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Francis replaces Cardinal Muller with deputy Ladaria as head of doctrinal congregation

Pope Francis has decided not to renew the expiring term of Vatican doctrinal chief Cardinal Gerhard Muller, choosing instead to replace the German prelate with his deputy, a Spanish Jesuit theologian known for keeping a relatively low public profile.
The pontiff has appointed Archbishop Luis Ladaria, 73, as the new prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He had previously served as the office's secretary.

A Vatican statement announcing the appointment Saturday did not say whether Muller would be receiving a new role. At 69 years old he is six years away from the traditional retirement age for bishops. It is unusual for a cardinal of that age not to have an official posting.

The Vatican statement simply said the pope thanked Muller for his service at the conclusion of his five-year term as prefect, which began with his appointment by former Pope Benedict XVI on July 2, 2012.


https://www.ncronline.org/news/vatican/francis-replaces-cardinal-muller-deputy-ladaria-head-doctrinal-congregation

"Cash me ousside, how bow dah" girl pleads guilty to charges

The Boynton Beach teen who shot to Internet fame by challenging a studio audience to a fight when she uttered “cash me ousside, how bat dah” during an appearance on the Dr. Phil show was in juvenile court in Delray Beach on Wednesday.

Danielle Bregoli, 14, pleaded guilty to grand theft, grand theft auto, marijuana possession and filing a false report. Her sentencing is scheduled for July 22.

Bregoli went viral after uttering the catchphrase while appearing with her mother last September on an episode of the daytime TV talk show entitled “I want to give up my car-stealing twerking 13-year-old daughter who tried to frame me for a crime.”

When the audience heckled Bregoli she hollered, in her streetwise slang: “Cash me ousside, how bat dah.”


http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-reg-cash-me-ousside-girl-pleads-guilty-20170628-story.html

James Martin, S.J.: We need to build a bridge between LGBT community and the Catholic Church.

As you know, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says that Catholics are called to treat the homosexual person with “respect, compassion and sensitivity” (No. 2358).

What might that mean? Let’s meditate on that, and on a second question as well: What might it mean for the L.G.B.T. community to treat the church with “respect, sensitivity and compassion”? Of course, L.G.B.T. Catholics are part of the church, so, in a sense, those questions imply a false dichotomy. The church is the entire people of God, and it is strange to discuss how the people of God can relate to a part of the people of God. So, in good Jesuit fashion, let me refine our terms. When I refer to the church in this discussion I mean the institutional church—that is, the Vatican, the hierarchy, church officials and the clergy.

Let us take a walk on the first lane of the bridge, the one leading from the institutional church to the L.G.B.T. community, and reflect on “respect, compassion and sensitivity.”


https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2016/10/30/james-martin-sj-we-need-build-bridge-between-lgbt-community-and-catholic-church

Leo Varadkar, gay son of Indian immigrant, to be next Irish PM

The son of an Indian immigrant who came out as gay in 2015 will be the next Irish prime minister, after he was voted leader of the country’s main governing party.

Leo Varadkar’s victory in the Fine Gael leadership contest on Friday, which took place after outgoing PM Enda Kenny announced his resignation last month, marks another significant step forward for equality in the country, after 2015’s gay marriage referendum.

As well as becoming Ireland’s first gay prime minister, Varadkar, 38, will also become the country’s youngest leader, and the first from an ethnic minority background. His position will be confirmed later this month when parliament resumes after a break.


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/02/leo-varadkar-becomes-irelands-prime-minister-elect

Fr. John Jay Hughes: I've been a priest for 63 years. Celebrating Mass has never gotten old.

The girl caught in the act of adultery and dragged before Jesus may well have been a teenager. She knew the prescribed punishment (imposed only on women): death by stoning. How terrified she must have been. And when, at the end of this terrible story, all her accusers have slipped away and she hears Jesus say, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore,” how grateful she must have been (Jn 8:11).

I have personal reasons for gratitude no less than hers. Sixty-three years ago I knelt before a bishop to be ordained a priest in the Catholic Church. It was the fulfillment of the dream I had had, without a single interruption, from age 12. And not only a dream: I had it in writing. When my high school English teacher told the class to write an essay about “What you expect to be doing in 25 years,” I wrote about being a priest. I told my classmates about my answer, so from age 12 I have been called “Father”—with varying degrees of seriousness. I entered seminary eight years later not to “discern a vocation” (something I would not hear about for another quarter century) but because I was told that was what I must do to get ordained.

Has every one of the 63 years since then been happy? Of course not. That does not happen in any life. All of us must travel at some time or another through the psalmist’s dark valley. For seven years, from 1974 to 1981, I was without assignment and unemployed. Living in St. Louis, Mo., but subject to a bishop in Germany, I was like an Army officer detached from his regiment. The clerical system did not know what to do with me. Those years were hard and terribly lonely. I survived only by prayer.

If you were to ask me, however, whether I have ever regretted my decision for the priesthood, I would reply at once, “Never, not one single day.” I will say it another way. If I had my life to live over again, knowing in advance all the hard and difficult years which lay ahead, would I still choose the priesthood? In a heartbeat! I would change just one thing: I would try to be more faithful.


http://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/04/27/ive-been-priest-63-years-celebrating-mass-has-never-gotten-old

A miracle in Israel? Christian, Muslim and Jewish mothers march together

recent small miracle was almost completely ignored by media: thousands of Jewish, Muslim and Christian women walked through Israel, together, demanding peace.

Recently, alongside Israeli singer Yael Deckelbaum, they released the song “Prayer of the Mothers,” in which these women of the three Abrahamic religions claim peace is not only possible but, first and foremost, a duty.

They have been brought together by the “Women Wage Peace” movement, which emerged in the previous burst of violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

In this context, in October 2016, Jewish and Arab women launched the “March of Hope” project, which among its many demonstrations brought together 4,000 women (half of them Israeli, half Palestinian) in Qasr el Yahud, in the north of the Dead Sea region.


http://aleteia.org/2017/04/13/a-miracle-in-israel-christian-muslim-and-jewish-mothers-march-together/

At Way of the Cross, archbishop challenges "judgmental" church on single mothers, gay people

“How is it that the church and its institutions could at various times in history, and not only in a distant past , have been so judgmental and treated broken people who were entrusted to its care with such harshness?

“How could we have tried to use the teaching and the merciful way of dealing with sinners to justify or accept harsh exclusion? Think of so many groupings who were misjudged: single mothers who wanted to keep a baby they loved, gay and lesbian people, orphans,” he said.

Dr Martin said Jesus was “demanding in what he expected of his followers” but “he was never a narrow moralist quick to get others to think he was better than them”.

“We can be so judgmental and hurtful towards those whom we decide have failed and those who drift outside our self-made ideas of respectability.”


http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/archbishop-challenges-judgmental-church-on-single-mothers-and-gay-people-1.3049199

Top Vatican and US church officials back new gay-friendly book (xpost fm Catholicism/Orthodox grp)

The Vatican’s point man on family issues and a U.S. cardinal who is close to Pope Francis have both blurbed a new book by a Jesuit priest and popular author that calls on the Catholic Church to be more respectful and compassionate toward gay people.

They called it “brave, prophetic, and inspiring” and a “much-needed book.”

Such positive language from such senior church leaders is extraordinary and another sign of how Francis is reorienting the church toward a more pastoral focus.

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Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who was recently chosen by Francis to head the Vatican office on laity, family, and life issues, praises Martin’s writing in his blurb: “A welcome and much-needed book that will help bishops, priests, pastoral associates, and all church leaders more compassionately minister to the LGBT community.


http://religionnews.com/2017/04/07/top-vatican-and-us-church-officials-back-new-gay-friendly-book/

Top Vatican and US church officials back new gay-friendly book

The Vatican’s point man on family issues and a U.S. cardinal who is close to Pope Francis have both blurbed a new book by a Jesuit priest and popular author that calls on the Catholic Church to be more respectful and compassionate toward gay people.

They called it “brave, prophetic, and inspiring” and a “much-needed book.”

Such positive language from such senior church leaders is extraordinary and another sign of how Francis is reorienting the church toward a more pastoral focus.

...

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who was recently chosen by Francis to head the Vatican office on laity, family, and life issues, praises Martin’s writing in his blurb: “A welcome and much-needed book that will help bishops, priests, pastoral associates, and all church leaders more compassionately minister to the LGBT community.


http://religionnews.com/2017/04/07/top-vatican-and-us-church-officials-back-new-gay-friendly-book/

Poop thrown by chimp at zoo lands on grandma's nose

One West Michigan grandma got an unwanted gift from a feisty chimpanzee over the weekend.

In a video posted to Youtube on Sunday, April 2 by Jacob Mitchell, an energetic chimpanzee at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids is seen throwing poop at onlookers.

The 17-second video shows the animal humorously jumping around before flinging feces underhand at the large crowd.


http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/04/poop-flinging_chimp_at_john_ba.html
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