- May 13, 2021
ROME -Today marks Day 42 without public Mass here in Italy, part of a nationwide coronavirus quarantine. As the infection rate continues to decline there’s been speculation about a ripresa, meaning a gradual return to normality, and as part of that scenario, the Italian bishops are in talks with the government as to when liturgical life can restart.
One of the Catholic Church’s leading experts in child protection has said that more dangerous than clericalism in the clerical abuse crisis is a “paternalistic” attitude within the Church that both devalues laypeople and puts clergy on a pedestal.
The “Called and Co-Responsible: Exploring Co-Responsibility for the Mission of the Church” conference was hosted by the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame on March 4-6.
A Boston College conference called for greater involvement of women and laity in seminary formation.
Two systematic theologians examined how power and clericalism among Catholic clergy played a role in creating the sexual abuse crisis that has rocked the Church anew since June during a daylong Catholic University of America conference.
Former employees of the Holy See’s Mission to the UN believe the case of former nuncio Archbishop Francis Chullikatt evidences the challenges of whistleblowers within the Church.
Sister Mina Kwon, a delegate to this month’s Synod of Bishops on youth, has said that as the Church ponders how to better include women in decision-making roles, the situation has improved, but more needs to be done, and clericalism must be exposed as an underlying reason why women are not often in leadership.
Women attending this month’s Synod of Bishops have said that while they believe the process, and the Church as a whole, need to be more inclusive of their presence, they are optimistic about the future, believing progress has been made.