen: Hijacking or setting him free, Benedict loves Newman
Fund Established for Women Unjustly Fired by the Church.The Emily and Rosemary Fund was established to support women who lose employment in the Roman Catholic Church as the result of injustice or discrimination, and to help women who are working to bring about justice and equality in the Church. It is administered by Voice of the Faithful. The first round of applications opened August 10, 2010, and awards will be announced in late November 2010. Read more and apply...
Pope's UK visit draws protest, praise.
Benedict's recent visit to the UK attracted the largest single protest of a papal visit in recent memory. But it also prompted praise and respect by many, including British leaders. Here is a sampling:

In Britain, despite protests, Pope gets a fair hearing

In major speech, Pope lays out vision of religion's role in public life

Thousands protest Pope

Female theologian Tina Beattie...Criticism of Pope not disloyal or dissent

Day by day videos of Pope's visit to Great Britain

John Allen (NCR) chronology

BBC Interview of FutureChurch's Sr. Chris Schenk
(with  John Allen, Fr. Joseph Fessio, Fr. Hans Kung and Cardinal Cormack Murphy O'Connor)
Irish priests protest new English-language translation of the Mass The September 15 inaugural meeting of a new association to represent the views of Irish priests drew more than 300 priests, six times the number expected. Father Brendan Hoban, said "We believe the new translation, which is to come into effect next year, is over-complicated and over-Latinized. ... it's another example of the church trying to fix things that don't need to be fixed and not fixing the things that need fixing." The association said it also plans to work for "full implementation of the vision and teaching of the Second Vatican Council..." read more

In Germany, the priests and people reacted so negatively to the newly translated funeral texts mandated by the Vatican that within a few months, the texts were withdrawn, and the bishops told the Vatican Congregation, "the new ritual must be considered a failure".  They have now returned to the translation developed in the years following the Second Vatican Council.

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USCCB comparisons of priests and people's parts

For Explanatory Commentary

FAQ: The New English Missal Translation

Use of new Roman Missal to begin in US at Advent 2011

Three Belgium Bishops Question Mandatory Celibacy The new Bishop of Bruges Jozef De Kesel has questioned celibacy for priests and called for an open discussion on the position of women in the Church. The bishop of Hasselt, Patrick Hoogmartens and Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp have also said that married men should not automatically be excluded from the priesthood.  De Kesel was appointed to the Bruges Diocese after the former Bishop Roger Vangheluwe resigned for sexual abuse of his nephew during the 1980's.

Read more..   

Belgian church abuse probe finds 500 victims

Moscow Patriarchate Decries Obligatory Celibacy.  The head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, recently said:  "Orthodox believers think the problem of obligatory celibacy to be an internal matter of the Roman Catholic Church and they would only acclaim its cancellation, if it happens ... Eastern Churches have followed the ancient practice which allowed them to ordain married men."
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German Bishops Say Church Must Discuss Taboos, Compensate Victims. The Catholic Church must be prepared to confront and discuss taboo topics such as sexual morality and the celibacy of priests, the head of the church in Germany, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, recently said. Read more...

Archbishop Wuerl Interviewed on Anglican Ordinariates in US. (but never mentions married priests)  view video..

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Honor The Priesthood- New! Priesthood Sunday Prayer Service: Every October, Catholics honor our priests who often must work double duty in this time of priest shortage.  This new prayer service affirms priests who like St. Paul, embraced the celibate charism in their service to God's people. It also includes a prayer that Church leaders will welcome into the Latin rite those who, like St. Peter, embrace their call to priestly service as married men. Prayer for women deacons included too.

Great for parishes, prayer groups, book groups or other gatherings.

Includes: 2010 service, tips for planning a Priesthood Sunday celebration, sample press release, two sample op eds, postcard templates, fact sheets, reproducible artwork, bibliography, and more.

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Chicago Parishes Support Nuns, Petition for Optional Celibacy and Women Priests.  Two parishes in Chicago, Ascension and St. Giles gathered 600 signtures on a petition that began:  "We, the undersigned, express our solidarity with Catholics who continue to seek equality and respect for American women religious, for those who practice feminist ministries and those who support women and married men who are called to ordination."  Ascension Pastor, Fr. Larry McNally delivered the petition to Cardinal George who promised to take it with him to Rome. 

Two Chicago Priests Helped Train RC Womanpriests.

Chicago Pastor Bob Bossie was willing to be public about his help in a September 25 article in Time magazine:  "She asked me if I would mentor her...if people ask me for help, I feel compelled to help, out of respect and love. If God called me, why wouldn't God call a woman?"
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Nuns speak out on Vatican Investigation.
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New US appointee to Congregation for Religious interviewed on CNN segment on RC Womenpriests.
 View video here..

Vatican Conducts Apostolic Investigation of Regnum Christi. In the wake of the scandal surrounding the Legionnaires of Christ founder Fr. Maciel Delgollado, a Vatican investigation of a strict lay branch known as Regnum Christi has discovered a cult like regimen. Women in the sect led a "life regimented in excruciating detail, down to the way they eat an orange." Read more.
News from Appealing Parishes

Two Pastors Call on  Vatican to Stop Cleveland Church Closings Two high-profile Cleveland clerics are calling on the Vatican to stop Bishop Richard Lennon from what they see as his destruction of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese by a sweeping, reckless closing of churches, mostly in the inner city. The Rev. Robert Begin, a Catholic priest, and the Rev. Kenneth Chalker, a Methodist minister, have sent letters to Archbishop Pietro Sambi in Washington, D.C.,

Bishop Richard Lennon,  St. Peter Church in Cleveland at standoff.

Cleveland Bishop admits St. Peter Community Mass is valid but  inappropriate.

Ex-parishioners mark anniversary of St. Stan's (Lorain) closing.

Springfield Church Wins Fight to Stay Open Parishioners at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Springfield, MA have won the fight to keep their beloved 100-year-old church open. They took out billboards, went on Facebook and persuaded the City Council to declare the church a historic landmark. They also developed a plan for the future, raised money and added 60 families to the roles.  Read more... .

New Miami Archbishop Shifts Landscape for Pastors and Parishes Archbishop Thomas Wenski is rearranging pastors and may reopen some parishes to better serve Miami parishioners.  Read more...

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Sponsor a Listening Session On the Future of the Church  The American Catholic Council is a new coalition of organizations, communities and individuals organizing "discussion at every level of the Catholic Church in the United States to consider the state and future of our Church." The coalition will convene a nationwide conference on Pentecost 2011 (June 10-12) at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan.

But first it hopes to encourage local and regional listening sessions to be held over the next 7 months.

Read about the April 21, 2010 Cleveland Listening Session

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