- Jan 18, 2020
Recommendations on evangelization, vibrant parishes and communications emerged from the Diocese of Burlington’s first synod to be held since before the Second Vatican Council took place.
A number of Catholic bishops referenced the clergy sexual abuse scandal during local chrism Masses in calling for a renewal of the priesthood and greater partnership in serving the Church among ordained priests and the laity, whose priesthood of service is guaranteed by baptism.
Speaking to fellow priests Thursday, Pope Francis compared the flocks they lead to the crowds that constantly surrounded Jesus, who was able to recognize individual people, heal their wounds and who was often moved by their faith. This personal closeness, he said, gives a priest a pastor’s heart and keeps his vocation from growing stale.
Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit said Wednesday, “We will rebuild the cathedral … we could speak in these Easter times of a certain resurrection.”
The oils so joyfully and solemnly to be blessed at the chrism Mass in Indianapolis were prepared by volunteers in a rather simple way at the cathedral rectory.
A Chinese bishop, asked to step aside by the Vatican last year, said he does not think he can concelebrate the Holy Thursday chrism Mass unless he agrees to China’s policy on the Catholic Church.