from FaithWorld:

Is Benedict planning to take in traditionalist Anglicans?

June 12, 2008

Church of England Newspaper logoThere is speculation in Rome that Pope Benedict might receive about 400,000 (yes, 400,000) Traditional Anglican Communion members into the Roman Catholic Church this summer, after the official Anglican Communion finishes its ten-yearly Lambeth Conference on August 3. Both the Church of England Newspaper in the U.K. and the National Catholic Register in the U.S. have run stories on this. Both sides are subscribers only, so all links here are to reports about them.

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A rabbi, an imam and a priest discuss their “painful verses”

June 5, 2008

The Painful Verses, published by Editions Lessius, BrusselsA rabbi, an imam and a Catholic priest have written a book about the "painful verses" in scriptures that offend other faiths. Instead of plucking quotes out of each others' holy books, however, they went to their own texts and picked out the passages they found difficult themselves. The result, recently published in France in the book Les Versets douloureux (The Painful Verses), amounts to an interfaith dialogue that goes straight for some of the most sensitive topics between different faiths.

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Provocative Harper’s essay on Anglican split over gays

June 2, 2008

Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola (with Bishop Martyn Minns), 5 May 2007/Jonathan ErnstThe June issue of "Harper's Magazine" has a provocative essay by Garret Keizer called "Turning Away From Jesus: Gay rights and the war for the Episcopal Church."

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Can Obama remain “churchless?”

June 1, 2008

obama.jpgHOUSTON - Barack Obama is a man without a church.

The Illinois Senator and likely Democratic Party nominee for the November presidential election against Republican John McCain said on Saturday he had quit his Chicago church in the aftermath of inflammatory sermons that could become a political lightning rod.

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How many Catholics will hear disputed Good Friday prayer?

March 21, 2008

A Good Friday procession at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, 21 March 2008/Yannis BehrakisGiven the discussion about the new Latin prayer to be read at Catholic Good Friday services in the Tridentine rite today, I've tried to find estimates for how many people will actually hear it. Jewish groups have expressed dismay that the new version of the prayer, which drops references to the "blindness" of the Jews but still calls for their conversion. The leader of Germany's Jewish community said she could not fathom how the German-born Pope Benedict could "impose such phrases on his church." The Vatican rejects this criticism and sources there say it could soon issue a conciliatory note. So there's a lot of talk about this issue, but how much is actually happening on the ground?

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Rare clerical revolt hits U.S. Catholic diocese

March 19, 2008

Priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Illinois are staging a rare rebellion -- demanding that their bishop, Edward Braxton, resign because of a lack of "collaborative and consultative leadership" since his installation in June, 2005.

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So maybe it wasn’t just an Irish joke…

January 30, 2008

A Catholic priest with a chalice for Mass wineLooks like a story our Dublin office filed back in November wasn't just an Irish joke.

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Dominicans warn Dutch brothers against Catholic schism

January 25, 2008

Windmills at Kinderdijk, Netherlands, Jasper JuinenThe Order of Preachers, better known as the Dominicans, is warning its Dutch province against sliding into schism by pressing its proposal to allow lay Catholics to say mass if they have no priest available to do so. The Dutch Dominicans have proposed that because the worsening priest shortage means many congregations there don't have anyone to celebrate the eucharist.

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Elvis Presley, S.J.?

January 25, 2008

New Jesuit Superior General Fr. Alfonso Nicolas, S.J., 25 Jan. 2008/Dario PignatelliFather Adolfo Nicolas, the new superior general of the Jesuit order of Catholic priests, possesses, besides decades of experience, a good sense of humour. At his first meeting with reporters since his election on Jan 19, the 71-year-old Spaniard spoke about his life, his formation in Asia and what he had been reading about himself in the media.

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On remote Japanese island, a church forgets how to baptise

By Reuters Staff
December 20, 2007

Yasutaka Toriyama of Japan’s “Kakure Kirishitan” or Hidden Christians conducts Christmas Eve ritual, 16 Dec, 2007.When journalists write about churches in decline, we usually cite facts such as falling attendance and dwindling vocations to illustrate the trend. On a recent trip to the remote southern island of Ikitsuki to visit descendants of Japan's Kakure Kirishitan (Hidden Christians), a Reuters team discovered a surprising new indicator with a fascinating story behind it. Apart from suffering from dwindling numbers, some congregations in this unique branch of Christianity no longer know how to baptise new members.