Papal stress on humility in talks to Chile's bishops, priests (Vatican News) Pope Francis warned Chile’s bishops that clericalism “gradually extinguishes the prophetic flame” in the Church. Clericalism, the Pontiff said, is “a caricature of the vocation we have received.” He encouraged the bishops to pray for “the gift of dreaming and working for a missionary and prophetic option.”
in a seperate talk to priests, at a meeting in Santiago’s cathedral, the Holy Father said that recognizing one’s own sinfulness is a first step toward pastoral success. He pointed to the example of St. Peter, who—realizing his own weakness and relying on Jesus—hauls in a miraculous catch.
Maduro wants to punish Venezuelan Catholic bishops over prayers (Local10) Continuing his campaign against Church leaders, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has called for prosecution of two Catholic bishops who have spoken out against corruption in his government, accusing them of “slander” against the regime. The bishops remarked that it is inexcusable, in an oil-rich country, that many people are desperate for food. In Commentary magazine, Sohrab Ahmari writes: “The Catholic Church cannot remain silent, nor can it equivocate, in the face of such abuse.”
New survey of Catholic women in US finds 24% attend Mass at least weekly (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate) The survey of 1,508 Catholic women, conducted for America Magazine, found that 47% attend Mass at least monthly and 30% go to Confession at least yearly. 51% pray daily, 68% say they are proud to be Catholic, and 82% say they have never considered leaving the Church. Only 12% ever considered becoming a religious sister; 60% favor the ordination of female deacons. Only 10% said that they have “ever experienced sexism in the Catholic Church.” 41% are Democrats, and 24% are Republicans.
Nebraska bishop offers to lift excommunication for Call to Action members (National Catholic Reporter) Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, has offered to lift the excommunication of members of the radical group Call to Action, on an individual basis, provided that they “reaffirm their commitment to the full teachings of the Catholic Church.” The group’s members were excommunicated by the previous head of the Lincoln diocese, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, because of their public rejection of Church teachings.
Pope pleads for non-violence, unity, at Mass in troubled Chilean region (CNA) Celebrating Mass on January 17 in Chile’s Araucania region, where members of the Mapuche tribe have fought against exploitation, Pope Francis made a call for peace, while indicating his support for the claims of indigenous peoples. He cited the threats of “division and confrontation, the oppression of some by others.”