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Women’s voice needed to fight clericalism

VATICAN (CNS): The Church needs to further integrate women into ecclesial life to confront the problems of clericalism and an exaggerated sense of masculinity, Marc Cardinal Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, told the Synod of Bishops on October 18.
 
Addressing synod members, the cardinal said he agreed with the working document’s assertion that there sometimes is “an ecclesial inability to recognise, welcome and foster the creativity of the ‘feminine genius’.”
 

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Laity must have role in fighting clericalism

VATICAN (CNS): Clericalism has led to a distorted view of authority that has contributed to the problems of sexual abuse and the abuse of power and conscience affecting the Catholic Church, Beniamino Cardinal Stella, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, said on September 3 during a talk in Fatima, Portugal.
 
He said the crisis facing the Church would not have been so grave if laity were more involved in the formation of current and future priests.
 

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Shadows over the World Meeting of Families

“We showed no care for the little ones, we abandoned them,” Pope Francis says in a letter to the entire Catholic Church in which he condemned the clericalism, the arrogance, abuse of power and position of bishops and religious superiors in the Church who allow and cover up and thus perpetuate sexual crimes against children (Sunday Examiner, September 26).  
 








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Outcry of the abused cannot be silenced pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “The heart-wrenching pain of these victims, which cries out to heaven, was long ignored, kept quiet or silenced,” Pope Francis said in an August 20 letter addressed “to the people of God.” 
 
“But their outcry was more powerful than all the measures meant to silence them,” he said.
 

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Asian Christians can save Christianity from Christendom

Father William Grimm MM
 
I was 16 years old when a teacher had the class read works that were not in the high school curriculum. Among them were St. Augustine’s Confessions and The Song of Roland, an anonymous French epic that dates from the 11th century, or even earlier.
 








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Pope blasts clericalism

Vatican (SE): Pope Francis had strong words for the Church hierarchy of his home continent of South America as he warned, “we’ve generated a ‘laical elite,’ believing that commitment is working on priestly things and have forgotten, neglected the believers often burning their hope in the daily struggle of living the faith.”

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